Palestinian and Israeli Parliament members and Rachel Corries Parents to join the protest
Starting at 8 AM on Dec. 30, Palestinian villagers in Bil’in, accompanied by Israeli and international activists, are working their agricultural lands isolated behind Israel’s annexation wall. At 12 PM, prayers will be held at the “Centre for Joint Struggle,” the legal “outpost” that Palestinians, assisted by Israeli and international activists. The outpost is built in the illicit Jewish settlement-outpost Matitayu East, currently being constructed in violation of Israel’s own laws, in addition to international law and convention, on land belonging to Bil’in. Palestinian political figures Kaddoura Fares, Mustafa Barghouti, and Kais Abu Leila as well as Cindy and Craig Corry, parents of the American peace activist murdered by an Israeli solider, plan to attend.
Approximately half of Bil’in’s lands are being isolated from the village by the Wall. The village will lose at least 1,950 dunams if the Wall is not removed. As in other villages, the Israeli government argues that the route of the wall in Bil’in was determined purely for security reasons. However, a brief visit to the village shows this to be false.
For more information in Bil’in:
Mohammed Khatib 0545-851893
Palestinian-Israeli members of the Knesset and religious figures will attend a protest march at the village of Aboud at 12 PM on Dec. 30. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists will march to the construction site of the Separation Wall, which when finished will isolate approximately 4,400 dunums of the village’s lands for the purpose of annexing them to the Jewish settlements of Ofarim and Bet Arye, built in violation of international law and convention. The construction is taking place 6 km east of the Green Line, within occupied Palestinian territory.
Aboud is nestled among terraced olive groves in the West Bank, west of the city of Ramallah. The village has 2,200 residents; 900 of them are Christian. Within the village are seven ancient churches and the oldest dates back to the third century. According to Christian belief, Jesus passed through the village on the Roman road from Galilee to Jerusalem.
For more information in Aboud: Operation Dove: 0599311344 Laura 0548130634
For more information:: Mansour 0545804830 ISM media office 297182