Written by Free Gaza team
04 June 2010
Huwaida Arraf, Chairwoman and one of the passengers on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza was arrested today by Israeli Border Police at the weekly nonviolent demonstration in Bil’in. Bilin (http://www.bilin-village.org/english/) is the West Bank village outside of Ramallah, Palestine.
Since January 2005, the village has been organizing weekly nonviolent protests against the construction of the barrier wall which is in effect strangulating the village from the outside world.
Violent responses to the protesters by Israeli border police have been commonplace. For example, last year, a prominent Palestinian activist, Bassem Abu Rahma (http://www.bilin-village.org/english/articles/different-look/His-name-was-Bassem). was killed by a high velocity teargas canister, the same canister that caused 21-year-old American Emily Henochowicz to lose her eye early this week at a similar nonviolent demonstration.
Huwaida is a Palestinian-American from Michigan, and also a citizen of historic Palestine. She is a human rights activist and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. In 2007 she received her Juris Doctor from American University in Washington D.C. and from 2007 – 2008 taught Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Al Quds University in Jerusalem.
No additional information on Arraf is available at this time.
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June 04, 2010 — Today’s Non-Violent demonstration in the west-bank village of Bil’in against Israel occupation.
Please hear the call for international support on this weekly (each Friday) protest from people that wants to change the situation without violence.
June 04, 2010 — The Israeli military forces attack
freedom Flotilla ship for the second time in the village of Bil’in
A big number of Israeli occupatin army (IOF) attack again the freedom Flotilla in the village of Bil’in, seven people, including three journalists injured , three activists arrested and dozens of cases of suffocation as a result of inhalation of tear gas, during the weekly march.
Before the start of the march Participants held a minute of silence and mourning, and read verses from the souls of the martyrs of Freedom Flotilla of break the siege on Gaza, ” Dr. Rateb Abu Rahmeh media coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements said in his speech to attend,” We stand today in honor of the martyrs of Freedom Flotilla and send salutations to all who participated and organized and funded the Freedom Flotilla, and singled out Erdogan and Turkey, Kuwait, Ireland, Sweden, Algeria, Greece, and we demand more participation of Arab and international official and popular for the wider of Freedom Flotilla 2.
The Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements, condemns Israeli aggression, brutal of freedom Flotilla which shows the Israeli state terrorism, as a crime and a clear violation of international and humanitarian law,and call for to consider Israelis responsible for the massacre freedom Flotilla as war criminals should be prosecuted internationally, and asked the United Nations and all organizations International moving and effectively to end the occupation and the protection of the Palestinian allowing them all their rights for the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Palestinian activist Howeyda Arraf who was involved in freedom Flotilla and Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Jamil Barghouti, deputy secretary of Fateh of ramallah participated in the march called by the Popular Committee against the wall in Bil’in, ,beside a lot of members of the Palestinian National Parties and the inhabitants of the village of Bil’in together with International and Israeli activists.
The demonstrators marched in the village chanting national calling for unity and rejection of differences, and chanting slogans in support freedom Flotilla, Turkey and the countries that participated in and funded the freedom Flotilla, as well as slogans against the occupation and the wall and the settlements.
The march are united around a 9 meter ship made as a symbol of freedom Flotilla walked ahead towards the wall, where the Israeli military forces occupation prepared behind concrete blocks behind the wall, and start fired stun grenades and metal-coated rubber bullets and tear gas canisters when demonstrators
try to cross towards the land behind the wall owned by the townspeople, , the IOF attack the symbolic ship and chase the protesters among the olive groves to the outskirts of the village,
Fadi Jayyousi (30 years) cameraman Palestine TV was injured seriously in all parts of his body and the army broke his cameras in full, a Norwegian journalist called Karina Lapua (42 year), the cameraman of Popular Committee Haitham Al-Khatib (34 years) and who works for B’Tselem, George Khoury (year 32) photographer Arabiyya TV, Jabber Abo Rahma (22 year), Jadallah al-Khatib (50 year) gas, and Soleyman khattab (20 year) also wonded by tear gaz canisters directed towards them, and dozens of cases of suffocation,
Three activists are arrested: Howeyda Arraf who was on board of freedom Flotilla, the activist from Bilin Ashraf Abo Rahma (29 year), and an Israili activist Ilan Shelef (72 year).
A large farming areas belonging to a lot of people of the village of Bil’in is also burned as a result of firing tear gas against demonstrators.
A delegation from Brazil included 12 combined, visited the village of Bil’in and participated in the weekly march, and they have a meeting, at the headquarters of the International Solidarity Movement in Bil’in with the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement, given explanation of the experience of Bil’in Popular Resistance over the past five years past and the achievements and the effective of the international solidarity.
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