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Peace Activists Demonstrate Against Illegal Israeli Apartheid, Land-Grab Wall in Bil'in & Khader, 6 Injured kidnapped

The Israeli occupation army attack Bil'in non-violent protest: six injured, one kidnapped

Friday March 14, 2008 15:01 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Dozens of residents of Bil’in, a village near Ramallah, took to the streets on Friday in their weekly demonstration protesting against the illegal confiscation of village land through Israel's continued expansion of the wall.

The residents were joined by many international and Israeli peace activists. Israeli occupation troops manning the wall and the gate in the wall that cuts off the villagers from their lands showered the protesters with tear gas and rubber coated steal bullets as soon as the protesters arrived at a military blockade nearby.

In addition, when the protestors arrived back to the village, Israeli troops attacked them at the entrance of the village with rifle butts and batons. Eyewitnesses told IMEMC that soldiers also used sprayed the eyes of the peace protesters with pepper spray.

In total, six people were injured, among them a freelance European journalist known as Tom.

The other five were known as Iran, an Israeli peace activist who was shot in the leg by Israeli troops; Scern, from Israel, shot in the hand with a rubber-coated steal bullet; Cope, also from Israel, was attacked with pepper spray; Aiad Burnat was beaten up by the soldiers; in addition to Jake from the USA, who was beaten up and kidnapped by the army.

Al-Khader village near Bethlehem holds it weekly anti-wall protest

Friday March 14, 2008 14:37 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Around 100 Palestinians from the village of Al-Khader located near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, joined by Israeli and international peace activists staged a protest on Friday midday against the illegal Apartheid, Land-Grab, Wall Israel is building on the village land.

The protest started by holding the Friday prayers at Al-Nashash Israeli checkpoint located at the entrance of the village. Shortly afterwards, protesters marched towards the checkpoint where they were stopped by Israeli occupation soldiers.

Organizers from the local popular committee of lands defense in Al-Khader village delivered speeches in Arabic and English. The protests were then finished with local youth burning tyres at the checkpoint.

No clashes with the army were reported.

If completed, the Israeli illegal Apartheid, Land-Grab will annex 500 Dunoms of land that are privately owned by the villagers of Al Khader. ( 4 dunoms = one acre)

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