***image2***Today, for the third consecutive day, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in Budrus, west of Ramallah to resist the construction of the Apartheid Wall. The demonstration started at 10:30 a.m. when demonstrators from Budrus, as well as the nearby villages of Qibya, Niâlin, and Midya, headed towards their lands where occupation bulldozers have already begun uprooting trees and clearing land to make way for the Wall. The protestors sat in the land until 11:00 a.m. when Occupation Forces arrived and started shooting tear gas at the demonstrators, who responded by throwing stones at the Occupation soldiers. The demonstrators then went back to the main street of the village, afraid that they would be surrounded by the Occupation Forces. However, the soldiers followed the people as they returned to the village and entered Budrus from the Qibya side, after the demonstrators blocked the other entrances to the village.
20 people were injured today by the Occupation soldiers when they shot the tear gas and rubber coated bullets at them. Mohammad Samih from Niâlin was caught by three soldiers who started beating him and caused him many injuries in the head and elsewhere. Fortunately, he was able to escape.
***image3***Following the demonstration, but before retreating to their military station near the lands they are destroying, Occupation soldiers entered one of the villageâs houses and arrested three brothers who were in the house. The people in the village still have no information as to where the brothers were taken. Tonight, the village remains under curfew; however, the people are still willing to break it in order to reach their threatened land.
The people in the village are determined to return to the fields, to continue their resistance to the Wall that is destroying what is left of their lands and their livelihood.