BIL’IN: Dozens suffered from asphyxiation and land planted with olive trees was burned 9Sep11 September 17, 2011

Friends of Rani | From The West Bank Village of Bil’in


Dozens of people suffered asphyxia in the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in as part of the activities in support of the Palestinian leadership and people in their demand to recognize the Palestinian state and gain membership to the United Nations. The march was honored by the participation of dozens of Palestinians including Ramzi Rabah, Fadwa Barghouti and Abdel-Moneim, Wahdan, Farag ,and Hassan Balawi of the national campaign. Also in attendance were Ahmed Assaf, national campaign coordinator for the Palestine state 194, Abbas Ghoneim (a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fatah), and Secretary of the delegation in Ramallah Kamal Muhammad as well as dozens of international activists and Israeli peace activists.

The march began after Friday prayers from the center of the village and headed to the land that was restored and the nature reserve Abu Limon. Participants raised Palestinian flags and banners proclaiming ‘Palestinian state 194′ and ‘the Palestine key to peace’ as well as banners painted with the image of the captive leader Marwan Barghouti. They chanted the national calls for the end of the occupation, destruction of the apartheid wall, and steadfastness with the principles of Palestine. Upon the arrival of participants to the Abu Limon reserve, they walked along the concrete wall, set fire to tires, and tried to storm the fence adjacent to the wall. They addressed the settlers in the settlement of Matityahu East through loudspeakers, telling them to leave and leave the Palestinian territories to the Palestinians. During these actions the occupation forces stationed behind the concrete wall fired tear gas, live ammunition, and rubber bullets towards the participants. This led to the asphyxiation of dozens of participants and private network television crews present in the area. It also ignited a fire in the fields of olive trees, burning many of the ancient trees. When the participants tried to control the fire one citizen was wounded in the struggle. The man suffered minor burns before participants were able to control and extinguish the fire.

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