Foreign activists actively participate in W. Bank marches despite suppression

[ PIC 14/07/2012 – 09:05 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The West Bank peaceful marches against Israel’s segregation wall and settlement activities saw on Friday afternoon massive participation by young villagers and foreign peace activists despite the violence used persistently by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to subdue their protests.

A large number of Israeli troops attacked the weekly march organized in Nabi Saleh village using tear gas grenades, wastewater and rubber bullets.

The troops deliberately fired tear gas grenades at the house of a Palestinian citizen in the village leading to the destruction of its windows and wounding journalist Mohamed Atamimi with pieces of flying glass.

The IOF arrested four foreign activists and detained senior leader of the peaceful popular resistance in Nabi Saleh village Bashir Atamimi.

The protestors were attempting to march towards the Palestinian lands annexed by the Israeli occupation authority in the village when the troops attacked them and declared the area a closed military zone.

The IOF also used excessive force to quell the peaceful march in Masarah village near Bethlehem city and prevented the protestors from reaching the segregation wall built in their village.

Many foreign activists participated in this march mainly to protest at the Israeli decision to legitimize settlement expansion and the arrest of foreign activists in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In Bil’in village west of Ramallah, a press photographer was injured in his shoulder when Israeli troops fired a barrage of tear gas grenades at the peaceful anti-wall march organized every week in the village.


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