***image2***At Fridayâs weekly demo against the Apartheid Wall being built on Bilâinâs land Occupation forces violently attacked protesters and shot at them. The protesters carried Palestinian and Lebanese flags and posters of activists shot at previous demos as they marched towards the Wall. On the edge of the village soldiers stormed the demonstrators and lashed out indiscriminately with batons. Marchers attempted to sit down on the road but were prevented from doing so by the soldiersâ brutal attack. About a dozen suffered injuries to all parts of the body, including the head. Two activists were so badly beaten they had to be carried by stretcher to an ambulance to receive treatment.
***image3***As the protesters dispersed, occupying forces continued to pursue them into the village, firing rubber bullets, tear gas and a new weapon that produces an electric shock and causes internal bleeding. Four protesters were shot and one was detained but later released.
Palestinian Legislative Council Member Moheeb Salam Awwad from Ramallah was among the protesters. The violence meted out by Occupying forces at yesterdayâs anti-Wall protest is part of the Zionist regimeâs brutal suppression of any form of protest to their racist and colonizing policies. The Anti-Apartheid Popular Committee in Bilâin refuse to submit to such intimidation and vow to continue their struggle against the theft and occupation of their land next Friday.