Ni’lin commemorates the international women day as demonstrators managed to make a hole on the concrete apartheid wall 09.03.2012
This week’s demonstration, around 100 demonstrator marched toward the apartheid Israeli wall marking the international women day and calling for the immediate release of political prisoner Hanaa Shalabi, one activist was injured with rubber coated bullet and other dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.
once demonstrators arrived to the gate of the apartheid wall, army started shooting massive amounts of tear gas canisters, followed by volleys of sound grenades and rubber coated bullets and skunk water. one activist was injured with rubber coated bullet and other dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.
The demonstrators kept on and managed to make a hole in the concrete wall by putting water on the warm concrete after it was burned, then following with striking on the concrete with an ironic machine to make the concrete fall.
However, the people of Ni’lin sent a message to the Israeli occupation saying that’’ this wall will never break us and we will continue our struggle until we dismantle this unlawful wall from our lands, as we dismantled it before ,your walls will never work because it’s not for security reasons as you pretend, it is meant to steal our lands. All walls didn’t work all over the world, even Berlin wall has fallen and this wall will fall, we have no doubts’’.
The army chased the protesters toward the village after the appeared from a new gate was made recently by the occupation, continuing shooting tear gas canisters and rubber coated bullets at protesters. Luckily no one was arrested.
Hana Yahya Shalabi (30) from the Burqin village near Jenin was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, after being held in administrative detention for over two years (Sep. 2009 to Oct. 2011). During her arrest she was sexually harassed, put in solitary confinement and was denied trial. No allegations were brought against her by the Israeli security forces. On February 16th 2012 she was re-arrested and put under administrative detention for six month along with several other Palestinian prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal. Hana began a hunger strike, inspired by the hunger strike of Khader Adnan, to protest administrative detentions and abuse during interrogations and arrests. Hana Shalabi and over three hundred Palestinians are imprisoned for long periods without any charges and are never brought to trial. As a woman, Hana Shalabi faces a great risk of humiliation and sexual abuse, and has already been harassed in the past. Her strike calls attention to the physical and mental violence suffered by Palestinian women and men in Israeli jails.