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On Palestinian Prisoner Day in 2013, there are 5,000 Palestinian political prisoner incarcerated in 27 Israeli prisons, jails, detention centers and interrogation centers. 106 prisoners have been in jail since before the signing of the Oslo accords between Israel and PLO in 1993. 14 prisoners are women, with Lina Jarbouni being the longest serving prisoner, so far held for 11 years out of her 20-year sentence. There are 235 child prisoners in Israeli jails and 200 administrative detainees, 14 of whom are members of the Palestinian Legislative Council
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5th of April 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine
Young protesters walking towards the Israeli military
On Palestinian Children’s Day, the kids of Nabi Saleh played a leading role in their village demonstration, holding banners and balloons, claiming their rights to a childhood free of oppresion and occupation. However, Israeli forces, as they regularly do, quickly suppressed the demonstration.
As the crowd of protesters were marching along the road with the intention of going to their stolen water spring down the hill, Israeli border police accompanied by a skunk water truck started to shoot the malodorous water and tear gas canisters at the protesters.
Border police officers, located on the main road and on the two hilltops beside it, continued shooting tear gas canisters for approximately an hour, after which they further invaded the village, chasing Palestinian youths down the hills on the other side of Nabi Saleh. A local journalist was severely pushed, pepper sprayed and had stun grenades thrown at him by Israeli border police officers whilst covering the protest.
Nabi Saleh boy watching Israeli soldiers invading his village
The demonstration finished at around 3pm when Israeli forces retreated from the village. Then, the children of Nabi Saleh, took over their streets to celebrate their day, claiming their right to a childhood without Israeli occupation.
The village of Nabi Saleh has been demonstrating against the theft of the natural spring and the occupation since December 2009. Israeli forces violently suppress the weekly Friday protests by shooting tear gas canisters, skunk water, sound bombs, rubber coated steel bullets and even live ammunition at protesters. Two people have been killed, Mustafa and Rushdi Tamimi, and many others severly injured. Bassem Tamimi, from Nabi Saleh, has spent 16 months in Israeli jails for the only reason of being a prominent activist at the protests. After more than three year and despite the repression, Nabi Saleh continues to fight against the injustices of a brutal military Israeli occupation.
by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 26 August 2012
During the weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh, yesterday, Friday, dedicated to support the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, some of the villagers of Nabi Saleh, along with other activists managed to get to the entrance of village’s spring “Alqaws” which was taken over by the settlers three years ago. Soldiers forcibly prevented them to approach the spring at the same time settlers were swimming in.
video by Bilal Tamimi
Soldiers detained three Palestinian women, one Israeli activist and one American journalist. Among the detainees was Nariman Tamimi (36), a resident of the village and a Popular Resistance activist. Her Daughter, A’hd Tamimi (11) and two nephews, Marah (11) and Wiaam (11), were attacked brutally by soldiers preventing them from reaching the spring, and separating them from Nariman during her detention. [CORRECTION to PSCC report - Marah is the neice of Nariman].
After the arrests, the army raided the village, sprayed “skunk” water and threw stun grenades and tear gas at houses, and used live ammunition through the clashes with the residents. During the raids on the houses, several residents were injured, including: Azmi Tamimi (70), injured in his finger from a rubber bullet shot from point blank range, Martyr Mustafa Tamimi’s grandmother (90), injured in her leg from two rubber bullets, as she sat at her house door, Halla Tamimi (48), injured from a stun grenade thrown into her house and Ahmed Shaker (11), injured in his chin from rubber-coated steel bullet, in addition to several injuries from rubber-coated steel bullets.
During the raid, the army arrested another Israeli activist from one of the houses. The six detainees were held for more than eight hours, in violation of the law, which only permits holding detainees for a maximum of three hours (or six hours in extreme cases), before they are arrested. At 9pm, soldiers put detainees on an army vehicle and drove them for an hour though different settlements roads then drove back to Nabi Saleh entrance where they were dropped off and released.
