by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 2 December 2011
Army besieged village and arrested two Palestinian journalists during the weekly demonstration against land theft in Nabi Saleh.
Dozens participated in this week’s demonstration in Nabi Saleh against the theft of its lands and spring by the Halamish Israeli settlement and the Israeli occupation. Nabi Saleh residents, joined by supporters from around Palestine and Israeli and International activists, marched peacefully from the center of the village towards the hilltop overlooking Nabi Saleh’s spring. The villages’ spring has been taken over, affectively confiscated, by the neighboring settlement of Halamish.
Several settlers who were at the time at the spring ran back to the settlement as they viewed the march proceeding, but it was not long before the army blocked the march by using large amounts of tear-gas projectiles. Soon after this, the army forces raided the village, besieging the protesters by taking over private houses rooftops, and shooting tear-gas canisters directly at people, against the army’s own regulations. Some protesters then managed to evade the army and create provisory barricades, aiming to impede military jeeps transportation in the village.
Clashes between soldiers and stone throwers erupted, and after a while, the army managed to take control of the main junction. By then it rushed outside the village. Protesters then burned tires and placed rocks on the main road to prevent the army from raiding the village again.
During the raid two Palestinian journalists were arrested by the Israeli army: Majd Mohammed from the Associated Press (AP) and Mohammed Razi from Palestinian Television. Clashes then erupted beyond the burning tires line. Soldiers advanced by foot and shoot volleys of tear gas canisters by a cannon installed on a jeep. At this phase Israeli forces also extensively used the “scream” machine, which produces a deafening alarm sound.