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Israeli soldiers attack peaceful demonstration%AM %29 %b %2003
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A peaceful demonstration organised to protest against the continued construction of the Israeli "security

fence" has been attacked by scores of heavily armed Israeli soldiers.



A peaceful demonstration organised to protest against the continued construction of the Israeli "security

fence" has been attacked by scores of heavily armed Israeli soldiers.



The protest was held at the fence in the northern West Bank

at Anin, near Jenin. Members of the Popular

Committees Against the Wall, the Palestinian National Initiative, The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and more than 30 "Israeli activist against the wall" and the Israeli coexistence group Tayyoush participated in the demonstration, held in front of one section of the two meter high electrified fence.



The non-violent nature of the demonstration was shattered when the Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the unarmed demonstrators. Six people were wounded,

including Thomas Bacon from Texas and Andrew Dickie from Scotland who was shot in the thigh and abdomen; another

American, one Israeli and two Palestinians had to receive

medical treatment.



Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary general of the Palestinian National Initiative who participated in the

demonstration and made a speech reported, "The

soldiers attacked us after we hung a map of the apartheid

wall on the fence itself. The map shows how the Israeli

government is stealing even more land from the Palestinians

with the construction of this supposed security wall.

However, we are not even permitted to demonstrate

peacefully without coming under attack".

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