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My Beloved Bil’in-weekly demo against the wall.
on friday May 22, the weekly demo against the wall took place in Bil’in. This week's demo commutated the memory of Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahme who was shot from a short distance with an “extended range” teargas projectile.
Roy Wagner, a witness to this week demo, reports:
"Over 15 Israelis and over 20 internationals joined several dozens of Palestinians (including one Palestinian woman and one bicycle mounted boy) for the weekly demo in Bilin. The demonstrators marched towards the fence chanting slogans in memory of Bassem, who was murdered by the army in April, and against the annexation wall. The shabab (local youth) gathered to the right of the demonstrators (rather than on their left side as they usually do), and started the weekly unbalanced exchange of projectiles. On the s! habab side: foul manure bottles and stones; on the soldiers' side: gas, shock grenades and a few rubber coated metal bullets. The army was a little less trigger happy than usual due to an unfavourable wind direction and the presence of Israeli press invited to cover the event from the soldiers' side. A Quebecois group made a prominent appearance, carrying their provincial flag. As far as I saw several people were injured from gas inhalation, and one person was injured in his hand from a shock or gas grenade."
Three Injured and dozens suffered teargas inhalation
They responded to the gas animal dung
Friday, 22 \ 5 \ 2009
Residents of Bil’in marched today after the Friday prayer in a protest joined by international and Israelis activists. Protesters carried Palestinian flags and posters of the martyr, Bassem Abu Rahmah and metal shields to protect them from rubber bullets and bombs, labeled with a picture of the martyr Abu Rahma and also raised slogans condemning the Zionist occupation, chanting slogans demanding the expulsion of the occupation of the territory of their village and return the land seized from them.
The Israeli army had gathered in big numbers behind cement blocks and used razor wire to prevent the crowd from going through the gate. The army fired tear gas canisters to disturb the crowd, causing dozens to suffer gas inhalation and nine were shot with rubber coated steel bullets. The injured: Adeeb Aburahma Omar Hisham Nasser, and the mercy of the boy Ahmad Aburahma (15).
On the other hand, the demonstrators gave the soldiers balloons filled dung of animals in response to the military's use of poison gas.
In the Bil’in weekly action today, there was a participation of 16 delegates from Quebec, Canada representing 14 civil society and political organizations.The delegation was organized by the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP) and included delegates from unions (CUPW, CUPE, FNEEQ), civil society organizations (FFQ, Artists for Peace, Alternatives) and Quebec Solidaire (political party) among others.
The delegation listened to a presentation from the Popular Committee against the Wall (Bil’in) about the history and developments of their just struggle against the Wall and later participated with 300 local, national, and international actives.Ehab Lotayef, a member of the delegation, said “we are shocked by the violence the IDF soldiers faced the demonstration with despite that it clearly did not threaten them or the wall in any way.” “Only when Israel will accept the humanity of the Palestinian people and their right to live in security and dignity will there ever be peace in this region”, he added.
On the other hand, called the Popular Committee for wall resistance and settlements in Bil'in the citizens to participate in the memorial service on behalf of the martyr Bassem Abu Rahma (elephant) on next Tuesday at five thirty in the evening, corresponding to 26 \ 5 \ 2009, in the courtyard of the school of Bil'in.
Thank you for you continued support,
Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
co-founder of Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin
on the right side is Ashraf Abu Rahma, Bassem's brother who was shoot by an israeli suliders while cuffed and blindfolded.