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August 7, 2009
August 7, 2009: Back to Bil'in: Part 2 UPDATED September 16 VIDEO LEADS


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Another Nightly Raid in Bilin

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"Just want to add that press and legal work (criminal complaints) are underway."-Emily


"The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you're accountable." -- Arundhati Roy


Bil'in night raid, some injuries September 16, 2009

Shortly after 1:30am, Israeli forces invaded Bil'in again. They raided the house of Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma in an attempt to arrest him. However, he was not home at the time. Palestinian and international activists intervened by jumping over the wall into the garden since the soldiers had shut the gate closed. Some international activists were threatened with arrest unless they move back. The soldiers had sealed off the house while operating inside. They forced open two doors breaking the locks and destroying the doors. They trashed several rooms and beat Mohammed Khatib who had come to the rescue of Abdullah's family. He was taken to hospital in Ramallah for treatment and returned to the village later.

Military reinforcement arrived in five Jeeps. Outside the house, one Palestinian activist, Emad Burnat, who was filming, was pushed to the ground. One soldier also broke his camera. Hamde Aburahma and other Palestinian journalists were threatened with arrest unless they stop filming. They hit Ashraf Aburahma, another activist, with the gun injuring his right hand.

The house of Abdullah's brother, Khaled Aburahma, was raided as well, which traumatized his children that were pulled brutally out of their sleep. The invading forces said that until they find Abdullah, the entire neighborhood was theirs. They searched every room and trashed one room downstairs next to the store. They stole Palestinian flags, banners and posters used during demonstrations, and then left the house.

The invading forces exited the village around 3am without any victims.

Abdullah Aburahma called all the Human Rights organizations worldwide to help stopping the night raids in Bil'in, and to support the demonstrations against the occupation which is a legal activity.




Mass demonstration in Bil'in this Friday: Aug. 14, 2009


Dozens of residents of Bilin, including prominent activists from the popular committee against the wall, were recently arrested by the occupation forces. They were arrested in the middle of the night, under cover of darkness: Our friends and partners in the struggle for over four years, are pulled out of bed by masked soldiers. Most of them have now been in jail for weeks. They are accused of outrageous accusation and their release is not in sight.

The night invasions, accompanied by shooting in the village streets, and the political arrests are yet another attempt to suppress the internationally known popular struggle in Bilin. Almost two years after the high court ruled that the wall in Bilin must be moved, the wall remains untouched. The struggle against it will persist until it falls.

On Friday 14.8 we will set out, Israelis Palestinians and internationals, on a mass demonstration against the political repression of the courageous village of Bilin. We will demand that the army release the prisoners now or arrest us as well for we too incite against the occupation.


Bil'in demo – another arrest and lots of gas

At today's weekly non-violent demonstration, the occupation forces arrested yet another Palestinian man, Rany Ayoub Yousef Najar. He is a local cameraman who was wearing the clearly visible green jacket of the Press at the time of his arrest.

Once the protesters arrived close to the Separation Wall, activists from Italy, France, Israel and Bil'in were addressing the soldiers, demanding an end to the military occupation and the Wall. Then the chanting of Palestinian freedom slogan resumed while some of the activists tried to open the gate at the Green Line without success. The Army threw a multiple of tear gas and sound bombs into the crowd. Then the first arrest occurred. After having blindfolded and handcuffed the cameraman, the soldiers entered through the gate a second time. But the air was still heavy with tear gas which made the soldiers retreat to their outpost without arresting anyone else.

The protesters held their ground and were soon sprayed with the foul chemical water and more tear gas. After one hour into the demonstration, the protesters returned back to the village. 

An alert of a big fire near the house of Abdulfatah Bornat came soon after. The occupation forces had thrown tear gas into the field in the wake of the demonstration which resulted in burning the dry vegetation. A fire truck had to be called from a nearby village to come and extinguish the fire. It had already burnt a large field.

Thank you for you continued support,

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August 7, 2009 email from Bil'in [edited for spelling and grammer]

"Release Mohammed al-Khatib and Adeeb Abu Rahma, and their colleagues from the Israeli prison"

Dozens Suffocated with tear gas at Bili’n’s weekly demonstration 

 
Tens were suffocated with tear gas, fired by Israeli soldiers at Bili’n’s weekly demonstration where Bil’in citizens, Israeli and International peace activists demonstrated  after the Friday prayers, waving Palestinian flags and banners with slogans calling for the release of the popular leaders, Muhammad al-Khatib, Adib Abu Rahma, the rest of the other detainees, and calling for ending raids and prosecution of activists and members of the People's Committee against the wall.

