The group of demonstrators headed by Dr. Kobi Snitz that has been going to Bil'in evey Friday during the last year, was attacked by Palestinians during the last couple of demonstrations . It is said that the villagers of Bil'in were not happy lately of Israelis showing solidarity. Therefore the group of activists named "Anarchist against the Wall" decided not to go to further demonstrations.
Following is Kobi's reply to activists about future demonstrations:
"...the decision was that we can not go on as
before, until we see that things are okay again. meaning sending out a call to the email lists inviting everyone to the demo. I did not see this as meaning that there could not be an Israeli delegation of people who realize that not everything is okay but that a limited number of Israelis should still be there as things are being worked
out. I don't think anyone thinks we are going on as before, things still need to be sorted out at the village.
also, i don't think it was agreed that the popular committee is unable to deal with the various problems in the village. We are not really in a position to even know that. In my opinion, the last two demonstrations were bigger and better organized than recent ones.
lastly, I think that we should have a meeting soon to talk about the situation and let people know what the committee tells us about the situation in the village and what we have seen.
Bil'in is a village in the West Bank Palestinian territories.
It is located 12 kilometres west of Ramallah district, adjacent to the Israeli West Bank barrier and the Israeli city of Modi'in. After the 1967 War, Bil'in passed to Israeli control along with the rest of the West Bank, though after the 1995 signing of the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, it has been administered by the Palestinian Authority.
Bil'in is home to approximately 1,600, most of whom are employed in the field of agriculture. It is considered an ideological stronghold of the Fatah, and many employees of the Palestinian Authority, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, reside there.
Bil'in has become internationally known due to its proximity to the Israeli West Bank barrier, and its continuing protests against the barrier's construction on its land. The barrier separates the village from around 60 percent of its farming land. A new neighborhood of the Modi'in Illit settlement is being constructed on part of this land, however the developers claim that they legally purchased the land from the villagers.
Since January 2005, the village has been orchestrating weekly protests against the barrier's construction. The protests have attracted a great deal of media attention, as well as the participation of left-wing Israeli groups, such as Anarchists Against the Wall, and international activists, such as the International Solidarity Movement.
The weekly protests usually take the form of marches from the village to the site the barrier with the aim of halting construction, and sometimes involve attempts to dismantle already constructed portions. The Israel Border Police and Israeli Army claim to disperse the protests using tear gas, stun grenades, and plastic bullets only after the immediate area of the fence is violated or stones are thrown . Bil'in's protest committee claims to follow principles of Civil disobedience, and says that the stone throwing is carried out by other members of the village, and sometimes by Israeli agents provocateurs. The Israelis acknowledge that such agents do take part in the stone throwing, but claim that they only do so after others begin so as not to be exposed.
Several protesters, including Israelis, as well as members of the Israeli Security Forces, have been injured at the protests.