At least 25 non-violent protestors detained in Nabi Saleh; 5 arrested at gun point

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Soldiers carry out violent arrests at gun point in Nabi Saleh

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 22 July 2011

Five Palestinians were arrested in Nabi Saleh today, as soldiers stormed village houses without warrants.

Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers implemented extremely violent measures in the dispersal of the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh. In an attempt to prevent the army from taking over the village, residents set up a barricade at the entrance to the village before the beginning  of the demonstration, to which the army quickly responded with a massive volley of tear-gas projectiles.

After the midday prayers, as residents and their supporters attempted once again to march down to their lands, Border Police officers fired immense amounts of tear-gas into the village. Shortly after, and for no apparent reason, soldiers launched a full-scale raid on the village, conducting a  house-to-house search without presenting any warrants. Soldiers also took over one house without a seizure warrant. One of the soldiers was seen patrolling the village with a MAG machinegun.

During the house raids, five arrests took place inside houses, including that of a Palestinian paramedic, released a few hours later. In another incident fifteen soldiers stormed a house with their weapons drawn. One of the soldiers, holding a handgun, pointed it at the people in the room – including an Israeli paramedic – threatening to shoot them. The soldiers then left the house taking with them one of the young man present at gun point.

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Halamish settler: “The soldiers don’t maim enough Palestinians”

Israeli settlers on the West Bank

Might some stay?  It is conceivable that some Jewish settlers could remain in a Palestinian state

The Economist: Jul 21st 2011 | NABI SALAH |

This EVERY Friday and often after school on other days, Israeli soldiers fire tear-gas and sonic bombs at the Palestinian children as they approach a spring. It sits in a valley that separates Nabi Saleh, an Arab village of 500 people half an hour’s drive north of Jerusalem, from Halamish, a religious Jewish settlement. On most nights jeeps roll through the village; over the past 18 months the Israeli army has detained 32 of its children, some as young as eleven. Many have been taken from their beds, kept in pre-trial detention for months, and brought to court in shackles, there to be convicted of stone-throwing.

For some of Halamish’s settlers, irritated by the tear-gas that wafts into their living rooms from across the hill, this is not harsh enough. “The soldiers don’t maim enough Palestinians,” complains Iran Segal. A year-and-a-half ago he put up a sign naming the spring after his father, sparking anger among Palestinians who saw the move as a land-grab. Jewish settlers and Palestinians who used to share a nargila (a water-pipe) at the water’s edge now bicker over ownership of the spring’s goldfish. “When we see Arabs heading towards us we start shouting to get the army to shoo them away,” says a 12-year-old settler.

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Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian citizen in An Nabi Saleh (WAFA report translation)

 (lens: Eyad Jadallah / WAFA), Ramallah 15.07.2011 (WAFA)

Google translation of WAFA report.

-Israeli occupation forces arrested on Friday, a citizen and wounded dozens of suffocation, during the repression of the Nabi Saleh march in favor of weekly anti-wall and the settlements.
The Popular Resistance Committee in Nabi Saleh, said that the Israeli occupation forces fired volleys of tear gas canisters and sound bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets towards the participants, which led to the injury of dozens suffocation.She added that the Israeli soldiers detained leader of the Popular Resistance Ayad al-Tamimi, after the attack by beating him shackled and taken to an unknown destination. She noted that the occupation forces stormed a house belonging to Yasser al-Tamimi and turned it into a military barracks, and she took a number of rooftops in the village.
The Committee stressed the need to expedite the adoption of a national strategy, and exit program can struggle to stop the vicious attack launched by the Israeli Prison Service against our prisoners, particularly after the speech the Prime Minister of the occupation of Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed the horror of this occupation

Israeli Occupation Forces conduct night invasion against Nabi Saleh each day this week.

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.

Three Israeli activists banned from Nabi Saleh for one month

by Joseph Dana: +972 Magazine, 10 July 2011

After banning international activists from West Bank, Israel tries to do same with Israelis.

 One day after the “air flotilla” landed in Tel Aviv, Palestinian and Israeli activists held a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh just west of Ramallah. The village’s agricultural spring was taken over by Jewish settlers in the nearby settlement of Halamish over two years ago. Every Friday since, villagers and their Israeli and international supporters have been holding weekly unarmed demonstrations in protest of the takeover. Yesterday saw a similar protest but for the first time in months, Palestinians were able to get close to the spring itself. Normally, the army blocks demonstrators while still inside the village but yesterday they were seemingly caught off guard.

In the course of the demonstration yesterday, three Israeli activists were arrested by soldiers. The Israeli media reported that these activists were actually part of the ‘Welcome to Palestine’ campaign although they were unable to provide concrete facts to support their claim. The Israeli activists were charged with assaulting officers and transferred to the Russian compound jail in Jerusalem. This afternoon, the activists were brought before a judge as the state sought the unusually harsh punishment of six months banishment from the West Bank and one month of house arrest. In the end, they were given one month banishment from Ni’ilin, Bil’in and Nabi Saleh. In other words, their punishment was that they can’t participate in the demonstrations for one month.

The punishment which Israel sought against these activists from Tel Aviv seems to be proof that after preventing internationals from joining unarmed protests in West Bank, Israel is trying to do the same thing to Israeli activists. Barring activists, whether European or Israeli, from the West Bank is one of Israel’s only concrete responses to Palestinian nonviolence. Naturally, Palestinian nonviolent leaders like Nabi Saleh’s Bassem Tamimi or Bil’in’s Abdallah abu Rahmah face long jail sentences in Israeli prisons on trumped up charges of ‘incitement’ and ‘illegal protest’ for unarmed resistance to Israeli occupation of the West Bank. That Israel is desperately trying to ban Israeli and international activists from demonstrations reflects how seriously military planners are approaching these isolated outbreaks of nonviolent resistance. In the age of new media, foreign activists armed with video cameras and smartphones attending a nonviolent demonstration in Nabi Saleh pose a clear and present danger to Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank.

However, the question remains. What is the best Israeli strategy against Palestinian nonviolent resistance to occupation? Perhaps the worst strategy is about to unfold tomorrow when the Israeli Knesset passes a law which will criminalize Israeli support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign. When the bill becomes law, Israeli citizens that support this nonviolent Palestinian initiative will be subject to grave fines and possible imprisonment for their exercise of freedom of speech. Barring activists from the West Bank and criminalizing support for BDS are the two concrete responses which Israel has chosen to combat the recent wave of Palestinian nonviolent resistance. As nonviolent efforts like the ‘air flotilla’ continue to gain momentum, Israel will surly have to chart a new course in order to maintain its occupation and its standing in the international community.