Bil’in village: 11 years of nonviolent resistance

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This Friday afternoon, residents and international activists will march to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the beginning of the weekly protest against the Israeli military occupation, not just in the Bil’in village, but across the West Bank.

For more than ten years, every Friday, the inhabitants from Bil’in village and foreigners march together to support the Palestinian cause, following a non-violent peaceful way of resisting against the illegal settlements and the occupation of Palestine.

The Friday protests were initiated in 2005 when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) started uprooting trees on land belonging to Palestinians on the outskirts of the village, claiming they needed to free the route for the future apartheid wall that would be built for ‘security reasons’.

At that time, the Bil’in residents first tried stopping the Israeli bulldozers, calling for international and Israeli activists to join and support them, but the land was seized, and the apartheid wall was built.

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During the demonstrations, many protesters are injured.  Two of the villagers were killed by the IOF: Bassem Abu Rahmah, 29 and Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, were killed in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Nowadays the protest focuses on the Apartheid wall and on the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.