(Photos: Hamde Abu Rahme)
Bil’in village has continued the struggle of resistance against the occupation.
At today’s demonstration, three people were wounded, in addition to dozens more 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 dozens of Palestinians from around the West Bank participated in today’s march. In addition, dozens of international activists and 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, sound bombs, rubber bullets, and wastewater contaminated with chemicals. Odai abo Rahma was injured in his leg by tear gas, and two women became unconscious from poison 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.
Demonstrators 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.