Friday, March 23, 2012

Two Civilians Injured, One Critically, As Troops Attack West Bank Anti Wall Protests

by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News 
On Friday two civilians were injured, one seriously while many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers suppressed anti wall protests in a number of West Bank villages.
Israel’s military uses chemical water against anti wall protesters in Bil’in – Photo by IMEMC
Israel’s military uses chemical water against anti wall protesters in Bil’in – Photo by IMEMC
At the village of al Nabi Saleh, central West Bank, two teenagers were injured, one critically, when soldiers attacked the weekly anti wall protest on Friday. This week protest was organized under the title of “continued resistance” in response to the Israeli military campaign targeting the villagers to stop the weekly activity in al Nabi Saleh.

Soldiers stopped the villagers along with their international and Israeli supporters at the village entrance and attacked them using rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. The military also used chemical water as well to force people back into the village. Two 16 year old boys from the village were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets, one in the face.

This week Israeli troops invaded the village of al Nabi saleh at a number of occasions. Soldiers stormed the media office of the Nonviolent Resistance Committee in Nabi Saleh and confiscated a computer, in addition to confiscating three computers from the home of Basem At-Tamimi, who is currently in an Israeli prison for his nonviolent activities against the Wall and settlements. Troops threatened further invasions and attacks if popular nonviolent resistance continued.

“we called our protest today continued resistance, as a response to the Israeli occupation campaign, to tell them that attacks and oppression does not scare us and that we will continue our popular resistance.” Attallah Al-Tamimi from the Nonviolent Resistance Committee in Nabi Saleh told IMEMC.

Also in central West Bank, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protests at the village of Bil’in and Nil’in.

In southern West Bank also on Friday, villagers of Al Ma’ssara, along with their international and Israeli supporters protested the Israeli wall. Troops stopped protesters at the village entrance before they reached lands owned by local farmers which Israel confiscated to build the wall on. Later troops forced people back into the village using rifle-butts. No injuries were reported.
International Middle East Media Center