Demolishing part of the racist wall that separates the village of Bethany from Jerusalem
May 17, 2013

Some Palestinian young men demolished on Friday afternoon part of the separation wall which separates the village of Bethany from Jerusalem, and were able to reach inside the city of Jerusalem.

Mohammad Matar, member of the Jerusalem region Fateh movement, told Wadi Hilweh Information Center that demolishing the wall in Bethany is among the Fateh movement activities on the anniversary of the Al-Nakba, and the reason behind choosing Bethany to demolish the wall built around it was because of the fact that it is the closest to Jerusalem, and to enable the young men to reach Jerusalem quickly, noting that the area of the demolished part is 20 meters and was done using hand demolishing tools.

He clarified that the guys were able to enter Jerusalem, and the Israeli forces raided the area 15 minutes later and completely besieged it, and fired rubber bullets and tear gas at youths to disperse the gathering.

He said that the demolition of the wall confirms the will of the Palestinian people and their defiance of the separation wall by demolishing it and thus the ability to reach Jerusalem when they want, and at any time, adding that this activity comes at a time when the Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque are increasing, as he said: "We are able to reach Jerusalem and protect our holy places and we warn of messing with them.”

Matar pointed out that Al-Nakba events organized by Fateh movement lasted for 3 days; it started with the “Return” march on Al-Nakba day, and on Thursday there was documentary films on the depopulated villages, and on Friday there was the “Break the limitations on Jerusalem and Return” march in which balloons were launched towards the besieged city, and then demolished part of the racist wall that separates the village of Bethany from Jerusalem.

As of Friday night, the clashes between the youth and the Israeli occupation forces that are firing sound and gas bombs and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators are still going.

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