In Bil'in the brutality of state force escalate. It is on the background of a storm in the media last few days about the assault of military Captain and his unit on activist of the the anarchists against the wall (AATW) and other participant in an action of removing a road block and demo at Dhaharriya (Near Hebron). The theme of the Friday demo of 11th May in Bil'in (the 118th) was the protesting of the Israeli state persecution of the Israeli Palestinian member of parliament Azmi Bashara. The demonstration of the usual participants - Palestinians from the village and the region, internationals, and Israeli of AATW - marched on the road leading to the gate in the separation fence used to rob more than half of the lands of the village. The march and the chanting was peacefully till we arrived at the bottom of the hill the gate is on its top.
As in the last few weeks since the new Israeli occupation regional commander was replaced, we found there a spool of razor wire blocking the road and Israeli state forces half the way up the hill. The commander shouted in his lowed speaker that the wire mark a closed military zone and threatened to punish us if any one will try to cross it.
As usual the ones in the head of the demonstration crossed that line and in spite of shower of tear gas shooting advanced up the hill, while the rest of us retreated a bit. When the bolder member reached the soldiers they were warned that they will be arrested if not going away. As they refused, the state force detained 10 activists - 6 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, all released after the end of the demonstration.
While the comrades were near the soldiers they could not use against them tear gas, so they used other means instead.... Adib Abu Rahme - Palestinian activist from Bil'in, was shot with rubber bullets from about 3 meters distance today during the demo in Bil'in. He was shot for no apparent reason. (It was also against the Israeli law about the range and body part "legitimate" for such act.) He is of course Palestinian so it didn't make as much noise as the Dhaharriya incident. Anyway, since he was shot from such a close range, the two bullets that hit him, one in each thigh, penetrated, and he had to be operated. He is hospitalized in the Sheikh Zayed hospital in Ramallah, and will have to remain in the hospital for at least two days.
When the state force were in it, they continue to shoot tear gas canisters and rubber coated bullets to force the rest of the participants to retreat all the way back to the outskirts of the village.
In the other two Friday joint demonstrations - in Yata and Um Salmuna, things were quieter. In the demo near Um Salmuna, it was just a mild pushing and pushing back with Israeli soldiers who blocked the way of the demonstration.