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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Non-Violent Palestinian and Israeli Activists in Al-Walaja

Danny Johnes, IMEMC News -- Two Palestinian and four Israeli activists were kidnapped outside Al-Walaja village Wednesday morning while protesting the bulldozing of an olive tree grove. The Israeli army blocked everyone from access to the olive grove which is being uprooted.

International, Israeli and Palestinian activists have been protesting Israeli attempts to uproot olive trees outside of Al-Walaja village.

The Israeli army prevented activists and media from accessing the olive grove. They also prevented Israeli and International activist from leaving Al-Walaja.
Among those kidnapped are Al-Walaja resident Shireen al-Araj and human rights activist Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh.

Dr. Qumsiyeh told IMEMC over the phone, that troops rushed at him, pushed him on the floor, handcuffed and blindfolded and took him away. He showed no resistance to the arrest.

On Tuesday two Palestinians were kidnapped, one of which was released a few hours later. On Wednesday two more Palestinian and five International activists were kidnapped during a non-violent protest.

The Israeli army is uprooting the olive trees to clear space for the construction of the wall.

Of particular concern to the villagers is a 3,000 year old olive tree in the grove. Residents believe the Israeli army intends to uproot it.