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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in 14.12.04: it's like cancer by kobi snitz IWPS*, and MEDIA.

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Date Wed, 15 Dec 2004 11:20:55 +0100 (CET)

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It is their own court and they just don't care, they keep coming, it's like cancer
The land in question lay across the wadi and was obscured by black smoke
from burning tires. During a break in the tear gas and rubber bullet volleys
we were given a history of how it is being taken away. It seems that
in 1991 the civil administration confiscated 1200 dunams from the lands of
Bil'in to expand the settlement of Modi'in Ilit. After a court battle,
two parcels of land close to the village were spared the confiscation. At the
time, a delegation of Israeli peace organizations came to support the
village, the person relating the story told us that he told Uri Avnery, "you'll
see, one way or another they'll take away the two remaining parcels".
A few days ago his prediction came true, what the civil administration
could not get in court the ministry of defense has gotten with a military
order. "This is their own court and they just don't care, they keep coming, it's like
cancer !" we were told.

The conversation took place on the lands of Bil'in at a demonstration
against the wall which, if built, will separate the village from parts of its
lands and from the rest of the world. The small village, which has
turned out representatives to support demonstrations in Budrus in the past,
has turned out a determined demonstration which also included women in
the front of the crowd. The army made sure it extracted its usual toll from
the Palestinian demonstrators. Two were injured by rubber coated metal bullets,
one in the stomach and one in the back. Two head injuries from batton blows
and a head injury from a shock grenade. A number of internationals were
arrested and badly beaten when they tried to protect some of the Palestinians.
Israelis were also beaten and four of them were arrested. As of this writing,
the Israelis were released and the ministry of interior is trying to deport the

The work today consisted of only surveying for the route of the wall, a large
demonstration is planned for next Sunday when the bulldozers are scheduled to
begin work. Judging from the amount of resistance to the surveying it seems
that the resistance to the construction might be as strong as in neighboring
Budrus. Like in Budrus, Israeli and international support can be quite
useful here as well.

stay tuned for updates on the deportation situation.

Re: Bil'in 14.12.04: it's like cancer
> iwps take on the same action For immediate action

At approximately 8:00AM this morning, villagers of Bi'lin and
international peace activists, including Israeli activists, gathered
in the center of the village of Bil'in, located between Ramallah and
Budrus. They organized a peaceful protest against the construction of
the illegal Israeli Wall that began two days ago. The Israeli army is
preparing to destroy the village residents' trees and land in order
to make way for the Wall.

The protestors marched to the construction site and were met by at
least 30 Israeli soldiers, border police and other security
personnel. The army began throwing sound bombs and shooting rubber-
coated steel bullets at the peaceful protestors in an attempt to
remove them from the area.

As Israeli occupation forces began arresting Palestinians,
international peace activists were beaten and also arrested as they
tried to intervene nonviolently. One international was beaten
repeatedly in the legs and was unable to walk. An IWPS member, Kate,
was among the internationals arrested, and taken to the nearest
police station. All she had been doing was filming the actions of
the occupation forces as they shot, teargassed and beat the peaceful
demonstrators. She has been taken to the Israeli Ministry of
Interior in Jerusalem. She now faces deportation.

Four Israeli activists and two other internationals have also been

Kate is now in her hearing - 5pm local time.
Please call the ministery of interior and pressure them to free Kate,
an American Citizen, who was a peaceful documentor.
Israeli Ministry of Interior: +972 2 670 1401
or send a fax: +972 2 566376

For more information contact IWPS on 0546 853 225 - a member who
witnessed the demonstration and arrest.

Karin - IWPS
Tel: +972 (0)547 621 431
E-Mail: iwpseurope (at) gmx.net

> Media, Four injured, seven arrested in protest against W. Bank fence

Four Palestinians were injured Tuesday in clashes with the IDF while
protesting against the West Bank separation fence near the village Bil'in,
east of Modi'in. Seven protestors, five of them Israeli, were also arrested.
Dozens of Palestinian residents of the village and activists of the Israeli
"Anarchists Against the Fence" organization had gathered in the area to
protest against construction of the fence near the village.

During the clashes, the IDF declared the area a closed military area and
used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the protestors. The four
protesters all sustained light injuries.
* Ed. Note, IWSP = International Women Supporting Palestinian,
somewhat like the ISM = International Support Movement, and
national Palestinians cooperate with the Israeli Anarchists
Against The Wall/Fence... but they seldom reveal the identity
of the anarchists and nearly always just mention "Israeli activists".

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