Occupation forces suppressed the demonstration organized today by Stop The Wall Campaign and âWelcome to Palestineâ initiative at al-Quba checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Mazen al-Azah, coordinator of Stop the Wall campaign for Bethlehem district, said that the demo came as part of the local grassroots movement’s organized week of events against Apartheid, discrimination, and to end Occupation. He also added, âToday it is in Bethlehem; Yesterday was at Qalandiya checkpoint; then Hebron, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, and Tulkarem will followâ
Around 200 people marched at 11:00 am toward the checkpoint of al-Quba before they were facing the Occupation forces, who fired the tear gas and rubber bullets, causing some injures among the demonstrators. Occupation forces also closed the metal doors in the Wall, which are used as entrances for the checkpoint, causing a traffic jam in the area.
This activity comes as part of the organized week of events on the Memorial Day of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision, which determined that the Apartheid Wall is illegal, and demanded from Israeli Occupation forces to dismantle it and to compensate the affected Palestinian people by it. It also announced that the Occupation procedures in Jerusalem and settlements in all 1967 occupied areas are illegal.