Bil’in protesters condemn US veto

Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:36AM
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Several hundred Palestinians, along with international and Israeli supporters, protested US veto of a UN resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements in the village of Bil’in on Friday.
Palestinians in the West Bank village of Bil’in have strongly condemned the recent US veto of a UN resolution criticizing illegal Israeli settlement construction.

Following the Friday prayers in Bil’in, several hundred Palestinian activists held their weekly anti-settlement protest calling for an end to the United States’ blind support for the occupying regime of Israel.

The Palestinian protesters, along with international and Israeli supporters, held their weekly rally making their way to Israel’s apartheid wall being constructed on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, a Press TV correspondent reported from Bil’in.

The protesters blasted the US for vetoing the UN Security Council resolution.

The other 14 UN Security Council members — China, Russia, Britain, France, Brazil, Bosnia, Colombia, Gabon, Germany, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal and South Africa — voted in favor of the resolution on Feb. 18.

Israeli troops used tear gas and skunk water to disperse the crowds.

A group of Israeli anti-occupation activists were also present. They believe the construction of the separation wall, for what Israel calls security reasons, is nothing but an excuse to annex more Palestinian land, and expand the settlements.

Israeli authorities have confiscated hundreds of hectares of Bil’in’s farmlands and built settlements on them.

The anti-occupation protests are held every Friday in Bil’in, Nil’in, Nabi Saleh, and many other adjacent villages surrounding the separation wall.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, hundreds of Palestinians marched in the West Bank city of Nablus to protest the US veto that blocked a bill condemning the illegal settlements.

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