Bil’in celebrated International Human Rights Day with a larger than normal demonstration. Hundreds of supporters including Israelis and internationals came from outside Bil’in to support the village’s struggle for human rights, to mark the one-year anniversary of Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s imprisonment, and to commemorate the First Intifada.
The demonstration was attacked by IDF soldiers with large amounts of tear gas from mutiple directions almost as soon as it began. One Palestinian and one German national were arrested as they non-violently protested Israel’s continued confiscation of Palestinian land deep within the West Bank. Palestinian leaders such as Mustafa Barghouti joined the demonstration in solidarity with the residents of Bil’in.