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Israeli forces open fire on protests across the West Bank
Published Friday 20/12/2013 (updated) 22/12/2013 18:26
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Protest in al-Masara (Mohamad Zwahra)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed Palestinian protests across the West Bank on Friday, injuring dozens of demonstrators with rubber bullets and through the excessive use of tear gas.

Protests against the Israeli occupation and separation wall took place in the villages of Bilin, al-Masara, and Nabi Saleh.

Bilin

Eight protesters people were injured with rubber bullets and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces dispersed a weekly protest in Bilin, near Ramallah.

Protesters raised Palestinian flags and chanted songs for unity and resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at protesters as they neared their lands close to Israel's wall.

Ashraf al-Khatib, Majd Burnat, Hamouda Yassin, Mohammad Abu Rahma, Mohammad Yassin, Mohammad Hamad, Ali Abu Rahma, and Bassim Yassin were struck with rubber coated steel bullets in different body parts, including one in the head.

The demonstration was held in protest of the Israeli forces killing of two Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin refugee camps and Qalqiliya during last week.

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.







Al-Masara

Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration marking the establishment of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist Palestinian political group, and Christmas in al-Masara near Bethlehem.

Participants raised Palestinian flags, pictures of late President Yasser Arafat and former PFLP leader Abu Ali Mustafa, but were stopped by Israeli forces who used plastic shields to obstruct them when they reached the entrance of the village.

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.






Nabi Saleh

Israeli forces also dispersed a popular demonstration in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah.

Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators, causing dozens to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Israeli forces claimed that the demonstration was illegal because it was held in a closed military zone. Israeli forces declare the village a closed military zone on a weekly basis in anticipation of the demonstration.

Clashes then broke out and Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli forces, who responded with more tear gas.

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 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/12/2013 19:40
So?....what did the protesters accomplish?.....what they can't understand is that Israel will not bend.....

2 ) Robert / US
20/12/2013 20:03
More innocent people are attacked by the terrorist zionist thugs who steal, kill and do evil works...

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
20/12/2013 20:39
- EGYPT & SYRIA RESPOND WITH DEADLY SHOOTINGS, but
- ISRAEL USES NON-LETHAL MEANS (rubber bullets & tear gas),
which are Not excessive, and
- PALESTINE LIES ABOUT ISRAELI ACTIONS,
so as to gain more undeserved world sympathy !!!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/12/2013 21:04
To Johnny Benson #1: '...what they can't understand is that Israel will not bend.....' So we all hope. If Israel 'bent' this could be prolonged past my lifetime. Stand firm: I want to visit a Palestine that is free from the river to the sea.

5 ) Phil / USA
20/12/2013 21:11
@3) This happened today: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=658642 Very non-lethal indeed...

6 ) gabi / australia
21/12/2013 01:24
# 3 Tibi - you really should stop trawling the sewers to get the sort of BS you print - some of it will stick. No, wait there, actually it has stuck. Well done, you.

7 ) Outlier / USA
21/12/2013 05:41
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Of course, they could sell tickets...

8 ) Sander / The Netherlands
21/12/2013 10:59
Even peace full demonstrations against an illegal appartheid/separation wall build on stolen Palestinaian land , are constantly hit by israeli army. this shows the real intention/face of this cruel state.

9 ) Marie / Palestine
21/12/2013 11:45
Tibi/Tubas: How much you are being paid for the non-sense you wrote. You must be getting paid because you are recycling the same lame and unsubstantiated argument that Israel and those like you use to justify the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. Instead of Israel accepting responsibility for the atrocities committed and for the ongoing usurpation of Palestinian land, Israel diverts the attention to what others are doing as if any wrongdoing elsewhere is an excuse for them to continue...

10 ) Marie / Palestine
21/12/2013 17:16
...violating the human rights of the Palestinians.

11 ) @ Phil-5 & Marie-9/10 / \ Tibi/Tubas
22/12/2013 03:10
You Both Need To Reconsider Rights, where: 5- Self-defense is right of all peoples, including Jews, and sometimes self-defense can lead to killing, and justifiably so !! 9- Payment is Not provided to anyone that I know of, and In my case, Speaking The Truth is Payment enough !! 10- Consider whether firing rockets at cities, and throwing stones at individuals is a right, before you condemn the appropriate Israeli measures to stop such "Palestinian Rights" (aka, Terrorism) !!

12 ) spb / us
22/12/2013 06:54
I bet with the winter cold a fire is a blessing from the skies

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 14:29
I want to visit a "free Palestine" within my lifetime. In the meantime, just because I've never spent time in the region nor either Arabic nor Hebrew doesn't mean I don't understand the hearts and minds of the people, the respective cultures nor the facts on the ground. I have a strong opinion on the political and sociological circumstances based on what knowledge, circumspect though it may be, I have managed to round up and I will continue to state it over and over and no one can stop me.

14 ) Babs / USA
22/12/2013 18:24
Let the Palestinians demonstrate every Friday and the IDF should stay home. We demonstrate all the time here in the USA and no one shoots rubber bullets at us. I hope to see a Palestinian state with no Israeli soldiers anywhere on the Jordan Valley.
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