The International Solidarity Movement posted a video (above) of a “dance protest” in Hebron last Saturday – where three dancers playing the role of soldiers searching three Palestinians – as a response to the YouTube video of Israeli soldiers dancing near the illegal settlement of Tel-Rumeida.
They performed in front of the gate that closes off Shuhada street and prohibits all Palestinians from using it. The demonstrators called for justice and the opening of Shuhada street, and for the inhabitants of illegal Israeli settlements to leave the city and take the soldiers with them.
The demonstration, held weekly on a Saturday afternoon, then turned and paraded through the town. As they approached the market the peaceful protesters’ path was blocked by a line of soldiers armed with M-16 rifles – some of whom were seen kicking and hitting protesters. After a short sit-in the protest continued by turning around and heading towards the Old City.
Israeli activists gave speeches in Hebrew aimed at soldiers and settlers, calling for an end to the Apartheid situation in Hebron. One settler living in a house from which Palestinians were evicted threw water down on protesters but this did not dampen their spirits. Palestinians and international activists chanted together: “One two three four, occupation no more, five six seven eight, stop the killing, stop the hate.”
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And the fact is that Palestinians were evicted and settlers now live in those buildings. Sad. I’m not sure what to make of this dancing overall. The spilling of water seems a very matter-of-fact, heartless and typically arrogant “just go away,” which the dancers eventually did. The settlers, with the help of Israel and the US, will keep spilling water until, in their estimation, the streets are totally clean.
I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about. I’ve watched the video a few times and don’t see any water being spilled. I also don’t know why that would be so insulting. Maybe you could explain?
The body of your post reads, “One settler living in a house from which Palestinians were evicted threw water down on protesters but this did not dampen their spirits.” It’s not in the video, I don’t think. And it’s insulting because, well, it’s akin to swatting a fly or shooing a dog.
I understand and agree. I misread your comment. I thought you were saying you didn’t know what to think about the dancing because the protesters did something with water that was offensive. Now I understand.