The mainstream press does not report on these everyday occurrences.
By: Jeff (ISM)
April 19, 2004
Sunday the 18th, in Biddu, after noon prayers and memorial for
Rantissi; bulldozers and soldiers showed up and started working on
the Wall. A couple hundred villagers went to the work site. About 20
adult Palestinians and 7 Internationals headed into the olive groves
coming within 100m of the work site. The Israeli forces fired tear
gas and then attacked the demonstrators with horses and infantry.
The mounted police ran down two Palestinians, arresting one after
knocking him down with horse and baton. An ISM woman was arrested on
the spot as well,
Other Palestinians came to the rescue, pelting the police with
stones and driving them back. The remainder of the international
crew went to the hill about 450m from the work site and soldiers.
There they sat with many Palestinians and observed the stone, rubber
bullet and teargas fight. About one hour later live bullets started
to whiz by our heads. No shots were heard. The firing continued and
we realized that a unseen sniper was using a silencer. Everyone
quickly moved to the other side of the hill, out of harms way.
At this time, about 30 demonstrators, with many village leaders were
heading toward the dozers again. Unaware of the sniper, they heard
the bullets go by but, since there were no gun shots heard, they did
not know that they were being fired on. 23 year old Deya' Eldin
Abdel Karim adu Eid was shot in the chest; the bullet caused extreme
damage to the area, exiting his back. He died at Al Maqassed
Hospital in Jerusalem hours later. He was much loved in the
community and was due to be married in three months. He is the 5th
person to be killed in Biddu at anti Wall demonstration in less than
A few hours later, a 19 year old was shot in the leg with a live
round. The police stayed in Biddu, and searched houses in Beit Ijza,
threatening many villagers. One soldier was quoted as saying: "Do
you want a teargas grenade in your house or us to f#%$ your
Work on the Wall continued into the night with the use of spot
lights and encamped police.