sábado, 27 de março de 2010

Bil'in fechada e cercada por Israel

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At 2 AM on this night, Bil’in was once again raided by the Israeli Army. A document was posted around the whole village of Bil’in. This document declared that Israeli and international activists are strictly prohibited from entering Bil’in between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm on every Friday, the day in which the weekly demonstration takes place. Every Israeli and international activist must leave the village during this time, or else he or she will be deported or arrested by Israeli soldiers. The head of the police, Benjamin, ordered that this action be taken. The permit declares Bil’in to be a closed military area until August 17th.
This is an attempt to stop Israeli and international activists from supporting the popular struggle of Bil’in, and is therefore just another action to repress and destroy the village’s resistance against the occupation and also against the annexation of it’s land.
Also, earlier in the day, Iyad Burnat, the head of the Popular Committee, received a phone call by the ‘shabak.’ He was ordered to report to an office tomorrow for questioning.

Israel closes villages of Bilin and Nilin to protests

Source : BBC News
The Israeli Defence Force has barred Israelis and foreigners from two West Bank villages, the scene of protests against Israel’s "separation wall".
Soldiers have posted flyers declaring areas around the villages of Bilin and Nilin are "closed military zones".
The restriction applies to the areas every Friday, the day that protests are held, for the next six months.

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Activists have been protesting against the barrier for five years in what they say are mostly peaceful demonstrations.

But the Israeli Defence Force says it considers the riots to be "violent and illegal".


Around 100 members of the security forces have been injured policing the demonstrations, a spokesman said.

"Every week violent, illegal riots take place in the area of Nilin and Bilin, during the course of which members of the security forces are wounded and heavy damage is caused to the security fence and to public property," a statement from the IDF said.

"In an effort to prevent the inciters of these riots from reaching the area in which the riots take place, three weeks ago, OC Central Command signed an order designating the area between the fence and the villages of Nilin and Bilin as a closed military zone."

The statement said residents of the villages were exempt from the order.

Protests at the "separation barrier", a fence between Palestinian land and Israeli settlements, had attracted young Israelis and peace activists from around the world.

Some demonstrations had also been attended by stone-throwing Palestinian youths.

Israeli security services have fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and on occasion live rounds at protesters.

There have been two fatalities among protesters and an American peace activist remains in a coma after being hit by a rubber bullet.