Resistance to the Occupation continues in Ni’lin and Shuqba

10 July 2011

10 July 2011

On Friday July 8, residents from the village of Ni’lin demonstrated against the Apartheid Wall. The group included around 15 Palestinians, 2 Israelis and 10 internationals. Holding signs and chanting, the group marched to the Wall and demonstrated for around an hour against the theft of their land. The protest was met by teargas and stun grenades fired by Israeli soldiers from the guard tower that overlooks the village. At one point a large fire broke out as a result of the tear gas canisters, which threatened nearby olive trees. The fire was successfully put out by residents and internationals.

The same afternoon in the neighboring village of Shuqba, around 30 demonstrators and 5 internationals marched to a rock quarry built by settlers on their land.For an hour and a half, participants, including many children, waved flags and informed guards at the quarry that they were on stolen land and that the Palestinians would not stop resisting the occuapation. The guards at the quarry responded by threatening the demonstration with their guns. Villagers also removed a long roll of barbed wire separating the village from the quarry.

The demonstration in Shuqba was the fifth in recent weeks. The quarry has occupied village land for five years, and settlers destoyed many olive trees to constuct it. In Ni’lin, the Apartheid Wall has been met with numerous demonstrations since its construction. The Israeli military has conducted many raids into the village, injuring some villagers and forcing many to serve long prison sentences.