Maan News: Nabi Saleh rally holds mock funeral for Oslo Accords

by Maan News:  Friday 09/09/2011 

 
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah held a mock funeral for the Oslo Accords as part of its weekly demonstration on Friday, a Ma’an correspondent said.

Demonstrations began after Friday prayers as protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation and a likely US veto of the UN bid.

Participants waved flags with the logo of “The state of Palestine 194” as they marched through the village carrying a black coffin with the words “Oslo Accords” written on it.

The protesters were met by Israeli forces who fired tear gas and sound grenades at the rally.

The activities were organized as part of the upcoming anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords on Sept. 13 1993, a statement from the popular resistance movement said.

Israel has killed the accords, it added, saying that they were now just “ink on paper.”

The movement called on the international community to support the Palestinian people and back the UN bid for statehood.

Under the 1995 Oslo 2 agreement, following on from the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators outlined a plan for Palestinian autonomy allowing the Palestinian Authority administrative and security control of around 17.2 percent of the West Bank, Area A.

The rest of the West Bank and Gaza Strip remained under Israeli military occupation.

The interim deal was intended to lead to a final status agreement by 1999, but a permanent solution was never reached and frequent incursions by the Israeli army into Area A have undermined the agreement.

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Nabi Saleh protestors announce the death of the Oslo Accords

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 9 Sept 2011

Soldiers tried to disperse the demonstration and prevent protesters from reaching their lands using tear-gas. A 14 year-old was detained and three were lightly injured.

Protesters in Nabi Saleh carried a mock coffin today, to symbolize the long due burial of the Oslo Accords. As the march headed in the direction of the village’s spring, a symbolic funeral was held on the hill overlooking the settlement.

As protesters tried to march down to the contested spring, which settlers are actively trying to take over, soldiers began shooting tear-gas to stop their advance. As the army moved closer and closer towards the village’s built up area, clashes ensued.

Escaping the noxious clouds of tear-gas that spread all over the hill, demonstrators regrouped at the center of the village, and started walking down the main road towards the military tower at the entrance to the village. When a group of youth flew a Palestinian flag from atop the military gate at the entrance to the village, large forces of Border Police staged an incursion into the village, once more shooting large amounts of tear-gas and forcing the demonstrators to retreat.

At around 5:30 PM, as clashes have already moved back to the hill west of the village, a 14 year-old boy was detained at the entrance to his house. He was rushed inside an armored military vehicle and kept inside it for hours. In the hours to follow, the same vehicle, as well as a few others, drove in and out of the village provocatively, with no obvious goal. Barricades were built on the main road where people stayed even past nightfall.

At 10:30 PM, the 14 year-old was released without even being questioned. He reports having been beaten up by the Border Police officers who detained him and inside the jeep.

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