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category international | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Monday April 23, 2007 15:05author by Justin Morahan Report this post to the editors

featured image
Mairead Corrigan Maguire taken away after being shot with rubber bullets by Israeli soldiers.
from a photo series
by the ISM's Martinez

In a Gandhi-like protest, a completely unarmed and peaceful gathering of peace activists who were walking to the Bil'in Wall were tear-gassed and then shot with rubber bullets. After being brought to ambulances for treatment they returned to the non-violent demonstration. Among them was Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire writes from Palestine...

'...When the walkers got half way down the road, the Israeli soldiers started firing nerve gas, and plastic bullets directly at us. At another point they used water cannons. We were a completely unarmed peaceful gathering and this vicious attack from the Israeli soldiers was totally unprovoked attack upon civilians. The soldiers block the upper part of the road, thus preventing Dr. Barghouti and some of the Palestinians joining the main vigillers. We were then tear gassed and as I helped a French woman retreat I was shot in the leg with a rubber bullet. Two young women, one from USA and one from New Zealand, helped me towards an ambulance. I saw an elderly Palestinian mother carried on a stretcher into the ambulance, as she was shot in the back with a plastic bullet. I saw a man whose face was covered in blood and a Palestinian youth overcome with the gas. About 20 people were injured. Ann and myself went back to the protest where the people were being viciously attacked with nerve gas and plastic bullets. I was overcome with gas and took a nose bleed which resulted in being carried to ambulance for treatment....'

Related Links: Peace People / Nobel Prize - 1976 / NobelWomensInitiative.org
PalSolidarity.org: All we had for breakfast was tear gas / on December 2006 she was Arrested at Faslane, Scotland


The Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was among a number of people shot with a plastic bullet on Friday at a weekly protest in Palestine. Ms Maguire had been invited to open an international conference in the village and this ended with a press conference at which hundreds of international journalists were present.

Afterwards, with Ann Patterson also from Belfast, she joined the weekly non-violent demonstration and walk to the Apartheid Wall. Israeli soldiers fired first tear gas and later rubber-coated steel bullets into the crowd. One man was hit in the head, a Palestinian mother hit in the back, a woman journalist hit in the leg, as was Ms Maguire. She was treated in an ambulance and rejoined the walk again but suffered nose bleed from tear gas inhalation and had to be treated again.

One hour before this she had told the conference: “Thanks to the media here for telling the truth…Bring this truth to whatever country you come from!” . She had called for an end to the occupation of Palestine, international recognition of the Palestinian Government, an end to the building of the Apartheid Wall and restoration of economic and political rights. She also called for the release of the BBC journalist Alan Johnson

In a joint e-mail from Palestine to this writer last night (Sunday) Mairead and Ann say they are both well.

Full report by Inrternational Solidarity Movement reporters at: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2007/04/21/april-20-b...test/

REPORT FROM MAIREAD AND ANN PATTERSON BELOW

"On Friday 20th April, 2007, Ann Patterson and I joined the Bil’in Peoples Committee, (outside Ramallah) on their weekly nonviolent protest march to the Apartheid Wall , together with Israeli peace activists and Internationalists from over 20 countries. The Internationals came from France, (over 200) America, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and India.

Before the peace vigil, I participated in a Press Conference with the Palestinian Minister for Information, Mustafa Barghouti, in front of the World Press. Minister Barghouti praised the nonviolent vigil of the Bil’in people and the nonviolent resistance of many people around Palestine,says Bil’in is a model and example to all. He called to stop the building of the wall, and for the upholding of Palestinian Rights under International Law.

I supported his call and thanked the people of Bil’in offering my support for the nonviolent resistance to the Wall as it contravenes International Law, including the International Court of Justice decision in the Hague. I also called for an end to Palestinian occupation, which will be 40 years soon, and recognition by the International Community of the Palestinian Government, together with restoration of economic, political rights of the people.

Both Dr. Barghouti and I called for the release of the BBC Journalist Alan Johnston. I also called for the protection of Journalists all over the world, whose ability to cover the truth, is being infringed.

During Conference the Israeli military drove through the Gate onto Palestinian Land, with many foot soldiers. They surrounded World Media and in Hebrew warned us that if we did not disperse they would attack in five minutes. Myself and Dr. Barghouti, condemned this as abuse of freedom of press, speech, and people's right to peaceful protest and speech.

During press conference a man from San Paulo, climbed to the top of the Surveillance Mask and released a Palestinian Flag. He planned to stay there for 2 days.

We returned to the Village and joined the Peace Vigil moving down the road towards the wall. Several hundred people participated, the Palestinian men, women, and many young Palestinian males leading the march. Very courageous as young Palestinian males when arrested often get beaten. I walked with my Palestinian interpreter who told me his home was on the other side of the wall. His 12 acre land was confiscated by Israeli Authorities and his 400 year old olive trees uprooted, taken to Jerusalem and planted in new Israeli settlements.

