- Title: WEST BANK: Photographer and four activists arrested during anti-settlement demo
- Date: 19th September 2010
- Summary: BEIT UMAR, WEST BANK (SEPTEMBER 18, 2010) (REUTERS) ILLEGAL JEWISH SETTLEMENT OF KARMEI ZUR AS SEEN FROM BEIT UMAR PALESTINIANS, INTERNATIONAL ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA WALKING IN OLIVE GROVE / CHANTING ACTIVISTS WALKING ON DIRT ROAD TOWARDS SETTLEMENT PROTESTERS CONFRONTED BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS / ARGUMENT SOLDIERS PUSHING ACTIVISTS AWAY / HOLDING PHOTOGRAPHER BY NECK / TEAR GAS SMOKE PHOTOGRAPHER AND SOLDIER ARGUING / SOLDIER PUSHING PHOTOGRAPHER AWAY / MAN ARGUING WITH ISRAELI SOLDIER VARIOUS OF YOUTHS RUNNING AWAY / STUNT GRENADE FIRED TOWARDS THEM MORE OF ACTIVISTS AND SOLDIERS ARGUING / SOLDIER THROWING TEAR GAS GRENADE / SMOKE BELLOWING FROM GRENADE ACTIVIST CHOCKING ON TEAR GAS / MORE OF GRENADES BEING THROWN SOLDIER SHOOTING TEAR GAS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED INTERNATIONAL ACTIVIST SAYING: "Everybody lives in peace here, they killed unarmed civilians. But that's a Jewish state, we like the Jewish state. Yeah, come here, come here shoot me." SOLDIERS WALKING AWAY WITH MAN IN BLUE HAT VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS ARRESTING PHOTOGRAPHER / WALKING AWAY ANOTHER DETAINED MAN MORE OF KARMEI ZUR SETTLEMENT FROM DISTANCE
- Embargoed: 4th October 2010 13:00
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVAABY198NLE05HRN682T1MDYHES
- Story Text: While Jews in Israel marked the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, "Yom Kippur" on Saturday (September 18), an anti-settlement protest took place in the West Bank near the village of Beit Umar.
Palestinian residents of Beit Umar and other villages in the area said some of their agricultural lands became inaccessible to them and they were annexed to a "security zone" near the illegal Jewish settlement of Karmei Zur.
According to eye witnesses, Israeli soldiers arrested an Associated Press photographer and four activists who participated in the demonstration. A Reuters video showed the soldiers telling protesters they had entered a closed military zone, and used tear gas and stunt grenades to disperse them.
"Everybody lives in peace here, they killed unarmed civilians. But that's a Jewish state, we like the Jewish state. Yeah, come here, come here shoot me," said one international activist wrapped in a Palestinian flag.
A spokesperson with the Israeli military was not available for comment due to the holiday of Yom Kippur -- Hebrew for 'day of atonement'.
On Friday (September 17), the Israeli army sealed-off all crossings between Israel and the Palestinian territories for the duration of the holiday, citing security concerns.
The closure will be in place until midnight Saturday (September 18). Until then only those Palestinians in need of urgent medical attention in Israel, will be permitted to pass through.
Yom Kippur is a public holiday in Israel and most offices and businesses are closed. There are no radio or television broadcasts and many Israeli Jews, secular and religious, choose to fast, abstaining from food and drink for the 25-hour period, from sunset on Friday until the appearance of three stars in the night sky on Saturday.
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