Today the weekly protests of al Maâsra, south of Bethlehem were dedicated to the fate of the 11 000 Palestinian prisoners still lingering in Israeli jails.
***image2***Dozens of villagers gathered in the center of the village and marched to the lands currently being destroyed by the bulldozers for the Apartheid Wall. The demonstration was dedicated to the prisoners that still remain in the Occupationâs jails. This happened a day after the prisoners exchange that brought 5 prisoners and the remains of almost 200 Palestinian, Lebanese and Arab freedom fighters from Israeli hands to their families. The villagers chanted slogans and called for the release of the remaining 11 000 Palestinian prisoners.
As soon as the villagers reached their land where the bulldozers were working, the occupation forces launched tear gas and sound grenades at the march to disperse the people. Clashes erupted as the villagers insisted on the right to their land and called for the Apartheid Wall to be torn down.