Demonstrators had walked in Bil’in streets chanting slogans calling for national unity, and continuation of the popular committee resistance, and events without the fear of the terrorist policy carried out by the Israeli army against Palestinians in general and the people of Bil'in in particular.


Once the demonstrators arrived at the wall gate, the Israeli soldiers strongly fired on them with different kinds of gases:

Some of them were invasive bombs fired by hand, others fired by guns and some of them were fired from the front of military vehicles-this one has thrown fifty bombs at one time, which covered an area of more than ten dunems with gas, causing tens of cases of suffocation.

 
The soldiers also began spraying the demonstrators with a green - colored water contaminated by waste animal manure and chemicals, resulting in the vomiting by many others.

Some reports mentioned that the Israeli's are using the skunk smell, which is very strong and can’t be removed from clothes.

This colored water is one of the newly tested weapons that the Israelis are using against the demonstrators in Bil’in. 

The demonstrators dressed in plastic dresses, hats, gloves, and masks in order not to be affect by the chemical water and its noxious smell that the Israeli are using now against them.

The People's Committee against the Wall in Bil'in called for immediate release of all detainees from the village of Bil'in, including the leaders Muhammad al-Khatib and Adib Abu Rahma, as the charges they are facing are illegal, and thus what the people of Bil'in are doing is legal and legitimate,  since it is guaranteed  by all international conventions and even the Israeli courts.



[againstwall] Visiting Our Hero in Jail
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 6:06 AM

Dear comrades and friends,

I just returned from a visit with our dear friend Mohammed Khatib in Ofer Prison. He asked that I send you all this message in thanks, friendship and solidarity. (Please feel free to pass it on.)

It was a slow morning at Ofer Prison, so we were "lucky" enough to have an hour together to talk (over the phone and through the glass window pane, mind you). The first thing I needed to know was how he was feeling -- after rumors of swine flu in Ofer Prison, I had his wife and friends on my case to make sure that above all he is not sick. Mohammed reassured me that he is fine, although he is concerned that the flu symptoms going around the prison are not just regular flu and that the sick  patients are not being quarantined from the others, nor are they being treated with proper medicines (just Acamol!). He also mentioned that there is a shortage of plates/cups/silverware, and so detainees have to share (which means they are subject to illness, whether it's the swine flu or any other). In the meantime he is managing with plastic cups.

We talked a lot about how he sees his time in detention, which he accepts may be a bit longer than the last week and a half. For him it's just another part of the struggle -- another test of a struggle that won't die, and another chapter in his life of experiences (and literally another chapter in the book he's writing)! After years of friendship, and our tour in Canada, he succeeds in amazing me more than ever.

There isn't much for him to read in the prison, but recently he found a copy of Haaretz English that included a photo of the Bil'in Friday demo the first week in July in which demonstrators had raised at the wall the purple confederation flag they'd been given recently during our visit to the Mowhawk nation on the Akwasasne reservation at the Canadian-American border, in exchange for their Palestinian flag (which was raised there). Even though the photo was from a time before his arrest, it made him happy and rejuvenated him -- and gave him a chance to practice his English reading, which he sees as a good opportunity.

I told him about all the things happening on the ground, thanks to his family, the village, and activists like Neta Golan -- OpEds, international networks, support funds, letters, political pressure. He was pleased that the Bil'in Conference plan to create an international network was finally getting off the ground, even if not under the best circumstances. I told him about our very successful visit by 3 Canadian Parliament members to the village on Sunday, who expressed their solidarity with him, as a fellow elected official, and were appalled by this political arrest. I told him a bit of world news, I read him a beautiful letter from Michael Sfard, and I sent him "dash" from dozens of people from Israel to Canada. He sends it back to you 10 times over.

All in all, he said over and over again, that he is fine and not to worry. That he is not suffering or bored. That he fills his mind with thoughts about Bil'in and the struggle and sees his time there as a sort of "vacation" to collect ideas and inspiration. He is writing more pages of his book in his head. And he is sleeping and eating fine. His only real complaint is that they don't allow him his nargila to smoke (but is glad he doesn't smoke cigarettes)! He feels confident that things will work out because he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide. He said he was lucky until now not to be arrested and that it was only a matter of time. But that it won't deter him. He hopes it won't deter us.

