[tweetmeme] Over in Bil’in, those pesky Palestinians are unhappy again. In what has become a ritual, protests over the illegal Israel occupation of Palestinian land have shown the passion of those looking for freedom. Check out the video:
Interestingly, Palestinian President Salam Fayyad made an appearance and spoke to the crowd, thanking them for their support for the Palestinian cause. Fayyad is well respected in Israel and the US and is seen by the West as a politician that can help bring peace to the region. Unfortunately, his poll numbers indicate that he has a severe PR problem with Palestinians. Due to his willingness to speak with Israel and compromise, Fayyad probably lacks the general support necessary to make a true difference. Fayyad rarely appears at the passionate rallies, so one must question whether this was simply a clever PR move.
Either way, the protest marked the 5th anniversary of the general protest in Bil’in after the village was separated from a sizable piece of landed that was confiscated for the enlargement of an Israeli settlement.
HT to Mondoweiss