Ni’lin: “Freedom Must Be Demanded”
UPDATE: Song dedicated to the resistance in Ni’lin, by Raast:
Today villagers of Ni’lin – west of Ramallah with a population of about 6,000 people – went to pray in their olive groves, as they do every Friday to show the Israeli occupation that they will not give up their land, despite all the violence against them. After the prayers the villagers, together with internationals from IWPS and ISM as well as Israeli anarchists, walked towards the illegal Apartheid Wall. Children with flags and men calling out their wish for a free Palestine. All in a nonviolent act.
The Israeli army, safely on the other side of the Wall, opened fire toward the demonstrators. Teargas was raining from the sky, setting the grass on our side on fire. Luckily no olive trees got destroyed this time. Several Palestinian kids climbed the Apartheid Wall to burn tires on top of it; Israeli soldiers started crossing to our side of the Wall, shooting teargas towards the people, 7 canisters at one click.
Ni’lin has a long history of resistance. In 2004, Israeli colonialists first revealed that they had the intention to build the Apartheid Wall on Ni’lin’s land. In 2008, demonstrators non-violently camped in between the olive trees on the land designated by the occupation to become part of the Wall. The protests succeeded in pushing the route of the Wall further away from the village, saving 1,500 dunums of land. Still, 2,500 dunums were stolen for the Wall, as well as thousands more for the surrounding illegal settler colonies.
Ni’lin has five shehadeen [martyrs], murdered by the Israeli army for non-violently resisting the occupation.
Video of tear-gas rain [by Samantha Comizzoli]:
For a full set of pictures from the Friday demonstration in Ni’lin please see our facebook page: Ni’lin 25 April