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Israel arrests protesters in Tel Aviv

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 2 January 2011 21:31
Israeli forces have arrested 19 activists protesting the death of a 36-year-old Palestinian woman, who died from tear gas inhalation at a rally in the occupied West Bank, PressTV reported.
Israel arrests protesters in Tel Aviv

Israeli forces have arrested 19 activists protesting the death of a 36-year-old Palestinian woman, who died from tear gas inhalation at a rally in the occupied West Bank, PressTV reported.

The demonstrators gathered outside the home of the US ambassador to Israel, James Cunningham, in northern Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Police arrested eleven activists, accusing them of throwing an empty tear gas canister and a chain toward the ambassador's residence, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The demonstration was held against the death of Jawaher Abu Rahma, who died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli troops at demonstrators, who were protesting the construction of the West Bank barrier near Ramallah city on Friday.

Eight other protesters were arrested during a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv late on Saturday night.

Hundreds took part in the protest, holding up pictures of Abu Rahma, whose brother was also killed in a similar protest two years ago in the West Bank village of Bilin.

Every Friday, Palestinians hold demonstrations against the construction of a barrier that Israel began building in 2000, despite the fact that the International Court of Justice had declared the project illegal.

The project confiscated thousands of acres of Palestinian lands for constructing 723 km (454 miles) of a barrier of steel and concrete walls, fences and barbed wire.

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