8 July 2011
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Many people injured in clash between Hizb-ut Tahrir demonstrators and Palestinian police
by Courtnay Wilson
On 2 July 2011, the Islamic political organization, Hizb-ut Tahrir (The Party of Freedom), staged a last-minute demonstration in Hebron after the Palestinian Authority (PA) blocked a planned demonstration in Ramallah. Over 1000 demonstrators descended upon the Palestinian-controlled area of the city in the late afternoon. Subsequent clashes with Palestinian police—with the protestors throwing stones and police responding with tear gas and shots fired into the air—resulted in about thirty casualties, including one person who was hospitalized.
Bystanders, including four CPTers, watched as Palestinian police, dressed in full riot gear, brutally pushed back onlookers in an attempt to clear the area. Dismayed by the violence one Palestinian bystander remarked of the Palestinian police, “They are not humans, they are Daytons,” referring to General Keith Dayton who, as the US Security Coordinator for the Palestinians, is the one responsible for the training of the PA security forces.
A CPTer positioned herself between the baton-wielding police and bystanders. When the police commander approached, she scolded him for ordering his officers to behave in such a violent fashion. He was apologetic but defiant, and invited members of CPT’s Hebron team to meet with him at a later date.The demonstration marked the ninetieth anniversary of the fall of the last caliphate. The Hizb-ut Tahrir is committed to re-establishing the caliphate, or Islamic state, across the Muslim world.