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Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests, dozens injured
Published Friday 02/05/2014 (updated) 04/05/2014 10:50
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of people were injured on Friday after Israeli forces dispersed protests across the occupied West Bank.

In Nabi Saleh, five people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets while several others suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers dispersed the village's weekly protest against Israel's land annexation.

Israeli forces fired at protesters as they marched towards their confiscated land. Some protesters responded by throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.



In Bilin, one person was injured and dozens suffered tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration in solidarity with prisoners and a recent national reconciliation deal.

Participants marched towards Israel's separation wall and raised Palestinian flags before being fired upon by Israeli forces. Mohammad Faris Yassin, 20, was hit in the thigh with a tear gas canister.

Protesters also gathered in al-Masara village, south of Bethlehem, but were prevented from reaching Route 60 by Israeli soldiers, who threatened to arrest participants.

The non-violent resistance movement is a key part of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

Peaceful Palestinian rallies in the West Bank are often met with a violent response by Israeli forces.




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1 ) RONDO MONDO / CANADA
02/05/2014 20:44
The article talks about non-violent resistance but the photographs accompanying the article show otherwise with one man clenching two rocks to throw and a youth slinging rocks at the IDF.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
02/05/2014 22:20
#1 It's called IOF provocation.

3 ) @ RONDO #1 / CANADA
03/05/2014 00:10
of course it's a violent protest? Why else would the Riot dispersal police be there?? There is no such thing as a non - violent Palestinian protest.

4 ) JoeUSA / USA
03/05/2014 04:03
Whether the protests are peaceful or violent , Israeli response is ALWAYS deadly violent @1.

5 ) Outlier / USA
03/05/2014 18:17
Palestinians aim to provoke in these demonstrations, usually with violence. Since they are looking for a response, why do they seem surprised when they get one?

6 ) Maisie / UK
03/05/2014 19:02
@Rondo/Canada Some Palestinians throw rocks but the provocation is such that it is surprising there has been any restraint. Let us remember the Irgun, Stern Gang, Haganah, etc. Those fellows didn't mess around with rocks, thus the Nakba. And many of those same well-armed recruits went on to be Israeli leaders, so go to history books (not written by hasbara folk).

7 ) Brandy / Usa2
04/05/2014 18:38
Choking people with tear gas is hardly a non violent response to the demonstrations. However, learning about the roots of Likud & the dignitaries in Israel, the actions of the IDF do not surprise me anymore.

8 ) @ Joe-4 / "ALWAYS" TRUTH
04/05/2014 18:39
Truthfully, THE STATE OF ISRAEL IS NOT PERFECT, where even - Israel's response to terrorist rocket launching at Israeli civilians is NOT "always deadly violent", though deadly violence is certainly justified against militants attacking civilians, AND since - Israel uses RUBBER-BULLETS, stun-grenades, AND TEAR-GAS (unlike Syria that uses real bullets, grenades, & nerve-gas) against civilian violence, which Truthfully ARE both justifiable and RARELY DEADLY !!
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