Israeli and international supporters marched with the villagers of Bil’in after the midday prayers and headed from the village to the wall built on farmers’ lands. As soon as protesters reached the gate of the wall troops stationed there opened fire at them.
Leading the protest was a group of men who wore masks resembling Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Abdullah Abu Rama the local activist who was abducted by the military last January.
Abu Rahma was sentenced for tow years in jail this week by an Israeli military court for being involved in organizing nonviolent activities against the wall and settlements.
Four activists were injured by the army fire; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.