By Anarchists Against the Wall: 2 August 2011
Some 60 Nabi Saleh residents and their international and Israeli supporters held on Friday (2 Sept) the first weekly demonstration after Ramadan, demanding an end to the occupation and to the Oslo accords and peace processes that sustain it.
The procession was able to reach outside of the village’s built area and onto the hill that overlooks the village’s spring, which is, along with the surrounding village’s lands, threatened by settlers’ annexation. Typically, at the time of the demo, these lands were foreclosed by the Israeli army and border police which began shooting tear gas from below and above the descending protesters. While the Israeli soldiers and police forces avoided for the most part from entering the village’s built area, they did encircle that area and did not cease their habit of firing tear gas into that area, on and around houses, putting the village’s population under attack and not allowing for peaceful demonstrating to take place. These measures were sure followed by clashes between the Israeli forces and unarmed civilians throwing stones in an attempt to ward off the military incursion.
At a certain point the Israeli forces started shooting live ammunition above the heads of civilians. A few people were hit and injured by the many tear gas canisters shot during the long hours of a sunny day.
Video by Israel Puterman
Video by Tamimi Press
by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 30 August 2011
The session on Sunday will see prosecution witnesses take the stand for the first time. Among them the main witness, 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, who incriminated Tamimi after being unlawfully interrogated.
- When: Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 1:30 PM
- Where: Ofer Military Court (Entry to the military court must be coordinated with the Israeli army’s spokesperson’s office in advance)
- Media contact: Jonathan Pollak +972-54-632-7736
After telling the judge that he does not recognize the legitimacy of the court and of military law during his arraignment on June 5th, Bassem Tamimi’s trial is expected to open this coming Sunday, when prosecution witnesses will take the stand for the first time. On June 14th, the EU has expressed its concern over Tamimi’s incarceration in a statement given during the 17th session of the UN’s Human Rights Council.
Tamimi is incarcerated since late march and the coming hearing, after more than 5 months of imprisonment, is the first in which the allegations will actually be discussed in court. Proceedings in the case have been prolonged after prosecution witnesses did not bother to show up to a previous hearing on June 27th.
Among those scheduled to testify on Sunday is 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, also from Nabi Saleh, who was taken from his bed at gunpoint on the night of January 23rd. In his interrogation the morning after his arrest, Islam alleged that Bassem and Naji Tamimi organized groups of youth into “brigades”, charged with different responsibilities during the demonstrations: some were allegedly in charge of stone-throwing, others of blocking roads, etc.
During a trial-within-a-trial procedure in Islam’s trial, motioning for his testimony to be ruled inadmissible, it was proven that his interrogation was fundamentally flawed and violated the rights set forth in the Israeli Youth Law in the following ways:
- Despite being a minor, he was questioned in the morning following his arrest, having been denied sleep.
- He was denied legal counsel, although his lawyer appeared at the police station requesting to see him.
- He was denied his right to have a parent present during his questioning.
- He was not informed of his right to remain silent, and was even told by his interrogators that he is “expected to tell the truth”.
- Only one of four interrogators present was a qualified youth interrogator.
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