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Bil'in Protests For Bassem Abu Rahma

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Four injured, and tens of cases of gas suffocation at Bil'in Demonstration in the fortieth anniversary of the martyrdom of Abu Rahma



Friday, 29 \ 5 \ 2009



After Friday prayers, the people began the weekly demonstration at Bil'in,
in which a group of international, Palestinian and Israelis from peace and
anti-occupation movements gather to resist the building of the wall around the
village in order to regain land that was� taken in 2004.� This Friday, demonstrators
marched through the village towards the wall waving Palestinian flags, chanting
anti-Zionist slogans demanding the cessation of the occupation and return of their
land, and refusing the Israeli racist policy against our People in the occupied
Palestine 1984, the protesters commemorated the martyr Bassem Abu Rahma and they
were carrying metal shields, with his pictures, in order to protect themselves and
others from Israeli fire. they also wear masks designed specially for Bassem,
expressing his existence in all the demonstrations , and they are all Bassem.


A delegation from the general union of the women's committees with the presence
of the Parliament member Al-Rafiq Qais Abu Laila , and the minister of the social
affairs Ms. Majida Al-Masri participated in the demonstration , and they received a
detailed explanation from Bi'l'in popular committee on the experience of the village
in the last years in resisting the apartheid wall.



As the protestors arrived at the wall, they were greeted with a barrage of sound
bombs, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets from the Israeli soldiers. The protestors
demanded that the soldiers stop this strategy since the demonstration, involving
internationals, was peaceful and nonviolent. The soldiers, however, continued to
fire upon the protestors, injuring four Palestinians: minester of social affair
Majeda el Masri and AP camera man Abed khabesa and AFP cameraman Youav Lemour and Rani Burnat.

Photo by Silan Dallal/Activestills.org


In response, Palestinian demonstrators threw balloons filled with animal dung to
counter the Israeli military's use of poisonous gas.



The village is still commemorating the martyr Bassem Abu Rahma through the a
series of events and festivals and also popular demonstrations .



Two days a go a big festival organized by Fattah was held in the village in
cooperation with the village institutions , and today Friday we started the sports
festival early in the morning under the title " The tournament of the martyr Bassem
Abu Rahma " organized by Bil'in sports club, many sports teams from the villages
around are participating in this football tournament. as the martyr was a member in
the administration committee of Bil'in sports club.



Thank you for you continued support,



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



Email- bel3in@yahoo.com

Mobile- (00972) (0) 547847942

Office- (00972) (2) 2489129

Mobile- (00972) (0) 598403676

www.bilin-ffj.org


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