Wednesday 24 September 2014

Occupation No More!

The Israeli government is trying to expand Greater Jerusalem. In order to do this, they want to build settlements on the land around Abu Dis where nomadic Bedouins currently live. They plan to move the Bedouin community onto Palestinian land. The local community of Abu Dis came together to protest against this - showing solidarity to the Bedouins and protecting their land.

Activists gathered and were met by a land surveyor accompanied by young Israeli soldiers. One of them, a girl, nervously avoided eye contact as she gripped her gun and faced the crowd. Her silk blond hair was tucked into her helmet and on her ears, pearl studs caught the sun. 

'One, two, three, four, occupation no more! Five, six, seven, eight, Israel is a fascist state!'. The Palestinians chanted and waved flags. After about an hour the soldiers and the surveyor left and the protestors celebrated their small success.

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