AND HE HOPES THAT PEOPLE WILL COME TO HIS HEARING ON THURSDAY, AND THAT FRIDAY'S DEMONSTRATION WILL BE BIG.

I tell him at the end to hang in there. He tells me the same. It's a joint struggle, after all.
-Emily

Update August 16, 2009


Between 300 and 400 activists and villagers participated in today's [Aug. 14, 2009] demonstration against Israel's military occupation and the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in. The presence of Israeli and international activists was very strong. The spirit ran high and the atmosphere was festive as the protesters walked toward the Wall. Various Palestinian and international activists addressed the soldiers denouncing the military occupation. As the barbed-wire gate was being forced open by some protesters, the soldiers came running toward the Wall with their shields as protection against potential stone throwers. The first tear gas canisters were fired into the crowd but people dodged them and remained in the front lines chanting slogans. As a last resort, the Army sprayed the foul smelling chemical, known as "chara," again to break up the protesters. More tear gas followed clouding the area causing the usual discomfort to the protesters, but no major injuries occurred and no arrest were made today.

After chanting freedom slogans in various languages for quite some time, the large number of protesters slowly returned back to the village
 
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Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
co-founder  of Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin


Bil'in, between court and tear gas
By Adam Keller
Aug. 15, 2009

"Instead of carrying out late night raids on the village of Bil'in, arrest people and drag them to detention and court, the army should have done a simple thing – implement at last the Supreme Court ruling of two years ago, move the fence erected on the Bil'in lands and return to villagers their lands and source of income, which were taken in order to extend the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modi'in Illit" said Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom, upon entering the military court at Ofer Camp near Ramallah.

"When the army does that, the demonstrations at Bil'in will instantly end, because the reason for them will have disappeared." (The court was deliberating upon extending the remand of Muhammad Hatib, one of the leaders of the Bil'in struggle.)

Also present during the proceedings were other public figures, such as Knesset Member Dov Hanin of Hadash and Rabbi Rabbi Arik Asherman of Rabbis for Human Rights.

Members of Gush Shalom, as of other peace movements, were among hundreds of activists from Israel and abroad who arrived yesterday at Bil'in, in order to participate at a march against the Fence which steals the villagers' land and protesting the wave of detentions. Among others there was a large contingent of Spanish participants, who sang songs from the time of the Spanish Civil War, as well as French activists who carried a large sign in the colours of the French flag and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation.

"Every time I get to Bil'in, I find again that the army claim – that spraying tear gas is in response to stone throwing' – are simply not true" says Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson, who had taken part in the demonstration. "I can testify that the soldiers started shooting tear gas when the protest march was still far from the fence, when nobody was throwing stones and indeed nobody was in range for stone-throwing. I have the impression that the military communiqués on the Bil'in protests are written in advance, so as to justify the soldiers' conduct, and without any relation to what actually takes place."

At the peak of the confrontation the soldiers used a machine capable of shooting fifty tear gas canisters per minute. Protesters covered their face with cloths and handkerchiefs, while the press photographers present had equipped themselves in advance with gas masks.

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Stop the Raids
By ABDULLAH ABU RAHME
Aug. 16, 2009

My West Bank village of Bil’in, a center of Palestinian nonviolent resistance for nearly five years, has been the target of two months of nightly raids by the Israeli military.  The raids aim at ending our nonviolent demonstrations against the confiscation of our land for Israel’s wall and settlements.

 
On August 3rd at around 4 AM, I got a call from my friend Mohammed Khatib, one of the other members of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. Mohammed said that Israeli soldiers had surrounded his home and were entering it. I jumped from bed and phoned some international volunteers who were staying in the village, and together we went to the village mosque.

 
200 Israeli soldiers had invaded our small village. Everywhere I turned they were in front of me. I continued speaking to Mohammed by phone, and he told me they were searching his home and asking many questions.  The last time I called, I heard the soldiers ordering him to hang up the phone immediately. Ten minutes later I phoned Mohammed's family, and they told me he had been arrested.