16 year-old Anan Tamimi from Nabi Saleh was arrested by Israeli soldiers on his way to school this morning, for the 3rd time in recent weeks
by Manal Tamimi, 02 April 2012
The Zionist IDF arrested the child Anan Naji Tamimi for the third time during the last forty days. Anan was arrested last month form his home at 3am in the morning , his charges was participating illegal protest and throwing stones according to a picture one of the soldiers took during the protest for one of the children while he threw stones.
The lawyer has proved that the pictures that they had is not of Anan and they released him after paying 500 dollars guarantee. The general attorney threaten him that he will arrest him again .
After one month, they arrested him again from his house at 2am in the morning , investigate him for 2 hours, beat him and show him the same picture they show the first time. Anan insisted that this pictre is not his and thats why he was realsed the first time. At 4am in the morning hand cuffed , blind folded the Zionist army released him after they threw him in an empty area and told him to go home alone. He struggled till he could remove the fold from his eyes and walk about half mile on a settler’s street alone. He said that he was very afraid that one of the settlers could see him and maybe they will beat him to death, he reached his home shaking from cold and fear, his hands were swollen from the tight hand cuffed.
This morning after one week of this incident, they [the Israeli military] arrested him for the third time on his way to school, according to the same picture. Anan is now in Ofer prison and tomorrow he has a hearing for the same cherges (participating illegal protest and throwing stones, as they said they have evidence which is the same picture that the judge refused in the first time because it was obvious that the person in the picture is not Anan ).
This is one story of what our children have to face and how much they have to suffer from this Zionist occupation .
*editor’s note: Anan is the eldest son of Nabi Saleh leader, Naji Tamimi, who was recently released from Israeli prison after spending one year as a political prisoner for his non-violent activism against Israel’s occupation. Naji was arrested and jailed by Israel’s occupation military courts for organising and participating in non-violent demonstrations against the Occupation.
By Dylan Collins Palestine Monitor: March 24, 2012
Friday 23 March 2012–The tiny village of Nabi Saleh once again assembled together to hold another of its weekly nonviolent protests against the neighboring illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, as well as Israel’s occupation at large. Friday’s demonstration was held in dedication to imprisoned village resident, Bassem Tamimi, who arrested exactly a year ago for organizing what Israeli authorities have deemed to be illegal demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, as well as Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi on her 37th day without food in protest of Israel’s policy of administrative detention.
During the protest, Nabi Saleh resident Izz al-Abdul Hazfith Tamimi, age 15, was injured after being shot in the face by one of the Israeli Occupation Force’s rubber coated steel bullets. Usama Bilal Tamimi, age 16, was also injured after being struck by a rubber bullet in the leg.
Shortly after the demonstration began, a group of mainly female protesters split from the main demo and descended down a neighboring hill towards Nabi Saleh’s Al-Kaws spring, appropriated by Israel’s Halamish settlement in late 2009. In a feat that has not been achieved in months, protesters made it all the way to the main road along side the spring. Nine Israeli army jeeps intercepted the group of approximately 15 protesters, declaring the area to be a closed military area and threatening them multiple times with immediate arrest despite the fact that they were still located on Nabi Saleh territory.
Yesterday’s demonstration was held on the heels of what has been a rather sleepless past couple of weeks for village of Nabi Saleh its 550 residents. Israeli Occupation Forces have conducted nightly raids on the village almost every night over the past two weeks, searching homes and confiscating computers, cellphones, and personal documents.
Bilal Tamimi, a Nabi Saleh resident, captured the Israeli army’s Tuesday night raid of Bassem Tamimi’s home on film (see below).
Ma’an News Agency reported locals to have said that the soldiers have threatened to raid the village every night until the cease their campaign of popular resistance and weekly protests.
For background information on the I AM NABI SALEH project and exhibition, please see our earlier post (click here)
by Diana Alzeer, Frontline Echo: 27 June 2011
At 9:00 we began the day by calling on the kids of Nabi Saleh to join us to make and practice how to fly kites, dress in clown outfits and have their faces painted.
