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Israeli forces injure and arrest participants in peaceful walk

lundi 1er avril 2013

Press Release


The Freedom Theatre

Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine

March 31, 2013 : For immediate release


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Participants in solidarity walk injured and arrested by Israeli forces

“They threw us all to the ground, threatening to pepper spray our eyes and it was during these moments that they twisted the arm of Alia, a Palestinian coordinator of the Freedom Bus. They also twisted my leg. I am still limping and the medics think that I have a torn ligament. Luke was arrested and has been released to house arrest pending deportation.” Sonja de Vries, participant in the March Freedom Ride

On March 29th, The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus together with the South Hebron Hills Popular Struggle Committee organised a solidarity walk through the South Hebron Hills. The walk brought together over 150 artists, activists, community leaders and students from Palestine and abroad. Participants attempted to walk through Mufaqara, Tuba, a-Sfay, Maghayir al-Abeed and al-Fakhit - five of eight communities facing forced eviction within the "918 Firing Zone" – an area of the South Hebron Hills used by the Israeli Forces for military training. 1000 people living in this region have been issued with eviction orders. [1]

During the walk, Luke Nephew, peace poet and hip hop artist from the US was detained by Israeli forces. He was later informed that he would be placed under house arrest and then deported. Luke’s arrest followed the attempted arrest of Abu Mosa and other leaders of the popular struggle movement in the South Hebron Hills.

The Israeli forces attempted to stop the walk altogether, and attacked and injured several participants. Alia Alrosan, coordinator of the Freedom Bus, had her arm twisted, Sonja de Vries, international participant had her leg twisted and others were hit in the head with rifle butts.

Israel’s practice of attacking, detaining and deporting international activists is part of their effort to prevent global scrutiny of the apartheid structures that violate international humanitarian law throughout historic Palestine.

The solidarity walk ended the 13-day March Freedom Ride, organised by The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus.

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Details and background info :

•The March Freedom Ride : From 21 March-29 March, Palestinians and international allies took part in a 13-day freedom ride, joining Palestinian farmers and herders at risk of forced displacement from lands they have inhabited for generations.
•The March Freedom Ride included building and reconstruction work, protective presence activity, guided walks, home-stays, interactive workshops, educational talks and cultural events.
•The March Freedom Ride was organized by The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus project. A range of other Palestinian community-based organisations and associations were also involved. [Website : www.thefreedomtheatre.org, www.freedombus.ps]

Notes to Editors :
[1] For more details see B’Tselem : http://www.btselem.org/south_hebron_hills/firing_zone_918 and http://nofiringzone918.org/ and http://almufaqarah.wordpress.com/


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