Palestinians hold non-violent protests in four West Bank villages
Saturday September 10, 2011 16:47 by IMEMC & PNN
This week, non-violent weekly protests in four villages were in support of UN resolution 194 and in support of the statehood bid at the UN later this month.
In the central West Bank, dozens were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protests in Bil’in village. International and Israeli supporters, as well as political leaders, joined villagers after the midday prayers and marched to the lands were Israel is building the wall.
Troops fired tear gas at them, among those who were treated for the effects for tear gas inhalation were the Palestine TV crew covering the protest. Moreover army tear gas canisters cased a fire in a nearby olive orchard. The fire destroyed a number of trees before villages but it off.
In the nearby village of Nil'in villagers marched along with their international and Israeli supporters. As soon as people reached the wall built of villagers' lands troops fired tear gas; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Also in central West Bank Israeli troops used live rounds and tear gas to attack the weekly anti wall protests at the village of al-Nabi Saleh. Israeli troops did not allow protesters from reaching their lands where Israeli is building a new settlement by firing tear gas at them. Later soldiers invaded the village and attacked people homes with tear gas; many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The protestors in Nabi Saleh held a 'mock funeral' for the Oslo Accords, carrying a cardboard coffin of broken promises.
In the southern West Bank village of al-Ma’sara Villagers and their supporters gathered after the midday prayers and marched towards local farmers’ lands. Troops attacked the protest before it left the village with rifle buts and batons and tear gas. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Earlier in the week, dozens of Palestinians accompanied by Israeli and International peace activists gathered in Al-Walaja village west of Bethlehem in an attempt to stop the uprooting of trees in the village. The Israeli military has been uprooting trees to make way for the segregation wall Israel is building on the village's land. Troops arrested two protestors one Palestinian and one Israeli. One day earlier, Israeli bulldozers uprooted around 100 trees that belong to Palestinian residents of Al-Walaja.