VILLAGE PROTESTS: Several injuries reported as army attacks weekly protests against the Wall 21Oct12 October 21, 2012

IMEMC   -   12 October 2012

At least two Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets fired by the army against the weekly nonviolent protests against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in different parts of the West Bank; dozens of protesters received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Israeli soldiers surrounded Kufr Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and tried to stop dozens of local, Israeli and international peace activists who marched against the illegal wall and settlements.

Dozens of soldiers were deployed, earlier on Friday, at the main road that leads to the village, and sealed surrounded areas.

The protesters chanted against the Wall and settlements, and against the ongoing and escalating attacks carried out by Israeli soldiers and settlers against the Palestinians, their farmlands and orchards, and against their property.

They also denounced a recent attack carried out by extremist Israeli settlers against the villagers while picking their olive trees; the settlers also cut and uprooted several trees.

In Al-Ma’sara village, near Bethlehem, the army attacked dozens of protesters and prevented them from reaching the Annexation Wall that separates them from their lands. Soldiers used rifle-buts and batons in attacking the protesters.

It is worth mentioning that Luisa Morgantini, an Italian member of the European Council, participated in the protest to express her rejection of the illegal Israeli policies, its Annexation Wall and settlements, the Palestine Today News Agency reported.

The protesters blocked the main road that leads to the Efrat illegal settlement, built on lands that belong to the villagers of the nearby Al-Khader town, and raised Palestinian flags on Israeli settler vehicles.

The army also attacked the weekly nonviolent protest in Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Dozens of residents, Israel and international peace activists, in addition to visiting Italian delegates, participated in the nonviolent protest.

The protesters marched towards Abu Lemon Natural Reserve area, and Israeli soldiers, stationed on the other side of the wall, fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated bullets and water mixed with chemicals at the protesters; several protesters received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in, reported that two protesters were wounded by rubber—coated bullets fired by the army, and dozens received treatment for the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Several injuries were also reported in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, as the army attacked dozens of local, Israeli and international peace activists who marched and held their protest that was titled “We Have A Dream”.

Members of the Black Liberation Front, and the Martin Luther King Center participated in the nonviolent protest.

A similar protest took place in the nearby village of Ni’lin, and the army also attacked the protesters. After the protest ended, several youths hurled stones at the army, the soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.

Israeli resorts to the excessive use of force against the nonviolent protesters against the Wall and settlement, an issue that led to hundreds of injuries and several fatalities.

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