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American woman hospitalized with head injury after WB protest

A 60-year-old American woman was evacuated to an Israeli hospital this afternoon, after Israeli soldiers caused her serious head injury as they demolished a protest tent in the West Bank village of Izbet al-Tabib near Qalqilya. A Swede and two British activists were arrested during the protest.


An injured protester detained after being beaten up Photo:popularstruggle.org

An injured protester detained after being beaten up Photo:popularstruggle.org

Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers and other heavy machinery entered the village of Izbet al-Tabib south of Qalqilya earlier today, to demolish a protest tent set up yesterday by the villagers. The army began construction of a fence that would cut the villagers off from Highway 55, a major highway in the West Bank, and of their agricultural land.

During the eviction of the tent, the soldiers violently arrested two British activists and a Swedish activist. They also caused a head injury to a 60-year-old American woman, who also suffered blows to her wrist, which is suspected to be broken. She was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.

The violent arrests were made solely under the pretext of declaring the area a “closed military zone”. However, the soldiers and Border Police officers carried out the arrests without having shown any document declaring the area as such, as the law requires them to do. The three are still in custody and are currently held at the Ariel police station.

During today’s protest, Bayan Tabib, the head of the village council, received a promise from an Israeli Civil Administration officer that the fence will only be erected on the far end of Highway 55, and will not cut off the village’s access to the road or their land. Tabib attributed the promise to today’s protest, saying that the “the protest today is the only reason that they agreed to move the fence.”

The village of Izbet al-Tabib, which consists of 45 structures and is home to 247 residents, was built in the 1920’s and is located entirely in area C according to the 1995 Interim Agreement (Oslo II). Israeli authorities do not recognize the village and 32 out of its 45 houses, as well as its school, have been served demolition orders in recent years. Izbet al-Tabib is the fifth poorest village in the West Bank and villagers have already lost 45% of their land due to the construction of Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Report compiled with information from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

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    1. And where is America? If this was in Libya, Obama would be straight down Gaddafi’s neck. Complete hypocrisy. It disgusts me.

      Where were they when Israel brutally murdered American/Turkish national Furkan Dogan? Where were they when Israel murdered Rachel Corrie?

      We need to highlight America’s blatant disregard over it’s own citizens when it comes to Israeli tyranny!

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    2. Erika Reif

      When israel killed 36 American servicemen on the USS Liberty. The then President said “we can’t complain because israel is our friend”. So why should the US care if some old “liberal” “activist” is hurt? There’s oil and natural gas and waterto be had…an old lady is just “collateral” damage. I’m 60 years old,and American by the way

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    3. Ex Israeli

      But you don’t understand.
      Its all in the name of democracy and humanism.
      Democracy and humanism!
      Democracy and humanism!
      Get it?!

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    4. I have a whole lot of respect for the guys who run this site and for you ‘Ex Israeli’… it must take a lot of guts to stand against a governmental power so evil. The struggle would be a whole lot more difficult if it weren’t for you guys and others like you, challenging the system from the inside. Keep up the good fight, the world is by your side!

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    5. Yonatan

      A bulldozer to demolish a tent? Is that all? They should have called in the IAF to drop a 1-ton precision bomb on it. Gotta make sure these tents stay demolished.

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    6. RichardNYC


      Oh wait, what, this is about ISRAEL???

      Where’s Obama???? Can’t he find time to see about that woman’s broken wrist??? Can’t the hundreds of dead in Alabama wait?? we’re talking about Zionist aggression here!!!

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    7. RichardNYC


      “Dude, where’s my hash pipe?”

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    8. Erika, like you and the injured woman I am an American and 60 years old. As all Americans should know, we citizens are completely expendable to our government. Large numbers of our youth are harvested for our armed forces and then sent off for the most irrational reasons to the most obscure parts of the world from which they will return, if alive, quite likely psychologically damaged.

