Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, marched from the center of the village, and headed to Abu Lemon area, while chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, its colonies and escalating violations against the Palestinian people.
The soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired live rounds, gas bombs and concussion grenades at them, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
They carried Palestinian flags and called for the release of all political prisoners, the liberation of Palestine, the Right or Return of the refugees and the dismantling of all colonies.
This week also marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Bassem Abu Rahma, who was killed at age 31, on April 7th, 2009, when an Israeli soldier shot 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.
In July of 2008, their brother, Ashraf Abu Rahma, was detained 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.
Rateb Abu Rahma, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bil’in, called for expanding nonviolent resistance activities in every part of occupied Palestine.