Non-violent demonstrations in Nabi Saleh continue despite Israeli Occupation Force brutality

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UK Minister for Middle East in Nabi Saleh: “We Defend the Right to Protest”

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 30 June 2011

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister for Middle East, attended a meeting with community organizers and wives of political prisoners, Bassem and Naji Tamimi, in the village of Nabi Saleh today.

Burt met community organizers and wives of imprisoned protest leaders in Nabi Saleh today, following the recent recognition of the village’s Bassem and Naji Tamimi as human rights defenders by the European Union and the expression of concern over the persecution of Bassem Tamimi.

During the meeting, the minister said that “From what I have seen the IDF have acted extremely strongly against peaceful protesters including chasing children and, in one instance striking a woman. We entirely defend people’s rights to peacefully protest and the role of the international community in helping protect this. Ultimately it is in the interest of Israel and villages such as Nabi Saleh to address the issues I’ve seen here”.

The meeting was held in the home of Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, where community leaders told the minister about their struggle, the take-over of their lands and the suppression of their struggle. Nariman and Bushra Tamimi told about their husbands’ views and struggle, as well as about their imprisonment.

The minister, accompanied by the British Consul General in Jerusalem and some of the consulate’s staff, was then taken to a water spring at the heels of the Jewish-only settlement of Halamish. The take-over of the spring by settlers was the spark that set of the village’s protests back in December 2009.

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