This is what occupation looks like: Bil’in invaded by Israeli soldiers

Israel/Palestine
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We give a lot of attention to the weekly nonviolent protests in the village of Bil'in as they are an inspiring example of popular resistance in the face of Israeli repression. But the truth is that the village is under constant threat of attack from the Israeli military, not just during protests. The video below should be an international scandal, instead it's just another night in the occupied territories. From the Friends of Freedom and Justice – Bilin:

    At around 2:30am two groups of around 35 soldiers (70 total) descended on the village of Bi'lin.  They raided several houses, detained their inhabitants, and searched the inside of the houses.  When members of the ISM and the Popular Committee of Bi'lin confronted the soldiers, they called all of Bi'lin a closed military zone and threatened to arrest anyone out of their house or anyone on top of a house taking pictures.  In the course of these house raids, they kidnapped a 16 year old boy (Mohsen Kateb) from his house and took him away into the night. And they kidnapped a 16 year old boy (Hamoda Yaseen)from his house and took him away into the night. Haitham al-Katib, a respected Palestinian activist in Bi'lin was video taping the raids when soldiers aggressively pushed him against a wall and threatened him with arrest.  Two members of the ISM intervened on his behalf and were able to wrest him out of the grasp of the soldiers. They then raided the house of Iyad Burant, the head of the popular committee, and threatened his 9 year old son (Abdal kalik) with physical harm if he didn't produce a camera he was holding.  After several people including 2 internationals intervened by blocking the soldiers path, they were also threatened with arrest and were pushed by the soldiers.  After repeated efforts, the soldiers gave up and left that particular house.

    This raid follows on the heels of others that have happened almost every night for 2 weeks.  Today's arrest now brings the total to seven people, who have been arrested and taken away since the onset of the raids.  Bi'lin currently is facing the loss of sixty percent of its farmland due to the construction of the apartheid wall and the illegal settlements that have followed in the wake of the wall.

19 Responses

  1. Strahl
    June 29, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Zionist fascists coming to enforce Israeli State policy. Just a bunch of psychopathic inbred mall cops. Corrupt scumbags.

  2. Rachal C
    June 29, 2009, 5:23 pm

    Was that Anne Frank recording with a cell home from her hiding spot?

  3. Citizen
    June 29, 2009, 5:57 pm
  4. Mythbuster
    June 29, 2009, 6:28 pm

    No. She has already been crushed by an IDF bulldozer.

  5. American
    June 29, 2009, 6:47 pm

    If I were working in Gaza I would have some contract mercs from Blackwater with me. We need to start a fund to hire some for Gaza.

  6. Ishmail
    June 29, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Go for it. If you're not murdered by Fatah you'll be murdered by Hamas.

  7. MRW
    June 29, 2009, 8:47 pm

    These are just fascist goons. This is a horror story. Any Israeli who condones this should be ashamed. ASHAMED.

  8. ISM London
    June 29, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Just for the record, no international peace activist has ever been murdered by Fatah or Hamas or any other Palestinian organisation.

  9. ISM London
    June 29, 2009, 9:04 pm

    If anyone is interested in standing with the villagers of Bil'in and other places in the Occupied Territories, the ISM is open 365 days of the year. ” target=”_blank”>http://palsolidarity.org/

  10. AnaSanchez
    June 30, 2009, 1:13 am

    What a nightmare to live in a place where soldiers can just come in the middle of the night and take your children away!

  11. Strahl
    June 30, 2009, 3:56 am

    Fatah and Hamas have never murdered international activists. They are not Al Qaeda or the Taliban. This is typical Zionist bullshit.

  12. PlanetMichelle
    June 30, 2009, 8:22 am

    This is routine stuff, I hear it all the time, have heard it for years! The IDF come in the middle of the night, raid a home and take a teenage(s) boy. Poof, he's gone. It's like the gestapo raids in the holocaust movies, only in this case it's a round up of teenage boys. It can happen at anytime. Imagine hearing your neighbors door being crashed down in the middle of the night and all the chaos that ensues, never knowing who's next? How can they sleep at night? It's obscene that these Zionists can even TALK to us about THEIR holocaust!

  13. Jake in Jerusalem
    June 30, 2009, 4:34 pm

    Hard to do. Several Americans have been murdered in Gaza by Islamo-Fascist Jihadis, some working for the US government. I recall one case of US representatives going to Gaza to ingterview Arab students for getting scholarships to the USA. Jihadis murdered the Americans. That's what happenswhen you try to help Arabs….

  14. Jake in Jerusalem
    June 30, 2009, 4:35 pm

    Reporters and activists HAVE been kidnapped and tortured. Some HAVE been murdered. Of course, you can always say, like the Pals, that they were "Israeli spies" and deserved to die… Otherwise, your statement is false.

  15. Joe in Kansas City
    June 30, 2009, 6:43 pm

    Jake has no problem sleeping at night. It's all the Other's fault, even their babies.

  16. lovelyisraelis
    July 1, 2009, 3:19 am

    It will be very interesting to see the world response to the next bombing in israel. I believe the general mood will be one of hilarity and good cheer. It's tough to imagine anyone feeling even a twinge of sadness over dead Israelis now.

  17. Thom
    July 1, 2009, 3:41 am

    Wow, you guys have a real vocabulary problem. These people were arrested, not kidnapped. You use false and loaded terms yet you whine about the term "settlements" instead of "colonies" even though "settlements" is more accurate. @Joe Last time I checked, 16 year-olds were not "babies". "The youngest Palestinian suicide bomber who blew himself up was Issa Bdeir, a 16-year-old high school student from the village of Al Doha." – Wikipedia Gee, so the Palestinians use 16 year old terrorists, but Israel isn't supposed to arrest 16 year-olds. Something is a bit off there.

  18. lovelyisraelis
    July 1, 2009, 4:07 am

    Oh, I see. Civilians rounded up by israeli rodent scum are "arrested" but israeli rodent scum SOLDIERS like Gilad Shalit are "kidnapped" according to Israel. The filth of Israel should be shot dead before they are allowed to speak one more lie.

  19. Paul
    July 7, 2009, 5:49 pm

    But Israel will gladly quiet any reporters to their cruelty in action. (they just jailed people for bringing supplies to Palestine, how pathetic they are) No reporters were allowed to witness Gaza's killing fields this year! They didn't even fight back and ran for the hills. The Israelis used the Palestinians as human shields. Now that is a brave army -the ones who will fire on harmless people. (Where's Jake with his hasbara bs, "but they're terrorists or they're related to a terrorist.)

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