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Palestinians beaten, arrested during protest at settlement supermarket

Approximately 100 Palestinians and a handful of international activists entered the Rami Levy supermarket in the West Bank settlement of Sha’ar Binyamin Wednesday morning to ‘protest occupation and settler terror’ and to call for the boycott of ‘the occupation and its products.’ Two Palestinians and two internationals were beaten and arrested. 

Activists in Rami Levy supermarket in Shaar Binyamin settlement (photo: flickr/Activestills)

Palestinian and international activists were unarmed. Carrying flags and signs, they entered the supermarket, chanting for freedom. They say that the Israeli police used excessive force to disperse the nonviolent protest.

Activist Abir Kopty, who was at the scene, reported that “as activists exited the building, about forty policemen and soldiers were waiting outside, they attacked physically the demonstrators and fired stun grenades at them, causing several injuries, two of which were taken by ambulance to the hospital.”

Bassem Tamimi, head of Nabi Saleh’s Popular Committee, was among the injured. He reportedly suffered broken ribs as a result of being beaten by Israeli forces as he was arrested.

This protest emphasizes, according to Kopty, that “as long as there is no justice to Palestinians, Israeli and settler daily life can’t continue on as normal.”

Bassem Tamimi being arrested in the Shaar Binyamin settlement today (photo: flickr/Activestills)

Last week also saw a protest that disrupted the flow of Israelis and settlers everyday life when a group of 50 Palestinian activists blocked Route 443 for half an hour. The road is built on occupied Palestinian land and connects settlements, which the international community considers illegal, to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. To an Israeli driver, Route 443 essentially erases the Green Line and gives the impression that the occupied West Bank is part of the country. The action of blocking the road may have reminded the Israelis who use it that the land 443 runs through is, indeed, occupied.

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    1. Shaun

      A supermarket chain that caters to and employ Arabs and Jews is targeted for a protest?
      Jimmy Carter is correct when he said that Netanyahu has killed the Two-state solution, but the left is doing a fine job of killing all the other options.

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      • Palestinian

        What’s better than cheap labor ? The settlements are illegal and aren’t accepted by the indigenous population , period .

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        • Kolumn9

          This store is quite clearly accepted by the indigenous population since Jews shop there all the time. Arabs also shop there often.

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          • Palestinian

            except that the vast majority of Israeli Jews arent the indigenous population but infiltrators , occupiers and thieves so ….

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          • Kolumn9

            I can see your knowledge is obsolete. You see, the Israeli Jews are indigenous to Israel. As a side note, many Arabs are now indigenous to those places that are mistakenly called refugee camps.

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          • sh

            “As a side note, many Arabs are now indigenous to those places that are mistakenly called refugee camps.”
            Bravo X, Y and Z. By that logic Jews were indigenous to death camps at the end of WWII.

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          • Palestinian

            Indigenous population to a land their parents or grandparents werent born in ?remember 30% of Jewish Israelis are Olim.What a joke

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    2. Not only local Arabs but Jordnians come specially over the bridges to buy there ar Yafiz, the Rami Levy clothes outlet. This is how you build coexistence and from there, peace. Peace is between peoples and without the confidence that can be constructed, there will be no peace. But the “handful” of internationalists are anti-peace. What a shame.

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    3. Kolumn9

      Brilliant idea for a protest. Let’s go to one of the few places where Palestinians and Jews work side by side, where Palestinians and Jews shop side by side, and disturb it.

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    4. Nonviolent action (maybe a better description than just “protest”) is partly theater, for it must reveal latent social relations to encourage evaluation and change. One of the most effective efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. was also one of his most controversial–even in the black community: he had young school children, elementary school children, run happily crying out towards fire men with water hoses; the children will forced back with powerfully strong water, and JFK was on television soon thereafter saying a civil rights law was needed.

