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Three injured at Bil'in protest commemorating woman
killed by tear gas last week
Saturday January 08, 2011 11:36 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Dozens of Palestinians suffered from inhalation of tear gas fired by
Israeli occupation soldiers at a protest commemorating the death of
Jawaher Abu Rahma last week by tear gas inhalation. Two of the
protesters were rendered unconscious by the experimental gas, and one
protest organizer was hit by a canister.
The protesters gathered around noon in the village of Bil'in,
and held signs and pictures of 42-year old Jawaher Abu Rahme, who died
from tear gas inhalation after a demonstration against the Wall last
Friday. Her death put Bil'in into the headlines of major media --
something which none of the other 12 demonstrators killed in the last
six years of non-violent demonstrations managed to do.
of Palestinians wore yellow stars saying, "Palestinian", reminiscent of
the stars that Jews were required to wear by the Nazi regime in the
early 1940s. They were joined by Israeli supporters who had to sneak
into the West Bank by circuitous routes, as their presence in most of
the West Bank is illegal by Israeli law.
led the demonstrators from the center of the village toward the site of
the Israeli electric fence construction, chanting slogans and carrying
banners and flags. Israeli forces stationed at the top of a hill on the
other side of the fence immediately began firing tear gas and other
so-called 'non-lethal weapons', including rubber-coated steel bullets
and sound grenades, into the crowd.
According to demonstrator
Alice Rothchild, "Tear gas canisters were sometimes shot into the air,
spiraling down to hit the ground creating a huge white cloud of gas.
Sometimes the soldiers shot directly at protesters, I could see them
crouching and taking aim. There was also a large white truck that
repeatedly sprayed a huge arc of white liquid that smelled like a cross
between skunk and feces and is apparently difficult to get off one’s
body once sprayed."
One of the organizers of the non-violent
movement in Bil'in, Eyad Bernat, was hit by a rubber-coated steel
bullet, and Mustafa Shawkat and the wife of protest organizer Ahmed Abu
Rahma were rendered unconscious by tear gas.
weekly protest in Bil'in village has taken place every Friday for the
last six years to challenge the Israeli Annexation Wall, the
construction of which has seized over half the land area of the farming
village to annex it to nearby Israeli colonial settlements.
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