International activists arrested on Friday demo


According to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Nablus team, 4 human rights activists were arrested yesterday afternoon at a demonstration against the apartheid wall in Bil’in.

They were protesting peacefully among villagers and supporters when they were attacked by the IOF.

Palestinian activist Mohammed Khatib,  American jewish activist Code Pink, a Finish activist (still not identified) and Italian activist, Antonio Fresta, were arrested. Antonio was assaulted and repeatedly pepper-sprayed from close range in the face.  They are presently still detained, as stated by the ISM team.

Code Pink being detained.

Testimony from the ISM team: “At approximately 1pm two women, an American and a Scandinavian, were walking along the road near to the wall with 3 other people when Israeli Forces advanced and detained both of them. When Mohammad al-Khatib approached the Israeli forces to question why the women were being detained, he was also detained and arrested. The soldiers then shot several rounds of teargas across the valley, and ran after a Chilean and Italian filming nearby.”

Antonio being arrested.

Another testimony: “While moving away from the rain of teargas, the Italian was chased, beaten and pepper-sprayed repeatedly, before being arrested and dragged into a jeep by Israeli forces. Despite the fact that he did not resist arrest nor break any perceivable law in his actions, he was denied medical assistance from the nearby ambulance and has been taken directly into custody.  The Chilean activist stated “We were running because they were shooting and I think Antonio fell. They sprayed him right in the eyes again and again. I told them we are not doing anything wrong, but then they kept going”.”

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