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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Nobel Peace Prize winner one of 24 injured by Israeli security forces during demo
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¬†Twenty-four demonstrators, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient MŠiread Maguire were injured on Friday, when Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and threw tear gas into a crowd after the end of a conference on non-violent resistance at Bil'in, in the West Bank. Three members of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Kathie Uhler, Mary Wendeln, and SeŠn O'Neill, participated in the three day conference attended by several hundred Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals. Speakers at the conference included Dr Mustafa Barghouti, the Minister of Information in the Palestinian national unity government; Dr Ilan Pappe, head of the department of political science at the University of Haifa; and MŠiread Maguire, 1976 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, among many others. At an awards ceremony, CPT along with other international accompaniment organizations received a certificate of appreciation from the Palestinian National Authority for its work in the region. The conference ended with a peaceful demonstration in the afternoon. Similar demonstrations in the village of Bil'in have taken place every Friday for the last two years protesting the building of the Separation Wall through village land. Israeli soldiers positioned about 100 metres in advance of the fence responded with tear gas, percussion grenades and rubber-coated bullets. Demonstrators stood together with their hands high in the air, appealing to the soldiers not to shoot. However, soldiers shot into the crowd, hitting Maguire with a rubber-coated bullet as she sat on the ground with her hands raised. Twenty-four demonstrators were taken away in ambulances by Palestinian medics. Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world. To learn more about CPT's peacemaking work please visit:: http://www.cpt.org.
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