In Nabi Saleh, army shoots tear gas directly at protesters

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, 1 June 2012

Video by Yisrael Puterman

Video by David Reeb – includes footage of both Nil’in and Nabi Saleh. 

Several months after the killing of Mustafa Tamimi of Nabi Saleh from a tear-gas canister that was shot directly at him from close range, the army resumes illicit method

Some one hundred protesters joined the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh this week. Marching from the center of the village towards the main road and watch-tower, protesters were shortly met by the “skunk, which was placed in advance by the army at the entrance to the village. In what seemed as “trench warfare”, protesters who were trying to make their way to confiscated lands were forced back and forth by volleys of smelly liquid. After some time, a different path was sought: Protesters started marching down from another direction, aiming to reach the spring that was taken over by settlers of the adjacent Halamish.

As a response, soldiers marched into the village by foot, blocking the protesters and shooting large amounts of tear-gas canisters directly at protesters. This form of direct shooting was deemed illegal by the army’s own open fire regulations and already cost the life of a resident of Nabi Saleh, Mustafa Tamimi, several months ago. The army also used shock grenades and rubber coated bullets to disperse the protesters. After several hours of clashes, the army retreated, leaving the village in a cloud of tear-gas and foul-smelling liquid. No arrests or injuries were reported.