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May 2, 2012

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Activist Rana Hamadeh raised a Palestinian flag on an Israeli “skunk tank” today during a demonstration in front of Israel’s Ofer Prison near Ramallah. Soldiers quickly moved to arrest her, severely cracking down on at least three other Palestinians in the process.

The following is footage that I found first on Mondoweiss. It shows Hamadeh climbing the military vehicle and then being chased by soldiers. Three other demonstrators formed a protective shield around her. At about this time, democracy—in the form of an orange, stinging mist—rained down on them.

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At 0:29, protesters shield Hamadeh from the impending attack.

At 0:32, one Israeli soldier grabs Hamadeh by the neck.

At 0:34, a tear gas canister is fired at the group. The soldiers are the only individuals protected from such a close high velocity impact.

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