On July 10, villagers from Ni’lin, in the Ramallah District, led a large demonstration protesting Israel’s construction of the Annexation/Security Wall which will confiscate 1/3 of the village’s land (2500 dunams / 625 acres). The community had organized three to four nonviolent demonstrations against the wall each week for over a month.
This particular day, with a lot of media present, the Israeli military launched canister after canister of teargas into the crowd 20 minutes after the march began and fired rubber-coated bullets at the protesters.
Over half-a-dozen participants, mostly Israelis, sustained injuries, including CPTer Kathie Uhler who suffered a large bruise from a shot to the right hip. Two soldiers with clubs beat an Israeli woman from B’tselem (an Israeli human rights organization) who marched at the front of the line. She was treated for large bruises on her arms and legs.
After the march, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, addressed the crowd in a large meeting room. As he left the hall, he stopped to shake hands with CPTers and said, “Thank you for all that you are doing for our people.”