By Amnesty International: November/December 2013
To read the full Amnesty International feature on Nabi Saleh (p 7 & 8), please click here.
Video by Bilal Tamimi
Video by Yisrael Puterman
The weekly Friday demonstration against Israeli occupation and land theft commemorated former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, whose remained were exhumed and analyzed. Autopsy results published this week indicated chairman Arafat died of unnatural causes, presumably polonium poisoning. Villagers held photos of the former chairman to protest his assassination. The villagers were joined by Israeli and international solidarity activists. As demonstrators proceeded down a street towards the locked gate near the military watch tower, IOF soldiers dispersed the march with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Video by Bilal Tamimi
Video by David Reeb
Video by Israel Puterman
Video by David Reeb
Activists report that today’s demonstration took place in the rain. Despite the wet weather, residents of Nabi Saleh including men, women and children, along with Israeli and International supporters attempted to march to the spring which has been illegally annexed by Israeli settlers. During the demonstration, demonstrators also managed to open the large yellow iron gate that the Israeli military has installed in 2000 at one of the entrances of the village. For the first time in 13 years cars were able to pass via this entrance in and out of the village. As usual the IOF actively sought to repress the demonstration and at least one person has been detain/arrested – Helmy, a Palestinian photographer/cameraman from the village.
Google translation of report (Arabic to English)
Ramallah 10/18/2013 (WAFA) – The people of Nabi Saleh village , west of Ramallah supported by solidarity foreigners on Friday to reach the southern gate of the village closed about 10 years ago , they opened it and instruct citizens vehicles to enter and exit them for some time.
[Israeli] occupying forces prohibit citizens to use this street for more than 10 years for military purposes.
The weekly march of the village had been launched towards the southern gate of the village, the activists managed to open, only the occupation forces attacked the participants fired rubber-coated metal bullets , sound bombs and gas , wounding dozens of suffocation .
Local sources said that Israeli soldiers attacked the village photographer and held him for some time during his coverage of the march , as the occupation forces closed the entrances to the village and imposed a cordon stressing declared it with a closed military zone .
The marchers chanted slogans condemning the occupation and settlements and checkpoints, asserting their right to use all their lands and their ways and their property seized by the occupation in front of the glare of the world.
And called Popular Resistance Movement in the village, all the national actors to intensify pressure and increase activities to compel the occupation to open all closed roads , also called events area of Bani Zeid to assign events held in Nabi Saleh to put pressure on the Israeli army to open the gate closed many years ago and which adversely affect the freedom of movement in the region.
As reported previously: Palestinian activists from village across the West Bank, including Nabi Saleh, dismantle Israel road block. IOF detained Naji Tamimi, Abdalah Abu Rahmeh and Mohammad Al Khateb on their way to participate in the action. They were released after being blindfolded, handcuffed and detained for 4 hours.
PHOTOS: Palestinian activists dismantle Israeli roadblock
By Activestills|October 3, 2013
Palestinian activists, accompanied by international supporters, descended on an Israeli military roadblock in the Palestinian village of Al Walaja at noon Thursday, quickly dismantling it before Israeli forces could arrive on the scene.
The activists used a sledge hammer to break the lock on a steel gate blocking the road between Al Walaja and the bordering village of Beit Jala. The gate had been installed by the Israeli military in the past year to prevent movement between the two Palestinian villages at the location where the Israeli separation wall will eventually be built.
Activists used the leverage provided by the now-open gate to shift the massive concrete block on which it was anchored, eventually sending the entire apparatus tumbling down the steep hillside. The group then made a quick getaway, leaving the site before a single member of Israeli forces could arrive to interfere.
Some participants even drove through the newly opened road, passing through Beit Jala land, including the Cremisan monastery, that will be even further divided by the separation wall if it is built as planned. Many of the activists who participated in this action were attending the Bil’in International Popular Resistance Conference, taking place this week.
Activists celebrate their victory before quickly vacating the scene before Israeli forces arrive. (photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)