The Bil’in Demos

A West Bank agricultural village has become the flagship of anti-security fence protest demonstrations since 2006, with Israeli protesters showing their support on a weekly basis.

March 28, 2011 17:30
Palestinian protest

Palestinian protest. (photo credit: Daniella Cheslow)


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ROY WAGNER KNOWS THE risks of protesting in the Palestinian village of Bil’in on the West Bank. The 37- year-old post-doctoral student from Tel Aviv gives a safety briefing each Friday to Israeli and international volunteers who come to face Israeli security forces at the security barrier that runs across the village lands.

Stay at least 150 feet away from the water cannons shooting “skunk,” foulsmelling water that sticks to clothes for several washes, he tells a dozen men and women standing in a bare, tiled room with no electricity in the village center. Keep an eye out for tear gas canisters, and walk away from them when they fall, trailing caustic smoke. Cover your ears when the stun grenade issues its loud bang. To avoid rubber- coated bullets, keep clear of the teenagers lobbing stones at the soldiers.


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