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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, A big demonstration to celebrate 20 months of joint struggle

Date Fri, 27 Oct 2006 17:20:57 +0200

THE INVITATION: Back to Bil'in - Mass Demo, This Friday, Oct. 27th
This coming Friday, October 27th, a large demonstration will be held
in Bil'in, for the first time in a long period. Please join us and
come to support the people of Bil'in in their just struggle in this
critical time. Together we shall call: No to the wall! No to separation
No to land grab! Please sign up today to the demonstration:
INVITING: The Israeli-Palestinian Coalition Against the Fence:
The Popular Committees against the Wall and Settlements in the West
Bank, The Poplar Committee-Bilin, Gush-Shalom, Ta’ayush, Women’s
Coalition for Peace, Yesh Gvul, New Profile, Yesh Din, Balad, ICAHD,
Hadash, Maki, Banki, The Student Coalition -Tel Aviv University,
Anarchists Against Walls.

At noon, we started... about 300 participants - Israelis (with
part of us having to defy harassment of Israeli state forces on
the way to Bil'in), Internationals, and Palestinians from the
village and from out of it. We marched and chanted carrying
few leaders, with Palestinian flags, and whistles and "drams".

When we arrived at the blocked gate to the route of the separation
fence and the Bil'in lands West of it, the commander declared as
usual that the area is a closed military zone.

While most of us challenged the state force verbally, few of us used
the leaders to cross the ditch bordering the route of the separation
fence and the barbed wire protecting the fence of the route, and
put a ladder on the second line. The state forces expressed their
objection to that act with sporadic shock grenade and from time
to time even tear gas canisters - some of them were hurled back
and prevented the soldiers from harsher measures.

After about half an hour of low level confrontation, the stone
throwers decided that our nonviolent demonstration reached its
end. Behind our backs which protected them from rubber coated
bullets, they started to throw stones on the Israeli state
force and the demonstrators who stood near them.

As usual, the state forces started to disperse the nonviolent
demonstration with shock grenades and tear gas canisters.
The village comity declared the demonstration as finished,
and called the people to return to the village.
The majority of us escaped from the gate to a not far away
point on the road with some defying the state forces and
staying behind.

The state forces continue to harass us even after the stone throwers
fled and as the wind blew the tear gas towards us we had to return
hastily to the village.

During the confrontation with the state forces few of
demonstrators were injured (two of them more seriously)
and two Israelis were detained and released about an hour
after the end of the demonstration.
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