Michigan Peace Team was invited to a demonstration outside the
(Qalqiliya area. Click to enlarge)
(Close-up of 'Azzun 'Atma area)
MPTers joined around 25 Palestinian activists and 3 Israelis near the checkpoint into ‘Azzun ‘Atma to protest the increased restriction of movement for Palestinians living inside and around the village. Palestinians gave speeches, some of which were directed at the soldiers who had come out of the checkpoint once the demonstration began. Soldiers drove their jeep out of the checkpoint, parking it in the road and making it harder for cars to enter the village. During the protest, soldiers told one of the demonstration leaders that the action was obstructing traffic for people entering the checkpoint. The Palestinian man replied that the action may be obstructing traffic for 5 or 10 minutes, but the checkpoint has been obstructing it for 2 years.
(Checkpoint into the village with an illegal Israeli settlement in the back.)
(Soldiers complained that the demonstration was disrupting traffic into the checkpoint.)
Villagers of ‘Azzun ‘Atma do not normally joined the demonstration outside their village for fear of reprisal, such as having their Jerusalem permits taken away. Many depend on access to
(Soldiers stood across from the demonstration for the duration of the action.)