Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, the village of Bil’in, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted three young Palestinian men.
Iyad Burnat, of a senior nonviolent leader of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in Bil’in, said the soldiers abducted his son Abdul-Khaleq, and two of his friends, identified as Hamza Khatib and Malik Radhi.
Bil’in is a leading village in the popular nonviolent struggle against the Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, and holds weekly processions in participation with Israeli and international peace activists.
The village has been a target of ongoing Israeli military invasions and violations, as the army has been trying to suppress its nonviolent struggle.
Besides ongoing invasions and abductions of Palestinians in the village, the army have killed and injured many in the nonviolent protests.
On April 7, 2009, the soldiers killed Bassem Abu Rahma, 31, after shooting him with a high-velocity teargas bomb directly in the chest. His sister, Jawaher Abu Rahma, asphyxiated to death, on January 1st, 2011, after the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs at nonviolent protesters.
Their brother Ashraf Abu Rahma, Ashraf was detained, on July of 2008, by Israeli soldiers during a nonviolent protest in the nearby village of Ni’lin, and after he was handcuffed and blindfolded, a soldier standing next to him pointed his gun at his leg and shot him with a rubber-coated bullet.
The shooting of Ashraf was caught on tape by a young Palestinian girl; Israeli soldiers kidnapped her father later as a punishment for publishing the video and exposing their crime.
Ashraf was also repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli army; he is currently held after being taken prisoner in November, and was sentenced by Ofer military court for two additional months, in addition to 5000 Shekels fines, and 18 months suspended sentence.
The head of the Popular Committee, Abdullah Abu Rahma, was abducted on November 22nd, along with Ahmad Abu Rahma, 16, after the soldiers invaded Bil’in, and stormed their homes.