Bilin was cold yesterday. It rained and the wind and damp got to everything. ---- About a thousand of us showed up â Palestinians, Israelis and internationals â to protest the apartheid barrier in the village. The Israeli army knew we were coming so flying checkpoints were thrown up on the main road into town. We swarmed the hills and valleys surrounding Bil'in by the hundreds and managed to join those already in the village. Nearly all of us us hiked around the apartheid abscesses (Road blocks) and made it to the village where I was surprised (not really) to see Salaam Fayyad. I assume he applied in advance for an entry permit ;). --- The march got underway after the Old Guard finished posturing for the cameras. We advanced about fifty or sixty meters when Fayyad abruptly stopped, shook a few hands, and bowed out. I heard a few jokes and snigger's as we marched on.
It wasnât long - less than half the way between the village and the separation fence, before the Jewish Peopleâs Liberation Army began to gas people. Sorry: It wasnât long before the Israeli Defense Forces employed riot dispersal methods.
Small organized groups of protesters then spread along the Wall to try and implement the popular committee's announcement that he last day of the decade will indeed also be the last day of the Wall on Bil'in's land. An overwhelming number of Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers spread along the path of the Wall, but were not able to stop demonstrators equipped with bolt-cutters from breaching through the Wall in three places.
In one place, the protesters actually managed to carry a rather significant chunk of the Wall back to the village.
On the anniversary of the start of the Palestinian revolution of the 46, Bil'in pick out the wall of apartheid, despite strict military measures and the closure of the three entrances to village protesters in Bil'in Remove Parts of Israel's Wall,
Haitham Khatib video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V41-HPasqtA
Israel Putermam video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FErDPdMzWjY
David Reeb video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLLpdn-0SeY
Haitham Al Khatib video of the previous demonstration 24/12/10
Sunday, 26/12/2010, in Bilâin, about 100 hundred people, including citizens of Bil'in, International activists from the French group 'Euro Palestine', members of the Popular Committees of Bil'in and Ni'lin, the Popular Resistance Movement of An Nabi Saleh, as well as representatives from the Office of International Relations of the Fatah Movement - Mr. Jamil Barghouti and Mohammad Shannan, participated in the planting of Olive trees on land targeted by Israel for Wall and settlement expansion. The event was organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and the village of Bil'in.
At 3:30 pm participants carried olive trees and farming tools in a massive march toward village land that is still threatened to be confiscated. The demonstrators planted olive trees in spite of the strong presence of the Israeli military. When people tried to plant trees close to the wall, Israeli soldiers opened fire and shot dozens of tear gas canisters in the midst of the demonstrators. This led to a violent army confrontation against the demonstrators. Tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets were used in order to intimidate the demonstrators. Several people who suffered from the effects of inhaling tear gas had to be treated in the field.
Bil'in olive planting 26-12-10
Haitham Al Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6uqb9ZuuCY
International Solidarity Week with the Palestinian People of Jerusalem:
Political Gathering Held Wednesday in Bilâin
The Popular Committee Against the Wall organized a political gathering this evening in the local Councilâs Hall in Bilâin village. Many foreign solidarity activists attended the meeting, especially from the group 'Euro Palestine', as well as members from several West Bank Popular Committees.
==================== The murder of Jawaher Abu Rahmah ======================
A comrade reported: "The Israelis used two types of gas canisters. The first, which you can see in the videos, is a fist-sized bulbous rubber projectile. It begins to dispense gas in air, causing it to spin wildly and change directions before it hits the ground. Its trajectory is very hard to predict.
The second type of canister is the more deadly kind â the kind that killed Bassem Abu Rahmah in 2009. Itâs also used liberally by the young supremacists in uniform. Yesterday the steel canisters, about fifty percent larger than a neat stack of quarters, were fired directly at protesters. Their trajectory is more or less straight, but they come at you much faster.
