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Report on West Bank Palestinian cities solidarity with Gaza

As a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza protest demonstrations and solidarity marches was arranged all over the West Bank – From Jenin in the north to Hebron in the south. Once again the occupation forces of Israel suppressed the popular resistance of the Palestinians.

On Tuesday 20th of November clashes erupted in the whole Hebron-area, in the cities and the surrounding areas as rallies in support for Gaza and against the occupation were held. The funeral procession of our martyr Hamza al-Fallah was also held. The largest clashes were located in the Shalala Street in Hebron, Bir al-Mohajar, the northern entrance of Halhul Bridge and the entrance of Idna village. Also, the village of Yatta organized a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza.

Everything continued the next day, the 21th of November, as another demonstration was organized, which once again was suppressed violently by the occupation.

The clashes both days lasted until evening hours and caused many wounded and injuries among the Palestinian youth in all of Shalala Street and in the villages Bani Na’im and Beit Ummar where Israeli soldiers used live ammunition, rubber bullets, skunk water and tear gas.

On youth from Bani Na’im was wounded after being shot with three rubber bullets, where one of them was in the head. His condition is described as serious.

Several Palestinian youth were also wounded in Bethlehem as demonstrations were heald near Rachel’s Tomb, the village Husan, at al-Nashash checkpoint in al-Khader village, and in the villages Beit Fajar and Dar Salah. The occupation forces used rubber bullets and tear gas, and the clashes lasted until late at night.

In the Palestinian capital Jerusalem both Palestinian and Jewish students held a sit-down demonstration in front of the Hebrew University on Tuesday the 20th of November, but were assaulted by Israeli settlers who arranged another sit-down demonstration in front of them. Also the occupation’s police forces arrested five students, where two of them were Jewish. Also, clashes erupted at Qalandia checkpoint and at the entrance of Shu’fat refugee camp which led to several injuries after the occupation forces used rubber bullets and tear gas.

Also in Jerusalem the clashes continued the next day as an occupational soldier was stabbed by a girl. More activists were arrested in Jerusalem as the police tried to disperse the crowd by force, and the area of Silwan was raided, targeting children and youth for imprisonment. The hard clashes at Qalandia checkpoint did also continue and had many casualties because of the occupation forces extensive use of live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. There were also clashes in Wadi Joz and in the neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem, which lasted until evening hours.

Further north in Ramallah the funeral procession of martyr Rushdie Tamimi was held at Tuesday with a large amount of participants. Clashes erupted in the whole area of Nabi Saleh, Atara, Ofer and Qalandia which caused many injuries as a result of the occupation forces use of rubber bullets, live ammunition, tear gas and skunk water. 11 were wounded by live ammunition and rubber bullets during the clashes, in addition to several wounded as a result of skunk water and tear gas. There were also clashes during the night in the area of Ni’lin where the occupation army fired live ammunition and tear gas. This kind of tear gas has been developed by the army to last longer and spread over larger areas.

At 8 o’clock the next morning, youth groups organized a rally to protest the visit of US foreign minister Hillary Clinton to the Palestinian Authorities, the American policies, what is going on in Gaza and to focus on the Palestinian cause. 4 hours later, at 12 o’clock another march was organized to strengthen the resilience of Gaza and to protest against the aggressions on the Gaza Strip. This march was joined by a march organized by the national and Islamic forces.

Once again clashes erupted around Ofer prison with several injured after the Israeli army used live ammunition. Several snipers were used to take down protesters with live ammunition, in addition to those dozen injured by rubber bullets and tear gas.
There were clashes in the village of Nabi Saleh which lasted until evening hours, and a young man was arrested in Deir Ghassaneh at 4 o’clock in the morning. There was also an intensive spread in military checkpoints and strict inspections at Ni’lin checkpoint and a complete closure of the Beit Ur checkpoint.

Both the 20th and 21th of November clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and the occupation forces outside of Nablus, at Huwwara checkpoint. Everything was suppressed by extensive use of tear gas and rubber bullets. Several demonstrations were also held within the city of Nablus, and in other parts of the region, such as in the village of Urif.
Occupation forces did also invade the city of Tulkarem both days were the Palestinian Authority prevented clashes between Palestinian youth and occupation forces at the entrance of the city and at military points in the city.

In the same city, the home of coordinator Suheil Salman violated as occupation forces conducted a home inspection campaign.

Also, one youth was arrested in the city.

South of Tulkarem, in the city Qalqilya, there were several clashes both days at Jaljulia checkpoint and a curfew was conducted by the occupation forces. Several injuries occurred after the use of tear gas and rubber bullets. There were several Wednesday 21th of November detentions and investigations.

Last, but not least, demonstrations in solidarity with Gaza and against the occupation were held in Jenin. The demonstrations which reached Jalama checkpoint had more than 2000 participants, and 15 Palestinian boys and girls were arrested. 14 of the girls were held for more than 6 hours, but released. One boy was arrested, accused for throwing a Molotov cocktail. There were also several injuries here because of tear gas and rubber bullets. The occupation forces did also fire live ammunition in the air.

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