Three Palestinian residents were injured and four international peace activists were arrested in Bil’in village, near Ramallah, during the weekly protest against the Separation Wall.
Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall, Abdullah Abu Rahma, stated that residents Eyad Bornat, Hasan Abu Rahma, and Haitham Jamal al Khateeb, suffered concussions after the soldiers attacked the peaceful protest.
Abu Rahma added that the under-covered military units of the Israeli armed attacked the protestors after infiltrating between them.
“Wall Kills Human Values”
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
Ã‚Â Wall Kills Human Values is the new slogan which the weekly procession against the Separation Wall in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, carried on Friday following midday prayers. The procession took off after the Friday prayers and headed towards the construction site of the Separation Wall.
Dozens of residents from the village and surrounding villages, in addition to dozens of international and Israeli peace activists participated in the protest.
Owners of the bulldozed and annexed orchards wore huge bags and placed fake snakes on their shoulders resembling the Separation Wall which chokes them, and kills the Palestinians and human values.
“We want the world to know that this wall kills our trees, kills our land, and livelihood”, a resident wearing a green bag said, “This wall kills love, peace, and humanity”.
Another resident, carrying a Palestinian flag, said that this wall kills the Palestinian state, and Jerusalem.
The bag carried different words resembling the legitimate Palestinian struggle against annexations and land grab, some bags carried the word Freedom, others carried Future, Independence.
Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in, , stated that Israeli soldiers surrounded the village since early morning hours on Friday, and installed three military checkpoints at its entrances in an attempt to bar residents of the surrounding villages, and peace activists from entering.
Several internationals said that soldiers barred them from entering the village, which forced them to walk through the fields and managed to “smuggle” themselves in the village.
The activists also said that Israeli soldiers obstructed a bus on Tel Aviv – Jerusalem road, while it was on its way to Bil’in; the bus was transporting Israeli and international peace activists to the village.
In another incident, soldiers installed tents in the orchards which are being uprooted by the army in an attempt to bar the residents and activists from entering them to protest there.
Several Israeli security officials and officials of the so called Civil Administration Office which belongs to the Israeli army were present in the bulldozed farmlands.
Bil’in village is inhibited by 2000 Palestinians who depend of their orchards in their daily livelihood; they are persistence to resist the Wall which is separating them from their orchards.
Israel annexed 2300 Dunams in Bil’in since it started the construction of the Separation wall there.