Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 16.70 MB || 18m:0sThis Week In Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.IMEMC.org, for March 10th through 16th, 2007.
The Palestinian Unity Government is pending Parliament approval, while the financial crisis appears to be on the verge of a solution. Meanwhile, Palestinians continue their non-violent struggle on the fourth anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie. These stories and more, coming up. Stay tuned.
Nonviolent Resistance to the Wall and Settlements Continues in West Bank
Let’s begin our weekly report with this week’s peaceful action in Bilin against the annexation Wall.
On Friday, the villagers of Bilin, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, were joined by international and Israeli supporters to conduct the weekly non-violent protest against the illegal Israeli wall being built on the village land. This week, the protest focused on commemorating the fourth anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, the American International Solidarity Movement volunteer who was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer while she was trying to protect a Palestinian house in Rafah City, in the Gaza Strip, in 2003.
As is the case every week, protestors arrived at the gate in the Wall separating the villagers from their land which has been annexed behind the wall, chanting and singing anti-occupation slogans. Upon their arrival, Israeli soldiers fired sound and tear gas bombs, and rubber coated bullets at the demonstrators. This led the local youths to respond by throwing rocks at the soldiers. During the protest, seven protestors were injured, among them a child, and one journalist working for Ramatan news agency.
Three of the injured people had to be moved to hospitals, among them Fadi Nasser, who was shot in the head, medical sources reported. Another two Israelis and two Palestinians were abducted by Israeli troops and were moved to a detention facility. One of the Israelis and the two Palestinians were released after being abused by the Israeli troops. Shai Pollack, one of the Israelis abducted spoke to IMEMC: