Political Prisoners

Two Jewish activists chained themselves to a military bulldozer
to stop uprooting of Palestenian olive trees.

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6 February 2001 - 23:55

Brief Recap: Two days ago, Israeli army bulldozers arrived to knock down the olive tree grove that belongs to the Palestinian residents of Dir Istya. The army claims that villagers hide behind the trees and throw stones at passing vehicles. Some 150 trees were already mauled before peace activists in the vicinity managed to arrive and sit down in front of the bulldozers, preventing the destruction of the entire grove of 1,500. A subsequent Supreme Court appeal was denied, although the Court limited the size of the area that the army could legally clear, and the peace activists camped out and waited for the bulldozers to return.

Update: At about noon today, the bulldozers returned, but two young women, Neta Golan (29), an Israeli Jew, and Yasmine Jayal (22), a German- Palestinian now living in Ramallah, were waiting for them. Neta and Yasmine had wrapped chains around their bodies and chained themselves to olive trees in the path of the bulldozer. The soldiers demanded that they leave, but the women refused. The soldiers went off to find tools to break the chains. Villagers watching the confrontation knelt down in prayer. Upon their return, the soldiers managed fairly quickly to break through the chains, "liberate" the trees, and arrest both Neta and Yasmine. Two other young Israeli peace activists who had just arrived on the scene, Shelly Nativ and Eyal Oron, were arrested with them.

After fairly brief interrogations, Shelly and Eyal were released, but they remained on site to support Neta and Yasmine. Neta and Yasmine refused to sign the terms of release - that they would not enter any "closed military zones". So now, 12 hours later, they remain under arrest and are currently being moved to Kishon jail near Haifa, where there are "cells for women".

Gila Svirsky


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