The People Of Budrus March Against The Wall
The People Of Budrus March
Thursday, January 15, 2004
THE PEOPLE OF BUDRUS MARCH
And pay their respects to Tom Hurndall
[Budrus, RAMALLAH] Hundreds of people marched against the planned Wall in Budrus today, despite the intimidation tactics of the Israeli military, including the abduction of two Palestinian organizers, Ayed and Na'im Morrar from their homes in the early hours of the morning.
Approximately 30 Internationals and Israelis joined over 250 Palestinian villagers from Budrus in a march to the site of the planned construction of the Wall, where over the past few weeks bulldozers managed to uproot close to 100 olive trees before halting their work – perhaps in response to the ongoing
protest actions in Budrus, the increased international visibility that resulted, and the fact that at this time the international community is gathering evidence to be submitted to the International Criminal Court against Israel's construction of the Wall.
Though soldiers arrived to break up the demonstration, telling the people they had 15 minutes to disperse or else, the villagers held their ground and planted 6 olive trees on the site of uprooted trees before deciding to retreat. The new olive trees planted stand as a symbol of life amidst plans to suffocate and kill with a Wall of Apartheid. The villagers of Budrus reaffirmed their determination to continue their resistance to the erection of the Wall and call on peace-seeking Israelis and internationals to join them.
After the demonstration the villagers set up a tent in the village (in front of the home of Ayed Morrar) where people gathered in memorial for Tom Hurndall and all the victims of Israeli occupation. "Tom is a martyr who will never be
forgotten. Thank you Tom, and thank you to all the internationals who ware enough to be with us" said one local villager.
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