Huge Palestinian demonstations against fake Annapolis peace conference suppressed by Palestinian Authority police, journalists covering protests also attacked

Huge Palestinian demonstations against fake Annapolis peace conference suppressed by Palestinian Authority police, journalists covering protests also attacked: Protests against Annapolis conference, which refuses to discuss Israel’s occupation, Palestinians’ right of return, the expanding Israeli settlements, the wall, and Jerusalem. Palestinian Authority determined to suppress outcry, PA police kill one demonstrator in Hebron, detain 50 in Bethlehem, injure 30 and detain 200 in Ramallah. Journalists also attacked for covering demonstrations.

Ma’an News Agency, November 27, 2007

30 injured, 200 detained as PA forces crack down on anti-Annapolis rally in Ramallah


Bethlehem – Ma’an – 30 protesters were injured when hundreds of heavily-armed Palestinian police and security forces dispersed a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the international meeting in Annapolis in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said that police and Presidential guards used batons and teargas to disperse the 500 person demonstration, which was held in defiance of a ban on public protests issued by the Palestinian Interior Ministry. Eight people were arrested, including Jamal Juma, the coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.

Mu’ammar Urabi, head of Watan TV in Ramallah, a member of the Ma’an network, was among those assaulted by Palestinian police.

Wael Shuyokhi, an Al-Jazeera correspondent was also brutally beaten while covering the rally in Ramallah.

At a second demonstration in Ramallah on Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said up to 200 protesters from the pan-Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement were detained by Palestinian security forces. Elderly men and women, activist, and journalists were beaten and detained.

Witnesses said PA forces surrounded the Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah, fired live bullets and used teargas to disperse demonstrators.

Organizers said that up to 14 busloads of demonstrators were unable to reach Ramallah due to a heavy Palestinian security deployment throughout the West Bank.

Ahmad Muslamani, head of the Palestinian Health Work Committees, one of the organizations that sponsored the demonstration, condemned the repression, calling it an attack on freedom of speech. “We will continue to express our opinion. This is a right we have to enjoy,” he said.

Dozens of Palestinian civil society organizations from throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and inside Israel endorsed a platform in opposition to the Annapolis conference. A joint statement from the organizers of Tuesday’s demonstration called for a process of negotiation “aimed at the implementation of the rights of our people, and the establishment of a timeline for such implementation, not negotiation on the rights themselves.”

Of particular concern for the sponsoring organizations is the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, which they fear will be surrendered in the Annapolis process.

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al qalaq, November 27, 2007

Palestinian forces kill one demonstrator in Hebron, detain 50 in Bethlehem, injure 30 and detain 200 in Ramallah.
“A Palestinian man was killed during an anti-Annapolis rally, organised by the Islamic Hizb Ut-Tahrir movement in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.

Palestinian security forces shot thirty-seven-year-old Hisham Barad’i was shot in the heart local medical sources said.

Several other protestors and security officers were injured during the rally, including the Hebron security chief, Samih As-Sayfi, as protestors threw stones at police.

Around 2,500 supporters of the Hizb Ut-Tahrir participated in the rally and more than 30 were arrested.

Dr Mahir Al-Ja’bari from Hizb Ut-Tahrir in Hebron accused the Palestinian security services of killing Barad’i and injuring many others.

Hebron Governor Hussain Al-A’raj, said he held Hizb Ut-Tahrir responsible for what happened. “I warned the leaders of Hizb Ut-Tahrir yesterday of the repercussions of the rally, and I told them that the Palestinian leadership will not relinquish unalienable Palestinian rights,” he said.

“We banned all rallies including pro and anti-Annapolis, and an application by Fatah to organize a pro-Annapolis rally was turned down,” he added.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security officers also suppressed an anti-Annapolis rally organized by Hizb Ut-Tahrir in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Hundreds attended the demonstration carrying black flags reading “La Ilaha Illa Allah” (There is no god but Allah), and calling for a Palestinian boycott of the Annapolis meeting.

They urged their supporters to prepare for the Islamic Caliphate, Jihad and the liberation of Palestine.”

