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Apartheid Wall Protest in Bil'in, West Bank, Palestine, 12/24/10: video
On December 24th, 2010, Palestinians, along with a small number of Israelis and internationals, marched out of the village of Bil'in in the West Bank to protest the Israeli apartheid wall. This weekly Friday demonstration has occurred since 2005, organized by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. Being Christmas Eve, the protest this Friday featured several Santas who tossed out candies to children as the demonstration began in the center of the village and then rang bells throughout the march to the wall. This week, the bulk of the march made it to the wall before Israeli Defense Forces began dispersing noxious tear gas and stun grenades. Shortly thereafter soldiers made their way through the fence and slowly advanced toward the edge of Bil'in, threatening the use of rubber bullets several times as they moved forward.
Apartheid Wall Protest in Bil'in, West Bank, Palestine, 12/24/10: photos
Apartheid Wall Protest in Bil'in, West Bank, Palestine, 12/17/10: photos & video
Bil'in weekly demonstration against the Israeli apartheid wall, 12/17/10
Video of the same demonstration on 12/24/10, shot from multiple angles and with close-ups of soldiers firing tear gas: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/28/18667702.php#18667703
While there were no major injuries at the December 17th and 24th Bil'in demonstrations, the reports made previous to this one for Indybay noted that the tear gas used by the IDF is far more intense than that used in the U.S.
At the following Bil'in demonstration, on December 31st, not only was one person injured when hit in the head by a tear gas canister, exposure to the gas itself caused the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah, who tragically had already lost a sibling at a Bil'in protest in 2009.
Israeli Forces Kill Female Demonstrator in Bil’in / Civilian Hit by a Tear Gas Canister at Weekly Protest in Bil'in