RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians from the central occupied West Bank Ramallah-area village of Bilin set out on their weekly march Friday, in protest of Israeli settlement expansion and the construction of the Israeli separation wall on the village’s lands. Marchers also protested against the killing of 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Hattab, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces Thursday night.
Bilin locals and foreign peace activists held Palestinian flags and marched through the village’s streets, chanting slogans and songs that called for national unity, resistance, releasing Palestinian prisoners, and other issues related to the Palestinian cause.
Media coordinator of the popular committee against wall and settlements Ratib Abu Rahma said that Israeli soldiers took pictures of protesters who threw rocks at the separation wall and Israeli military vehicles in the area.
Abu Rahma highlighted that the march — which Bilin residents have staged every Friday for 12 years — was also held to condemn the “cold blooded killing” of al-Hattab, and the critical injury of three other teens, when Israeli forces opened fire on their vehicle under contested circumstances Thursday night.
A German delegation also visited the village and participated in the march to express solidarity with Palestinian people.
Prior to the march, Abu Rahma gave the delegation a detailed explanation about Bilin’s experience in resisting the Israeli occupation, settlements and wall during the past 12 years.
He also informed the delegation of the accomplishments of the peaceful resistance in Bilin, and called upon all international delegations to participate in similar marches “to support the struggle of Palestinian people against its oppressor.”