Since 2005, demonstrators led by Abu Rahmeh have marched every Friday from the West Bank village of Bilin to the nearby separation barrier that slices off 60 percent of the village land. Their acts of protest, which have also included chaining themselves to trees, have won praise from Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu and support among Israeli peace activists.
About two years ago, villagers in nearby Naalin started similar marches.
Some demonstrators routinely throw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fire tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets and occasionally live rounds. One Bilin man and five in Naalin have been killed and hundreds have been wounded over the years. Israeli troops have also suffered some — though far fewer — injuries, including a soldier who lost an eye.
Israel considers the protests illegal and portrays them as riots, not nonviolent demonstrations.
Israel says the barrier — a wall in some places, a system of roads, cameras and fences in places like Bilin — seeks to keep out Palestinian attackers, including suicide bombers. Palestinians call it a tool to steal land, since it juts far into the West Bank in some places.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
Maybe if hamas tried half as hard at peace as they do at cold blooded murdering, there could be peace.
Originally posted by kozmo
I've no use for the Zionist Jews or Israel in general. The whole of mankind would be much better without either. Anti-semetic, NO - anti-zionist, YES!!! If there ever needed to be a cleansing campaign, it would be against the Zionists of ALL faiths! We must work to eradicate these fascists from the face of the planet as quickly as possible if we are to ever enjoy peace and prosperity.