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In Photos: Anger over Abu Khdeir death pours into the streets in Bethlehem

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(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

Just before 10:00 pm last night, approximately 500 Palestinians gathered for a demonstration in response to the lynching of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.  Facebook messages and texts spread the message to Bethlehem’s shebab that the demonstration would take place in on Jerusalem-Hebron Road.  Hundreds of young men met at the entrance to Dheisheh camp and marched toward Rachel’s Tomb, where one of the main military gates opens up to the heart of Bethlehem, exactly between Aida and Azza Refugee Camps.

The procession was slow before a few broke away to throw a molotov at a tower on the Separation Wall, hitting the front window and setting it ablaze.  Several others began throwing stones and a few lit off fireworks aiming toward the wall and tower.

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

Soldiers emerged from the gate and fired tear gas and rubber bullets.  The shebab spread across the street, lighting tires on fire and hurling stones toward the group of Israeli soldiers standing near the gate.

After an hour or so, a shot is fired and the shebab agree its live ammunition.  Another shot comes after a few minutes, this time it hits a young man in his leg.  Eventually, soldiers retreat and open the small window in the gate, aiming down the street.  The tower window opens and another soldier takes position.

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

Both weapons pictured here are sniper rifles (M24) that have accuracy rates within 3.8 inches when fired from 300 yards away and soldiers fired at least 6 shots and 3 young men were all hit in their legs and sent to the hospital.  At least two others were sent to the hospital for injuries from plastic coated steel bullets.

Quotes from shebab:

“There’s a demonstration today at this checkpoint because of what happened in Jerusalem.  The people who are all here today, they feel very angry about what happened [with Mohammed Abu Khdeir].  (22-year-old)

“They came here because of Mohammed Abu Khdeir who has been killed by the Israeli settlers in Jerusalem and they’ve come to defend themselves.  They feel angry about what’s happened.” (20-year-old)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

(Photo: Kelly Lynn)

“They feel afraid because the soldier is putting his laser from his gun on the people.” (21-year-old)

“People from the West Bank and the Gaza strip, all of them are together in these last few days because of what has happened in Jerusalem.  It’s not just people from Shuafat who are demonstrating against Israeli soldiers – but we and Shuafat, all of us are together against these Israeli soldiers.” (15-year-old)

At one point, a few minutes after the last shot, youth from across the street begin to call for an ambulance.  The wounded young man resists their efforts to help into the back of the car after it pulls up.  He limps like he’s just stubbed his toe.  Eventually he gets in and the ambulance races off.

“When you get hit with these bullets, you don’t feel much until later.” says a 21-year-old.

Medics reported 3 wounded from live ammunition and 2 from rubber bullets that penetrated the skin.

An ambulance rushes the last of the wounded. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

An ambulance rushes the last of the wounded. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

The shoe of a young protester splashed with blood after he helped his wounded friend into the ambulance. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

The shoe of a young protester splashed with blood after he helped his wounded friend into the ambulance. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid on July 5, 2014, 8:57 am

    “Rachel’s Tomb, where one of the main military gates opens up to the heart of Bethlehem, exactly between Aida and Azza Refugee Camps.The procession was slow before a few broke away to throw a molotov at a tower on the Separation Wall
    “Both weapons pictured here are sniper rifles (M24) that have accuracy rates within 3.8 inches when fired from 300 yards away”

    http://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007706
    “The Germans usually marked off the oldest, most run-down sections of cities for the ghettos. They sometimes had to evict non-Jewish residents from the buildings to make room for Jewish families. Many of the ghettos were enclosed by barbed-wire fences or walls, with entrances guarded by local and German police and SS members. During curfew hours at night the residents were forced to stay inside their apartments.In the Polish cities of Lodz and Warsaw, trolley lines ran through the middle of the ghetto. Rather than reroute the lines, workers fenced them off, and policemen guarded the area to keep the Jews from escaping on the trolley cars. The passengers from outside the ghetto used the cars to get to work on weekdays, and some rode them on Sunday outings just to gawk and sneer at the ghetto prisoners. ”

    The Germans used to talk about security too

    • Walid
      Walid on July 5, 2014, 10:49 am

      “The passengers from outside the ghetto used the cars to get to work on weekdays, and some rode them on Sunday outings just to gawk and sneer at the ghetto prisoners. ”

      It could have been also describing the Jerusalem Light Rail going out to the settlements with a stop in Shuafat.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 5, 2014, 11:54 am

        The light railway won’t be going to pisgat zeev for a few months, walid. That is the price of incitement. Urban transport systems need grown up politics to work.

  2. just
    just on July 5, 2014, 8:57 am

    So sad.

    That picture of the sniper and rifle in the hidey- hole behind the wall with words of Pope, Bethlehem, Free Palestine, Apartheid Wall, BDS scrawled all around him is quite amazing. I hope it spreads far and wide.

    Thanks Kelly.

  3. just
    just on July 5, 2014, 9:50 am

    “Lieberman: Israeli-Arab rioters don’t belong in Israel
    Foreign minister says justice system must send clear message ‘to those who enjoy Israeli citizenship and act as terrorists.’

    The Arab-Israelis who rioted in the north of the country on Friday do not belong in Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.603160

    You’re going to have to get rid of your IOF and police then– and your government. He’s an Arabphobic menace, inciter to violence, and perfecter of Apartheid.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka on July 5, 2014, 10:19 am

      Interesting that the Moldovan would want to kick out native Palestunians but doesn’t seem to have a problem with rhe racist, rioting Jews chanting “Death to Arabs” or Netanyahoo’s pogrom across thw West Bank and Gaza. Time to ship that racist back to his Moldovan homeland.

  4. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 5, 2014, 10:06 am

    “Foreign minister says justice system must send clear message ‘to those who enjoy Israeli citizenship and act as terrorists.’”

    Start with the PM and work your way down.

  5. RobertB
    RobertB on July 6, 2014, 7:36 am

    The Missing Headlines from Israel-Palestine

    “Studies show that US news is extremely Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, AP, Time, etc. are located in Israel and are often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army; “pundit” Jeffrey Goldberg served in the Israeli military; Wolf Blitzer worked for the Israel lobby, and numerous other journalists in the region have personal family ties to the Israeli military.”

    Click on link below for more details on the current I/P conflict:

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/missingheadlines.html

  6. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on July 7, 2014, 5:49 am

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