Three injured in Bil’in weekly anti-Wall protest
Friday December 14, 2007
Palestinians from the village of Bil’in, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, along with their international and Israeli supporters conducted their weekly protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall on Friday midday.
Shortly after the midday Friday prayers, villagers and their Israeli and international supporters marched towards the location of the illegal wall built on the village’s land.
The Israeli army installed a barbed-wire roadblock to try and prevent the protesters reaching the construction site.
As soon as the demonstration reached the roadblock troops showered the protesters with tear gas and metal rubber coated bullets. Three protesters were injured by the rubber-coated bullets.
Among the internationals who participated in this week’s Bil’in anti wall protest were representative of the Norwegian Socialist Youth, a youth movement from the Socialist party in Norway. Most of the Norwegians were from the city of Turnham, which was the first city in the world that boycotted the South African Apartheid regime in the 1980s.
Last year the city of Turnham started a campaign against what they call Israeli apartheid agains the Palestinians.
Five wounded in peaceful march near Ramallah
At least five Palestinian nonviolent protestors have been injured when Israeli troops attacked a peaceful protest opposing the Israeli military order to prevent Palestinians to drive on a road built on their lands.
The residents were deprived from using the road since seven years.
Yousef Karaja, coordinator of the Popular resistance committee in Ramallah was wounded in the demonstration.
He stated that Israeli troops violently assaulted the protestors who came from the village of Kharabtha al-Misbah southwest of Ramallah.
Karaja identified the wounded as, Muntasser Al-Habal, Wajeeh Hilal, Adeeb Darraj and a young boy who was shot by a rubber coated metal bullet.
He added that the villagers will continue to struggle against what he described as a racist decision to prevent the Palestinians for the seventh year from driving on a road built on their property, and allow Israeli settlers only to use it.