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Friday, June 18, 2004

Palestinians and Peaceniks Protest Life-Saving Security Barrier

Thursday - near Arab village of Iskaka

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

AFP/Yoav Lemmer

See also Israeli Arabs credit fence for newfound prosperity in the Jerusalem Post.
Since the fence's completion in their areas last August, many Arab communities – especially those bordering Palestinian villages – have enjoyed a spike in both security and economic activity, as Arabs who once hauled back millions of shekels worth of wares from Jenin now shop locally.
"God be blessed, the fence ended the parade of terrorists through this city and gave us an economic boom and increased security," says Umm el-Fahm City Manager Tawfiq Karaman.

UPDATE: The website of the International Solidarity Movement hosts a journal entry about this "demonstration." It's titled Peaceful Protesters (sic) from the Village of Iskaka met with Violence by Israeli Military. Is kaka, indeed.

According to "Pat," two ISMers were arrested:
"As the soldiers were dispersing the crowd, Israeli police arrested two of the international protesters, Jewish American activist Max Schmookler and Swedish writer and journalist Andreas Malm. Max and Andreas were held at the police station at the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel before being released under the condition not to enter any closed military area again."