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News :: Human Rights : International
Latest Update From Bil'in
30 Jan 2010
Bil'in weekly demonstration

http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=244&I
Ramallah - Bil'in 29.1.2010 - During today's weekly demonstration, Iyad Burnat, the head of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, was directly hit in his hand by a tear-gas canister, which caused major burns. Palestine TV correspondent, Haroon Amayreh, as well as a member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Sultan Aboul-Enein, and dozens of Palestinian, Israeli, and international peace activists, who had joined the demonstration in solidarity, suffered from tear-gas inhalation including fainting as the Israeli occupying forces violently suppressed today's protest against the apartheid wall and settlements in the village of Bil'in.

2-Mohammed Al Khatib Bilin Popular Committee Member Arrested

http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=243&I

28-1-2010-"Mohammed Al Khatib from the Bil'in Popular Committee was arrested in his home early Thursday morning around 1.30 am. Soldiers entered his home and confiscated papers, check receipts, cell phones and things related to popular demonstration.

After his arrest, soldiers returned to the house to continue their search, his wife and four children as well as other family members were also at home. The search lasted for approximately one hour. International activists and independent media were present outside the house, but soldiers aggressively kept them at a distance and attempted to prevent them from documenting the events. One immigration officer as well as a police officer were also present and threatened the international observers with arrest. No other arrests were made. This is part of the late 2009 - early 2010 wave of intensified Israeli military violence against non-violent popular demonstrations. There have been weekly arrests and constant harassment of activists and organizers of the demonstrations against Israel 's Apartheid wall and illegal settlements."

The peaceful demonstration was organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, and started at the center of the village of Bil'in after midday prayers. A member of the Central Committee of Fatah, Sultan Aboul-Enein and Fatah official in Lebanon, Fatah spokesman, Ahmad Alsaf, as well as Israeli and international peace activists participated in today's protest in solidarity with a large group of people from the village of Bil'in as well as from neighboring villages.

As the protesters marched towards the western gate of the wall, built on the land of Bil'in, raising Palestinian flags and chanting slogans that called for national unity and for support of the popular resistance against the wall and settlements, they were met with ferocious attacks by the Israeli army. The occupying forces fired volleys of tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstrators before chasing them all the way inside the limits of the village of Bil'in.

The Israeli army recently started to use special forces and border police during these weekly demonstrations. They ambushed the village, and tried to encircle the protesters from behind in an attempt to arrest them. As they stormed into the village and chased after the young demonstrators, violent confrontations between the two sides erupted whereby the Israeli army shot live ammunition in the air to disperse the youths within the village. Furthermore, special forces pursued journalists and peace activists.

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