Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. Many were also injured in Ni’lin nearby village.The soldiers assaulted the locals, Israeli and international peace activists as they marched from the center of the village, chanting for ending the illegal occupation of Palestine, and the establishment of the independent, sovereign, Palestinian state.
They also raised Palestinian and Algerian flags, chanted against terrorism in various parts of the world, and expressed solidarity with the Belgian people, and all nations suffering from terrorism.
Israeli soldiers, stationed at the main entrance of the village, fired many gas bombs on the nonviolent protesters, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Abdullah Abu Rahma, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Bil’in, said “the Israeli terrorism against the Palestinians is not different than terrorism targeting various nations around the world.”
“Israel conducts daily acts of terrorism against us; they kill us, destroy homes, lands and property. They forcibly remove us from our homes, lands and illegally confiscate them,” Abu Rahma stated, “The terrorism we face in not different than all terrorist attacks and bombings, around the world.”
Peace activist and cameraman from Bil’in, Haitham Khatib, expressed his solidarity and prayers with Brussels, and said that “the Palestinians know how it feels to be the victims of terrorism – it is our daily life!”
In addition, the soldiers used excessive force against the nonviolent protesters, holding the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Ni’lin nearby village.
The army fired dozens of gas bombs, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, especially targeting many homes and cars in the village.