 
Mohammed has since been accused of incitement to “disturb the security of the area” and throwing stones. He joins in prison another Bil’in leading Non-violent activist, Adeeb Abu Rahme, who has been held on the same charge of incitement since on July 10th. Another 16 other Bil’in residents also remain in prison.

 
Building on a long history of Palestinian nonviolent resistance, our village began peaceful protests in late 2004 against Israel’s plans to build their West Bank wall through Bil’in, cutting off access to 50% of our land for an Israeli settlement. Since then we have been joined by thousands of Israeli and international supporters in weekly protests that follow our Friday midday prayer.

 
We’ve also fought the seizure of our land in the courts. In response to our petition in 2007, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the wall in Bil’in must be moved further west, a change that would have saved some of our land from confiscation. However, nearly two years later, the Israeli government has still not implemented that decision. In 2008, the village launched a lawsuit in Canada for War Crimes against two Canadian companies, Green Park and Green Mount, that are building settlements on our village’s land. The recent night raids began as that case was being heard in Montreal. Mohammed Khatib was arrested weeks after he returned from testifying in Canada.

 
Mohammed was arrested because the Israeli government is afraid of our nonviolent resistance, and doesn't want it to spread to other regions of the West Bank. In 2005, they did the same with me – arresting me three times, but our nonviolent demonstrations continued anyway. 

 
At a protest in July 15, 2005 we had tied ourselves inside a large prop that looked like a bridge crowned with a banner reading “peace needs bridges not walls.” The soldiers charged at us and arrested us. They claimed that I had attempted to assault soldiers - though my hands and feet were bound to our prop. I was imprisoned for saying "no" to the theft of my land.  In prison, I felt the racism and injustice that are at the heart of the occupation. The judge eventually dismissed the assault charges because our video footage clearly showed we were beaten and arrested merely for protesting on a road in our own village. I was released on August 1, 2005 on the condition that I not participate in protests for months. I hope that Mohammed and the other prisoners from Bil’in will win their release as I eventually did.

 
. On Thursday the Israeli military prosecutor presented a photo they claimed was Mohammed throwing stones, and a testimony they got from one of village’s youth currently in their custody supporting by boys from the village supporting that accusation. But Mohammed’s lawyer produced his passport and proved that Mohammed was not even in the country on the day the photo was taken. Sunday the Military judge will rule whether or not Mohammad will be held until the end of his trial. .

 
In recent months, the Israeli government has also been escalating its repression of protests against land theft in villages like Ni’lin, Al Masara and other West Bank communities.

 
In Bil’in, as in other Palestinian communities, there is no question that we will persist and remain on our land, despite injuries, deaths and arrests. But we tell the many people who ask where is the Palestinian Gandhi and why don’t Palestinians use nonviolence, to understand that there are many Palestinian Gandhis whom you have never heard about. Staying on our land despite Israeli efforts to push us off requires thousands of acts of nonviolent resistance daily. But to succeed and gain our freedom, Palestinians everywhere need your active support, as we have it in Bil’in, in order to overcome Israel’s systematic efforts to crush all forms of Plestinian resistance.

 
Abdullah Abu Rahme is a teacher and the Coordinator of Bil'in's Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements

 
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Israel declares the shooting of American activist, Tristan Anderson to be an “act of war”
Press Release: 18 August 2009

Tristan Anderson, an American national, was critically injured on 13 March 2009 when he was shot with a high velocity tear-gas projectile during an unarmed demonstration against the Wall in the West Bank village of Ni’lin (report and video: http://palsolidarity.org/2009/03/5324).

The Israeli Ministry of Defense has notified the Anderson family’s lawyers that Israel perceives the incident on 13 March 2009 as an “act of war.” This classification was made despite the fact that Anderson’s shooting occurred during a civilian demonstration and there were no armed hostilities during the event or surrounding it.

The consequence of such classification is that according to Israeli law, the state of Israel is not liable for any damage its’ forces have caused.

Israeli police have completed their criminal investigation and passed the file to the district attorney of the Central District of the Israeli prosecution offices. The Anderson’s criminal attorney, Michael Sfard, is awaiting their decision.

According to Michael Sfard, "If a process by which unarmed civilian demonstration is classified by Israel as an ‘act of war,’ then clearly Israel admits that it is at war with civilians. International law identifies the incident as a clear case of human rights abuse. As such, Tristan and his family are undoubtedly entitled to justice and compensation. We will pursue this matter and take the government of Israel to court."

