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Ashraf Abu Rahmah walks bound and blindfolded in Bil'in anti wall protest

July 25, 2008 6:56 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2008 6:56 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Ashraf Abu Rahmah, who was hospitalized for more than three weeks after being shot while bound by an Israeli soldier, participated in Friday's protest and walked with a group from the center Bil'in towards the wall.

During the protest Israeli journalist David Reep was hit with a tear gas canister and dozens of Bil'in residents inhaled tear gas when the Israeli army attacked the weekly anti-wall protesters in the village west of Ramallah.

The residents of Bil'in rallied after the Friday prayer, and were joined by International and Israeli peace activists. The group carried Palestinian flags and banners denouncing Israeli policies including the construction of the separation wall, land confiscation, settlement expansion, road closures, siege waged on cities, and the killing of civilians and arrests.

This Friday the protesters carried an additional banner denouncing attacks on detainees by shooting them while they are handcuffed and blindfolded. This was in specific reference to the incident caught on camera where Ashraf Abu Rahmah, a local Palestinian, was shot while bound.

Ashraf walked with his hands cuffed and eyes blindfolded, chanting along with the group slogans against Omri, the Israeli soldier who ordered the shooting of the young man.

On their way to the village, the residents were attacked by the Israeli army who fired tear gas bombs and rubber coated metal bullets.

An Israeli delegation of the Committee against Home Demolition (IACAD) participated in this week's event. Before setting out to the site of the wall the delegation listened to a detailed explanation given by the popular committee about the beginning of the battle against the wall, and of the suffering of the villagers as its consequence.

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