Event #2859 Israeli military represses non-violent protest in Bil'in; at least fourteen civilians wounded Date: Friday, 10 Oct 2008
George N. Rishmawi reports:
At least fourteen protestors were wounded in the village of Bil'in near the West Bank city of Ramallah Friday afternoon. The residents of Bil'in accompanied by international and Israeli
human rights activists marched following the Friday prayer towards the gate in the fence in an attempt to go to their land to harvest the olive trees. Israeli troops operating at the gate prevented
them and showered them with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. Four were moved to the hospital for treatment as their wounds were moderate, while the others suffered light injuries and were
treated by field medics.
The protestors carried signs condemning the wall and fence Israel is building on the village's land, while others carried ladders and tools they use to harvest the olive trees. The olive harvest
started in the early hours of the morning in the village; however, due to the wall the villagers could not harvest the trees behind the wall.
As a result of the construction of the wall in Bil'in, the village lost nearly half of its land. The Israeli high court ordered the army to remove the wall in a way that would allow the villagers to
retrieve almost half of the confiscated land, however, the court ruling is still not implemented.
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