Nabi Saleh women march to confiscated spring

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 25 May 2012

Nabi Saleh’s women have taken forefront of this small villages’ struggle. This week they led a women’s march to the spring confiscated by settlers, nearly reaching it despite military violence.

Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills

Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills

The army has blocked all entrances to Nabi Saleh this week, aiming to prevent dozens of supporters to reach the village’s demonstration. Nevertheless, most activists were able to circumvent the checkpoints and make it to the village on time to join the protest. Some one hundred people participated in the march that left from the center of the village shortly after the Friday prayer and made its way towards the main road

. Fields catch fire in Nabi Saleh due excessive to shooting of tear-gas canisters: Picture by Anne Paq/Activestills

Fields catch fire in Nabi Saleh due excessive to shooting of tear-gas canisters: Anne Paq/Activestills

Protesters were instantly met by military violence in the form of tear-gas canisters, rubber coated bullets and extensive use of the “skunk” – a water canon containing foul-smelling liquid which is used to disperse protesters.

While some clashes between the local youth and the army began to erupt, a group of approximately 20 women made its way to the spring that was confiscated by settlers of the adjacent Halamish. They were able to get approximately 15 meters from the spring when the army decided to push them back towards the village, mainly by using tear-gas canisters, some aimed directly at women, against the army’s own open fire regulations.  At the same time, the army also raided the village and shot tear-gas canisters and rubber coated bullets inside residential areas. Two were injured from rubber coated bullets and were treated in the field. No arrests were reported.