[R-G] ISM protests at fence in West Bank; internationals arrested
mstainsby at dojo.tao.ca
Fri Nov 15 15:42:37 MST 2002
AP. 15 November 2002. Three Americans among nine foreign activists
detained in West Bank.
JERUSALEM -- Three Americans were detained Friday during a demonstration
against Israel's construction of a security fence near the West Bank
town of Tullkarem.
The three were among 10 activists arrested while trying to block Israeli
bulldozers clearing land for the fence.
About 100 Palestinians participated in the demonstration and one of them
was among those detained.
Robert Smith, of St. Paul, Minn., said soldiers threw concussion
grenades and tear gas, then dragged protesters away.
At least one activist was beaten severely, he said.
Smith said the activists belong to a pro-Palestinian group called the
International Solidarity Movement.
He identified the arrested Americans as Susan Barney, of Boston; Radhika
Sairah, a California man whose hometown was not known; and Gordon
Hutchins, a Methodist pastor from Yakima, Wash. The six other foreigners
detained were either Canadian or European, he said.
Many international protesters arrested by Israeli forces in the West
Bank have been deported.
Palestinians maintain the fence will cut into West Bank land they want
for a state.
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