Broken Lives and Families in Bil'in
Muslims suffer for praying to the wrong God.
by Stephen Lendman
A documentary called "5 Broken Cameras" depicts daily and nightly Israeli horrors committed against peaceful Bil'in villagers. More below on what most people can't imagine.
Palestinian residents throughout the Territories live it daily and can best explain. "Bil'in is a Palestinian village".struggling to exist," says its web site ( bilin-village.org ).
It's "fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources".its liberty."
Israel stole around 60% of its land for settlement expansions and Separation Wall construction. Residents are being "strangl(ed)." Every day more is taken. Palestinians are left inside an "open air prison."
Each Friday, Israeli and international activists demonstrate supportively with Palestinians who want their land and homes preserved. They gather in front of the "work-site of shame."
Israel responds violently. Physical and psychological methods are used. Residents manage best they can. Injustice is horrific. Daily raids and arrests are made. Village leaders are especially vulnerable.
At issue is terrorizing people into submission. Courageously they refuse to go away and disappear.
"By supporting Bil'in, you will help its inhabitants to continue their struggle and maintain hope in their fight for liberty. (Their) site is dedicated to all people of good will - Palestinian, Israeli and the internationals who fight side by side against the injustices endured by" courageous people who won't yield to oppression.
What's happening in Bil'in occurs throughout Palestine. UN Resolutions 242 and 338, as well as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) condemned it.
The UN and ICJ also denounced the Separation Wall's construction. It's purpose is stealing up to 12% more Palestinian land. It's not for security. That's a ruse. So is Gaza's siege for the same reason. Israeli officials admitted it.
According to the UN, armed Israeli forces on village land constitute "an illicit situation punishable by an international military intervention." Being there also violates Fourth Geneva and other international laws.
Violenly confronting peaceful demonstrations is also lawless. So is collective punishment in all forms. They're considered crimes of war and against humanity.
Battleground Bil'in began decades ago. It continues daily. Villagers wanting to live free contest valiantly. They won't ever quit until their occupier is vanquished.