111-21Protesters marched in condemnation of the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration — the first ever explicit commitment made by Britain, and the West in general, to establish a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine.
Israeli forces detained Ahmad Abu Rahmeh, a member of the popular committee in the town, and Israeli activist Mikha Rachman.
According to witnesses, the protester marched from the village’s mosque until they reached lands near Israel’s separation wall, when Israeli soldiers “suppressed and chased them.”
Among local protesters were a group of Israeli, Belgian, and Brazilian activists.
Prior to taking part in the march, the Brazilian “Without a Land” movement activists had volunteered to clean a memorial for former village resident Bassem Abu Rahmeh, who was killed by Israeli forces, and raised slogans condemning attacks on Jerusalem’s Islamic and Christian holy sites.
An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports. Bilin is one of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, as residents have protested every Friday for 11 consecutive years, and have often been met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades from Israeli forces.