08 Jan 2010

A demonstrator protecting himself from tear-gas using a plastic bag. Picture credit: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills
A demonstrator protecting himself from tear-gas using a plastic bag. Picture credit: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills

Two injured in Bil'in during Palestinian martyrs day demonstration

A journalist and a demonstrator were lightly injured during today's demonstration in Bil'in. The two were hit in the head with teargas grenades shot by the soldiers.

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Over a hundred demonstrators, Palestinians, Israelis and internationals, gathered in Bil'in today to demand the dismantling of Israel's wall and to commemorate the martyrs of the Palestinian struggle.

Marking the Palestinian Martyr day, demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and pictures of Bil'in's Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was shot dead during a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in on April 17th.

Soldiers attempting to arrest an Israeli demonstrator. Picture Credit: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills
Soldiers attempting to arrest an Israeli demonstrator. Picture Credit: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills

During the demonstration, soldiers launched and unprovoked attack on the protesters, in a failed attempt to arrest an Israeli activist. Two people were lightly injured after being hit with tear-gas grenades in the head – AFP photographer, Abbas alMoumani and Rateb Abu Rahmah, a member of the Bilin popular committee.

As part of a night-raids campaign aiming to suppress anti-Wall protest, 32 of Bil'in's residents have been detained by Israel in Wall-related arrests since 23 June 2009. The arrest campaign has also specifically targeted members of the village's popular committee, who are charged with incitement – a blanket charge for organizing demonstrations.