Bil’in invaded for the fourth time in three days

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(Photo: Hamde Abu Rahme)

The following is an update to a story we posted yesterday:

Today, November 10th, the village of Bi’lin was raided again. The Israeli Army entered at around 8 pm for the second time today. In the morning, at around 3.00 am, they entered the village with five jeeps and searched Ashraf al-Khatib‘s home. The soldiers also broke down the door of the neighbor’s house, and went in. However, they were not able to find who they were looking for in either of the houses.

When people from the village arrived, the 20 soldiers pointed their guns directly in the face of the people, and acted very aggressively. They also broke down the door of al-Khatib’s house when they entered.

Later, the same night, the army returned to the village, about 9 pm. Soldiers entered al-Khatib’s house again, also this time failing to find him there. The soldiers then took off and left the village, for the second time that evening.

These two raids make it a total of four raids over the last three days. Ashraf al-Khatib is obviously a target these days. Earlier today, al-Khatib received a phone call from a captain in the Israeli intelligence (Shabak/Shin Bet), demanding to see him in Ofer Military Prison. It was made clear that until he shows up for interrogation the army will come to his house frequently. This is a well known tactic used by Israel, to terrorize the village and the families involved to make life unbearable for them.

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(Photo: Hamde Abu Rahme)


About Hamde Abu Rahme

Hamde Abu Rahme is a photojournalist based in the West Bank village of Bil'in. He is the author of the book Roots Run Deep. You can follow his work on Facebook here.

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