In addition to filing a criminal complaint against the State of Israel for the shooting of their son, the Andersons have submitted a notice of intent to file a civil suit.

Leah Tsemel, the civil suit attorney, stated, "This is another occasion where the Israeli government is alluding responsibility. The demonstrations that take place in Ni’lin and Bil’in are not acts of war. We will pursue, in Israeli courts and international courts if necessary, justice for the Anderson family."

Tristan Anderson was critically injured on 13 March 2009 when he was shot with a high-velocity tear gas projectile by Israeli forces. He was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv and to date remains in the hospital facilities. Tristan suffered multiple condensed fractures as a result of being hit in the right frontal lobe. He has had several life-saving surgeries and his prospects for recovery are unclear. On 10 August 2009, Tristan underwent another surgery to reattach the top part of his skull, which was removed in order to save his life immediately after his shooting five months ago.

Several eye-witnesses have given testimony that Tristan was shot when he could not have been perceived as any threat to the forces in the area. He was shot from around 60 meters while standing with a few internationals and Palestinians, hours after the demonstration had dispersed from the construction site of the Wall.

“We are horrified and overwhelmed,” said Nancy Anderson during a press conference on 23 March 2009. “We are scared and really still in shock. To shoot peaceful demonstrators is really horrifying to us. What we want to ask is that the Israeli government publicly take full responsibility for the shooting of our son.”

Israeli forces have been systematically shooting tear-gas projectiles directly at demonstrators during protests at the West Bank Wall.

After Anderson’s shooting, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem requested the Judge Advocate General, Brig. Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, to immediately clarify to security forces that it is absolutely forbidden to directly aim tear-gas canisters, including extended-range type canisters, at demonstrators in the West Bank. B’Tselem also provided extensive video footage of demonstrations in Ni’lin, Bi’lin, and Jayyus showing repeated firing of tear-gas grenades directly at demonstrators, proving that, contrary to the army’s contentions, Israeli forces in the West Bank have commonly practiced this unlawful act. (report & video: http://www.btselem.org/English/Firearms/20090318_Firing_of_Tear_Gaz_at_Demonstrators.asp).

Following the killing of a Palestinian demonstrator in Bil’in, Basem Abu Rahme, by Israeli forces on 17 April 2009 with a high velocity tear gas projectile (report and video: http://palsolidarity.org/2009/04/6185), B’Tselem again demanded that the army enforce its Open-Fire Regulations and investigate the incidents (http://www.btselem.org/English/Firearms/20090422_Firing_Tear_Gaz_Canisters_directly_on_People.asp).

On 5 May 2009, Yehoshua Lemberger, deputy state attorney for criminal affairs of the Justice Ministry, asked the police to review the guidelines for dispersing protesters based on Rahme’s death and the police investigations of four additional incidents that occurred in Nil’in, including the shooting of Tristan Anderson (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710864477&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull).


http://palsolidarity.org/2009/08/8092


August 29, 2009

Bilin Journal

In Village, Palestinians See Model for Their Cause

By ETHAN BRONNER

BILIN, West Bank — Every Friday for the past four and a half years, several hundred demonstrators — Palestinian villagers, foreign volunteers and Israeli activists — have walked in unison to the Israeli barrier separating this tiny village from the burgeoning settlement of Modiin Illit, part of which is built on the village’s land. One hundred feet away, Israeli soldiers watch and wait.

The protesters chant and shout and, inevitably, a few throw stones. Then just as inevitably, the soldiers open fire with tear gas and water jets, lately including a putrid oil-based liquid that makes the entire area stink.

It is one of the longest-running and best organized protest operations in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and it has turned this once anonymous farming village into a symbol of Palestinian civil disobedience, a model that many supporters of the Palestinian cause would like to see spread and prosper.

For that reason, a group of famous left-leaning elder statesmen, including former President Jimmy Carter — who caused controversy by suggesting that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank amounted to apartheid — came to Bilin on Thursday and told the local organizers how much they admired their work and why it was vital to keep it going.

The retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, also on the visit, said, “Just as a simple man named Gandhi led the successful nonviolent struggle in India and simple people such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King led the struggle for civil rights in the United States, simple people here in Bilin are leading a nonviolent struggle that will bring them their freedom.”

