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Israeli forces open fire on protests across West Bank, injuring dozens
Published Friday 01/11/2013 (updated) 04/11/2013 10:52
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel forces injured dozens of Palestinians and international activists after opening fire on protests across the West Bank on Friday.

Weekly protests against the Israeli occupation and separation wall took place in the towns of Nabi Saleh, Bilin, and al-Masara, and dozens were wounded after Israeli forces opened fire with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse them.

In Nabi Saleh, Israeli forces dispersed demonstrators who marched towards village lands that were confiscated in order to build the separation wall that cuts through their village.

Demonstrators chanted songs for unity and condemning Israeli "crimes," including the killing of 5 Palestinians in Jenin and Gaza in recent days. Israeli forces subsequently fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, and as a result dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

The Israeli army had declared the village a closed military zone in the early hours of the morning and dozens of soldiers were deployed to limit people's movement.

The people of Nabi Saleh have been protesting weekly for four years, demanding that their lands confiscated by Israeli forces to build the separation wall be returned.




In Bilin, four Palestinians were injured and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers dispersed the weekly demonstration.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at protesters as they marched near their confiscated lands near the wall.

Ahmad Burnat, 20, Iyad Burnat, 40, Farhan Burnat, 36, and an unnamed Norwegian activist, 30, were struck by rubber-coated steel bullets in different parts of their bodies. Dozens of others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Since 2005, Bilin villagers have protested on a weekly basis against the Israeli separation wall that runs through their village on land confiscated from local farmers. Previous protests by Bilin activists have forced the Israeli authorities to re-route the wall, but large chunks of the village lands remain inaccessible to residents because of the route.



In al-Masara, a village south of Bethlehem, dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed the weekly protest on Friday.

Popular Struggle Committee Coordinator in Bethlehem Hassan Brejia said that Israeli forces had used tear gas to disperse protesters, who were marching in order to celebrate the freeing of 26 Palestinian prisoners earlier this week.

Since 2006, the residents of al-Masara have protested on a weekly basis, demanding Israeli authorities return village lands confiscated in order to build the separation wall as it crosses through their town.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice called on Israel to stop construction of the separation wall within the occupied West Bank.

When completed, 85 percent of the wall will run inside the West Bank.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.


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1 ) Maureen / Australia
01/11/2013 20:46
Boycott Israeli made goods!! Boycott the medical advances Israel has made in the Pimvanserin group. Allow your parents to die a long and miserable death, living there dying days with Alzheimer and other dementias, or Parkinson disease. Boycott their Jewish Neurology Products

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
01/11/2013 20:59
"Protests across West Bank" will always lead to
Tear Gas and Rubber bullets across West Bank, and
The Jewish Building and Arab Demolitions will continue regardless, and
THE ONLY POSSIBLE WAY to change this IS through NEGOTIATIONS.

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
01/11/2013 22:35
These Arabs are lucky to be up against the soft hearted Israelis,and not heir fellow Arabs....who would have wiped up the street with these fools

4 ) southparkbear / usa
01/11/2013 23:08
good summary, all is good. shabbat shalon

5 ) Tobias / USA
01/11/2013 23:11
- Peaceful Protests begets Peace, and - Violent Protests beget Violence, and PALESTINIANS ALWAYS CHOOSE VIOLENCE.

6 ) gabi / australia
02/11/2013 03:23
How brave these IDF are. Facing those pesky Palestinians, armed with flags, singing resistance songs - must put a stop to this. Let's fire on them. No-one will notice, or if they do it won't get reported in the Western press, so we'll get away with it. Again.

7 ) Pretty soon PROFESSIONAL / DEMONSTRATOR
02/11/2013 08:23
will be classified as a Dangerous profession and the insurance rates will sky rocket!

8 ) southparkbear / usa
02/11/2013 09:35
pictures yes? yes!, any local hero? yes! ok all is good shabbat shalom

9 ) In any other country they woul / ALL BE DEAD!!!!
02/11/2013 11:00
only Israel treats them with kid gloves!

10 ) southparkbear / usa
02/11/2013 14:53
this is palestinians happy hours

11 ) Donald / USA
02/11/2013 16:49
It's amazing to me how that we read of protests like those in Bil'in, in which Israelis AND Palestinians are working together for peace, and foolish commentators continue to play the "look what our evil enemy is doing now" self-justifying blame game. As long as we keep pointing fingers at the "other side" instead of doing something productive toward fixing the problem (which may mean admitting that "our team" has made mistakes as well!) the conflict WILL continue.

12 ) Maureen / Australia
02/11/2013 21:55
Some smarta**se has posted under my name @ #1! BOYCOTT ISRAEL! Boycott the state of Israel, the producer of death and destruction! Boycott Israel the land theif!

13 ) Paul / Kenya
02/11/2013 23:26
Maureen the refugee arab living on welfare on the back of the australian tax payers money. How conveniently brave of such a :freedom fighter".

14 ) carine / UK
03/11/2013 23:43
Apart from the usual suspects, I see we have quite a few new names on most threads, not only here but on many other sites too. Could these be the latest batch of trained-and-paid for-by-Israel college students ? Wouldn't your time be better spent studying what your parents have forked out so much for - your education?
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