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Israël: Demonstrations this evening in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Wednesday 18 January 2017, by siawi3

Source: Gush Shalom 18.01.2017 16:28

Demonstrations this evening in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem:

No to the uprooting of Um al-Hiran, no to police brutality!

An independent and impartial investigation of the circumstances leading to escalation and bloodshed, rather than unbridled incitement. The responsibility for the bloodshed is on those who decided to destroy a Bedouin village and establish a Jewish “community” in its place.

Emergency protests will be held tonight, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

• In Tel Aviv: at 7:00 pm on the corner of King George Street and Ben-Zion Boulevard.

• In Jerusalem: at 8:30 pm in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour St.

"The direct responsibility for today’s dangerous escalation and bloodshed at the village of Um al-Hiran in the Negev rests upon those who took the decision to destroy a Bedouin village which had existed for decades, completely raze and wipe it off the face of the earth, to expel the residents and establish a Jewish ‘community’ in its place. In recent days, government officials arrived at the village, bluntly threatened its residents, and demanded that they move immediately to the town of Hura where there is no residence available to them. Those who initiated and implemented such brutal measures against Bedouin villagers (who happen to be citizens of Israel) are directly responsible for the terrible events that took place today in the village" say the organizers of the demonstrations, peace and civil rights groups such as the Negev Coexistence and Civil Equality Forum, Coaltion of Women for Peace and the Recognition Forum (i.e., recognition of the so-called “unrecognized villages” of which Um al-Hiran is one.

Protesters call for a comprehensive and impartial investigation of the circumstances which led to the death of a of Umm al-Hiran resident Yacoub Musa Abu Alkian and police officer Erez Levy. They call upon the communications media not to repeat uncritical the highly tendentious and inflammatory accounts disseminated by police and government speakers - which are contrary to the eyewitness testimonies of Jews and Arabs present on the scene.

The terrible bloodshed was the culmination of a day of violence which began in the morning when massive demolition crews arrived at the village, accompanied by large forces of the Yoav unit of the police (created specifically for such anti-Bedouin actions). They had specifically declared intention of expelling the residents and demolishing their homes, in order to make place for construction of the purely Jewish “community” of Hiran. The police used live ammunition and well as rubber bullets and tear gas. Villagers - men, women and children – were injured in the police shooting, as were many of the Jewish and Arab supporters who came to offer solidarity with them.

Biased and tendentious media reports, couched in inciting and inflammatory tones – refusing to recognize that the residents were protesting the destruction of their village and homes, and labeling them as “terrorists " - are a direct continuation of the police violence on the ground.

Contact : Yaacov Manor +972-(0)50-5733276

Sahar Vardi +972-(0)545-683419

הפגנה היום, יום רביעי (18.1) בשעה 20:30, מול בית ראש הממשלה

مظاهرة اليوم الاربعاء 18.01 الساعة 18:30 امام بيت رئيس الحكومه

protest today at 8:30 PM in front of the prime minister’s house in Jerusalem