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Protest and Resistance in Bil’in and Ni’ilin

Demonstrator being treated with oxygen after suffering from teargas inhalation, Bil'inDemonstrator being treated with oxygen after suffering from teargas inhalation, Bil'in

On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians came out to demonstrate against the wall in the West Bank villages of Bil’in and Ni’ilin, along with dozens of Israeli and international activists. While the joint popular struggle against the wall in Ni’ilin is nearing its’ tenth month, residents of Bil’in marked the fourth anniversary of their weekly protests, with an exceptionally large march and rally. As in previous weeks, both ended with Israeli troops firing teargas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and even live ammunition at demonstrators, causing several injuries.

Army Uproots Trees in Ni'ilin, 7 Injured in Clashes

Residents of Ni'ilin attemtping to drive Israeli troops out of the villageResidents of Ni'ilin attempting to drive Israeli troops out of the village

Early Monday morning, Israeli troops descended on a piece of land behind the eastern houses of Ni’ilin, and proceeded to saw off the branches of several trees (part of the procedure for uprooting olive trees), and then uproot them. The Palestinian owners of the land were neither notified nor handed any warrants allowing for the destruction of these trees, and thus were denied their right to appeal such warrants, if any even exist. Seven people were injured in the clashes that ensued.

Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Jayyous and alMa'sara Keep Protest Alive

Demonstrators playing music in front of soldiers, alMa'asaraDemonstrators playing music in front of soldiers, alMa'asara

In the West Bank, residents of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Jayyous and alMa'sara were joined on Friday by Israeli and international activists for protest marches in their villages against Israel's Wall, whose construction on confiscated Palestinian lands goes on. Israeli soldiers and border police responded by attacking demonstrators and their right to protest with teargas, rubber-coated steel bullets, arrests, batons or barbed-wire barriers. Several injuries were reported, including one from live ammunition.

Israeli Fascism Driven Out of Umm al-Fahm

Protesters clash with police outside polling station in Um al-FahmProtesters clash with police outside polling station in Um al-Fahm

On Tuesday, the day of Israel's general elections, activists joined residents of Umm al-Fahm (a northern Arab town in the Triangle region) in their attempt to keep Israeli fascist provocateurs out of their city through popular direct action. The leader of the Jewish National Front was kept away by demonstrators blocking roads, while an MK of the National Union Party was chased out of town by angry protesters shortly after his arrival. Five were arrested at a stand off in front of the polling station, and eight more were snatched by police from their homes at night.

Weekly Demonstrations in Bil'in, Ni'ilin and Um Salmuna


Weekly demonstration against the wall, Bil'in. Video by David Reeb

On Friday, Israeli and international activists joined Palestinians in the West Bank villages of Bil'in, Ni'ilin and Um Salmuna demonstrating against the Apartheid wall built on their lands. As in previous weeks, protest marches in all three villages were met with repression from Israeli troops determined to stop the joint popular struggle against the occupation by military violence.

Gaza in the Heart of Jaffa

Jaffa residents remembering Gaza's victims. Photo: Yudit Litani (http://yuditilany.blogspot.com)Jaffa residents remembering Gaza's victims. Photo: Yudit Litani

On Saturday, Palestinian and Jewish residents of Jaffa organized a protest event to remind people in Israel and worldwide that although Operation Cast Lead might be over, the suffering and devastation Israel has caused in the Gaza Strip has not disappeared. Speeches, video projections, photo and art installations as well as performances echoed the call to lift the siege, end the occupation, and trial this military assault's planners and executers for war crimes

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