Monthly Archives: July 2012

Several wounded in nonviolent anti-occupation demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin and Bil’in

By IMEMC: 27 July 2012

In central West Bank, Palestinians organized anti-wall and settlements protests in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and al-Nabi Saleh. Israeli troops used chemical water in addition to tear gas to suppress protesters.

Protestors avoiding tear gas during the demonstration in Bilin Friday (Photo: Rani Burnat)

Israeli and international supporters joined villagers after the midday prayers at all three locations. Troops used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to stop the protests. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation and treated by field medic.
In other news, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protest at Al-Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah wounding four people including a 9-year old child. The villagers marched after the midday prayers towards the confiscated lands, however, Israeli troops stopped them by firing several rounds of rubber-coated steel bullets and a number of tear gas canisters. Nine-year old Mohammad Tamimi was hit in his arm with a tear gas canister and was moved to the hospital for treatment.
Three others were wounded with rubber-coated steel bullets however, their wounds were described as minor.
In northern West Bank, at the village of Kufur Qadduom, villagers accompanied by international supporters were attacked with tear gas as soon as they reached the road block isolating the village form the surrounding villages and towns. Local sources said that several residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Meanwhile on Friday, in southern West Bank, several residents were also treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked the villagers of Al Ma’sara as they organized their weekly anti wall and settlements protest which called this week for boycotting Israeli products.
Residents and international supporters marched near the construction site of the wall and were faced with tear gas fired by Israeli troops operating in the area.

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On the First Friday of Ramadan: Popular Demos Across the West Bank

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 20 July 2012

Hundreds of Palestinians across the West Bank march to their lands despite scorching heat and military repression

 

 

 

On the first fasting day of Ramadan, hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children participated in popular marches to reclaim land and resist the occupation. Demonstrations began shortly after Friday prayers in Bil’in, Kufr Qaddoum, Nabi Saleh, Ni’ilin and al-Ma’asara.

Two Israeli activists were arrested in Nabi Saleh, where protesters succeeded again in approaching the confiscated fresh water spring. Although the army declared closed military zone in the area and made efforts to remove protesters, settlers were allowed to bathe and were even guarded by an army battalion throughout their stay. As protesters made their way back to the village, the army rushed after them and invaded the village, shooting tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets inside a residential area.

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh 2012-07-20

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh 2012-07-20

In al-Ma’asara, dozens marched towards their lands that have been confiscated for the construction of the Wall. Although on weekdays farmers’ access is usually uninterrupted, on Fridays it is always halted – exemplifying the crude and arbitrary use of martial law t0 deny basic rights of movement and political organization. Army forces physically blocked the road leading from the village to the agricultural lands, resorting to violence against demonstrators to enforce the closure. A similar state of siege was declared in Kufr Qaddum, where demonstrators marched towards their lands that have been recently confiscated for the construction of a new Jewish-only settlement. The demonstration was dispersed with disproportionate force, used stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets against demonstrators.

Demonstration in al-Ma'asara: Photo Credit: RRB/Activestills

Demonstration in al-Ma’asara: Photo Credit: RRB/Activestills

Bil’in’s weekly demo made its way from the center of the village to Abu Lamon grove, near the stretch of the Wall.  When they made it to the Wall, they were met by the army that quickly started shooting tear-gas canisters and used the “skunk”, a water cannon spraying foul-smelling liquid to deter protesters from approaching the fence. Some protesters required medical treatment.  In Ni’ilin, Friday prayers in the olive groves were followed by a march towards the wall that was met by a volley of tear-gas. No injuries were reported.

 
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Two Israeli activists arrested at Nabi Saleh demo

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A weekly protest took place in Nabi Saleh on Friday as Muslims celebrated the first day of Ramadan, a local committee said.
Dozens of Palestinian and international peace activists took part in the demonstration, urging the Arab world to protect Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets towards demonstrators, the local committee against the wall said.
An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers dispersed the demonstration using riot dispersal means. Two Israeli citizens were arrested, she added.
Palestinian residents of Nabi Saleh and their local and international supporters demonstrate each week against a nearby settlement’s encroachment toward lands owned by the village.
In December 2011, a tear-gas canister killed Mustafa Tamimi, a resident of the village.

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Israeli Occupation Forces raid Nabi Saleh, register and photograph​ residents

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 18 July 2012

Israeli army raided Nabi Saleh, registered and photographed residents The soldiers searched many houses and made a record of the residents

At 1:30 past midnight last night, large forces of Israeli army raided many of the houses in the village of Nabi Saleh including of Bassem, Naji, Bilal Tamimi, without having any warrant.

Soldiers also attacked Bilal Tamimi, the local photojournalist, took his cameraand deleted its memory and handcuffed him for a while. In addition soldiers attempted to arrest Bassem Tamimi’s wife, Nariman, who documented the night raid to their house with her camera.

Accompanied by dogs, soldiers have searched several houses, while making a record of the residents and their houses and photographing them.

Video by Nariman Tamimi

Nighttime raids on Nabi Saleh targeting protesters take place on a regular basis, terrifying families and children. The raids, in addition to arbitrary arrests of the residents, are part of Israeli army campaign to deter villagers from organizing the weekly demonstration.

Background

Late in 2009, settlers began gradually taking over Ein al-Qaws (the Bow Spring), which rests on lands belonging to Bashir Tamimi, the head of the Nabi Saleh villagecouncil. The settlers, abetted by the army, erected a shed over the spring, renamed it Maayan Meir, after a late settler, and began driving away Palestinians who came to use the spring by force – at times throwing stones or even pointing guns at them, threatening to shoot. While residents of Nabi Saleh have already endured decades of continuous land grab and expulsion to allow for the ever continuing expansion of the Halamish settlement, the takeover of the spring served as the last straw that lead to the beginning of the village’s grassroots protest campaign of weekly demonstrations in demand for the return of their lands.

