Bil’in residents say regular incursions are intimidation tactic

Published June 12, 2011 17:10

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The day after anti-wall protests in Bil’in, Israeli forces enter the village causing anger amongst residents, leading to the throwing of rocks and glass bottles at patrol cars.

The coordinator of the local popular committee against the wall, Ratib Abu Rahma, told Ma’an that several military vehicles and infantrymen entered the village and started firing live ammunition, tear gas, and stun grenades at the young men.

Abu Rahma condemned what he called a “provocation,” saying there was no reason for the troops to be in the village, and accusing the soldiers of attempting to intimidate villagers and keep them away from the weekly demonstrations against the wall.

Sixty percent of the agricultural lands of the village were annexed when Israel built its separation wall. In 2005, the village filed a complaint with the Israeli High Court, which ordered that the path of the wall be removed from village land. The order has not yet been carried out.

Since early in 2005, residents and activists have gathered weekly at the site of the wall and protested, demanding its removal. Protests are regularly met with the use of tear gas, rubber coated bullets and sound bombs. Two people have been killed in the protests.

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