When the walkers got half way down the road, the Israeli soldiers started firing nerve gas, and plastic bullets directly at us. At another point they used water cannons. We were a completely unarmed peaceful gathering and this vicious attack from the Israeli soldiers was totally unprovoked attack upon civilians. The soldiers block the upper part of the road, thus preventing Dr. Barghouti and some of the Palestinians joining the main vigillers. We were then tear gassed and as I helped a French woman retreat I was shot in the leg with a rubber bullet. Two young women, one from USA and one from New Zealand, helped me towards an ambulance. I saw an elderly Palestinian mother carried on a stretcher into the ambulance, as she was shot in the back with a plastic bullet. I saw a man whose face was covered in blood and a Palestinian youth overcome with the gas. About 20 people were injured. Ann and myself went back to the protest where the people were being viciously attacked with nerve gas and plastic bullets. I was overcome with gas and took a nose bleed which resulted in being carried to ambulance for treatment.

We were advised by medical staff not to return to vigil and obliged to leave our friends several hours later still heroically trying to get near the wall. On the road towards the village we watched 2 children playing in their garden, oblivious to the nerve gas floating down on the wind towards their home. This permeates their clothes, their lungs and the question has to be asked, what the health of these children will be like in a few years time.

This is not only a question of abuse of human rights, international laws, by the Israeli government; it is a health and environment issue. We were all traumatized by our experience, and with the gas on the air, came the words flowing back to me of a Palestinian Doctor, who said “the whole Palestinian people, after 40 years of occupation, the whole people of Palestine are traumatized, it is time the International Community acted to put a stop to this suffering and injustice of our people”. I agree enough is enough; it is time for action to force the Israeli Government to enter into unconditional talks to end this tragedy of tragedies of good and gentle Palestinian people.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Ann Patterson

Jerusalem

2lst April, 2007-04-21

www.peacepeople.com

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Can we hear from the Israeli Ambassador?     Fred Johnston    Mon Apr 23, 2007 19:29 
   Berties job.     C.    Mon Apr 23, 2007 20:03 
   Over to you, 'C'     Fred Johnston    Tue Apr 24, 2007 03:23 
   WAKE UP CALL FOR CORRIGAN     Ciaran C    Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:09 
   question for ciaran c.     impish    Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:26 
   Reality Upside Down     MichaelY    Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:41 
   Hamas have ended their ceasefire.     newsish update    Tue Apr 24, 2007 14:12 
   Brave woman     Sly dog    Tue Apr 24, 2007 14:32 
   Mairead is a brave woman but fundementally naive     Cop yourself on Mairead!    Tue Apr 24, 2007 15:02 
 10   Naive? Or just not an out and out fascist like yourself     Just go away    Tue Apr 24, 2007 15:53 
 11   For impish     Ciaran C    Tue Apr 24, 2007 18:40 
 12   Fair play to Corrigan/Maguire for having moved on     Ali la Pointe    Wed Apr 25, 2007 18:09 
 13   An Irish Artist Speaks Out     Mark C    Thu Apr 26, 2007 15:19 
 14   Excellent video footage of shooting     Justin Morahan    Thu Apr 26, 2007 23:38 
 15   Transcript for those who can't download video     Justin Morahan    Fri Apr 27, 2007 01:44 
 16   Overcoming Zionism     MichaelY    Fri Apr 27, 2007 15:33 
 17   "We don't care if you are the United Nations or who you are. Fuck off and go home!"     Ali H.    Fri Apr 27, 2007 18:33 
 18   this is some bull     something of a dreamer    Thu May 03, 2007 00:14 
 19   Where is the Israeli Ambassador's Voice?     Silence is golden    Thu May 03, 2007 12:49 
 20   Youlton you are an ignorant buffoon     Felix Quigley    Thu May 03, 2007 13:12 
 21   Sticks and stones and epithets cannot hide the truth     MichaelY    Thu May 03, 2007 15:39 
 22   Israel's struggle against reactionary Islam is part of the world revolution     Felix Quigley    Fri May 04, 2007 12:41 
 23   Stuck in the Cold, Quigley?     PaddyK    Fri May 04, 2007 13:40 
 24   Full of laughs     MichaelY    Fri May 04, 2007 14:36 
 25   The Winograd Report - I got the name wrong but the issues remain unanswered     Felix Quigley    Fri May 04, 2007 15:46 
 26   Corrigan was silent on the history of Arab Fascism     Felix Quigley    Fri May 04, 2007 16:54 
 27   Talking of Babylon     MichaelY    Fri May 04, 2007 17:03 
 28   Trotting out Trotsky.     PaddyK    Fri May 04, 2007 17:11 
 29   Who ARE you Paddy K and Youlton is connected with the ISM so no sharing of platforms there     Felix Quigley    Sat May 05, 2007 16:02 
 30   Terrorists continue to attack ordinary people in Israel     Felix Quigley    Sun May 06, 2007 16:37 
 31   What about press freedom in the PA and Johnston     Felix Quigley    Sun May 06, 2007 16:58 
 32   More rockets from Gaza at Jewish homes over weekend     Felix Quigley    Mon May 07, 2007 15:17 
 33   Is French policy changing towards Israel ?     Felix Quigley    Mon May 07, 2007 15:28 
 34   WTF     Flatulent Quack    Wed May 09, 2007 18:29 
 35   Mairead Corrigan Maguire at EuroParliament     redjade    Fri May 18, 2007 23:28 


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