      If our government is willing to send uniformed American youth off to die for no reason, how much more willing will it be to ignore the plight of some individual American acting on their own initiative in a distant land for the sake of justice? Only when the image of the nation is threatened will things happen – as we’ve seen just recently with the CIA operative in Pakistan.

      But for all my cynicism, I encourage every American reading this to strongly and repeatedly make their views known to their representatives in Congress. Though this may seem the height of naivete, your emails and letters and phone calls are tallied and if you don’t make your views known, you can be damned sure the Israel lobby will be making its views known in your absence.

      At 60, most of my life is over. What I hope to see before I meet the Cosmic Muffin is 1)America unchained from the Israel lobby and 2)Israel completely repudiated as official spokesman for Judaism.

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    9. David

      So funny , three dudes get hurt , and it is compared to Libya and open warfare.
      Well done Mr. Dana! Another SHOCKER!
      I am sure the swede will be doing the ISM solidarity circuit.
      I’d love to see some photos with actual blows. Any links? Please.

      Btw bin laden is dead! Ha ha.

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    10. David

      Can we have some names of those involved ? How is the lady doing? any links to other more trustworthy news outlets? Photos? Since we usually have around four people filming these events….

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    11. shmuel

      article full of propaganda , to those who live in nice american houses and have no clue. brain-washed with propaganda/

      if a spanish or mexican or chinese or german or Egyptian turist will come to us to demonstrate in violant demonstration against the US army he will be beaten to death or at least be expeled without any chance of re-entering the US for the rest of his life

      Israel should do the same.

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    12. Leonid Levin

      @Shmuel, I think you’ve misread the article. This did not happen inside Israel, but on the occupied territories. It’s not about violent demonstrations, but peaceful, non-violent protests.

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    13. David

      This story is fresh out of the ISM propaganda shop.
      The woman seems to be a walking wounded, most likely broke her writs while standing in the way of the IDF, making a nuisance of herself.
      For disclosure reasons I think it appropriate that the author disclose the organisation’s these “activists” belong to.
      Link to the same story on the ISM site
      Call the number, let them know how you feel.

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    14. Piotr Berman

      David is indeed a fine specimen of a right thinking patriot. “The woman stood in the way of the IDF, making nuisance of herself”. Aahh, in this case broken wrists are what she deserved. “Activist”, he he.

      Marquis De Sade, welcome to Middle East.

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    15. Leonid Levin

      @Piotr, we can never know for sure, but something suggests to me that David and some other people commenting here might be part of a newly set up IDF hasbara unit, which the hasbara general Avi Benayahu proudly announced a couple of months ago (see http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4025751,00.html), or some other hasbara unit for that matter. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to argue with these people. They employ a number of tricks, like making everything ridiculous, jumping from subject to subject, coming up with the same set of old propaganda, insulting the authors, etc. Maybe if we ignore them, their activity will become even less meaningful. What do you think?

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    16. Piotr Berman

      Leonid, yes, it is possible, but IDF is a citizens’ army and hasbara represents “popular sentiment”. In any case, David is not a skillful troll. First he doubted if the pictures are authentic. That could be a good move if they were not — sometimes there are very suspicious stories in Palestinian sources. Yet, the pictures were posted by an American solidarity group. After checking that, David could not help himself but automatically hurled an invective at a little old lady with broken wrists and gashed scalp. If David is a hasbarat, he went off script here.

      No lachrimose stories how hard it is to make split second decisions under attack. Or at least, how hard it is to avoid hurting someone inadvertently (after “unprecedented efforts to avoid”). Just deep pleasure that “leftists” got beaten up. By the way, Shmuel: a cite on an anti-American demonstrator beaten to pulp? A link? Right Blogistan in USA is quite violent, but it is purely electronic violence.

      RichardNYC is at least aware of what is going on in USA.

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    17. Indeed, the ISM used the report from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. That report is noted in this piece. Thanks for your brilliance David!

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    18. Thank you Joseph Dana for bringing out the truth, respect!

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