Compliments of Honenu
“Mercenaries and thugs have been turned loose to attack demonstrators,” Clinton said, according to a prepared text of a speech today in Geneva. “As we move forward on these fronts, we will continue to explore all possible options for action -- as we have said, nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan government continues to threaten and kill Libyan citizens.”
Police Shoot at Protestors in the Shomron
Shots Fired at Havat Gilad Protesters
The Women in Green and Judean Action Committees vehemently protested the use of rubber bullets against the Havat Gilad residents. In a statement to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, they said, "Bibi, the wounded are your responsibility! Stop hiding behind [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak. The end of regimes that fire on their citizens can be seen in the countries around us."
Clamor Increases to Investigate Police Violence at Gilad Farm
The police denied using rubber bullets – and the residents confirmed. “They used pneumatic bullets, which are much worse,” said one resident; see photo (red background, below) showing samples of projectiles shot by the police.
The end of the video above [provided by the Shomron Residents Committee] shows a policeman shooting at a resident from “three meters away,” according to Ilana Shimon, Community Director and member of the town council. "My husband was protesting how they shoved me and tore off my sister-in-law's head kerchief, so they pushed him away and then shot him from short-range... There was tremendous violence of all kinds - violence, violence, violence. They took our adopted son and arrested him – and then, even after he was on the floor, they continued beating him!”
Destroyed were a home, the foundations of two homes, a tent above one of them, and the village gate.
Shimon said the residents of the farm – 28 families, most with young children – plan to immediately begin building three additional buildings as their response to today’s events. “Though we are short on funds, and we have had to raise funds for soler fuel just to heat our homes, we are embarking on this campaign because the only answer to these tribulations is to keep on building! For those who want to help, our bank account number is Mizrachi-Tefachot 483-188835.”
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan has already written to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and Israel Police Chief David Cohen, demanding that they investigate the source of the orders to open fire at residents during the demolition operation.
"It is completely unthinkable,” Dayan wrotes, “that soldiers and police officers would point a weapon at the inhabitants, and it doesn't matter what kind of ammunition is being used."
Residents of Havat Gilad said that in addition to dye bullets, police also used gas grenades and stun grenades.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel called for the Police Investigation Unit to open an immediate inquiry into today’s events. Forum Director Nachi Eyal said that the 13 wounded and the level of violence shows that security forces acted savagely. “It must be ascertained who gave the orders to be overly violent,” he said, “and the Forum will do what it can to bring those responsible to trial… Any soldier or policeman who doesn't understand that enforcement of construction laws does not justify shooting at citizens should be banned from serving in the security services of the State of Israel."
MK Zevulun Orlev said he was “astounded” by the level of violence displayed by security forces. "We will demand a thorough investigation and prosecution of security forces," he said. Earlier, MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said he expected to see the violent police officers and those who gave them their orders brought to trial.
Complaint on Havat Gilad Filed with Police
The complaint says that photographs and other evidence show that police used new weapons to fire ammunition directly - and at times at point-blank range - at Havat Gilad residents. Strook said an incident as serious as this demands that the field investigation be immediate, given the fact that civilians were targetted.
Dayan: Unthinkable that Weapons by Pointed at Yeshans
Dayan wrote, "It's completely unthinkable that soldiers and police officers would point a weapon at inhabitants [of the area], and it doesn't matter what kind of ammunition is being used." Police denied anti-demolition protesters' charges that rubber bullets were used, but said dye bullets were used.
Police Deny Using Rubber Bullets at Havat Gilad
The spokesman for the Samaria and Judea police said that police used permitted disturbance-control measures after the throwing of rocks and violent disturbances directed at security forces. The spokesman added that the violence followed the arrest of invdivuals suspected of having knives, spikes and other attack weapons. The spokesman stressed that only dye bullets were used and not rubber bullets.
Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Wound 15, in Outpost Destruction
Eyewitness: Police Shooters at Havat Gilad Wore Masks
A number of protesters were wounded. Their conditions were not immediately known.