      So, very far away from this incident, I will say I think it not of that quality. Obviously police and IDF are going to be worried at the sight of 100 Palestinians entering the market; nonviolence is not just going weaponless, but refuses to use fear. Nor was there any attempt to show targeted, structured protest; nor a clear exact grievence to remedy (“settler terror” is not targeted and not even addressed in what has been reported of this action). There will be intra-Palestinian conflict over many actions, including issues of work and shopping. But as far as I can tell from this report, no regulation is targeted for disobedience, nor a prior exact wrong highlighted. In contrast, the car action had clear focus and demand.

      The reported broken ribs, if true, is pure police/IDF retribution and should be prosecuted, sans other factors. Of course, it will not be.

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      • The Trespasser

        You see, Palestinian Arab society is divided into two large (unofficial yet very realistic) fractions.

        A – Those who are willing to accept something like two-state solution in +-1967 borders; basically OR they couldn’t care less who is actual ruler as long as they have jobs and more or less reasonable quality of living OR they actually enjoy living under “occupation” since social services are almost unknown to Arab countries OR are just tired with 70 years of warfare OR whatever.

        These fellows comprise I’d say up to 95% of Israeli Arabs, 80% of WB population and probably 50% of Gaza population.
        Abroad, however those who are willing to accept such solution could probably be counted by fingers on one hand, maybe you’ll find such among those who’ve been lucky enough to flee to Western countries but definitely not in refugee camps.

        B – Those who strive for one state solution. Resettle 5 millions refugees, create majority and democratically vote Jews out. Or just slaughter them, to save time.

        They are somewhat presented in Israel, minority in WB, half in Gaza and wast majority elsewhere. Apparently majority in absolute numbers as well.

        Now, the problem – for all sides – is that interests of fraction A directly contradict interests of fraction B, which is basically why Palestinians couldn’t organize really massive uprising.

        Obviously, members of A are perceived as traitors, betrayers and collaborators by members of B, with all consequences.

        Now, these provocations obviously are directed against A.

        Palestinian above mentioned cheap labor.
        Well, as cheap as elsewhere in Israel. Minimal wages are around $1100 per month; skilled workers – construction, electricity, drivers and such – get as much as $200-$300 per day – I’m speaking of non-Israeli citizens of course. Palestinians in WB have sort of Union – they simply won’t work for wages lower than usual.

        The goal of these provocations, carried out by fraction B of course, is to disrupt ongoing normalization process thus converting larger numbers of A members.

        As Palestinian said – “The settlements are illegal and aren’t accepted by the indigenous population, period.”

        Basically, even if part of (a lot? most?) population willing to coexist for some reason, they do not have such right.

        Pity. Almost 3 generations lost due to such thinking. How many more?

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        • The very improvements you tout (not as there at the moment as you might think) will focus future conflict on civil advancement, agitating for citizenship. As I’ve said, “One State” is not a solution but outcome. You cannot move to a Two State resolution (not solution) if the Israeli State continues to support the vanguard settlers. Their aggressive ideology, and the continued exclusion of land to prior residents, derails any PA attempt for a State. Bibi has made it clear that he will not stop these settlers. Bibi is leading you to a One State outcome after much future conflict.

          The Right of Return is part of a slow motion game. Once the Bank economy starts developing, there will come a point where residents will not want further immigration. The Right of Return creates a fictive semblance of unity which makes about as much sense as the vanguard settler’s ideology of taking all the land from the river to the sea. Many, if not most, of those in the outside camps are doomed to nevery “go back.” I can say this because I am a nobody, but it is clearly the case. I have as little respect for the ideological Right of Return-ers as I have for those Israelis who place that spectre in front of any progress. As I’ve said before, Israel never got to totally win its war; it is not going to get to. So it deals with a foe who was never completely crushed. I can only hope that this is progress in human evolution. Hearing about Gaza, I have to doubt myself much; but I see no other path which leads to an end to much of the now structural violence. One State: an outcome Israel is incrementally forcing in the name of Greater Israel. Please stop. I don’t think you can.

