BETHLEHEM, September 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers Sunday violently suppressed a peaceful anti-wall protest in the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, according to local sources.
Munther Abu-Amira, an anti-settlement activist in Bethlehem, said dozens of activists participated in a peaceful protest against Israel’s ongoing construction of parts of the Israeli Segregation Barrier at the expense of the town’s land. Protesters also rallied to protest the Israeli crackdown on al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning.
Among the participants was Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop of Palestine and Jordan.
According to Israeli media, a number of studies have cast doubts about Israel’s use of CS tear gas as a method of crowd-dispersal, and said this kind of teargas has in recent years caused several cases of death.
An interview conducted by the Israeli daily Haaretz in 2011 also revealed that some eye and lung injuries, as well as skin diseases, could be associated with the use of CS tear gas.
Israeli army and police have long used teargas as a frequent method to suppress the growing movement of unarmed resistance against Israel’s illegal confiscation of Palestinian land for Israeli settlements.
An increasing number of unarmed and peaceful Palestinians were either killed or seriously injured as a result of Israel’s constant use of tear gas against Palestinians.
Early December 2014, Palestinian minister without portfolio Zeyad Abu Ein died due to tear gas inhalation and after being directly hit in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a peaceful protest marking the United Nations International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He was transferred to hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.