Israeli occupation forces have attacked a peaceful rally at the northern West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, abducting an international peace activist from Spain and wounding many more.
The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies has revealed that the weekly Friday rally came under military attack from an Israeli unit, being assaulted with gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and concussion grenades.
Many of the demonstrators suffered the negative effects of teargas inhalation.
This most recent assault is merely the latest in a string of targeted attacks against the rally in Kafr Qaddum, the protest witnessing frequent attempts at disruption by the apartheid forces. Just last week dozens of protestors suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after the rally was again attacked, also without just provocation.
The weekly protest at Kafr Qaddum began in July of 2014 and is a nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall, against the colonial settlements which have been condemned under international law and is a local effort to reopen the town’s main road which has been sealed since 2002.
The road, which is the town’s main road to Nablus, was originally blocked to enable colonial settlers to access the Kedumim colony which was built on private Palestinian land. A roadblock and dirt mound were installed to prevent Kafr Qaddum residents using the road, a decision that was ruled illegal by an Israeli court in 2010 yet with a statement that also said the road was “too dangerous to travel”.
Using the statement as a pretext, the Israeli forces have kept the road blocked ever since.
Kafr Qaddum has been occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967.