Village youth force Occupation soldiers to withdraw after 8 hours of clashes in the streets of Anata
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Village youth force Occupation soldiers to withdraw after 8 hours of clashes in the streets of Anata

***image2***Youth in Anata have once again defended their village from Occupation Forces, staging eight hours of resistance until soldiers and border police withdrew.

It was 11 am when the youth of Anata saw the soldiers and border police in the village stationing themselves close to their school. The Apartheid Wall runs right through the school’s grounds. As the youths gathered in front of them, the Occupation Forces began to fire tear gas and sound bombs into the middle of the village, in an attempt to scare the youths away. Instead, used to daily attacks on their school and classrooms during the last year, they resisted and responded by pelting Occupation Forces with stones.

Braving the tear gas-filled air, the youth stood firm and not only barred the soldiers’ attempts to move further into the village, but also committed to driving them from Anata completely. After eight hours of resistance, at 7 pm, the Occupation Forces surrendered and retreated, leaving the area to its Palestinian inhabitants.

For the last year, the Occupation has attacked young students at Anata’s school on an almost daily basis. With the Wall in the middle of the schoolyard, the Occupation’s clear aim is to intimidate the people of Anata and make their lives impossible. Imprisoned between the Wall, the settlements of Pisgat Ze’ev and Ma’aleh Adumim bloc, and a Jewish-only road, the village is at the intersection of the Zionist colonization plans.

However, the daily attacks and oppression has only strengthened the spirit of resistance within the community, as demonstrated by the village youth’s unshakable determination to end the Occupation and tear down the Wall.

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