Every Friday, Palestinian as well as foreign activists gather in the small village of Bil'in in the northern part of the West Bank as part of the weekly demonstrations to protest the separation barrier and the illegal "Israeli" occupation of the Palestinian territories.
More than 60 demonstrators gathered at the barrier, joined by internationals from more than ten countries, also Jewish citizens opposing Zionism.
The group marched from Bil'in up to the wall which has rows of barbed wire in front of it. The olive groves have mainly been burnt down from previous Israeli army attacks on the demonstrators, sources reported.
As the demonstrators proclaimed their peaceful nature and sang songs denouncing the illegal occupation, the "Israeli" army responded by repeatedly spraying the people, mainly youth with ‘skunk water; a noxious liquid.
They also fired dozens of rounds of military grade tear gas into the crowd. Such actions are illegal under international law. As the army continued to attack the demonstrators, gangs of settlers watched from the other side.
The wall was erected to cut Palestinians off from their land and to enable illegal settlers to move in, who are then protected by the "Israeli" army of occupation.
Several people suffered from tear gas inhalation and the effects of the skunk water, but nobody was seriously hurt.
Source: IMEMC, edited by moqawama.org