On Monday 16th June 11 am the villagers of Nilin organised a protest march against the building site of the apartheid wall near Ni’lin. About 200 people participated, among them Israelis and internationals.
The Israeli army shot tear gas and rubber bullets against the protesters. Eight people were wounded by rubber bullets, among them one international, who was shot in the leg with the bullet entering his leg. Another ten had to be treated for tear gas inhalation. Witnesses report that one ambulance was being shot at by the soldiers during the demonstration.
The reason why the villagers of Nilin protest is that their land is being confiscated by the Israeli state to make way for the building of the apartheid wall. They demand that Israel follow international law and stop the building of the wall. The protests in Ni’lin have been going on for over one month and 130 people have been injured.
The protests in Nilin are part of the campaign “Summer Against Apartheid”, which focuses in pointing out the apartheid system that Israel is building, including settler roads, stealing of water supplies, checkpoints, the enlargement of illegal settlements at the expense of Palestinian land and the building of the apartheid wall.