Friday, May 06, 2011
Fridays In Bil'in
The march celebrating the end of the division between Hamas and Fatah started from the center of the village and tried to reach the separation wall. The Protesters, raised Palestinian flags and banners of all factions, especially Fatah and Hamas, while chanting the national anthem as a message of welcoming to the signing of the reconciliation agreement and calling for unity and rejection of differences.
Two Bil'in's citizens, dressed as President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen and the head of the political office of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, carried the coffin of the " Division" and protestors burnt it at the gate of the wall as a message of the permanent end of the division. As soon as the protestors reached the fence, Israeli soldiers started firing tear gas, rubber, tutu and live bullets and stink water causing the injuring of 17 years old Mohammad Abu Rahma who twisted his knee not to mention dozens of cases of asphyxia due to the tear gas. In the same time soldiers, hiding behind olive trees captured Iyad Al Khatib, 15 years old, beat him and took him away in an unknown place.
I'm not overly optimistic about the Fatah/Hamas deal, but applaud any attempt to bring Gaza and the West Bank back together again.
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