Photos by Haim Schwarczenberg: 8 February 2013
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with residents of West Bank village Nabi Saleh on Monday, witnesses said, after troops closed the main entrance to the community.
A popular committee spokesman said Israeli forces closed the main iron gate leading to the village around midday, sparking clashes with local youth.
Troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the residents, he said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Four men were detained in the Ramallah village of Beit Rima, locals said, with clashes breaking out following the arrest of Ibrahim, Firas and Muhammad Rimawi.
Another man was injured while being detained and taken to hospital for treatment, witnesses said.
Israeli forces also raided several areas in Nablus, arresting five people, locals said.
The headmaster of a secondary school in Balata camp, Farid al-Museimi, 47, was arrested by soldiers in his home. Soldiers also detained a Palestinian security officer Baha Jamil Mahamid, 22.
Saddam Raghib Salah, 20, Diyaa Abdul-Fattah Salah, 21, and Mahdi al-Shafi were also arrested in nearby areas of Nablus.
Abdul-Hakim Muhammad Awada Tamimi, 27, was arrested in the village of Nabi Saleh.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said eight people were arrested overnight, including five in the Nablus area, one in Ramallah, one south of Bethlehem and one in Tubas.
Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the neighbouring villages of Beit Rima and Nabi Saleh in the early hours of 17 December. At least 7 people were arrested from both village. Arrested residents in Nabi Saleh included Abed Al-Hakeem and his brother Ta’meen Al-Tamimi. During the invasion of Beit Rima, the Israeli Occuption Forces surrounded the olive oil factory and demanded everyone go outside. The previous evening, the Israeli military and settlers from the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish cut electricity to Nabi Saleh the night.
Above: Israeli military invade Beit Rima
Nabi Saleh youth attempt to repel Israeli military invasion.
Video by Bilal Tamimi
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.
Reports from Tamimi Press indicate that Sunday evening the Israeli army invaded the Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. They fired live ammunition and gas bombs and clashed with local youth.
The Israeli forces were described as “firing ammo and gas canisters indiscriminately on homes.”
There were a number of clashes between Palestinian youth and the Israeli soldiers as a result of the Israeli invasion. The youth threw stones in response to the Israeli soldiers firing live ammunition and gas bombs.
In addition to the soldier attacks, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement Halamish attacked cars on the main road of Nabi Saleh.
No reason or justification for the Israeli invasion has been given, and there are no confirmed reports of any injuries yet.
Nabi Saleh has been attacked many times in recent weeks by settlers and the Israeli army.
Following a week of escalating violence against the people of Nabi Saleh, Armored military vehicles and dozens of soldiers stormed the village of Nabi Saleh and took over houses hours before the scheduled. Three were injured and seven were detained.
Military checkpoints were set up early in the morning on all roads leading in and out of Nabi Saleh this Friday, as the Israeli army does every Friday in its attempt to prevent people from outside the tiny village to support the villagers in their struggle for land and dignity under the Occupation.
A few hours before the demonstration was scheduled to begin, a number of armored military vehicles drove into the village and unloaded dozens of soldiers into its single street. In the clashes that ensued with local youth, the soldiers shot volleys of tear-gas and took over two houses. In the first of what seemed to be a systematic attempt to stifle media coverage, a Palestinian cameraman was beaten and then detained despite having showed his accreditation with the al-Ayyam daily newspaper, only to be released a few hours later without his camera’s memory card.
Meanwhile, and American activist on his way to the protest, was detained by the soldiers manning the checkpoint at the main entrance to the village. His wallet, phone, passport and driver’s license were taken away from him as he could see smoke and hear shooting coming from the direction of the village.
Eventually, his possessions were returned to him and he was told to turn around and head back to Ramallah. A military jeep was sent trailing his car to make sure he indeed does so. Shortly after regaining his phone, the activist found out that soldiers at the checkpoint used his logged-in twitter account to post anti-protest messages in broken English.
After the Friday midday prayer, people were able to gather next to the village’s mosque, but were attacked less than a hundred meters after the peaceful march began in a hail of tear-gas shot from multiple directions. Every attempt to regroup and resume marching was again answered by a shower of tear-gas projectiles, many of them shot directly at demonstrators. Three protesters were injured that way, including one in her head.
At some point, soldiers begun sweeping through houses, going door to door, randomly detaining people in the street or from inside their houses. Three Palestinians and three international activists were detained this way, only to be released later with no charge and without even being questioned. Soldiers also detained an Israeli cameraman who tried to film the soldiers wanton rampage through the village. His camera was violently snatched from him, causing it to break. Like the other detainees, he, too, was released shortly after.
Video by Tamimi Press – Israeli Occupation Forces invade Nabi Saleh, Wednesday 13 July 2011
Israeli Occupation Forces have stepped up their assault this week on An Nabi Saleh, invading the village each afternoon/night from Sunday 10 July. Footage of the Wednesday night invasion on July 13 shows several Israeli Occupation Force jeeps entering the village and stopping at the junction, then firing off rounds of teargas and sound grenades.
Video: Tamimi Press
Video by Israel Puterman
Nabi Saleh is a regular target for Israeli military aggression. This week, the Israeli military exceeded even their normal excessive violence violently beating and attacking unarmed demonstrators at the weekly non-violent demonstration. At least 25 unarmed non-violent protestors were injured. One Palestinian women in her 50s who was beaten up so badly, she was evacuated from the Salfeet Hospital to the bigger and more advanced Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus. A 25 year-old American demonstrator suffered a serious head injury and an Israeli activist was diagnosed with two open fractures in his hand. Both were injured by tear-gas projectiles shot directly at them from short range, in violation of the Israeli Army’s open fire regulations. Four protesters were arrested in Nabi Saleh, including two Palestinian women.
The Violence in Nabi Saleh started today after Israeli Border Police invade the village, taking over the village’s main junction and tried to disperse the non-violent demonstration while it was still well inside the village, The officers began charging the peaceful protesters with batons, shooting large amounts of tear-gas – partly shot directly at the demonstrators – and carrying out arrests.
Getting to Nabi Saleh is not easy. The army closes all entrances very early on a Friday, the day which has seen demonstrations taking place for the past two years. This forces Israeli and international activists that wish to join the unarmed and largely nonviolent demonstrations to park kilometres away and hike through valleys and up small hills to reach the village.
Israelis soldiers were inside the village long before the demonstration began on Friday, creating an uncomfortable air of uncertainly amongst villagers. Adding to the uncertainty were the aggressive comments of one particular group of soldiers who had taken over a rooftop in the middle of the village.
“Soon,” one of the arrogant soldiers barked at an elderly villager in horribly accented English, “I will make your house go boom.” It was not clear if the solider meant that he would blow his house up or attack it with tear gas and stun grenades. Regardless, the elderly man was clearly shaken by the soldier’s violent comment.