Children and Clowns violently attacked in the West Bank

Posted on June 29, 2011

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Colorful day in Nabi Saleh
Published Friday 24/06/2011 (updated) 25/06/2011 17:33
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The children of An-Nabi Saleh set off with kites and painted faces to the village’s hill shortly after noon on Friday.An hour later, they were sheltering in a village house, while five Israeli military jeeps surrounded the location and fired tear gas towards them, according to eyewitness accounts.

Activists made sure the children were distracted by switching on cartoons, and while they recovered from tear gas inhalation, they reflected on an afternoon in which Israel’s military faced down clowns and a boy painted as Spiderman, arresting one Israeli activist.

Freedom in Colors

Activists had planned a day of colorful dress, balloons, face masks, face paints and kite-flying. A Facebook group urged volunteers to “Bring Your colourful smile and join us in our struggle for freedom!!”

“Let’s make our freedom colourful,” the page said.

After a morning painting faces and making kites, between 20 and 30 children and 40 volunteers headed to a village mountain to fly paper kites.

Rounds of tear gas

At around 12.30 p.m. Israeli soldiers stopped them at the intersection of the village fired tear gas at the group, activists said.

Soldiers shoved a man wearing a press jacket, and kicked one volunteer, leaving bruising, they said.

The Israeli troops then moved to the center of the village, and the children proceeded toward the hill. They were sitting in a group under an olive tree when forces surrounded the area and again fired tear gas, causing respiratory troubles, a witness recounted.

At around 1.30 p.m., soldiers detained Israeli activist Tal King.

The children returned to a house in the village, and when some youth began throwing stones, the soldiers again fired tear gas towards the house. Children who left the house and were singing in the streets were also fired upon with tear gas.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said “an Israeli rioter was arrested and detained on site,” and indicated he was in Israeli police custody.

She added: “Tear gas was fired at rioters, not targeted at children. We aren’t familiar with a group of children at the riot. If there were children among the crowd, we have no way of knowing.”

Palestinian Authority prime minister at Bil’in protest

Also Friday, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended a protest in Bil’in where 200 people had gathered to protest against the Israeli separation wall.

Eight people were injured including French activist, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said “200 rioters in Bil’in and Ni’lin were hurling rocks at security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means.”

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1 ) yehuda / Israel
25/06/2011 14:41
Keep demo . Stop the occupation, free Palestine and Israel from the fascists Jews.

2 ) pam / uk
25/06/2011 17:40
I was here a few weeks ago and the same thing happened, in fact I had a tear gas gun aimed at my head and if the door of the house had not been kicked shut quickly, I would have been a statistic, I do not understand the fascist nature of these IOF killers protecting a bunch of illegal houses on the village farmland and using the village well, they should be throwing these interlopers out, one day this will happen and I will go back and watch these ugly settlers get their tear gas in their noses

3 ) Judith / USA
25/06/2011 22:58
This is abhorrent. The Israeli army has no right to take this kind of action. They did not conquer this country and have no such authority. It makes me furious for my country to support such abominable treatment. I agree with Helen Thomas, Israeli should go back where they came from. Britian and the U.S. has not authority to give away the land of a third country. The Zionists have been dancing like satan’s around a bonfire, and I would like to see them melt into the ground. The world must speak out louder and must scold America for not speaking out and financing this murderous action. Steal and shoot at children. What kind of people are they?

4 ) decan al nabi / nabi saleh
26/06/2011 00:39
as you nabi is a biblical hebrew word

5 ) mark / westbank / denmark
26/06/2011 00:54
they didnt knowin there where kids, good one, look at the pictures and see the rioters with kites.. they where gassing the same group who is in the pictures! including the kite-rioters
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