This past Friday, people in Niâlin, Maâsara, Jayyous and Biâlin held their weekly demonstrations. Hundreds turned out; some on the occasion of Motherâs Day and others in support of the American activist wounded the week prior in Niâlin. Demonstrations in Wadi Rasha have halted for the time being, as Occupation forces have temporarily halted uprooting trees.
In Nâlin, hundreds of people turned out for the protest, many in solidarity with Tristan Anderson, the activist critically wounded last Friday. Demonstrators set up barricades on village roads and burned tires, and local youth clashed with soldiers. However, soldiers did not invade the village. Six people were injured with rubber bullets.
The demonstration in Biâlin went as usual, with participants gathering after the mid-day prayers and marching toward the Wall, where they were met with barrages of tear gas. Demonstrators called for Palestinian unity and decried the ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem.
In Maâsara, some 250 people joined the weekly protest, which was held in commemoration of Motherâs Day. Half of the participants were women, two of whom were beaten by Occupation police forces. Soldiers also injured 10-year-old Saâid Suleiman Brajeyeh, who required stitches in his hand.