The “Elders”, Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu visit the Apartheid wall in Bil’in - Thursday, 27 August 2009

Bil'in demo heavily tear gased 28.08.2009

For the second anniversary of the murder of Abo Ali Mustapha, a leader of Al Jaba Shabiya (Popular Front) who was killed by the Israeli Army on 28.08.2007, the PFLP including two groups from Lebanon and Syria joined Bil'in's Friday demonstration today. Several demonstrators, among them a ten-year-old girl, had to be rescued by the Ambulance and provided with oxygen due to heavy tear gas during the demonstration.

As the protesters reached the Apartheid Wall, Israeli activists dressed up as construction workers with yellow helmets holding up road signs such as "Illegal Wall ahead," "Wall Removal in Progress," and "Construction work ahead" cordoned off the barbed-wire fence and gate inside the Wall. One of the activists hit the steel fence with a huge hammer in a symbolic action of destroying the Wall.

As several people, among them Khalida Jarrar and Cais Abu Laila, and other leaders of the PFLP, addressed the occupation forces through the megaphone, the occupation forces used the multiple tear gas cannon very early on. The "bad smell" truck arrived soon thereafter effectively dispersing the protesters closest to the Wall. Tear gas continued to be shot from two directions causing many people acute respiratory problems.. The Ambulance was in action again and again rescuing them and providing them with oxygen.

Suddenly one shot of live ammunition was fired into the air but no one was shot directly.

Thank you for you continued support,

Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
co-founder of Friends of Freedom and Justice - Bilin