Dozens tear-gassed in Bil’in as they walk toward lands owned by people of the village

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Today dozens of people were injured as a result of inhaling the tear gas due to the clashes that took place in the village of Bil’in. Many people from Bil’in village joined this march along with the peace activists and foreigners who came to give solidarity to Bil’in people, especially after the decision of the Israeli Defence Force to suppress the weekly march against the wall and the settlements.

All the participants in the march raised the Palestinian flags and pictures of the prisoner activist Abdullah Abo Rahme, one of the coordinators of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements, which leads the march. They shouted slogans condemning the policies of settlements occupation, they also shouted against the policies of repession against the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails, and condemned the daily attacks on the Palestinians houses in Jerusalem. They called also for a stop to the policy of deportation and exclusion, as recently happened to the Palestinian Legislative Council deputy Abu Tir who was moved from Jerusalem. Also the slogans demand the stop of the continuous arrests and to release all the detainees and prisoners and in particular the prisoners from the popular resistance and last but not least to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip. 

The demonstrators marched in the village street singing the national songs and slogans, calling for unity and rejecting all kind of disunity and differences. They underlined and confirmed the need for a resounding Palestinian resistance against the occupation and the release of all the prisoners and the freedom for Palestine. The march headed toward the wall, where the military force of the israeli occupation army were waiting for them behind cubes and block of cements and all along the wall, and when the protesters tried to cross the wall to reach the lands owned by the people of the town the army started to fire sound bombs and rubber bullet and tear gas in all the directions. As a result of the fire many people where injured from asphyxia.

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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