It was the first demonstration during the Ramadan dozens of people suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Despite the hot weather, we continue our struggle against the occupation. This week, our Friday prayers took place under the olive trees, nearby the land which was confiscated by Israel. International and Israeli peace activists joined us this week, approaching the area where the apartheid wall is being built that separates us from our land. Some activists spray-painted the wall, writing that it is illegal and that we all want the occupation to end and that the wall be torn down.
We approached the gate of the concrete wall, chanting and letting the soldiers know, that we will not go down. Instead we will remain steadfast and not stop protesting until they tear down the illegal wall and give us back our land.
Once we reached the gate, the soldiers started shooting tear gas. It was so bad, that 15 demonstrators got severaly hurt due to the inhalation. Right after that, the Israeli soldiers opened the gate and started running towards us, trying to catch demonstrators and arrest them.
They didn’t succeed. Thus, they approached the houses in our village and started shooting tear gas at the inhabitants. Two little boys (Mustafah Amireh, 6 years and Sakir Jamal, 8 years) got hurt from the tear gas.
The demonstration finished around 3 o’clock pm. All in all, 17 people were hurt from the tear gas. But luckily, no one got arrested.