Remembering the Holocaust as well as Gaza

This week’s letter from Bil’in remembers the Jewish Holocaust and the promises made never to repeat it. Promises never kept particularly by those whose families endured it.
Bil’in demonstrators remind the world of the Holocaust and its promise

Four injured and five arrested in the weekly protest in Bil’in
Friday January 9th
The residents of Bil’in gathered in a protest today after the Friday prayer. The protest was joined by Israel and international activists standing in solidarity with Palestinians and opposing the war on Gaza, Israeli settlement building and the construction of the wall. Protesters carried Palestinian flags and the Venezuelan flag, in appreciation of Venezuela’s removal the Israeli ambassador from his post.
The protesters wore clothes similar to those worn by Jews in the fascist concentration camps during the Second World War. Protestors also wore small yellow cut-outs in the shape of Gaza with the word “Gazan” written on them to symbolize the yellow “Jude” stars of David worn by European Jews during World War II. This angry message was to remind the world of the Nazi Holocaust and of the promise made by the international community to never allow another Holocaust to happen, while this promise is being broken by the same people whose ancestors were victims of the Holocaust.
The Popular Committee and the residents of Bil’in strongly condemn the continuing Israeli war on Gaza, which is causing the Palestinians to suffer yet another “Nakba” or catastrophe. The world has been largely silent about the massive destruction and the victims, especially women and children, created by this war. The protesters tried to show the horrible situation in Gaza, where infrastructure has been destroyed and the necessities of daily life are scarce or nonexistent. About 1.5 million people are currently isolated under a cruel siege where they are being massacred and forced to leave their homes, while not even the most basic of human rights are being protected.
The protesters marched through the streets of the village toward the wall, chanting and calling for an end to the war on Gaza. When the protest reached the wall, the Israeli army responded to the nonviolent action by firing tear gas, which caused dozens to suffer gas inhalation. The army also fired rubber bullets and four people were injured, one of which is a photographer from Al Jazeera International and the child Nashmi Aburahma,Yase Ashal, and Mahmud Yasen.
The soldiers arrested five people during the demonstration. Muhammed Khatib, member of the popular committee, Ashraf Abu Rahma, and Samer Ataya. Also arrested were two Israeli activists, Gur and his son.

Women Protest in Bil’in for Gaza

Thursday, January 8th
The women and children of Bil’in today marched in a solidarity protest for Gaza. The protest was joined by international women. Palestinian flags were carried and also symbolic coffins presenting the massacres against the citizens of Gaza and especially women and children.The women walked through the streets of the village singing slogans in solidarity with the women in Gaza who have been killed or lost children and family. They also called for a national unity among Palestinians and called for help from the Arab leaders.
The protest headed from the center of the village towards the apartheid wall which is built on Bil’in’s land. An Israel army unit was situated behind the wall and when the women tried to go through the gate, the army fired tear gas canisters to disturb the crowed and caused dozens to suffer gas inhalation.
Umm Samarah expressed her rage and anger on what’s happening in Gaza and called on the Arab leaders to open the borders to save the Palestinian people. “We cry every moment for hundreds of times when we see our people and especially children being killed in cold blood. We call on Egypt to open the border crossing and all the neighboring countries to save the people of Gaza “.
Yesterday, Amro Hisham Nasir was shot in the thigh and was taken to Sheik Zaid hospital in Ramallah for treatment.
Thank you for you continued support,
Iyad Burnat- Head of Popular Commitee in Bilin
Head of Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin
Email- ffj.bilin@yahoo.com
Mobile- (00972) (0) 547847942
Office- (00972) (2) 2489129
Fax- (00972) (2) 2489129
www.bilin-ffj.org

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