Sunday, April 22, 2007

[wvns] Israelis shoot Nobel Peace Prize winner

Noble Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan was treated for injury
in leg sustained by rubber bullet

Israeli troops shoot Nobel Peace Prize winner
Ali Waked

Nobel Peace Prize Mairead Corrigan has been injured during
confrontations between security forces and left-wing activists
protesting the security fence route near Bilin, activists said.

Corrigan, who won the prize in 1976 for her work in encouraging a
peaceful solution to the Northern Ireland dispute, was hit in the
leg by a rubber bullet and was transferred to a hospital for
treatment. She was also said to have inhaled large quantities of

Policemen and soldiers used teargas grenades and rubber bullets to
disperse the routine Friday protest against the security fence near
the Palestinian village of Bilin and were confronted by a hail of

Two Border Guard policemen were lightly injured by stones.

The security forces say the area where activists hold their protest
is a no-access military zone which they have to evacuate of
Palestinian and Israeli protesters every Friday.

Activists say the fence route near Bilin was designed to expropriate
Palestinian farm land which will be used to expand a Jewish
settlement in the area.

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti and Deputy Prime
Minister Assam al-Ahmad also took part in the protest.

"I salute the residents of Bilin for their peaceful struggle in a
region that is so violent and I call on the Israeli public, whom I
know is for justice and peace, to support the residents' struggle,"
Corrigan told Ynet. Tito Kayak was also there

"I want to say that this separation wall, contrary to what the
Israeli say, will not prevent attacks and violence. What will
prevent attacks and violence is a peace agreement between the two
peoples, and I sure the Israeli people, like the Palestinian people,
wants peace," Corrigan added.

Puerto Rican peace activist Tito Kayak climbed a tower on which the
army had planted security cameras and hoisted a Palestinian flag.

"All I did was to express my identification with the villagers
against the wall which is believed to evil and illegal by the whole
world and many leaders like Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and the
United Nations," Kayak said.

Kayak, who was arrested in 2000 for climbing to the top deck of the
Statue of Liberty in New York, was apprehended along with six other
activists by policemen.

Kayak was a key figure in the 1999 Navy-Vieques protests in Puerto
Rico against the US Navy's use of the Vieques Island for bombing
exercises. The protests forced the US to end its activities on the



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