Mr. Tutu, a South African Nobel Peace Prize winner, spoke on rocky soil, surrounded by the remains of tear gas canisters and in front of coils of barbed wire, part of the barrier that Israel began building in 2002 across the West Bank as a violent Palestinian uprising was under way. Israel said its main purpose was to stop suicide bombers from crossing into Israel, but the route of the barrier — a mix of fencing, guard towers and concrete wall — dug deep into the West Bank in places, and Palestinian anger over the barrier is as much about lost land as about lost freedom.

Bilin lost half its land to the settlement of Modiin Illit and the barrier and took its complaint to Israel’s highest court. Two years ago, the court handed it an unusual victory. It ordered the settlement to stop building its new neighborhood and ordered the Israeli military to move the route of the barrier back toward Israel, thereby returning about half the lost land to the village.

“The villagers danced in the street,” recalled Emily Schaeffer, an Israeli lawyer who worked on the case for the village. “Unfortunately, it has been two years since the decision, and the wall has not moved.”

The village is back in court trying, so far in vain, to get the orders put into effect.

Ms. Schaeffer was explaining the case to the visitors, who go by the name The Elders. The group was founded two years ago by former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and is paid for by donors, including Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, and Jeff Skoll, founding president of eBay. Its goal is to “support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.”

Both Mr. Branson and Mr. Skoll were on the visit to Bilin, as were Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland; Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway; Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil; and Ela Bhatt, an Indian advocate for the poor and women’s rights. Their visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories has also included meetings with young Israelis and young Palestinians.

Mr. Cardoso said that he had long heard about the conflict but that seeing it on the ground had made a lasting impression on him. The barrier, he said, serves to imprison the Palestinians.

Like every element of the conflict here, there is no agreement over the nature of what goes on here every Friday. Palestinians hail the protest as nonviolent, and it was cited recently by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, as a key step forward in the struggle for a Palestinian state. Recently, one of the leaders here, Mohammed Khatib, set up a committee of a dozen villages to share his strategies.

But the Israelis complain that, along with protests at the nearby village of Nilin, things are more violent here than the Palestinians and their supporters acknowledge.

“Rioters hurl rocks, Molotov cocktails and burning tires at defense forces and the security fence,” the military said in a statement when asked why it had taken to arresting village leaders in the middle of the night. “Since the beginning of 2008, about 170 members of the defense forces have been injured in these villages,” it added, including three soldiers who were so badly hurt they could no longer serve in the army. It also said that at Bilin itself, some $60,000 worth of damage had been done to the barrier in the past year and a half.

Abdullah Abu Rahma, a village teacher and one of the organizers of the weekly protests, said he was amazed at the military’s assertions as well as at its continuing arrests and imprisonment of village leaders.

“They want to destroy our movement because it is nonviolent,” he said. He added that some villagers might have tried, out of frustration, to cut through the fence since the court had ordered it moved and nothing had happened. But that is not the essence of the popular movement that he has helped lead.

“We need our land,” he told his visitors. “It is how we make our living. Our message to the world is that this wall is destroying our lives, and the occupation wants to kill our struggle.”


Bil'in night raid, one arrest
01.09.09
http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=181&Itemid=1

Shortly after 3am, Bil'in was invaded again. 4 Jeeps and a military truck entered the village with over 50 soldiers. The Israeli occupation forces raided three homes simultaneously and arrested Abed Baset Mohammed Abu Rahme (age 19).

In the second house, they tried to arrest Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (21), but he was not at home. They left a military order for him to turn himself in by 9am the next day. In the third house, they wanted to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yaseen (age 21), but did not find him at his home either.

The soldiers acted very swiftly. As they encountered many international activists who stood in their way filming and challenging their action as well as following the movement of the jeeps, the soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs to disperse them and clear the way. They also used a laser beam on some of the activists as a means of intimidation.

Around 4am, all the military vehicles left the village exiting toward the Apartheid Wall

Thank you for you continued support,

Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
co-founder  of Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin

   
 
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"HOPE has two children.The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine

 "He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust." - Aquinas

BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's Freedom of Speech Trial

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Vanunu's Message to

Hillary Clinton re:
The Apartheid Wall



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UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.


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The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith

" In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway."-Mother Teresa


“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has ceased...to obey the laws of life.”- Lewis Mumford, 1946



The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures."  - William Fulbright



“Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.” - Rev. MLK
Establishment of Israel
"On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel
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