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  • PHOTOS: Pepper spray and arrests as Bil'in marks decade of struggle

    Text by Haggai Matar Photos by Yotam Ronen, Shiraz Grinbaum, Miki Kratsman / Activestills.org Nearly 1,000 protesters — Palestinians, Israelis and internationals — marched to celebrate 10 years of popular struggle in the West Bank village Bil'in. Soldiers responded with tear gas, pepper spray and arrests. One Palestinian was badly wounded. Meanwhile, activists marked 21 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre, and called to open Shuhada Street to Palestinians. Approximately 1,000 protesters, most of them Palestinian, 100 Israelis and dozens of international activists took part in a large protest in Bil'in on Friday, marking ten years of popular…

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  • 'A consciousness free of occupation': Bil'in marks 10 years of popular struggle

    The village that managed to unite the world behind the spirit of nonviolent Palestinian protest marks not only a decade of tear gas, night raids and tragedy, but also of co-resistance and victories in its struggle against settlements, the separation barrier and the occupation. Anyone who has visited the West Bank village of Bil’in on a recent Friday might think, just for a second, that they were back in 2005. At first glance, it seems like nothing has changed since the days of the first protests, which began 10 years ago this month. Now, as then, the protesters — mostly…

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  • Palestinian activist explains the Israeli elections

    Bil'in protest leader Abdullah Abu-Rahme: If Israelis must decide between Labor and Likud, they might as well just vote for Liberman instead. The residents of the West Bank village Bil'in are in close contact with the Israeli state. For the past ten years, they have been waging a popular struggle against the separation barrier that has cut them off from most of their land, while withstanding heavy oppression from the army, including arrests, tear gas, raids on the village, and more. As non-Jewish subjects of military rule in the occupied territories, the residents of Bil'in have no right to vote…

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  • Bil'in: Photographing a decade of popular struggle

    Activestills photographers have been documenting the popular struggle protests against the Israeli Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in from their inception in 2005. The following is a selection with personal stories marking 10 years of their work in the village. The village of Bil'in will mark a decade of nonviolent protests and popular struggle on Friday, February 27, 2015. By Keren Manor The first time I came to Bil'in was in 2005, with the Anarchists Against The Wall group. It was also my first time in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and one of the events that completely changed my…

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  • Partial win: No jail for Palestinian activist who blocked bulldozer

    Abdullah Abu Rahmah is levied a fine and a suspended sentence for standing in front of a bulldozer. 'I will continue my struggle and my protest, because it is our right,' he says. In his sentencing hearing, the military prosecution described Abu Rahmah's nonviolent protest as an ideological crime. By Yael Marom The Israeli army’s Ofer Military Court in the West Bank handed down a four-month suspended sentence and a NIS 5,000 ($1,290)to Abdullah Abu Rahmah, a central organizer of Bil’in’s nonviolent protests. Abu Rahmah, one of the central activists in the Palestinian popular struggle in the West Bank, was recognized…

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  • Bil'in activists remember Kayla Mueller, her time in Palestine

    Palestinians residents and activists in Bil’in who hosted the American human rights activist recently killed by Da’esh (ISIS) remember her and her commitment to their struggle. ‘We will continue, like Kayla, to work against injustice wherever it is,’ Bil’in activists say. Mueller also volunteered with African refugees in Tel Aviv. By Samah Salaime Egbariya, with Haggai Matar Kidnapped by Da’esh (ISIS), American human rights activist Kayla Mueller was killed recently, allegedly in a Jordanian air strike on one of the terror organization’s bases in Syria. Before heading to Syria, Mueller was also active in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, largely under the…

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  • IDF: Palestinian nonviolent protest is an ideological crime

    Abdullah Abu Rahmah has a sentencing hearing in military court after being convicted of standing in front of an IDF bulldozer. The nonviolent protest organizer from Bil'in who already served more than a year in prison has been declared a 'human rights defender' by the European Union. By Yael Marom Diplomats from the European Union, Sweden, France, the UK, Finland and Spain were present at a sentencing hearing for Palestinian non-violent Palestinian protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmah at Ofer Military Prison in the West Bank on Sunday, along with dozens of Palestinian, international and Israeli activists. Abu Rahmah is a…

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  • Israel's military prosecution presents: How to whittle away an investigation

    A member of Israel's security forces shot a bullet at Ashraf Muhammad Jamal Tufiq’s foot in 2009. The IDF’s investigatory bodies did their best to make sure they will never find the shooter. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On Friday, January 16, 2009, someone – a member of the Israeli security forces – fired a bullet into the foot of Ashraf Muhammad Jamal Tufiq, from the West Bank village Bil’in. According to Tufiq, the shooting occurred without any provocation and came after the weekly demonstration ended. As a result of his injury, Tufiq had to undergo an operation…

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  • PHOTOS: West Bank village of Bil'in stands with Ferguson protesters

    Protesters in the West Bank village of Bil’in carried signs at last Friday’s weekly demonstration with messages of solidarity and support for the ongoing struggle against deadly police violence in the United States. The signs carried slogans used during protests following the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Bil’in has seen a number of its residents killed by the Israeli military in protests against the occupation and theft of its land. Bassem Abu Rahme was killed by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops and his cousin, Jawaher Abu Rahme, died from excessive tear gas inhalation. “We…

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  • Israel increases pressure on nonviolent struggle's flagship village

    Whether as a result of the violence in Jerusalem or just because there’s a new commander in town, the Israeli army is once again increasing its oppressive measures in the West Bank village of Bil’in. By Roy Wagner There's nothing new under the sun in Bil'in. If you take a look at the Wikipedia page on Bil'in, you'll see that the last updates about the village's struggle against the separation wall refer to 2012. B'Tselem's page on Bil'in was last updated almost two years ago. One could easily be led to believe that the struggle is over. But Bil'in continues…

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  • IDF court convicts Palestinian non-violent organizer, EU human rights defender

    Israeli military court convicts Abdullah Abu Rahmah of obstructing a bulldozer building the separation barrier. His previous trial and imprisonment was followed closely by western governments. Abdullah Abu Rahmah, one of the central organizers of the popular resistance protests against the separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bil'in, was convicted of obstructing the work of a soldier by an Israeli military court this week. He will likely be sentenced to four months in prison. Abu Rahmah, who was recognized by the European Union as a "human rights defender" dedicated to non-violence, previously served over a year in prison for organizing…

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  • 'They left us no choice': On military escalation and its Israeli rationale

    The alternatives to military action shouldn’t only be examined when things blow up, but rather in the context of the months and years that preceded this latest round of fighting. When it comes to using military force, I find Netanyahu to be one of the most restrained prime ministers Israel has ever had. I don’t think Bibi wanted this escalation, nor does he believe that it serves his immediate political interests. He did give Hamas a chance for a ceasefire, and the army is escalating its attacks on Gaza very gradually – unlike in Operation Cast Lead for example, in…

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  • 47 years of occupation: Every photo tells a story

    Marking 47 years of the Israeli occupation since 1967, we asked Activestills photographers to choose one photograph from their archive and write about it.  Oren Ziv Going every week to the protests in West Bank village of Bil'in, I knew most of the people who were attending the demonstrations. One of them was Bassem Abu Rahme, also known as "Fill." At every protest he would go to the front and try to talk to the soldiers in Hebrew. On the day I took his photo, some of the protesters managed to cross the first gate of the separation barrier and  march between…

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