During the weekly protest in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, thousands of activists assembled to celebrate five years of non-violent resistance. This form of popular struggle has spread to many other Palestinian villages and areas in East Jerusalem. The protests are made to show opposition to the confiscation of roughly half of the village’s land by the Israeli Jewish-only settlement colony of Modi’in Illit. In 2007, after the village protested every Friday for almost 3 years, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the barrier does not serve a security purpose and ordered it rerouted. The Israeli army however, did not start to reroute the barrier until last week and informed the village that it will only return 364 (or 60%) of its 575 taken acres. During this week’s protest the army fired dozens of tear gas canisters, shock grenades, and sprayed the crowd with liquid smelling like sewer and feces.
Palestinian village isolated from West Bank
February 19, 2010
Israel’s separation wall has generated anger and protest all over the Palestinian territories.
For one small village on the outskirts of Bethlehem, the wall has effectively created a prison for its Palestinian residents.
Al-Nu’man village was cut off from Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank in 2003 and it is walled in on three sides by the wall, which was illegally constructed beyond the Green Line of armistice drawn after the 1949 Arab-Israeli war.
A permanent checkpoint is now the only entrance to and exit from the village.
Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh reports.