And the gas. Well, âtear gasâ is a bad name for it. It feels like a million blue shards of glass tearing at your alveoli and shredding your eyes. You canât see and double over, trying not to breathe. Acid tears are streaming down your face, but the overwhelming sensation is of being bombarded and suffocated. Youâre ensconced in darkness and your thoughts are disrupted â you only want to get away. And every breath tears at your insides; vicious animals live in your lungs. Iâd rather not breathe than take one more anguished, searing, charred breath. Then, you donât have a choice; you canât breathe. Youâre struggling to run and are overcome by dizziness. Other people help you escape.
Only Jawaher Abu Rahmah didnât escape. She protested, dignified and unwavering for hours. She refused to yield and for that she died. She was 36 and was killed for peacefully protesting The Jewish Peopleâs Right to Self-Determination in Palestine. Her body now rests in the cold, red earth they deify.
We exchanged a few words of encouragement before I snapped her picture, when she was still someoneâs mother.
I wish I knew how distressed she was."
"Bil'in Female Protester in Critical Condition from Tear-Gas inhalation
Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital after inhaling massive amounts of tear-gas towards protesters in Bil'in earlier today. She is currently in critical condition and is not responding to treatment. Another protester required hospitalization after being hit in the face with a tear-gas projectile shot directly at him."
"Doctors at the Ramallah hospital are currently fighting for Jawaher Abu Rahmah's life, after an acute deterioration in her condition this evening. Abu Rahmah suffered from severe asphyxiation during today's demonstration in Bil'in as a result of tear-gas inhalation, and was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital. She is currently diagnosed as suffering from poisoning caused by the active ingredient in the tear-gas, and is not responding to treatment.
Jawaher Abu Rahmah is the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was shot dead with a high velocity tear-gas projectile during a demonstration in Bil'in on April 17th, 2009."
And she did not make it ;( Jawaher Abu Rahmah died Saturday morning). The Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall were invited to give the last honer to Jawaher Abu Rahmah.
We attended her funeral with all the villagers of Bil'in, and many other activists of all over the west bank.
Saturday evening about five hundreds of us protested on Saturday in from of the Kirya Base (IDF headquarters) in Tel Aviv. A TV channel 10 early evening news program opened with an opening item on Abu Rahma's murder contributed to the big attendance. Eight protestors were arrested, including former Knesset member Mossi Raz (Meretz) as the demonstrators failed to comply with police and few of us even set on the road.
After the arresting of 8 they stopped arresting people for public relation reasons and let us continue the occupation of the road. Some protesters claimed that "even in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Israeli police treats citizens as enemies, crushing their freedom of expression and operating as storm troops of the right extremists."
MEDIA --- Saturday Night --- US ambassador visited --- Anarchists attack US envoy's home --- Police say anarchists rallying in Herzliya over death of Bilin protester threw [used i.s.] tear gas canisters into diplomat's yard; 11 suspects arrested ---- Demonstrations continue following the death of protester Jawaher Abu Rahma during a rally against the West Bank separation fence at Bilin. ---- Eleven anarchists were arrested on Sunday morning [a bit after Saturday midnight] in Herzliya on suspicion of protesting in front of the US ambassador's home and throwing tear gas canisters at his house.
The anarchists arrived at the US diplomat's home overnight carrying posters. Police officials said the suspects were also carrying Palestinian flags, tear gas canisters [used one of course] and spray. According to on-line reports, the anarchists claimed they arrived at Ambassador James Cunningham's house in order to protest against US military aid to Israel, which they claimed was being put to use against Palestinians. --- The anarchists reportedly chanted, "One, two, three, four stop the occupation, stop the war. Five, six, seven, eight end the funding, end the hate." ---- Occurring to suspicion, one of the anarchists threw hand grenades [really used grenades of tear gas] towards the house yard, and then the suspects fled the scene. The patrol police was called over, headed by Superintendent Avi Ohayon, and began combing the area in search of suspects.
All [half] of the suspected were then found and brought in for questioning over at Glilot police station, headed by Chief Superintendent Nimrod Daniel. They were interrogated and later detained for further investigation.
Police officials said the 11 anarchists, one of which is a German citizen, are expected to be brought before the Magistrate's Court in Tel Aviv in order to extend their arrest.
It seems that the media opinions do not treat the murder of Jawaher Abu Rahmah so lightly and the news with denunciation is all over the media.