Palestinians mark a decade of struggle in Bil'in with a large demonstrationOver the last decade, the village of Bil'in, located near Ramallah, has become a national symbol for the possibility of resisting the Separation Barrier, and the Israeli occupation as a whole. The village has attracted a coalition of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, who also attended the latest demonstration on Friday the 27th, numbering around 1,000 people. The demonstration marks ten years of mostly nonviolent activism and was met by the Israeli force on site with tear gas, pepper spray and the shooting of rubber bullets. Israeli politicians from the Joint Arab List- MK Dov Khenin and Aida Touma-Sliman - were in attendance, together with a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mustafa Barghouti. A Palestinian was badly wounded from a rubber bullet shot at his head, an three Israeli activists were arrested.
On the same day a smaller demonstration took place in Hebron, to commemorate twenty one years since the Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein committed a massacre in the Cave of the Patriarchs.