On the last Friday of Ramadan, protests in Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Ni’lin, al Ma’asara & in villages across the West Bank call to dismantle Israel’s Occupation

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 17 August 2012

Weekly demonstrations brought together dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists to protest the Wall, settlement expansion and the ongoing occupation.

video by Israel Puterman

Some 100 demonstrators joined the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh this week. Following the Friday midday prayer, protesters marched from the center of the village towards their lands and confiscated fresh water spring. An army battalion that was awaiting them on the other side of the highway soon started shooting tear-gas canisters towards the unarmed demonstrators. Without any provocation, several military jeeps stormed into the village, conducting what seemed as mere display of force. After driving through the village without purpose for a while, the army finally retreated allowing the village to prepare for the fast-breaking meal. No injuries or arrests were reported.

In Bil’in, residents and activists made their way to Abu Lamon reserve, an area returned to the village after its long popular and legal battle.  The army shot tear-gas canisters, shock grenades and the “skunk” – a water cannon spraying foul-smelling water to disperse the demonstration. A similar demonstration took place in the neighboring village of Ni’ilin. Both protests ended without severe injuries or arrests.

Several dozen also participated in a demonstration in al-Ma’asara. The local march was blocked by the army at the entrance to the village.  After some speeches and deliberations with the soldiers, the protesters retreated, promising to return next week.