Unarmed Palestinian demonstrations in Bil’in, Ni’lin and Qaddoum met with severe military repression by Israel

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 27 July 2012

In the villages of Bil’in, Ni’ilin and Kufr Qaddoum, hundreds continue to protest land annexation and settlement expansion.

Tear-gas canister shot in Kufr Qaddoum: Picture Credit: Jaffar Ashtiyeh

Demonstration in Qaddoum. Picture Credit: Jaffar Ashtiyeh

In the early afternoon hours of the second Friday of the Ramadan, some several dozen protesters gathered in Bil’in for the weekly demonstration against the Wall and settlements. The protesters – Bil’iners, Israeli activists and international supporters – made their way towards the separation wall where the army was already based. Upon reaching Abu Lamon grove near the Western stretch of the Wall, protesters were met by volleys of tear-gas canisters, as well as shock grenades and the “skunk” – a water cannon spraying foul-smelling liquid. Since the wind was blowing in the direction of the soldiers, protesters were able to make their way to the Wall and cross the first fence surrounding it. After some clashes the demonstration dispersed. No arrests or injuries were reported.

A similar demonstration took place in the neighboring village of Ni’ilin, where a few dozen protesters marched towards the concrete Wall built on the village’s olive groves. The army shot tear-gas and used the skunk to disperse the crowd. Qaddoum: Picture Credit: Jaffar Ashtiyeh

Demonstration in Qaddoum. Picture Credit: Jaffar Ashtiyeh

In the northern West Bank, at the village of Kufur Qadduom, some 200 villagers accompanied by international supporters were attacked with tear gas as soon as they reached the road block isolating the village form the surrounding villages and towns. The army used outstanding amounts of tear-gas, as well as the skunk and proceeded into the populated areas of the village. No Severe injuries were reported.

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