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          • The Trespasser

            One-State solution – or even Greater Israel – in the most unwanted outcome for wide most of Israeli public, Jews and Arabs alike.

            As polls said – no right of the vote to inhabitants of annexed territories, which means no annexation.

            Settlements won’t be expanded (much) further. Large blocks will stay intact. One state solution is not an option, therefore there will be independent Palestinian state in WB and Gaza.

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          • Mikesailor

            The silliest argument I have recently heard is the one espoused by Trespasser: that a two-state solution will exist because Israelis don’t want one-state. Really? And where are they supposed to live? What are the borders? And will the state be independent or a quasi-Bantustan, always at the mercy of whatever whim the ‘Jewish state’ decides to impose? And who will enforce whatever ‘agreement’ is imposed upon the Palestinians? The same so-called ‘Jewish state’ which always turns a blind eye to whatever depredations are committed by either ‘settlers’ (ie. thieves) or the IDF (ie. the sellter’s enforcers and private thug army) You want the Palestinian land without the indigenous population. Other than a brutal apartheid regime, what other options are possible? Population transfer? Extermination?

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          • The Trespasser

            Two-state solution will exist because:
            A – current situation couldn’t be upheld much longer
            B – One state solution is not an option.

            They (who they) are supposed to live in their houses of course.

            Borders will be those close to 1967 with some land and/or population swaps.

            “And will the state be independent or a quasi-Bantustan, always at the mercy of whatever whim the ‘Jewish state’ decides to impose?”

            Now that one goes for the silliest question of the day.

            Firs of all – quasi-Bantustan is only possible until it is recognized by UN and has its members in General Assembly.

            De-jure independent state could demand its de-facto independence (control of borders, aerospace, etc.) by all and any legal means, including those of Security Counsel.
            At other hand, being stateless essentially means that there is no internationally recognized body which is responsible of your well-being.

            Palestinians actually made Zionists a great favor by denying statehood, thus making occupation technically not existing.

            You see, Mike, Palestinians are in their current situation – stateless outlaws – because they consequently declined offered statehood. It’s not their fault however – they are merely pawns in byzantine games. As you probably know they were kept in refugee camps by host countries for decades on basis of promise that one day winning Arab armies will smash Jewish defenses. Quite a disappointment that is.

            Agreements will be enforced by Palestinians themselves of course. They’ve got to problems enforcing anything on themselves before, so I guess they’ll do fine this time as well.

            Jewish state actually has much more important things to do than enforcing things.

            Few figures:
            IDF budget is about 15 000 000 000 USD

            One quarter to one-third of it is spent in WB and Gaza, add to it few billions from police and SHABAS budgets, plus losses due to miluim, plus increased tourism…

            By signing peace agreement Palestinians could get some $8 000 000 000 directly from Israeli budget and keep getting increasing sums every year for, say, 60 years, and all that without any additional costs to Israeli tax payer (the best part)

            >You want the Palestinian land without the indigenous population.

            Yawn. What Palestinian land? WB and Gaza? And again – no. I don’t want it. Most Israelis do not want it. People who live in central Israel (Tel Aviv and surrounding areas) almost never visit Yehuda and Shomron.

            Of course there is some hard-liners, however the State of Israel had no problem dealing with them in Gaza and dismantled WB settlements.

            >Other than a brutal apartheid regime, what other options are possible? Population transfer? Extermination?

            Dude, it is only in you sick mind bloodthirsty Jooz are only busy with seeking ways to brutalize, transfer and exterminate.

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          • The Trespasser

            I only described factual situation, no improvements mentioned.

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    5. Ante Pavelic

      Yet another gratuitous incidence of Israeli violence. When is the UN going to exercise some muscle and end this horror show it has created?

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      • The focus here is nonviolent action; it is being tried precisely because there is significant hurt out there. Nonviolet trials will continue; and they will get it right.

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