Protest in the tiny village enjoys the regular support of Palestinians from surrounding areas, as wellas that of Israeli and international activists. Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh are also unique in the level of women participation in them, and the role they hold in all their aspects, including organizing. Such participation, which often also includes the participation of children reflects the village’s commitment to a truly popular grassroots mobilization, encompassing all segments of the community. The response of the Israeli military to the protests has been especially brutal and includes regularly laying complete siege on village every Friday, accompanied by the declaration of the entire village, including the built up area, as a closed military zone. Prior and during the demonstrations themselves, the army often completelyoccupies the village, in effect enforcing an undeclared curfew.

Military nighttime raids and arrest operations are also a common tactic in the army’s strategy of intimidation, often targeting minors. In order to prevent the villagers and their supporters from exercising their fundamental right to demonstrate and march to their lands, soldiers regularly use disproportional force against the unarmed protesters. The means utilized by the army to hinder demonstrations include, but are not limited to, the use of tear-gas projectiles, banned high-velocity tear-gas projectiles, rubber-coated bullets and, at times, even live ammunition.

The use of banned 0.22″ munitions by snipers has also been recorded in Nabi Saleh. The use of such practices have already brought about the death of Mustafa Tamimi and caused countless injuries, several of them serious, including those of children – the most serious of which is that of 14 year-old Ehab Barghouthi, who was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet from short range on March 5th, 2010 and laid comatose in the hospital for three weeks. Due to the wide-spread nature of the disproportionate use of force, the phenomenon cannot be attributed to the behavior of individual soldiers, and should be viewed as the execution of policy.

Tear-gas, as well as a foul liquid called “The Skunk”, which is shot from a water cannon, is often used inside the built up area of the village, or even directly pointed intohouses, in a way that allows no refuge for the uninvolved residents of the village, including children and the elderly. The interior of at least one house caught fire and was severely damaged after soldiers shot a tear-gas projectile through its windows. Since December 2009, when protest in the village was sparked, hundreds of demonstration-related injuries caused by disproportionate military violence have been recorded in Nabi Saleh.

Between January 2010 and June 2012, the Israeli Army has carried 98 arrests of people detained for 24 hours or more on suspicions related to protest in the village of Nabi Saleh, including those of women and of children as young as 11 years old. Of the 98, 31 were minors. Dozens more were detainedfor shorter periods.

Two of the village’s protest leaders – Bassem and Naji Tamimi – arrested on protest-organizing related charges, were recognized by the European Union as human rights defenders. Bassem Tamimi was also declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, recently denounced his conviction by an Israeli military court and Human Rights Watch warned that he did not receive a fair trial.

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Naji Tamimi released from Israeli Occupation Prison after 2 months in jail for participating in non-violent demo

Naji Tamimi was released from Israeli military occupation prison on July 15, after spending two months in prison. Naji was arrested on Nakba day in Nil’in village when he participated in a non-violent demonstration marking the Palestinian Nakba.   His arrest came only months after he had been released from spending a year in Israeli military occupation prison for the “crime” of organising unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh against Israel’s occupation and ongoing settlement expanision which saw more Palestinian land belonging to Nabi Saleh residents being stolen by the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish.

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Photos: Israeli Occupation Forces target International solidarity activists in Nabi Saleh

Photos by Oren Ziv: Activestills

Demonstrators  march during the weekly protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

A Palestinian youth is seen after he got hit  by a foul smelling chemical liquid shot from the “Skunk” water cannon, sprayed inside to his house during a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

Israeli soldiers try to arrest a worker of human rights organization B’tselem during a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

Israeli soldiers arresting international activists during a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

A Palestinian medic treats an injured International activist after she was arrested by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

A Palestinian man removing broken glass from a window after his a house was sprayed with a foul smelling chemical liquid shot from the “Skunk” water canon during a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, on July 13, 2012. The Israeli army arrested at least 9 Israeli and International activists during the protest.

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Israeli Occupation Forces to arrest and deport International solidarity activists living in the West Bank

 by Saed Bannoura: 11 July 2012: IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli Ynet News reported that the Israeli Central Command Chief, Nitzan Alon, signed an order granting the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority “the right” to search for, and arrest, internationals illegally living in the occupied West Bank, in order to deport them”.

Alon described the foreigners residing in the West Bank without a permit from Israel as “infiltrators’, and said that they all must be sent back to their countries.
Under this order, the army will be allowed to arrest foreigners in the Palestinian territories, move them into prisons in Israel until all deportation measures and documentations are concluded.
Alon said that this decision was made due to what he called the “large number of infiltrators currently residing in the West Bank”, the Ynet said.
Israel is in control of all border terminals in the West Bank, internationals living in the Palestinian territories face numerous hardships and obstacles as Israel refuses to renew their entry visas.
Israel also prevented dozens of international peace activists from entering the occupied territories, by placing an “Entry Denied” stamp on their passports, preventing most of them from entering the country for 10 years.
The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank does not control border terminals, and cannot issue entry visas.
Internationals living in the occupied West Bank cannot renew their visas due to the fact that the P.A cannot issue such visas, and Israel refuses to grant them visas due to the fact that they live in Palestinian areas.
Israeli restrictions against internationals living in the West Bank are also forcing the separation of hundreds of families where Palestinians are married to Arab or international spouses as Israel is refusing to grant them family reunification documents.

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