photos of the demonstrations in Bil'in, see: Bil'in:
A Struggle in Pictures by Jon Elmer
for a letter campaign, from Women in Black
over 9 months now, every single Friday, we, the people of Bil'in,
have been demonstrating NON-VIOLENTLY, against the separation
barrier which confiscates our lands for the sake of building
and expanding the settlements.
The village citizens have experienced a constant chain of collective
punishments and arrests by the army, confiscation of 2300 Dunams -
more than half of our lands, and 350 people have been wounded.
Furthermore, the village has been subjected to closure -
mainly on Fridays - in order to prevent the arrival of Israeli
activists, International ones, and media reporters.
In our non-violent demonstrations (together with Israeli and International
activists), the army has "planted"special undercover units disguised
as Palestinians (mista'arvim) acting to transform the nonviolent demonstrations
to violent ones by throwing stones at the soldiers.
forces invade the village at all hours of thenight and make arrests. In
the past few days, 15 youths were arrested for the "crime"
of having participated in the weekly demonstrations.
We ask you, and every humanist who wants to express solidarity
and protest against injustice and suppression, to take our
side in the struggle in Bil'in, and participate in the
weekly march this Friday and
on following Fridays. We appeal to those who cannot actually
be there themselves, to support our struggle through a letter campaign.
To the Minister
The people of Bil'in,
as in other villages, have been trying to change the nature of the
struggle that is taking place between your peoples, moving from violence
to the ways of non-violence. Now I hear that the Israeli army has
been sending provocateurs to participate in the protest demonstrations
of the Bil'in villagers and their supporters, in order to turn these
non-violent protests into violent incidents. In addition, I've learned
that the army has been entering the village at night and arresting
youngsters for participating in demonstrations against the confiscation
of their land. Am I to understand from this that you prefer violence?!
Furthermore, I have
learned that the route of the Separation Barrier has been planned
so that you will be able to expropriate the land on its west side
for the sake of building settlements (Modi'in Illit). For this purpose
you have been using "security" arguments. All of this
is being done in flagrant violation
of international law, as established by the International Court of
Justice in the Hague. Consequently you have been sending your soldiers
to perform land theft. There is no justification for this!
I appeal to you:
*To follow the UN
resolutions against building the Separation Barrier upon occupied
*to follow international
*to cease the attacks
on Bil'in '
*to free the prisoners,
*and to put an immediate
end to violent provocation.
The Popular Committee of the Village of Bil’in, Palestine
The Popular Committees Against the Wall and the Settlements,
The Coalition Against The
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Taking action 2005
Taking action 2004