Protest against new settlement meets with heavy repression, six arrested


Sunday, 29 May, 2011 | 00:34 |  Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Dozens of protesters gathered outside the new Israeli settlement of Har Hazeetim in Ras al-Amoud district yesterday, Friday 27 May, amidst heavy repression from state forces and settlers.

One settler attempted to run over protesters as he drove out of the settlement, as Israeli troops looked on. Settlers then began throwing stones and dropping water on protesters, chanting racist slogans and declaring that “Arabs are terrorists” and “the Israeli left stands in the way of the Jewish dream”.

Israeli troops brutally fended off protesters, joined by armed settler guards who aided troops in the arrest of several protesters. Pepper spray was used at close range against demonstrators, in addition to a new unknown electrical-shock device first used on Nakba Day protests by undercover forces. Six protesters were arrested.




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