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PHOTOS: Army fires tear gas, rubber bullets at commemoration march for PA minister

Photos and by Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Palestinians run to take cover, as the Israeli army shoot tear gas, during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians run to take cover, as the Israeli army shoot tear gas, during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of demonstrators arrived Friday at the West Bank village of Turmus Aya to mark one week since the death of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein. The protest took place not far from the Adei Ad outpost, where Abu Ein was attacked last week by an Israeli soldier. He died shortly thereafter in a Ramallah hospital.

Israeli border policemen arrest Palestinian activist Muhammad Khatib during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli border policemen arrest Palestinian activist Muhammad Khatib during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The army used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protest. Muhammad Khatib, one of the central members of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, was arrested along with an Israeli activist.

An Israeli solider with a roger riffle lies on the ground during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli solider with a roger riffle lies on the ground during a demonstration commemorating the death of Palestinian minister, Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli soldier confronts a Palestinian demonstrator during the commemoration march for deceased PA Minister Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

An Israeli soldier confronts a Palestinian demonstrator during the commemoration march for deceased PA Minister Ziad Abu Ein, in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah, December 19, 2014. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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    1. Whiplash

      Palestinians think violent protest in a closed military zone is co-existence. One day they might find that Israel stops treating them with kid gloves and treats them like other Arab governments do.

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      • Piotr Berman

        Indeed, Palestinians should be ashamed of their nasty habit of demonstrating in closed military zones. I never heard about any one else doing it. OTOH, settlers throw stones and occasionally manhandle IDF soldiers, so “violent protests” are not as exceptional.

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        • Whiplash

          And Israel police have acted forcibly with Israelis who have tried to imitate the Palestinians. For instance Israel banned Yitzhar’s leader of civil disturbance from the community. When he returned and handcuffed himself to his home the police tasered him. The police then stormed the Yeshiva. They arrested Yitzhar stone throwers after the knifing murder of a Jewish father of five by Palestinians. The police have raided Yitzhar over and over to force citizens to obey the law.

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      • What would you do in the same situation? Apparently nothing, as all you do is complain when people who are oppressed and have been oppressed respond in the only way they can.

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        • Sorry, should have been “the only way there is”. “Whiplash” has the same affliction that most colonialists have, that being the native population has absolutely no rights whatsoever and the right to resist (much less live and breathe) is a sign of hatred for their oppressor! Like so many of you right wingnuts love to say “You can’t make this stuff up” and “there’s no cure for stupid.”

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          • Whiplash

            The Palestinians are the colonialists. They come from all over the Arab world in the wake of Islamic conquerors and despoilers. The Jewish people were the native inhabitants of this land.

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      • Bryan

        Heaven forbid that the victim of abuse should ever resist her rapist. But as you say it is indeed fortunate that the Israeli rapist is so gentle – though over 500 children in Gaza would not necessarily agree – were they still alive.

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        • Whiplash

          Those children would still be alive if Hamas had not started Gaza War III for the purpose of inflating its popularity with the violence loving Palestinian public. Hamas built an underground military complex beneath these children’s homes to act as human shield for their missiles. Israel builds shelters to protect their people from rockets. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are responsible for every death in this summer’s conflict.

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          • Bryan

            According to your immoral logic the killing of three Jewish hitchhikers this summer would never have occurred had Israel not conquered the West Bank in 1967 and therefore the murderers are Moshe Dayan and the IDF. Crazy man – the killing of innocents is never justified by the violence of others. But no, you crazies argue not that they were unfortunate victims of collateral damage but that “Hamas and Islamic Jihad are responsible for every death in this summer’s conflict.” So Israel can never make a mistake and can never over-react. You are totally innocent and they are totally guilty. Please give me another example of any conflict in the world that is so completely one-sided.

            As for your point about violence being initiated by politicians to inflate their own popularity it is well worth looking at Israeli attacks and the election cycle. Deeply unpopular prime minister Menachim Begin won reelection in 1981 buoyed by a wave of jingoistic support following the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear installation at Osirak three weeks earlier. The Israeli attack on Lebanon (‘Operation Grapes of Wrath) in 1996, six weeks ahead of elections provided Shimon Peres with an opportunity to be “recast as the hard man of Israeli politics in advance of the crucial general elections” (Avi Shlaim). Elections for February 18th 2009 were closely preceded by Operation Cast Lead (Dec. 20th – Jan 18th). Elections for Jan. 20th 2013 were closely preceded by Operation Pillar of Defence (Nov 14th-21st). This summers’ onslaught did not appear so closely linked to the election cycle but Bibi knew how challenged his coalition government was, and may already have been toying with calling early elections, having reestablished his reputation as the hard man of Israeli politics.

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