Bilin Weekly Demo 09.10.2009

Prevented from picking their olives, Palestinians resorted to a different sort of harvest this afternoon. International, Israeli and Palestinian activists once again gathered in Bilin to demonstrate against the Apartheid Wall. Peaceful chants and calls for peace were met with rounds of tear gas.

A large French delegation came to show their solidarity with the Palestinians against the illegal occupation and theft of their land. Palestinians distributed sacks for olive-picking and when they were refused entry into their land, they resorted to picking up the dozens of tear gas canisters that littered their land. At the end of the demonstration, activists emptied their sacks into one big pile. Instead of fresh green olives, a symbol of Palestinian livelihood, there was one large pile of countless tear gas grenades, a symbol of occupation.

There were no major injuries or arrests.

Thank you for you continued support,

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