A week after Jawaher Abu Rahma’s death, Bil’in continues to march

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The march in Bil’in. (All photos: Hamde Abu Rahme)

In the week after the killing of Jawaher Abu Rahma by Israeli military forces, Bil’in village has continued the struggle of resistance against the occupation.

IMG 1857At today’s demonstration, three persons were wounded, in addition to dozens of more cases of people choking on tear gas. The Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in organized today’s demonstration. The march began after Friday prayers from the center of the village, towards the site of the wall.

Representatives from Bil’in as well as hundreds of Palestinians from around the West Bank participated in today’s march. Today’s demonstration was led by feminist and women’s organizations. In addition, dozens of international activists and hundreds of Israelis participated in the demonstration, chanting slogans calling for national unity, ending the occupation, and destroying the wall. Participants raised Palestinian flags and banners of the various factions, calling for liberation and national unity.

When demonstrators reached the site of the wall, they were met with a shower of tear gas and sound bombs, rubber bullets, and the use of wastewater contaminated with chemicals. Iyad Bernat, the Chairman of the People’s Committee was injured, and Mustafa Shawkat and Miss Ahmed Abu Rahma were rendered unconscious by tear gas. Dozens of people suffered from teargas inhalation, which was used intensively, and many more suffered from the use of waste water by the Israeli army.

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Demonstrators managed to destroy some parts of the apartheid wall, and others attempted to stop the occupation forces when they attempted to advance towards the village. Palestinian youth threw stones at the soldiers in an effort to stop them, but were forced to retreat, where they continued confrontations with Israeli soldiers for the next several hours.

The occupation forces closed the entrances of Bil’in since dawn this morning and prevented many international, Israeli and Palestinians from reaching the village and participating in the demonstration. However, many participants took alternative routes through the mountains and managed to get past the Israeli closure.

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11 Responses

  1. Kathleen
    January 7, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Is there an effort to send these protesters more protective gear? Face mask etc?

  2. Kathleen
    January 7, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Critical news that will not be on MSNBC or NPR’s Diane Rehm show. Or for that matter anywhere in our MSM.

  3. Potsherd2
    January 7, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Like Israel would allow gas masks into the WB. And Eric Holder would probably prosecute the senders for giving material support to freedom.

  4. Leigh
    January 7, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Kathleen, I share your sentiment and wondered about a gas mask campaign myself. But then thought that this would only make the occupation forces do something even more violent. If they’re wearing masks and gas doesn’t stop them from climbing and breaking the wall, then the soldiers will simply come up with some violent thing that would stop them. So we would probably only end up hurting them more by trying to help them.

    I’ve been at many of those protests myself, and I’m in awe of the people who continue to go back every week. We think of you every Friday, guys, following tweets and sending positive thoughts. You’re special.

    • Kathleen
      January 7, 2011, 1:45 pm

      thought the same thing. Israeli’s can use tear gas…but protesters can not respond with equal protection. Says a great deal

  5. Seham
    January 7, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I’m in absolute awe of these beautiful people, women, children, the elderly. It doesn’t matter how many cobras, gas, grenades, F-16s or bullets that the Israelis rain down on the Palestinian people they are simply never going to destroy the Palestinian spirit and the people will never surrender. Not the senior citizens, not the women and not the children. Hope the Zionists learn that before many more Palestinians are killed.

    • Chaos4700
      January 7, 2011, 6:25 pm

      Seham, this very beautiful (and sadly obscure) scene from a certain brilliant example of American television might be resonant for you.

      link to youtube.com

      I know I do.

      • Seham
        January 8, 2011, 3:23 pm

        Chaos, thank you. I’ve never been a fan of those reruns but this did resonate with me.

  6. arenaofspeculation
    January 7, 2011, 5:02 pm

    Actually, there are a few gas masks at any given demo in Bil’in, although mostly just worn by press folks… Quite a few on show in this vid of the fateful New Year protest:
    link to youtube.com

    I tend to agree that we’d simply see the IDF adopt more violent means of suppression if gas masks became the norm… But, in a perverse way, I guess one of the main ‘propaganda’ outcomes of these protests is that they highlight the brutal measures that the IDF are willing to employ.

    • Chaos4700
      January 7, 2011, 6:56 pm

      Gas masks don’t protect your eye sockets from tear gas grenades, after all.

  7. thankgodimatheist
    January 8, 2011, 4:43 am

    The dignity of those women!
    Something the eee and co. cannot understand, let alone possess!

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