Each week on the road to Nabi Saleh, we are faced by closures and obstructions on the main roads and entrances to the village. We are usually handed a piece of paper and a map stating that this area is a closed military zone and accordingly we are not allowed to enter. We turn the car around and drive to some other villages in the area, where we park the cars. We then go hiking down the mountains and hills to reach the village of Nabi Saleh through the agricultural land behind the village.
This week however was different; for some reasons the IOF did not block the main road. All cars made it to the village without any problems. And all journalists and activists arrived to the center of the village harassment-free.
I naively thought that the Israeli Army would let this day pass peacefully. That day was meant for fun as the kids were supposed to be flying kites. As soon as some of us and the kids decided to walk towards the hill; crossing the main road of Nabi Saleh, we came face to face with IOF soldiers.
Monday, April 25 2011|Joseph Dana
Last summer I found myself wading around a swimming pool in the middle of the scorching desert on a Kibbutz in the Negev. I had come to this kibbutz to see an old friend from high school. Over the past 12 years we have developed and maintained a close friendship despite clear political differences which, in this country, can easily destroy personal relationships.
As we swam in the cool water, the topic of conversation turned to his reserve service. This friend of mine, let’s call him Avichai, had just finished a round of reserve duty in the Palestinian village of Ni’ilin, where I often attend and cover the demonstrations against the Separation Barrier. I was shocked to hear that he had served there and quickly realized that he had probably fired tear gas, rubber bullets or live ammunition at me. Our conversation took an uncomfortable turn.
I asked him directly, ‘what does it take for you to look at children and shoot at them with tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire?” He nonchalantly informed me that they are not children, rather enemies on a battlefield. When I asked him if he considered me an enemy for standing with the children, he brushed away the question suggesting that I was just confused. Sensing his growing discomfort, I ended the conversation knowing that relationships can end over politics in Israel.
Avichai’s thoughts regarding the use of force against Palestinian children, while shocking, are not that uncommon in my experience in Israeli society. Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO which collects testimonies from soldiers about their service in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza, has released a number of first-hand accounts of soldiers who were told by their superiors to treat civilian areas as combat zones. Reading the testimonies, one sees an army that does not always make the proper distinction between enemy and civilian. This policy is on raw display during the weekly unarmed demonstrations against the Separation Wall and Occupation throughout the West Bank.
In the quiet village of Nabi Saleh last Friday, during a weekly demonstration against the Occupation, a child was directly hit by an Israeli tear gas canister. According to eyewitness Jonathan Pollak, the media coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, eleven-year-old Muhammad Bilal Abdul Salam At-Tamimi was standing in a crowd when soldiers began firing tear gas canisters in their direction. Tamimi was hit directly on the side of his stomach and taken to a Ramallah hospital. After a brief stay in hospital, he was released in what appeared to be a good condition.
by Joseph Dana 15 February, 2011
On a sunny day people usually stand outside or sit in the direct sun in the waiting area at the Ofer military court. To observe a trail at Ofer, one must enter the facilities and, in a way, become a prisoner. Visiting diplomats and human rights officials alike, are allowed to bring only money and cigarettes into the court area. Trials are given times in two vague categories - before the lunch break and after. Often a trial is listed for ‘before the lunch break’ and so observers will arrive at the court around 9 a.m., only to find that it has been postponed until after the break, leaving the unlucky observers with five to six hours to kill in what is basically a large prison yard – buckled asphalt surrounded by watchtowers shaped like World War Two-era pillboxes, and chain link fences topped with rolls of barbed wire.
Islam Tamimi, a 14 year old child from Nabi Saleh who was pulled out of his bed by invading soldiers at 3 a.m.three weeks ago, had a hearing yesterday regarding the details of his upcoming trial. In a crowded room full of human rights observers from Palestinian legal organizations and woman from the Israeli organizationMachsomWatch , Islam was brought before a judge. A child swimming in an adult prison uniform, Islam fidgeted as children often do when a lot of attention is focused on them.