Israeli soldiers invaded the village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in an attempt to kidnap a local activist of the nonviolent movement against the annexation wall built on village lands.Yasser Maher Yassin, managed to evade the attempt to kidnap him, the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’in reported. Yassin has been harassed by the Israeli army and kidnapped repeatedly.
The army regularly invades Bil’in in an attempt to kidnap local activists, and to kidnap and deport international activists, as the village is known for its creativity in nonviolent resistance against the illegal wall and illegal Israeli settlements built on the village’s lands.
Earlier in April, the army kidnapped Fadi al-Khatib, 13, who claims Israeli interrogators tortured him to extract a forced confession.
The violent attacks carried out by the army against peace activists and nonviolent protests against the wall has led to several casualties, including on April 17 2009, the killing of Bassem Abu Rahma.
Abu Rahma was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during a peaceful protest against the wall.