Archive for the ‘Bilin’ tag
Soubhiya Abu Rahma, the mother of Bassem Abu Rahma, a 30-year-old Palestinian man killed after being hit by a tear gas canister while demonstrating against the separation fence in Bil’in in 2009, filed an appeal on Sunday with Israel’s High Court of Justice requesting a decision on whether to indict the soldiers involved in her son’s death. Four years have passed since the death of Bassem Abu Rahma, and more than two and a half years since a MPCID investigation was opened. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
The Samaria-Judea District Police distributed “Closed Military Zone” orders to 16 left wing activists, informing them that the villages of Nabi Saleh, Na’alin, Bil’in, and Kadum in the West Bank are declared off limits. (Arutz Sheva)
(Hebrew – Walla!)
During testimonies in the trial of MK Muhammad Barakeh, who is accused of attacking an undercover agent from the Masada unit, it was uncovered that the unit’s fighters, working undercover in the village of Bil’in during protests against the West Bank Barrier, used to throw stones at IDF soldiers.
At least 13 cases of firing gas canisters directly aimed at Palestinian protesters and left-wing activists have been documented since the death of Bassam Abu-Rahme in Bil’in, despite the IDF having promised to refine the procedures for the firing of tear gas canisters. Investigations of these cases usually end without any operative decisions. Some of the cases are not investigated at all.
At this week’s demonstration against the separation wall in Bil’in, IDF soldiers shot and injured local demonstrator Samir Bournat with live ammunition. Afterwards, the soldiers fired tear gas on the ambulance that came to evacuate Bournat. In addition, one of the soldiers threw stones at the demonstrators.
In a session of the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, MK Aryeh Eldad said that a culture of lies has spread throughout the police, criticizing police conduct during the evacuation of the Havat Gilad outpost. MK Dov Khenin said he was disturbed by similar conduct against demonstrators in Bil’in.
In its review of 2010 the GSS (Shabak) defines the activism by left-wingers in Sheikh Jarrah, Ni’lin, Bil’in, and Nabi Salah as “activity against the Israel security forces.” (Hebrew)
The military court in Ofer Camp acquitted Muhammad Khatib, one of the leaders of the Bil’in demonstrations against the separation fence, of incitement, actions on behalf of a forbidden association and obstructing a soldier. The court criticized the behavior of the investigative bodies in Khativ’s case. According to Adv. Gabi Leski, Khativ’s attorney, the accusations against him were based on illegally-extracted testimonies from minors residing in the village. (Hebrew)
The Israeli army has declared the village of Bil’in to be sealed military territory, in preparation for the demonstration against the Separation Wall, which is held there every Friday. The army prevented demonstrators, supporters, and journalists from arriving at the village. (Hebrew)
Colonel Aharon Mishnayot, Chief Justice of the Military Appeals Tribunal, granted the motion filed by the Military Prosecutor and ordered the continued detention of Abdallah Abu-Rahme, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in. He did so despite the fact that Abu-Rahme has completed serving the prison term to which he was sentenced due to his role in organizing the demonstrations against the separation wall. (Hebrew, English)