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Ralliers injured in Bil'in anti-wall demonstration

July 19, 2008 9:23 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2008 9:23 A.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Residents of the central West Bank village of Bil'in west of Ramallah rallied on Friday against the separation wall, confiscation of Palestinian lands for Israeli settlements as well as the crippling siege and daily killing of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israeli forces.

The demonstrators toured the village raising posters condemning Israeli assaults as well as pictures of Dalal Al-Mughrabi, the Palestinian woman who led a commando operation and was killed in a battle with Israeli troops following the hijacking of a bus in Tel Aviv on 11 March 1978.

The rally the headed towards the separation wall in an attempt to cross to the village lands confiscated in order to build the wall. Israeli forces blocked the demonstrators by firing rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, dozens suffered as they choked on inhaled tear gas. One man, Adib Abu Rahma, was injured.

Foreign and Israeli solidarity activists took part in the rally as well as two delegations of journalists representing the European Union, a member of the Greek parliament and a group of Greek students. The delegations listened to a detailed explanation about the village's battle against the wall and the suffering it has caused from the beginning.

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