[Ha’aretz] The usual charges: ‘Throwing an object, including a stone, with the intention of harming a person or property,’ and organizing an illegal demonstration in which he participated.
[Popular Struggle] The popular committees will inaugurate the Refusing to Die in Silence project to allow for quick intervention in cases of settler attacks on Palestinians.
In light of the recent augmentation in settler attacks on Palestinian body and property, the popular committees will initiate a volunteer-based campaign, in which several cars will patrol the West Bank to quickly respond to cases of settler attacks.
The time has come for Palestine to join the international community as a sovereign nation. Since our expulsion from our homeland, in 1948, and the occupation of West Bank and Gaza in 1967, our national goals have been deeply connected to our internationally recognized inalienable rights, such as our right of self-determination and the right of all our refugees to return to our homes.
[Popular Struggle] Ibrahim Srour, a resident of Nil’in, has been imprisoned by Israel for nearly two years for participating in local protests. He will be released from prison on October 2nd, if the immense 12,000 NIS (3,250 USD) fine placed by a military court judge is raised in time.
[Daily Star] We who live in the West Bank village of Bilin represent just one part of a coordinated plan for what happens later this month, when Palestinians will seek statehood at the United Nations.
I have been named coordinator of activities for what has been named the Palestinian Campaign for the 140th State, meaning the 140th member-state of the United Nations. This means I will be coordinating between all the governorates and the various committees that have been established to rally around this cause. There is also a committee that is seeking to raise the funds that are needed for the media effort in support of this project, and a committee that coordinates between the governorates and is in contact with the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
[Popular Struggle] Hundreds marched to demand the admission of Palestine as the 194th state to the United Nations and were attacked with tear-gas.
Tonight, live fire and flares on the Bil’in side of the Apartheid Wall from occupation forces followed by a long and careful torchlit search of the ground for possible traces of shed blood shattered the relative peace that dropped on the village following the shifting of the Apartheid Wall further away from Bil’in last June. Over 20 soldiers in four jeeps were engaged in this operation.
Today, activists and supporters of the Olive Revolution (popular revolution and national humanitarian non-armed revolution against the Israeli occupation) and the Popular Committees started the campaign “Knocking on Jerusalem’s Doors” in response to the Israeli policies of Judaizing Jerusalem.
Bil’in villagers Ashraf Abu Rahmah and Basel Mansour describe the circumstances of their arrest at the Olive Revolution protest at the Qalandia Checkpoint and their subsequent maltreatment by occupation forces.
The popular committees against the wall and settlements, in addition to the national committee for popular struggle and the popular struggle coordination committee, have discussed the issue regarding the intention of the Palestinian Authority to go the UN for the recognition of the Palestinian State.
All confirmed the right of the Palestinian people to have their state fully recognized with its capital Jerusalem through going to the UN, guaranteeing holding to the Palestinian fixed rights.
Following the resiting of the Apartheid-Annexation Wall in Bil’in and the consequent return of 800 dunums (some 200 acres) to the village last June, hydrologist and project manager with the Palestinian NGO; Palestinian Hydrology Group Abdul Raouf Abu Raheh explains the current situation in his village and his plan to alleviate the poverty of 20 of Bil’in’s poorest farmers by constructing water cisterns on the returned land and providing seed, fertiliser and seedlings to them.
Retracing the route of the Friday protest marches and on the land regained by Bil’in by the resiting of the Apartheid-Annexation Wall closer to the Haredi Israeli colony of Modi’in Illit, head of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Iyad Burnat discusses the changing situation in his village, Israeli blood diamonds, CRH, Veolia and the terrible damage in murders, maimings and serious injuries done to his people in nonviolently resisting the Wall and occupation.
Adeeb Abu Rahma
Arrested : 10/07/2009
Released : 12/12/2010
Days in jail : 520
Abdallah Abu Rahma
Arrested : 10/12/2009
Released : 14/03/2011
Days in jail : 459
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The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee is proud to announce a new campaign, the “Dismantling Impunity Fund”. This fund will directly challenge Israel’s culture of impunity surrounding the murder and maiming of Palestinians. The fund will be managed by a committee that will include representatives of Popular Committees and Palestinian human rights organizations.
Gianna Pasini, activiste pour la Palestine, shares with this website the photos she took in the village of Bil’in.
We thank Gianna for her contribution.
« Courtroom Intifada », a focus on Bil’in court case in Canada. In a special five-part series « People & Power » (Al Jazeera) charts the rapidly growing number of lawsuits being brought against multi-national corporations. Around the world, ordinary people are asking how many more times their interests should be sacrificed for corporate greed and shareholder profit.
« The Bil’in Wall », Radio Canada’s report for the program « Une heure sur terre » (One hour on earth) focuses on the lawsuit brought by Bil’in, in Canada, against two Quebec-registered companies that have built and sold homes that are for settlers only, on lands belonging to Bil’in.
The Popular Committee of Bil’in is in desperate need for funds in order to pay legal fees both for the trial in Montreal and for representing the arrested protesters in the military courts and bail.
Please donate to the Bil’in legal fund through paypal. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation in the US or Canada contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note : Tax deductible donations in Canada can also be made online or by check through Medical Aid for Palestine in order to pay legal fees for the trial in Canada. More information
Since July 2008, Ni’lin is mourning its dead. Yousef Ahmad Younis Amera (17) and Ahmed Husam Yusef Mousa (10) were assassinated by the armed forces of occupation. Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22), was shot in the back and killed on December 28th while taking part in a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza. Mohammed Kasim Khawaje (20), who was shot in the head during that same demonstration, died on December 31st. On Friday, 5 June 2009, Yousef Akil Srour (36) was shot in the chest with 0.22 caliber live ammunition and pronounced dead upon arrival at a Ramallah hospital.
Ni’lin sends eyewitnesses to UN to testify about Israeli assassination policy : direct link to the UN public hearings video
Women in Black
« In front of this human disaster and in front of many countries’ complicity, or even the international silence, Gaza is left with two main things: patience and hopes.
Regards from Gaza the Resistance fighter. »
« A bus for Bil’in » is the project to collect funds to purchase a minibus for Bil’in, and especially for Bil’in’s students.
With the increase of legal persecution against Palestinian demonstrators, AATW are now fundraising to expand its existing legal fund so that it also covers defense costs for Palestinian. This is in addition to covering a standing 15,000 USD debt, resulting from the legal persecution of Israeli anti-wall demonstrators.
Bil’in Popular Committee continues to push away the Wall with its regular Friday demonstrations. Bilin’s struggle continues since February 2005, in spite of the repression. Supporting Bil’in means supporting the victory of non-violent resistance over the illegal building of the settlements and the Wall.
More than ever, Bil’in needs help from Israelis and Internationals on the ground to get back all its land and to continue its resistance.
To be part of a civilian mission, please contact ISM.
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