On Friday 27 February activists from SFP joined the village of Bil’in, near Ramallah, as they marked the 10th anniversary of the popular resistance in the village.
As activists, accompanied by international supporters, marched towards the Apartheid Wall, built on Bi’lin village land, the Israeli Army fired volleys of tear gas, sound bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition directly at them. Dozens suffered suffocation from the effects of the gas and one demonstrator was hit with a bullet and is still in a serious condition. Several activists, including internationals, were also arrested by the Army.
For 10 years the popular resistance in Bil’in has been demonstrating against the illegal annexation of their land. Bil’in, along with all of Palestine, is subject to unrelenting violence, seizures, curfews, and land appropriations that have violated their basic civil and human rights. The residents of Bil’in are now in a constant struggle, diligently attempting to use civil disobedience as a form of nonviolent resistance against the expansion of Apartheid Israel’s illegal wall and settlements, which has confiscated what remains of their already truncated olive groves and farm land.
The Apartheid Wall is largely built, despite being declared “in contravention of international law” by the International Court of Justice, the highest judicial body of the United Nations, along with its trenches, moats, and electric fencing, cutting Bil’in off from two thirds of their land.
Every Friday, after the noon prayers, the villagers of Bil’in march to demonstrate against the violation of their human rights by the formidable Israeli Army. SFP will continue to support villages across Palestine in their resistance until the Wall falls, Palestine is free and the refugees come home.