Last week, 2.5 years after an Israeli Supreme Court decision deeming the path of the Wall on the lands of Bil’in illegal, preliminary infrastructure work to reroute the barrier in accordance with the ruling has finally began. Since the ruling, the state has twice been found in contempt of the court, for not implementing the decision.
This Friday, the people of Bil’in, joined by Israeli and international supporters, will mark the five year anniversary to demonstrations in a mass protest where they will try to implement the International Court of Justice decision to dismantle the Wall.
Roughly 680 dunams of the 2,000 currently sequestered by the Wall will be returned to the village following the court-ordered rerouting of the trajectory. While the rerouting is viewed as a victory by demonstrators, Mohammed Khatib of the Bil’in Popular Committee vowed protest will continue until the wall is dismantled in its entirety. He said that “While we are happy for the lands that do return, we do not forget the lands and crops that remain isolated behind the Wall. Our struggle will continue until all of our lands are returned and the Occupation is over.”