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Two USA Activists Arrested Protesting Against Wall

Two ISM American Activists Arrested While Protesting Against The Wall

Eye witnesses report use of excessive violence from the soldiers

[Beit Surik, Occupied Jerusalem] Two female activists Huwaida Arraf and Jessica Hanson were arrested while trying to negotiate with the soldiers during the demonstration against the building of the Wall of Apartheid in Beit Surik this afternoon.

Eye witnesses reported that the two American citizens were beaten by male soldiers during the arrest. Huwaida Arraf was reportedly punched in the face by a soldier. The demonstration began yesterday, as bulldozers started to destroy olive groves surrounding the village.

The demonstrators attempted to stop the bulldozers from uprooting more olive trees today. The Israeli army fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd and arrested around 15 Palestinians, 2 Israeli activists and a journalist.

The two American activists have been first taken into a nearby settlement called Har Adar before being transferred to the police station of Givat Ze'ev settlements later in the afternoon and are still detained there.

Later in the evening, Jessica Hanson was released but Huwaida Arraf is still detained and officially arrested. No court hearing has been scheduled so far.

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