Israeli forces suppress Bethlehem village demo
Published Friday 15/06/2012 (updated) 17/06/2012 17:28
Villagers protest weekly against Israeli restrictions. (MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces suppressed a weekly demonstration on Friday in the Bethlehem village of al-Masara, a local committee official said.
Hasam Brejieh, coordinator for the popular committee against the wall and settlements, said the protest was in support of hunger-striking prisoner Mahmoud al-Sarsak, who has refused food for 89 days.
Israelis and internationals took part in the demonstration, which was broken up by Israeli soldiers.
Demonstrators were able to place a Palestinian flag on an Israeli military jeep, Brejieh said.
The 800 or so residents of al-Masara village face restrictions on land use due to the nearby Gush Etzion settlement bloc.