Israel’s army arrests seven, injures three at Hebron protest June 21, 2009

Hebron – Ma’an


Israel’s army arrested seven peace activists demonstrating near the illegal West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin on Saturday, according to local sources.

Witnesses also said that three people were injured after soldiers attacked the demonstration, which is a weekly sit-in gathering near the entrance of the settlement north of the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar.

The injured were identified as a photojournalist, a local resident, and an activist.

Settlers were also reported to have attacked some of the demonstrators, in addition to Israel’s army, according to witnesses, one saying that “the settlers from Bat Ayin were accompanied by soldiers and beat a number of participants at the sit-in.”

The seven participants, affiliated with a solidarity movement, were arrested while trying to hold a sit-in on private Palestinian land, reportedly belonging to Abdallah and Hammad Jabber Sliebi, which is facing confiscation for the settlement’s expansion.

Meanwhile on Friday, Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked homes belonging to Hebron residents Adel Al-Juneidi, Mohammad Salhab and Ayman Juweiles, before arresting them.

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