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An Nabi Salih 9-4-10 16:55:

yisraelpnm April 09, 2010

Injuries reported after Nabi Salih demonstration
Date: 09/04/2010
Source: Ma’an News Agency

Bethlehem – Ma’an – Dozens of protesters choked on tear gas Friday in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Salih, west of Ramallah, protesters said, while Israel said a border police officer was injured by rocks.

An estimated 200 human rights advocates, among them international and Israeli solidarity activists, joined the weekly Palestinian protest against Israel’s wall. Participants insisted the protest was generally peaceful.

Bashir At-Tamimi, head of the Nabi Salih village council, said “Israeli soldiers attacked the rally, showering [participants] with rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters. Dozens were injured after inhaling gas.”

At-Tamimi added: “Israeli forces chased protestors into the village, fired gas canisters at their homes, and sprayed houses with sewage water, injuring several women and children, who fainted after inhaling fumes.”

An Israeli army spokeswoman rejected that the event was peaceful, terming it a violent and illegal riot.

“About 200 Palestinian rioters and Israeli citizens violently rioted” in the village, she said. Forces on the scene used riot-control measures to disperse the crowd, the military official added.

A border policeman was lightly injured by rocks and evacuated for medical treatment, the spokeswoman said, while Israeli media reported that a second border police officer was also lightly injured.

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Bil’in 9.4.2010.mov:

davidreeb April 09, 2010Bil’in Friday April 9th 2010 demonstration against the separation fence [Apartheid Wall] cutting through the village’s land, with the participation of Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators. Shows Bil’in photographer Haytham Al Katib being taken away by soldiers.

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Ni’ilin 9-4-10:

yisraelpnm April 09, 2010

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Live Ammunition Fired at Nonviolent Demonstrators in Ni’lin
Posted on: April 9, 2010
Sorce: International Solidarity Movement

International Solidarity Movement
9 April 2010

Facing tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, roughly sixty Palestinians gathered outside of Ni’lin today. Joined by 15 Israeli and International activists, the demonstrators protested the Israeli occupation which has claimed over 40% of the village’s land.

After congregating in nearby olive groves for midday prayers, demonstrators marched towards the illegal annexation wall with flags and chants led by village youth. Upon reaching the wall, demonstrators were met with a violent military response. Claiming nearly 30% of remaining village land, the wall annexes Ni’lin farmland for use by the nearby illegal settlement Modi’in Ilit. Soldiers fired tear gas and percussion grenades over the wall at nonviolent demonstrators, who were not deterred and continued a spirited protest.

Soldiers then invaded the village’s olive groves, firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. The use of live ammunition has claimed the lives of five Ni’lin residents since May 2008. No injuries were reported today.

Background on Nil’in:

Israel began construction of the Wall on Ni’lin’s land in 2004, but stopped after an injunction order issued by the Israeli Supreme Court (ISC). Despite the previous order and a 2004 ruling from the International Court of Justice declaring the Wall illegal, construction of the Wall began again in May 2008. Following the return of Israeli bulldozers to their lands, residents of Ni’lin have launched a grassroots campaign to protest the massive land theft, including demonstrations and direct actions.

The original route of the Wall, which Israel began constructing in 2004, was ruled illegal by the ISC, as was a second, marginally less obtrusive proposed route (http://www.poica.org/editor/case_studies/view.php?recordID=622). The most recent path, now completed, still cuts deep into Ni’lin’s land. The Wall has been built to include plans, not yet approved by the Army’s planning authority, for a cemetery and an industrial zone for the illegal settlement Modi’in Ilit.

Since the Wall was built to annex more land to the nearby settlements rather than in a militarily strategic manner, demonstrators have been able to repeatedly dismantle parts of the electronic fence and razor-wire surrounding it. Consequently, the army has erected a 15-25 feet tall concrete wall, in addition to the electronic fence. The section of the Wall in Ni’lin is the only part of the route where a concrete wall has been erected in response to civilian, unarmed protest.

