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News :: Human Rights : International
Dozens of injuries suffered tear gas inhalation
20 Dec 2009
On the 42nd anniversary of the foundation of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine.
Bil'in - This Friday the demonstration organized by the Popular Committee against the Wall was joined by dozens of leaders, members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. As every Friday a number of international and Israeli peace activists and people from Bil'in and neighboring villages took part to the demo.

After the Friday prayers, a joyful and wet group of demonstrators carried banners condemning the Israeli occupation and its repressive practices while they marched towards the wall built on Bili'n land.

Slogans and speeches called for national unity and reminded the principles of the Palestinian. When the demonstrators approached the wall the Israeli army fired sound bombs and tear gasses and after a while a soldier also shot some rubber-coated metal bullets.

The Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement activities just won the "Arab Creativity Award for 2009" in a special ceremony held late tenth of December 2009 in Kuwait . This is considered the best experience of Bil'in popular resistance to occupation and it comes a year after another prestigious award, Carl von Oositzackhe award, which was granted by the World Association for Human Rights in Berlin . The People's Committee also got an award for achievement Yasser Arafat in 2007, the highest award associated with the eternal leader Yasser Arafat. this has got the experience of Bil'in Palestine International Award for innovation and distinction as the best experience of two years before the Palestinian Telecommunications Company as well.

People's Committee has expressed its happiness and promised that it will be constantly committed to the struggle.
Today's demo followed a night invasion carried out by five military jeeps full of soldiers and Immigration police officers. They surrounded the house where international activists usually sleep, then they entered the apartment and proceeded in checking passports. When asked, they didn't showed any paper allowing them in declaring the whole area to be " a close military zone".

The Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in asks all the international human rights organizations, UN Human Rights Council, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the General Assembly of the United Nations to work for the release of Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements in Bil'in .

2-Tonight the armed forces of the IDF entered the village of Bi'lin for the first night raid in over 1 month.
Around 30 soldiers struck at the international and media house clearly showing Israel's determination to shut down the coverage on their occupation and apartheid. After dragging all international out of their houses and into the night rain they checked their passports and searched the house for item. Nothing was found and nothing was confiscated. After 1 hour the soldiers left in two separate groups, some in armored cars and others who left on foot into the night.

3-invaded the home of Salam Amira

On the 16th December 2009, at 2am, the Israeli occupation forces invaded the home of Salam Amira, the girl who filmed the shooting of Bil’in’s Asharaf Abu Rahme, whilst his hands were tied and eyes blindfolded, earlier this year. The soldiers surrounded the home and shouted that if the family did not get out they would start shooting, but the family were sleeping and didn’t hear, so the soldiers began smashing the windows of the house. When the father eventually woke up and asked the soldiers what they wanted, they refused to answer and ordered the family to be silent.

As Hassan Mousa, member of the Ni’lin Popular Committee, told visitors, “Despite already having lost so much land behind the Wall, this family continues to be punished by the Israeli army.” The family consider the attack as revenge for their daughters brave actions during a curfew in Ni’lin earlier this year, when she filmed Abu Rahme.

Bil'in night invasion 19-12-2009
For the second night in a row the IOF has invaded the village of Bilin. Tonight the military surrounded and entered two houses, forcing the families outside while they conducted their search. The houses that were targeted are familiar ones and are commonly harassed by the Israeli military. Questions for information were asked but no arrests were made

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