Editors note; Every Friday these peaceful protesters are met with rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons, waste water, kidnapping and beatings. Every Friday they come back for more. The world could learn a lesson on courage from these amazing people.
by Saed Bannoura
Israeli troops attacked on Friday the weekly nonviolent protest against the illegal Annexation Wall and illegal settlements, in the West Bank village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding at least four residents.
The Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’in reported that resident Samir Burnat, 36, was hit by two rubber-coated bullets in his right leg, resident Kifah Mansour, 30, was shot by three rubber-coated bullets in his right leg, and Ibrahim Burnat, 30, was also hit by two rubber coated bullets in his leg, while Mohammed Hamad, 19, was rushed to the hospital after being hit with a stone in the spine.
Dozens of residents suffered asphyxia after inhaling teargas fired by the army. Both Hamad and Burnat required hospitalization.
This week’s protest, organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in, marks the first anniversary of the death of Jawaher Abu Rahma, who died after inhaling gas fired by the army at a similar nonviolent protest in Bil’in.
Dozens of residents, Israeli and international peace activists participated in the protest, while Ramallah and Al Bireh Governor, Laila Ghannam, and several political and social figures also attended.
As the case every week, the protest started from the center of the village after Friday prayers, and the protesters headed towards lands that were recently liberated.
Several protestors carried Palestinian flags, banners representing different factions, and a yellow banner with the picture of detained Fateh leader, Marwan Barghouthi.
The protesters chanted against the occupation, and called for the removal of the illegal Annexation Wall and settlements built on privately owned Palestinian lands.
The protesters also chanted for the release of all Palestinian detainees held by Israel, and urged the Palestinian factions and people to support the popular struggle movement.
Israeli soldiers attacked the protestors after arriving at the Abu Lemon area and some protestors broke through the barbed-wire, separating them from their lands.
Soldiers and settlers were stationed on the other side of Wall, and the army fired gas bombs, stun grenades, and rubber-coated metal bullets.
Army vehicles then tried to advance towards the protesters in an attempt to kidnap some of them, but could not go through due to the large number of protestors.
The Friends of Freedom and Justice – Bil’in, also reported that the Women’s Committee at the village organized a memorial for Jawaher Abu Rahma; representatives of national factions, local committees, Palestinian and international peace activists attended the ceremony.
by Saed Bannoura
Palestinian medical sources in occupied East Jerusalem reported Friday that a Palestinian youth from Silwan town, was seriously wounded after being struck by an Israeli army jeep injured in Bab Al Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem.
Jawad Siyam, head of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, in Jerusalem, reported that resident Mahmoud Al-A’war, 18, was seriously injured while the soldiers prevented local medics from providing him with the urgently needed care.
Al-A’war was later moved to the Al-Maqassed Hospital in East Jerusalem suffering serious fractures to several parts of his body.
The wounded youth is from Ein Al-Loz area in Silwan; the jeep that hit him fled the scene before different army and police vehicles arrived at the scene.
Over the years, dozens of Palestinians, including children, were injured, some killed, after being rammed by Israel army and settler vehicles in the occupied territories.
The vast majority of these incidents were hit-and-run incidents and the assailants, although known to Israel, were never held accountable.
by Saed Bannoura
The Israeli army announced that its Home Front concluded a two-month preparation for a potential military offensive against the Gaza Strip, the Arabs48 news website reported.
On its website, the occupation army stated that the preparations included several scenarios, including the possibility of Palestinian fighters firing shells at Israeli areas that are 45 kilometers away from Gaza.
An Israeli military spokesperson stated that the army is ready to counter every possible scenario, including “the possibility that resistance fighters in Gaza could fire as much as 1000 shells into Israeli areas”.
The spokesperson stated that in 2011, Palestinian fighters in Gaza fired 680 shells into southern Israel, some of the shells were homemade, but some other shells were the advanced Grad Missiles.
During the three-week war that started on December 28, 2008, Israeli soldiers did not only bombard resistance centers, but also heavily bombarded civilians areas; homes, hospitals, schools, UNRWA facilities and infrastructure, killing 1419 Palestinians, the vast majority of them were civilians, including hundreds of women and children, and members of local rescue teams.
On the Israeli side, 13 Israelis were killed; eight of them were soldiers and five of the eight were killed by friendly fire.