Several wounded in nonviolent anti-occupation demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin and Bil’in

By IMEMC: 27 July 2012

In central West Bank, Palestinians organized anti-wall and settlements protests in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and al-Nabi Saleh. Israeli troops used chemical water in addition to tear gas to suppress protesters.

Protestors avoiding tear gas during the demonstration in Bilin Friday (Photo: Rani Burnat)

Israeli and international supporters joined villagers after the midday prayers at all three locations. Troops used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to stop the protests. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation and treated by field medic.
In other news, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protest at Al-Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah wounding four people including a 9-year old child. The villagers marched after the midday prayers towards the confiscated lands, however, Israeli troops stopped them by firing several rounds of rubber-coated steel bullets and a number of tear gas canisters. Nine-year old Mohammad Tamimi was hit in his arm with a tear gas canister and was moved to the hospital for treatment.
Three others were wounded with rubber-coated steel bullets however, their wounds were described as minor.
In northern West Bank, at the village of Kufur Qadduom, villagers accompanied by international supporters were attacked with tear gas as soon as they reached the road block isolating the village form the surrounding villages and towns. Local sources said that several residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Meanwhile on Friday, in southern West Bank, several residents were also treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers attacked the villagers of Al Ma’sara as they organized their weekly anti wall and settlements protest which called this week for boycotting Israeli products.
Residents and international supporters marched near the construction site of the wall and were faced with tear gas fired by Israeli troops operating in the area.


On the First Friday of Ramadan: Popular Demos Across the West Bank

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 20 July 2012

Hundreds of Palestinians across the West Bank march to their lands despite scorching heat and military repression




On the first fasting day of Ramadan, hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children participated in popular marches to reclaim land and resist the occupation. Demonstrations began shortly after Friday prayers in Bil’in, Kufr Qaddoum, Nabi Saleh, Ni’ilin and al-Ma’asara.

Two Israeli activists were arrested in Nabi Saleh, where protesters succeeded again in approaching the confiscated fresh water spring. Although the army declared closed military zone in the area and made efforts to remove protesters, settlers were allowed to bathe and were even guarded by an army battalion throughout their stay. As protesters made their way back to the village, the army rushed after them and invaded the village, shooting tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets inside a residential area.

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh 2012-07-20

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh 2012-07-20

In al-Ma’asara, dozens marched towards their lands that have been confiscated for the construction of the Wall. Although on weekdays farmers’ access is usually uninterrupted, on Fridays it is always halted – exemplifying the crude and arbitrary use of martial law t0 deny basic rights of movement and political organization. Army forces physically blocked the road leading from the village to the agricultural lands, resorting to violence against demonstrators to enforce the closure. A similar state of siege was declared in Kufr Qaddum, where demonstrators marched towards their lands that have been recently confiscated for the construction of a new Jewish-only settlement. The demonstration was dispersed with disproportionate force, used stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets against demonstrators.

Demonstration in al-Ma'asara: Photo Credit: RRB/Activestills

Demonstration in al-Ma’asara: Photo Credit: RRB/Activestills

Bil’in’s weekly demo made its way from the center of the village to Abu Lamon grove, near the stretch of the Wall.  When they made it to the Wall, they were met by the army that quickly started shooting tear-gas canisters and used the “skunk”, a water cannon spraying foul-smelling liquid to deter protesters from approaching the fence. Some protesters required medical treatment.  In Ni’ilin, Friday prayers in the olive groves were followed by a march towards the wall that was met by a volley of tear-gas. No injuries were reported.

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Two Israeli activists arrested at Nabi Saleh demo

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A weekly protest took place in Nabi Saleh on Friday as Muslims celebrated the first day of Ramadan, a local committee said.
Dozens of Palestinian and international peace activists took part in the demonstration, urging the Arab world to protect Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets towards demonstrators, the local committee against the wall said.
An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers dispersed the demonstration using riot dispersal means. Two Israeli citizens were arrested, she added.
Palestinian residents of Nabi Saleh and their local and international supporters demonstrate each week against a nearby settlement’s encroachment toward lands owned by the village.
In December 2011, a tear-gas canister killed Mustafa Tamimi, a resident of the village.