Ashraf Al-Khatib was shot in the leg with a 0.22" caliber live bullet at the weekly demonstration against the illegal apartheid wall. An international nonviolent activist was also hit in the shoulder with a low-flying tear gas canister. The hundreds of other participants were attacked with huge quantities of tear gas.
The weekly protest is against land theft by the illegal apartheid wall and the Israeli occupation in general. This week, the marchers also expressed solidarity with Palestinians in East Jerusalem (al-Quds) where a Silwan resident was shot dead by an Israeli settler security guard on Wednesday morning.
more on activists for peace and justice and the price they are paying to transform the Middle East....
Protesters marched up to the soldiers and confronted them, demanding to be allowed to walk on the village’s land, which even the Israeli High Court conceded was Palestinian in 2007. The soldiers did not allow anyone through, using their shields to aggressively push back the peaceful demonstrators. One Palestinian activist tried to fasten a poster to a soldier’s shield saying "Free Adeeb Abu Rahma," referring to one of Bil`in’s four political prisoners held by Israel for organizing the weekly protests. The commander was seen indicating to his soldiers that he wants them to target Ashraf Al-Khatib.
The group remonstrated with the soldiers for thirty minutes until a youth threw a stone and the soldiers responded by firing huge quantities of tear gas at the peaceful crowd, many of whom proceeded to suffer breathing difficulties. One international activist was hit in the shoulder with a low-flying tear gas canister. A group of youths began throwing stones towards the soldiers, and three photographers stood next to the soldiers were hit.
Ashraf Al-Khatib, a Bil`in resident aged 31, was shot with 0.22" caliber live bullet which hit him in the lower leg. No warning shots were heard beforehand. Unable to stand, he was hurriedly carried by Palestinian and international demonstrators towards the village as he bled heavily from his calf. When Al-Khatib first fell, all of the soldiers ran forwards in an attempt to arrest him, but the demonstrators were able to successfully load him into a car before the soldiers caught them. As the car drove away the soldiers retreated, and the demonstrators walked back to the village, the demonstration lasting around one hour in total.
Upon Al-Khatib’s arrival at hospital, it was found the 0.22" caliber round had smashed the bone in his leg.- Freedom for Bilin
Yesterday, Obama spoke at the United Nations and said:
"The Slaughter of Innocent Israelis Is Not Resistance - It's Injustice"
No words about the slaughter of innocent Palestinians. Or even the attacks on innocent Americans who support Palestinian people.
meanwhile...in a village close to Bilin, in Nil'in:
PNN – the central West Bank village of Nil’in organized on Friday its weekly anti wall protest on Friday midday.
along with international and Israeli supporters conducted the midday prayers at lands owned by villagers near the Israeli wall, later they marched up to the gate of the wall that separates villagers from their lands.
Troops stationed at the gate fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters; five were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
no one was seriously hurt in Nil'in this week.