On Friday the 28th of April on behalf of the International Middle Eastern Media Centre I traveled to Bilin to cover the weekly protest and resistance to the Israeli illegal occupation of the Bilin’s village’s agricultural lands. [Download & Listen to the Report]
The young people of B’lin village had the longest Palestinian flag I have ever seen, it stretched for over 300 meters and the youth held it over their heads as if they were a giant Chinese dragon they carried it up a steep hill to the apartheid wall, a construction of razor wire, manned by soldiers standing on jeeps and humvees with their guns raised. The protest was peaceful with some of the older men chanting for freedom at the army.
The soldiers brought down wooden clubs on the men’s heads. This did not deter their protest so the soldiers then fired sound bombs and tear gas. Two men had to be carried away for medical treatment.
The protestors briefly divided to avoid the gas and sound bombs then returned to sitting in front of the jeeps and humvees this time with a group of Israeli and international protestors.
The Army again attempted to disperse the protest by firing more gas and sound bombs but once the smoke cleared the protest continued.
Leaders of the Bi’lin village closed the yellow gate which had been opened to allow the army access to invade Bi’lin if necessary they sat astride it beating out a noise protest with rocks on the metal. Again tear gas and sound bombs were used, this time the protestors dispersed as the youth of the village hiding in the olive orchards began to hurl stones at the soldiers from bandoliers. As I left the demonstration I came across a mother and her young son of six years choking from the effects of the gas, they had been working in the orchards.
This is Pennie Quinton reporting for IMEMC