Palestinian killed in anti-Annapolis rally in Hebron; police suppress rally in Nablus

“More than fifty Palestinian protesters were seized violently by Palestinian security forces at a demonstration against the international meeting in Annapolis in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said.

Witnesses said Palestinian police used water cannons and beat demonstrators with clubs and rifle butts.

More than 300 Palestinians turned out in defiance of a ban on public demonstrations issued by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) for the day of the conference. Demonstrators carried signs expressing opposition to the US-backed conference and demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

PA forces severely beat Palestinian journalist Ghassan Bannoura, breaking his camera before detaining him, witnesses said. Bannoura was later hosptialized with a broken arm and bruises on his back and legs.

Bannoura said police and civilian Fatah supporters armed with clubs beat him several times and held a gun to his head, threatening to kill him.

“As journalists we are afraid,” said one Palestinian reporter who witnessed the brutality, “We could not even open our cameras … I felt today like I was in Gaza.” He was referring to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, where several high-profile demonstrations have been suppressed by security forces.

“What we saw today was fascist,” said the reporter, who asked not to have his identity revealed.”

PA forces violently disperse anti-Annapolis demonstration in Bethlehem, detaining 50 Palestinians

“30 protesters were injured when hundreds of heavily-armed Palestinian police and security forces dispersed a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the international meeting in Annapolis in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said that police and Presidential guards used batons and teargas to disperse the 500 person demonstration, which was held in defiance of a ban on public protests issued by the Palestinian Interior Ministry. Eight people were arrested, including Jamal Juma, the coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.

Mu’ammar Urabi, head of Watan TV in Ramallah, a member of the Ma’an network, was among those assaulted by Palestinian police.

Wael Shuyokhi, an Al-Jazeera correspondent was also brutally beaten while covering the rally in Ramallah.

At a second demonstration in Ramallah on Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said up to 200 protesters from the pan-Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement were detained by Palestinian security forces. Elderly men and women, activist, and journalists were beaten and detained.

Witnesses said PA forces surrounded the Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah, fired live bullets and used teargas to disperse demonstrators.

Organizers said that up to 14 busloads of demonstrators were unable to reach Ramallah due to a heavy Palestinian security deployment throughout the West Bank.

Ahmad Muslamani, head of the Palestinian Health Work Committees, one of the organizations that sponsored the demonstration, condemned the repression, calling it an attack on freedom of speech. “We will continue to express our opinion. This is a right we have to enjoy,” he said.

Dozens of Palestinian civil society organizations from throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and inside Israel endorsed a platform in opposition to the Annapolis conference. A joint statement from the organizers of Tuesday’s demonstration called for a process of negotiation “aimed at the implementation of the rights of our people, and the establishment of a timeline for such implementation, not negotiation on the rights themselves.”

Of particular concern for the sponsoring organizations is the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, which they fear will be surrendered in the Annapolis process.”

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Media Line Staff, November 28, 2007

P.A. Journalist Association Protests Police Attacks on Journalists

The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate held a sit-in on Wednesday to protest the police attack in Ramallah on journalists Tuesday, who were covering a rally against the Annapolis conference.

Describing the attack as “brutal,” the syndicate said that dozens of journalists were either beaten or arrested by the police during the attack to disperse the protesters.

A similar attack in Hebron by the police resulted in the killing of a protester and the wounding of several others, medical sources reported.

Throughout the West Bank and Gaza, tens of thousands of people took the streets yesterday in anti-Annapolis rallies organized by the Muslim Fundamentalist Liberation Party, aka Al Tahrier. The protesters chanted slogans calling Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud ‘Abbas a traitor.

A P.A. police spokesman said the attack occurred after the organizers refused to obey a police ban on anti-Annapolis rallies in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Riad Al-Malki, who promised an investigation into the attack on journalists, said the Fatah-led government has banned all West Bank activities related to the conference, including press conferences, in an effort to prevent any outbreak of violence.

In other developments the police Wednesday also attacked the funeral procession of the protester who was shot and killed by police in Hebron.

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