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Israeli forces suppress Bilin weekly march

May 29, 2015 9:44 P.M. (Updated: May 30, 2015 7:29 P.M.)
BILIN (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian and international activists suffered excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed the Bilin weekly march.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at the protesters as they approached the Israeli separation wall.

The stun grenades caused a fire to break out that swept through lands belonging to Bilin residents Mahmoud Abd al-Hadi Samara, Ashraf al-Khatib and Taysir al-Khatib.

Protesters were reported to have chanted songs and raised red cards, calling for the suspension of Israel from FIFA.

The Palestinian Football Association's bid to oust Israel was due to be voted on at FIFA's 65th congress in Zurich Friday, but was called off at the last minute when, for unknown reasons, the PFA dropped the challenge.

Israeli forces regularly use violent force to disperse the Bilin weekly march.

Bilin has long been one of the most active villages in organized opposition against the Israeli occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land.

This year marks the tenth consecutive year of weekly marches against the Israeli separation wall in Bilin, which was constructed on Palestinian land in 2005.

Tobias / USA
Israel's laws against stone throwing a becoming less lenient,
and young men and children (like the photo) will soon be more
severely fined and imprisoned from now on, or worse !!
30/05/2015 00:16
Outlier / USA
That photos tells the world everything it needs to know about these "peaceful" protests. However, nice that Palestinians keep to a weekly schedule.
30/05/2015 01:27
Mel / UK
Iconic images of Palestinian David's versus a disproportionate military might-Zionist Goliath! Just like Ramzi Aburedwan('Children of the Stone'). Bravo!
30/05/2015 14:35
Brandy / Usa2
Yes Outlier, the fact that the young man is wearing a protective (gas) mask says a lot.
30/05/2015 16:48
Outlier / ISA
Mel and Brady, the mask says he knows he might get teargassed in an attempt to disperse violent Palestinian protesters. Tossing teddy bears at them typically doesn't work.
30/05/2015 18:14
@ Brandy / USA
Yes Braby, "the fact that the young man" is throwing stones says more.
30/05/2015 20:34
Jon / USA
And what does a picture of IDF in full battle gear firing live ammo at demonstrators well outside the reach of a stone tell you. Tear gassing protestors who want their rights, and stealing their land. What do these pictures tell you about Israel. Hasbara will find a stock answer.
31/05/2015 08:20
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