Nabi Saleh joins call for Palestinian Unity

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 19 November 2011

Video by Bilal Tamimi

Nabi Saleh residents, Palestinian activists, and international and Israeli supporters marched peacefully from the center of the village shortly after the Friday prayer. Following the reports of a coming agreement between Fatah and Hamas, demonstrators called for Palestinian reconciliation and unification, in order to boost Palestinian struggle against the occupation.

Women escaping tear-gas in Nabi Saleh

Women escaping tear-gas in Nabi Saleh Picture Credit: Oren Ziv/Activestills 

As always, the peaceful demonstration was met by an attack of the Israeli army. Volleys of tear gas canisters were shot on the entire demonstration, from a cannon installed on military jeeps. Single canisters were also shot by Israeli soldiers directly at unarmed protesters, in violation of their army’s own regulations.

Israeli forces also used the “skunk”, a truck carrying foul-smelling water cannon. However, the “skunk” couldn’t reach but few protesters due to a barricade built out of rocks that protesters installed at the entrance to the village to prevent army incursions.  Few people also threw stones at the army’s position and managed to ward off some soldiers advancing on foot from a different direction.

Nabi Saleh 2011-11-18
Nabi Saleh 2011-11-18 Picture Credit: Oren Ziv/Activestills

At least 3 people suffered from minor injuries from the Israeli attack. One protester who suffered from gas inhalation was carried by others a few dozen meters until they reached a road, where an ambulance waited to rush him out for medical treatment.

Despite the cold and rainy weather, the demonstration persisted for about 3 hours, after which the army retreated to its post at the main entry to the village.