Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village near Ramallah, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. The protest marks the seventh anniversary of Bassem Abu Rahma’s death, who was killed by the Israeli army in a nonviolent protest.
The protest was organized by the Popular Committee against the Wall, with the participation of Israeli and international peace activists, and dozens of Palestinians.
The protesters marched from the center of the village, carrying Palestinian and Tunisian flags, in addition to pictures of Bassem Abu Rahma, while chanting for national unity, and calling for ending the Israeli occupation, removing the colonies, liberation and the release of all detainees.
The soldiers fired many rubber-coated steel bullets, and long-range gas bombs, causing dozens of residents and activists to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to causing many olive and almond trees to burn. The burnt trees belong to Haitham Khatib and Hashem Bornat.
It is worth mentioning that Bassem Abu Rahma was killed in April of 2009, while his sister, Jawaher, died on January 01, 2011, due to severe effects of tear gas inhalation, after the soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest in Bil’in,