On Thursday, 17 April 2014, approximately 300 people
gathered at the Al Manara area in H1 (under nominal Palestinian control) to
stand in solidarity with the 5224 Palestinian prisoners now held in Israeli
prisons. All political parties participated in the gathering, and each in
turn raised their concerns.
Speeches included the issue of the promise by Israel, as a
part of the peace agreement, to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, and the real
concern that Israel is now stalling on that promise, using the prisoners as
blackmail. This nonviolent action ended with a musical quartet,
consisting of oud, violin, drum, and a singer offering tribute to the
Palestinians still held in prison.
Clashes erupted around 2:00 p.m. between the Israeli
security forces and the Palestinians on the border of H1 and H2 and lasted
until about 7:00 p.m.
The Israeli military dispersed the crowds with tear gas,
stun grenades, rubber bullets, and in some places, live ammunition (which
CPTers observed lying on the ground.) Ambulances entered and exited
frequently the H2 area of Hebron, which is out of the jurisdiction of the
According to Ha’aretz newspaper, ten Palestinians sustained
injuries from the clashes.