One Dead at Anti-Annapolis Palestinian Protests

Let’s give them a state…
West Bank Protester: “I Felt Today Like I Was in Gaza”
…Now, that’s bad!

Members of the Palestinian security forces scuffle with a protester during an anti-Annapolis rally in the West Bank city of Hebron November 27, 2007.
You know things are bad when you hear a West Bank protester compare the violence to Gaza. (Reuters)

Palestinian Maan News reported on the violent anti-Annapolis protests today in the West Bank:

Witnesses said Palestinian police used water cannons and beat demonstrators with clubs and rifle butts.

More than 300 Palestinians turned out in defiance of a ban on public demonstrations issued by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) for the day of the conference. Demonstrators carried signs expressing opposition to the US-backed conference and demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

PA forces severely beat Palestinian journalist Ghassan Bannoura, breaking his camera before detaining him, witnesses said. Bannoura was later hosptialized with a broken arm and bruises on his back and legs.

Bannoura said police and civilian Fatah supporters armed with clubs beat him several times and held a gun to his head, threatening to kill him.

“As journalists we are afraid,” said one Palestinian reporter who witnessed the brutality, “We could not even open our cameras … I felt today like I was in Gaza.” He was referring to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, where several high-profile demonstrations have been suppressed by security forces.


Palestinian police officers beat a protester during clashes at a demonstration against the U.S.-sponsored Annapolis peace conference, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. (AP)

One Palestinian was shot dead at a protest in Hebron:

A Palestinian man was killed during an anti-Annapolis rally, organised by the Islamic Hizb Ut-Tahrir movement in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday.

Palestinian security forces shot thirty-seven-year-old Hisham Barad’i was shot in the heart local medical sources said.

Several other protestors and security officers were injured during the rally, including the Hebron security chief, Samih As-Sayfi, as protestors threw stones at police.

Around 2,500 supporters of the Hizb Ut-Tahrir participated in the rally and more than 30 were arrested.

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