"They're building a wall. A wall to keep
distant the terrible sound of the houses that crumble and the children
A wall to keep separate the truth from the lie."-Dave Rovics,
Building a Wall"
The fifth Bil'in
International Conference "on popular resistance to network and
support to end the Israeli occupation and free Palestine" concluded
on Friday, April 23rd with
five demonstrators arrested and one Israeli activist taking a direct hit
the forehead which fractured his skull after Israeli soldiers shot him
tear gas projectile.
bilin weeklly demo 23-4-2010
The conference began on April 21 with all Palestinian political factions represented and speakers included politicians, leaders of Popular Committees, Israeli activists, and international solidarity activists.
Due to a mainstream media blackout on the five-year struggle in Bil'in, most Americans are unaware of the thousands of nonviolent Palestinians and growing legions of Israeli and International activists who have been waging a nonviolent campaign of resistance to the construction of the route of Israel's Wall in the Occupied Territories and to end the occupation of Palestine.
Farmers, mothers, children and activists have been braving teargas, beatings, bullets, arrest, and even death to rise up against the route of The Wall/Fence and most well equipped army in the world, with nothing more than their own bodies and the innate persistent determination within all people for justice and freedom.
In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that The Wall is a violation of International Law because it cuts through the West Bank appropriating Palestinian land and destroying Palestinian villages and economy in order to establish more illegal settlements.
The Wall/Fence in Bil'in and the Israeli army prohibit the indigenous people to tend and harvest their olive groves. Over 2,003 dunums of prime agricultural land have been confiscated by The Electric Fence. The Israelis have built apartments for Jewish only settlers, which the indigenous people are forbidden to even enter.
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