On the 42th anniversary of the foundation of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine
Bil'in - This Friday the demonstration organized by the Popular Committee against the Wall was joined by dozens of leaders, members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. As every Friday a number of international and Israeli peace activists and people from Bil'in and neighboring villages took part to the demo.
After the Friday prayers, a joyful and wet group of demonstrators carried banners condemning the Israeli occupation and its repressive practices while they marched towards the wall built on Bili'n land.
Slogans and speeches called for national unity and reminded the principles of the Palestinian. When the demonstrators approached the wall the Israeli army fired sound bombs and tear gasses and after a while a soldier also shot some rubber-coated metal bullets.
The Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement activities just won the "Arab Creativity Award for 2009" in a special ceremony held late tenth of December 2009 in Kuwait. This is considered the best experience of Bil'in popular resistance to occupation and it comes a year after another prestigious award, Carl von Oositzackhe award, which was granted by the World Association for Human Rights in Berlin. The People's Committee also got an award for achievement Yasser Arafat in 2007, the highest award associated with the eternal leader Yasser Arafat. this has got the experience of Bil'in Palestine International Award for innovation and distinction as the best experience of two years before the Palestinian Telecommunications Company as well.
People's Committee has expressed its happiness and promised that it will be constantly committed to the struggle.
Today's demo followed a night invasion carried out by five military jeeps full of soldiers and Immigration police officers. They surrounded the house where international activists usually sleep, then they entered the apartment and proceeded in checking passports. When asked, they didn't showed any paper allowing them in declaring the whole area to be " a close military zone".
The Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil'in asks all the international human rights organizations, UN Human Rights Council, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the General Assembly of the United Nations to work for the release of Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements in Bil'in .
For more information contact:
Dr.Rateb Abu Rahma - Member of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement \ Bil'in