RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Protesters in the central occupied West Bank village of Bilin set off on Friday for the village’s weekly march, in commemoration of the the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948 when at least 100 Palestinians were killed by Zionist militias in the Jerusalem-area village of Deir Yassin.
Israeli forces flew drones above protesters, taking pictures of activists and youths participating in the march, while protesters threw rocks at the drones and set fire to rubber tires in front of a gate in the nearby Israeli separation apartheid wall, which Israel had previously closed, preventing Palestinian farmers from the village to access their lands.
Protesters, locals and foreign activists, marched the village’s streets carrying the Palestinian and Algerian flags, shouting national slogans, demanding national unity and the release of all Palestinian prisoners.
The popular committee in Bilin demanded that international human rights organization prosecute Israel in international courts over its “continuous crimes against the Palestinian people.”
Bilin is one of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, as residents have protested every Friday for 12 years, and have often been met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades from Israeli forces.