Bil'in night invasion 30.09.09

Before 2am, the occupation forces invaded Bil'in once again. They raided the house of Basil Mansour Ali Mansour (age 32), a member of the Bil'in Popular Committee, in an attempt to arrest him, but he was not at home at the time.

About a dozen soldiers had entered the house when Palestinian and international activists arrived at the site. Another 15 soldiers surrounded the house preventing anyone from approaching during their search operation. They aggressively pushed the activists away from the house, declaring it a closed military area, and prohibiting any filming. They grabbed the camera of the local cameraman, Haitham Al-Khatib, damaging it.

At 3am, the occupation forces left the house without any victim and exited the village in five jeeps.

Call to the supporters of , Bil'in

With the Holy month of Ramadan having ended, and the autumn rains approaching, it will soon be time for our farmers to start preparing their fields for the new crops. As you know, the economic situation in Bil'in is very difficult due to the Israeli occupation and the loss of our agricultural lands to the Apartheid Wall.

In October, we will start cultivating our lands behind the Wall and in the settlement Mitityaho Mizrah again as we did for the past five years.

We are sending out this call to all of you who are supporting our struggle in Bil'in to help our farmers financially if you can for the purchase of seeds, and for machinery to plow and prepare the fields for planting trees.

We thank you in advance for your support and your solidarity.

Thank you for you continued support,

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