quinta-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2010

Bil'in Weekly Protest - Palestinos protestam fantasiados de Avatar

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Today, a wounded and dozens of cases of suffocation and inhalation of tear gas, including two journalists and a TV correspondent.

The heros of Avatar, along with the Internationals and Isreali activists participated together with the residents.

And began the Israeli occupation army to start building a new route under the Israeli Supreme Court decision issued on 4/9/2007, under this resolution is expected to recover to the village of Bil'in, around half of the land expropriation and the amount of 2300 Dunams.
The Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in and settlement calls all the leaders and elements of the national Palestinian ministers, members of the Legislative Council, the Palestinian and International and Israeli activists to participate in the Main march, coming on Friday the 19th, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Popular Resistance in the village of Bil'in.

 For more information contact:
Dr. Rateb Abu Rahma - Member of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement \ Bil'in
0597117673 saborahmeh42@yahoo.com

The village of Bil’in reenacted James Cameron’s new film Avatar during today’s weekly demonstration. Five Palestinian, Israeli and international activists were painted blue, with pointy ears and tales, resembling the Avatar characters. Like Palestinians, the Avatars fight imperialism, although the colonizers have different origins. The Avatars’ presence in Bil’in today symbolizes the united resistance to imperialism of all kinds.

Today’s non-violent demonstration was again met with excessive violence by the Israeli army. Sound bombs and tear gas were used, leaving four people directly injured by the canisters. The canisters were shot directly at the protesters, which is in violation with the IOF’s firing regulations. Many other activists suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Before coming to Bil’in, Israeli activists reported that police were present at their carpool meeting point. Their ID’s were checked and some cars reported they were followed by the police. At the Rantis checkpoint, they were delayed once more and activists were obliged to continue their journey by taxi.

Bil’in has reason to celebrate this week. Yesterday, preparations for the construction of the new Wall began, which returns 30 per cent of Bil’in’s land to the village. Iyad Burnat, Head of the Bil’in Popular Committee speaks of a victory: “We feel relieved and feel the non-violent resistance is successful in its aim. Nevertheless, we will continue our struggle against the occupation as Bil’in still has another 30 per cent of land that is confiscated by Israel.”

Next week Bil’in will have a special demonstration, celebrating five years of non-violent resistance and expects a large number of demonstrators. Bil’in calls for all its supporters to invite people to join in next week’s demonstration.