Video Footage of an Average Day in Palestine
On February 17, 2009 the Israeli military began construction on a new section of the Annexation Barrier near the village of Ni’lin in Ramallah District. Several bulldozers were brought to the privately-owned agricultural land where they uprooted olive trees belonging to Palestinian residents. Israeli soldiers then invaded the village, shooting sound grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at people in street, just as school was getting out. The video footage is provided by an international member of the international solidarity movement. Though certain villages such as Ni’lin, Bil’in, Al Ma’asara and Jayyous have gained national and international attention due to the presence of international and Israeli solidarity activists in the ongoing struggle against the Annexation Barrier, it is important for PSP to emphasize that these activities by the Israeli military are not a “response” to protest, or are somehow unique. Invasions such as the one captured on video here and reported by various media outlets and international solidarity groups, and worse, happen daily in the occupied territories. Many do not even make the local news. It is critical that these attacks end in ALL of Palestine, and we do not unduly focus on the villages that happen to have international friends. ALL Palestinians have the right to land, freedom of movement, and freedom from terror.