Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, August 2009
Israeli occupation forces attack peace activists in Ni'lin, Bil'in, and Beit Ummar
International arrested in Beit Ummar-area protest, residents attacked
Published yesterday (updated) 21/08/2009 16:36
Hebron – Ma'an –
Israeli occupation forces broke up a peace march and arrested an
international solidarity activist in the Hebron-area settlement of Karmi
Zur on Friday.
Scores suffered tear gas inhalation As Israeli troops attack Nil'in weekly protest
Dozens of Palestinians and internationals suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the wall in N'ilin village near the central West Bank.
Villagers marched toward the location of the Israeli Wall, then held the Friday prayers there. Israeli soldiers attacked the residents and international supporters by firing tear gas at them as they peacefully marched towards the Wall. The Israeli military sealed off the village on Friday morning in an attempt to stop supporters from coming into the village for the weekly protest. The village got their supporters in by finding a deferent rout through the village lands.
Dozen were suffocated by tear gas at the weekly demonstration in Bil'in
Dozen were suffocated with tear gas on Friday when Israeli troops attacked the Bil'in villagers, central west Bank, and their international and Israeli supporters.
As is the case each week, the protesters headed towards the Wall after the midday prayers. When they get close to the gate of the wall separating the villagers form their lands, troops started firing tear gas, causing the suffocation of dozens.
This week in Bil'in the Israeli military continued to target the organizers of the weekly nonviolent protests. Soldiers attacked the house of Mohammad Abu Rahma, age 48, and kidnapped him. Abu Rahmah is the vice president of the Bil'in village council and an organizer of the weekly nonviolent protests against the wall.
During the arrest, the soldiers where confronted by the village's camera man Haitham Khatib who was joined by international solidarity activists who live in the village. As Haithem was filming the arrest, one soldier hit him, broke his camera and hit two of the activists.
During the daily invasions that started last month the Israeli military have arrested 28 people, most of whom are under 18. Nineteen residents of Bil'in remain in Israeli detention. The military is trying to stop the weekly protest against the wall around the village.
The Palestinian village of Bil'in has become an international symbol of the Palestinian popular struggle. For almost 5 years, its residents have been continuously struggling against the de facto annexation of more than 50% of their farmlands for the construction of the Apartheid Wall.
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