The above three minute video is inspiring and infruriating at the same time. To see so many people, old and young and from all over the globe, come out week after week to protest the apartheid wall despite all the hardship and danger they face is awe-inspiring. Then to see on camera the extrememly violent reaction of the Israeli soldiers makes me want to scream and show this to the rest of the world.
From the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) newsletter:
Blake Murphy, an American activist working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the West Bank, was beaten and arrested by Israeli army and police forces on March 14, 2008.
He now faces a series of evidently false charges from the Israeli authorities due to his work supporting non-violent resistance to the occupation in Palestine and is due to be deported to the United States in the immediate future. While in custody Blake has had many of his legal rights abused by the Israeli authorities.
Blake was arrested during the weekly demonstration in the village of Bi'lin, where the separation wall annexes much of the Palestinian villages land. Blake was picked out of the demonstration by the Israeli forces, violently assaulted, with pepper spray put in his eyes before being taken off and subsequently arrested.
Blake Murphy had to be taken to hospital due to his injuries caused by the soldiers. He appeared in court on March 15, and at that time the judge prolonged his detention until March 18. He was then told that he would have to reappear in court on March 18, only to be told that this was not the case, after spending 8 hours of that day locked in a room meant for 8;along with 15 others waiting for his trial.
While in custody, Blake has been denied a translator in court, he has been brought before a judge without his lawyer being informed, and he has been made to appear for a trial that was cancelled without him being informed.
Blake Murphy had been working for the last 8 and a half months in the Palestinian Occupied Territories with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). For over 6 months he was working as the media coordinator for the ISM and was therefore highly involved in supporting Palestinian non-violent resistance toward the occupation. It is for this reason that he was targeted by the Israeli authorities.
If that's not enough, check out this article. Israeli Attorney General just eased regulations against firing at Palestinian demonstrators. Peaceful protests just turned even bloodier.