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Hundreds of Palestinians non-violently protest the impending theft of their land
March 5, 2004
Hundreds of Palestinians non-violently protest the impending theft of their land and property by the Apartheid Wall and illegal settlement expansion in west Ramallah region
Tomorrow (6.3.2005 ) Israeli bulldozers will return to Saffa and Bil’in villages west of Ramallah to complete the construction of the Apartheid Wall there after a few days of delay due to an Israeli High Court injunction.
Yesterday, as a form of non-violent protest, Palestinians in the area performed their Friday prayers on privately-owned Palestinian land that will be confiscated, destroyed, or isolated by the Wall and settlements. The Popular Committee to Resist the Wall said that this is one step in a sequence of activities that will be carried out during the next few days to protest the Wall and its illegal theft of their land, livelihoods, and property.
The Committee said that the Wall in this area will confiscate and isolate about 6,000 dunams (1,500 acres) of farmland which belong to hundreds of Palestinians. It will also confiscate and isolate about 5,000 privately-owned olive trees from their owners in Bil’in and Saffa.
Na’ela Atiya, a Palestinian lawyer, said that the illegal Israeli settlement of Mod’in Illit is also planned to be expanded on 662 dunams (165 acres) of Saffa land and 159 dunams (40 acres) of Bil’in land.
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