As a result of the Wall construction, Ni’lin has lost 3,920 dunams, roughly 30% of its remaining lands. Originally, Ni’lin consisted of 15,898 dunams (3928 acres). Post 1948, Ni’lin was left with 14,794 dunams (3656 acres). After the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, the illegal settlements and infrastructure of Modi’in Ilit, Mattityahu and Hashmonaim were built on village lands, and Ni’lin lost another 1,973 dunams. With the completion of the Wall, Ni’lin has a remaining 8911 dunams (2201 acres), 56% of it’s original size (http://www.poica.org/editor/case_studies/view.php?recordID=1366).

Ni’lin is effectively split into 2 parts (upper and lower) by Road 446, which was built directly through the village. According to the publicized plan of the Israeli government (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/819633.html), a tunnel will be built under road 446 to connect the upper and lower parts of Ni’lin, allowing Israel to turn Road 446 into a segregated-setter only road. Subsequently, access for Palestinian vehicles to this road and to the main entrances of upper and lower Ni’lin will be closed. Additionally, since the tunnel will be the only entryway to Ni’lin, Israel will have control over the movement of Palestinian residents.

Israel commonly uses tear-gas projectiles, rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition against demonstrators.

Since May, 2008, five of Ni’lin’s residents were killed and one American solidarity activist was critically injured from Israeli fire during grassroots demonstrations in Ni’lin.

* 5 June 2009: Yousef Akil Srour (36) was shot in the chest with 0.22 caliber live ammunition and pronounced dead upon arrival at a Ramallah hospital (http://palsolidarity.org/2009/06/7023).
* 13 March 2009: Tristan Anderson (37), an American citizen, was shot in the head with a high velocity tear gas projectile. He is currently at Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv with uncertain prospects for his recovery (http://palsolidarity.org/2009/03/5324).
* 28 December 2008: Mohammed Khawaje (20) was shot in the head with 5.56mm caliber live ammunition. He died in a Ramallah hospital 3 days later on 31 December 2008 (http://palsolidarity.org/2008/12/3742).
* 28 December 2008: Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22) was shot in the back with 5.56mm caliber live ammunition and pronounced dead upon arrival at a Ramallah hospital (http://palsolidarity.org/2008/12/3714).
* 30 July 2008: Yousef Amira (17) was shot in the head with two rubber coated steel bullets. He died in a Ramallah hospital 5 days later on 4 August 2008 (http://palsolidarity.org/2008/08/3346).
* 29 July 2008: Ahmed Mousa (10) was shot in the forehead with 5.56mm caliber live ammunition and pronounced dead upon arrival at a Ramallah hospital (http://palsolidarity.org/2008/07/3329).

In total, 20 people have been killed during demonstrations against the Wall (http://palsolidarity.org/2009/06/7647).

Israeli armed forces have shot 40 demonstrators with live ammunition in Ni’lin. Of them, 11 were shot with 5.56mm caliber live ammunition and 29 were shot with 0.22 caliber live ammunition.

Since May 2008, 112 arrests of Ni’lin residents have been made in relation to anti-Wall protest in the village. The protesters arrested by the army constitute roughly 9% of the village’s male residents aged between 12 and 55. The arrests are part of a broad politically motivated Israeli campaign to suppress grassroots resistance to the Occupation.
Updated on April 9, 2010

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On the border Pt.4:

TheRealNews April 09, 2010 — M. Warschawski: The Wall is a symbol of a philosophy that seeks a state as ethnically pure as possible. Watch the entire series at http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?o…

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Bilin night raid 12.09.09 by haitham al katib:

“Bil’in night raid 12.09.09

Shortly after 2pm, the Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Bil’in from two different directions once again. They raided two houses in an attempt to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yasseen (age 21), and Yasseen Mohammed Yasseen (age 21). In the first house soldiers were quite aggressive during their operation. Neither of the wanted men was home at the time.

