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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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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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Bil’in 4 9 09 Friday demonstration against the wall:

“Bil’in demo 04.09.09-

At today’s weekly demonstration, two protesters were hit by tear gas canisters, which caused them minor skin burns. One person suffered from severe respiratory problems when being caught in heavy gas. No medical treatment was needed, however.
As the demonstrators reached the wall, the Israeli occupation forces watched passively at first. Then, some time into the gathering, multiple tear gas reached the crowd to disperse it. The protesters remained in the front lines spite of it, claiming their rights, and challenging the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli military occupation.
Some of the demonstrators tried to open the inner gate and then walked toward the Wall with Palestinian flags. They addressed the soldiers from there and attached one of the flags at the Wall. Five soldiers stormed through the door in the Wall in an attempt to arrest anyone at the Wall while tear gas clouded the area. They retreated without making any arrests.
The demonstration ended without any further incident.

Bil’in night invasion 05.09.09

Around 2:30am, the Israeli occupation forces invaded Bil’in again. They raided two houses but no arrests were made.
They raided the house where Hamza Burnat (age 16) lives and attempted to arrest him, but he was not at home at the time. They also raided the house where Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (age 21) lives but could not find him either. And house of Mohamed Ahmed Yaseen.
During the raid at both houses, Palestinian and international activists challenged the soldiers standing guard outside. They were told that they were in a “closed military area,” were not allowed to film, and that they had to go home. Since the photographer, Hamde Abu Rahma, who showed his Press ID, continued to take photos, the soldiers pointed the guns at him and chased after him at some point.
After intense arguing on both sides, the soldiers eventually retreated having not succeeded in arresting the wanted men. As the leaving Jeeps were surrounded by Palestinian and international activists, the soldiers threw several sound bombs to disperse them. The Jeeps then exited the village, driving towards the Apartheid Wall without any victims.”

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Palestinian villagers protest land seizure – 04 Sep 09:

“Hundreds of Palestinian villagers have made a short but symbolic march to the separation wall that Israel has built on their land, a non-violent protests that they regularly undertake.

Equally, the protesters, marching from the village of Bilin, are regularly met with a violent response from the Israeli army.

‘The village of Bilin is literally on the frontline of Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land and the construction of its separation barrier,’ Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reporting from the village, said.

‘Later today the villagers of Bilin will protest the fact that not only they, but also five neighbouring villages, have lost their land which has been seized to build an Israeli settlement.

‘This huge settlement will result in 40,000 Jewish settlers living on occupied land here in the West Bank and as Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu is planning to give the go ahead for even more of these settlement homes to be built,’ she said.

Netanyahu is set to approve plans to build hundreds of new homes on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, before considering US demands for a construction freeze.”

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The Elders hear first hand about life in Gaza, Bil’in and East Jerusalem:

“The Elders were unable to visit Gaza but spoke with young people and others via video link. They then went to the West Bank village of Bil’in where a local protest movement against the separation wall is gaining momentum. In the evening they visited a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem evicted from their homes by Israeli authorities.”

The Elders in the West Bank: Checkpoints and politics:

“On the second day of their visit, the Elders met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in Ramallah. On their way to the West Bank, they stopped at the Qalandia checkpoint, where hundreds of Palestinians line up daily to cross into Israel under tight security. There they met Zaina who has made the crossing many times to go to school. Zaina joined other young Palestinians in conversation with the Elders later in the day to express their frustrations with the current situation and their hopes for peace.”

Desmond Tutu’s message to activists: Good will prevail:

“Desmond Tutu shares his words of encouragement for those fighting for what they believe to be right.”

And an interview of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Al-Jazeera

Carter urges halt to Israeli settlement building – 27 Aug 09:

“Former US President Jimmy Carter says a freeze on Israeli settlements is ‘absolutely necessary’ to achieving peace in the Middle East.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Carter, who is currently visiting Israel as a member of the group known as the ‘Elders’, spoke about his views on the prospects for Middle East peace.

His comments come as Barack Obama, the US president, attempts to seal an Arab-Israeli peace deal that has eluded the region for more than six decades.

His administration has already made it clear it opposes the ongoing building of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land occupied since 1967.

Hundreds of thousands of homes have been constructed by Israel despite international condemnation and in contravention of international law.”

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Israeli soldiers fire on Al Jazeera correspondent – 04 Sep 09:

“Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas on Palestinians protesting against the Israeli separation barrier which cuts through their West Bank village.

The soldiers also fired tear gas at Jacky Rowland, Al Jazeera’s correspondent who was covering the event live from near the village of Bilin.”

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