Saturday, July 10, 2010

Activists in Hebron Mock Israel's Ethnic-Cleansing-Army Dancers

Hebron 'dance protest' against Israeli soldiers and settlers (10th July 2010):

"ISMPalestine | July 10, 2010

Palestinians together with international solidarity activists mocked the IOF (Israeli Occupation Force) who call themselves the IDF (Israeli 'Dancing' Force?) by staging a dance protest in the Old City on July 10th before the weekly Saturday demonstration.

As a response to the infamous youtube video of soldiers dancing near the illegal settlement of Tel-Rumeida, three dancers took the role of soldiers and searched and arrested three Palestinians. There are around 16 check points that severely limit the movement of Palestinians in the Israeli military controlled area of Hebron. Palestinian residents also face daily attacks and harassment from soldiers and extremist, fanatical settlers who are often armed.

The demonstrators then marched through the Old City protesting against the closure of Shuhada street. Soldiers with M-16 rifles were seen kicking and hitting some of the international protestors.

Israeli activists gave speeches in Hebrew aimed at soldiers and settlers. One settler living in a house from which Palestinians were evicted threw water down on protestors but this did not dampen their spirits. Palestinians and international activists chanted together: 'One two three four, occupation no more, five six seven eight, stop the killing, stop the hate.'

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