At the second house, the soldiers, disguised with face masks as usual, met a lot of resistance from Palestinian and international activists who were standing in their way and filming the event. As they did not find their victim, they eventually retreated to the four waiting Jeeps, arresting one international activist from Great Britain on their way. Yet, according to their conversation in Hebrew, they planned to release him a little further on their way toward the Apartheid Wall. He was indeed released a few minutes later before they exited through the Wall.

This has been the second night raid this week. It seems that the Israeli forces are stepping up their night raids again in Bil’in.”

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bilin demo 11 09 09 by haitham al katib:

“Bil’in demo 11.09.09

Bil’in residents and Israeli and international activists once again held their weekly demonstration today. Despite lots of tear gas being fired by the Israeli forces, the protesters stood their ground. They displayed huge banners ‘We Want Peace’ in Arabic, Hebrew, and English while chanting. One demonstrator in a wheelchair was heavily tear-gased at some point and another suffered from skin burns from the gas.

Once some of the protesters had succeeded in pulling the barbed-wired inner gate open passing through it toward the Apartheid Wall, half a dozen soldiers stormed through the door in the Wall ready to arrest whoever was in the open space. However, tear gas drove them back while the protesters in the front lines retreated behind the gate. The occupation forces remained in a position of alert but no arrests were made. As the demonstrators returned to the village, the Israeli forces heavily tear-gased the house closest to the Wall where a Palestinian man was sitting watching the unfolding event.

In spite of the army’s violent response to these nonviolent demonstrations and the ongoing intimidating night raids in Bil’in, the weekly demonstration continues to be held without fail. The sense of resistance to the military occupation is deeply ingrained in the people of this village. They have been resisting since the construction of the Wall five years ago, and they are determined to continue their struggle in spite of all odds.

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Palestinian farmers (Beit Ummar) oppose Land confiscations aug 09:

“On August 21st 2009, we joined local Palestinian farmers and members of Palestine Solidarity Project at a nonviolent action near the security fence [read apartheid wall] around Karmei Zur settlement. This settlement is near the village of Beit Ummar, half way between Bethlehem and Hebron.

The army have apparently agreed to allow the farmers access their land inside the fence: however, the local farmers dont see why they should have to ask the army to go to lands which they legally own. As has happened in other places, the farmers see this as the slippery slope to a permit system and eventually to being excluded altogether. (I have seen the same thing in Hebron city, where Palestinians are either barred from using certain roads, or are now required to have permits to go where they traveled freely before.)

Also present were a number of other internationals, some Israelis from Tel Aviv, as well as some journalists. The group walked to the outer security fence of the Karmi Zur settlement. Two Palestinian activists/farmers inserted papers with the slogans we will never leave our land, stop illegal building on Palestinian land on the fence’. Two of the landowners joined the group. They showed copies of ownership papers the Ottoman period.

On the video, you can see part of the new road being built, for the settlers, on Palestinian land, between the settlement and the security fence built by the military. ِِIn addition, a watchtower is going to be erected.

When the army arrived, we spoke to one of the soldiers. He was able to have a respectful talk, even though he wasnt accepting that their presence there legalized theft. Oh yes, he said, we all want peace and love. He said the fence was built after attacks on settlers by the terrorists.

The names of the families who cant access their land are Abu-Marya, Soleiby, Awwad, Abu Ayyesh, and Sabarna. Since the security fence was built, the army either prevents access, or wants farmers to co-ordinate their access with them. Several of the Palestinian farmers here are refusing to seek permission to access land which is legally theirs. They have also turned down offers of large sums of money for their land.

Polite conversation with the soldier ended when an armed and aggressive settler security person arrived. He shouted insults at the internationals, and Go back to Germany and Go back to the Holocaust to an activist who identified himself as Jewish. He then opened the gate in the fence, insisting that the army disperse the activists. We all left. The army followed behind, then randomly seized an international, who was detained then later released.

For more information about Palestine Solidarity Project, see the website: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org”

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