Amnesty International urges Israel to free prisoner of conscience, Bassem Tamimi

by Maan News: 28 November 2012

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Israel to release a non-violent demonstrator who was detained in mid-November in the occupied West Bank.

The group expressed concern for Nabi Saleh’s Bassem Tamimi, “a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression”, and called for his release.

Tamimi was sentenced to four months in prison in early November for his part in a demonstration a month earlier. He was charged with “interference with the work of a police officer” and “participation in an unlicensed demonstration.”

Amnesty is also urging Israeli authorities to carry out “prompt and independent” investigations into the killing of Rushdi Tamimi and Hamdi Fallah in the West Bank during the latest Gaza assault.

Rushdi Tamimi died of injuries sustained at a demonstration in Nabi Saleh on Nov. 17. Israeli soldiers shot Fallah dead at a demonstration in Hebron on Nov. 19.

 

B’Tselem protests Israel’s use of live fire at West Bank protests

by Maan News: 23 November 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has written to Israeli army officials protesting the firing of live ammunition against protesters in the West Bank.

Two Palestinians were killed and dozens injured at protests in the West Bank against Israel’s war on Gaza.

B’Tselem executive director Jessica Montell demanded that it be made unequivocally clear to soldiers and commanders that there is an absolute prohibition on shooting live ammunition at stone throwers.

“B’Tselem also demanded that crowd control weapons like tear gas and rubber-coated bullets be utilized in accordance with open-fire regulations and in a manner that does not endanger human life,” the group said in a statement.

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers shot 31-year-old Rushdi Tamimi in Nabi Saleh. He died in a Ramallah hospital two days later. On Monday, Israeli forces shot dead Hamdi al-Falah, 22, in Hebron.

An investigation by B’Tselem found that al-Falah had pointed a laser pen at the soldiers, and that none of the stone throwers were armed.

Sixteen protesters were hit by live bullets, nine people were hit in the head by rubber-coated steel bullets and seven more were hit in the head by tear gas canisters in the West Bank during Israel’s 8-day war on Gaza, B’Tselem said.

A 14-year-old boy was declared clinically dead at al-Ahli hospital in Hebron after an Israeli border policeman fired a tear gas canister at his head, and a 20-year-old man from Bethlehem suffered a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhaging.

“The serious injuries caused by direct hits from tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets are a direct result of existing practices among security forces, including the unlawful firing of these weapons, which B’Tselem has documented extensively in recent years,” the group said.

“Soldiers and border policemen shoot aluminum tear gas canisters directly at people, although military regulations forbid it.”

B’Tselem added: “In addition, security forces fire rubber bullets at shorter ranges than permitted in the regulations and in a manner that makes it impossible to avoid injuring sensitive parts of the body.

Clashes erupted following martyr funerals in Nabi Saleh and Hebron

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 20 November 2012

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Nariman Tamimi and son Waed, at her brother’s funeral.

Tuesday report: Marches took place in several locations and cities across the West Bank, one injured in the head from tear gas grenade and more than thirteen arrested.

Nabi Saleh: Thousands took part in martyr Rushdi Tamimi’s funeral today. The funeral procession began in Ramallah hospital and marched through Irsal Street in the city, followed by a military funeral. His burial took place in the village of Nabi Saleh. Youth clashed with the army who fired tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition.

Hebron: about ten thousand participated in the funeral of martyr Hamdi Falah. Clashes erupted following the funeral and spread across the city and governorate.  Clashes were also reported at Bab Alzawyeh by the old city, which continued until the late evening. wo people were arrested.

Jenin: More than a thousand protesters marched today from Jenin city to the Jalameh checkpoint. Clashes erupted with the army who fired tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets extensively. Six people were reported to have been arrested.

Atara: hundreds of protesters reached Atara checkpoint. Clashes erupted with the army. Few injuries were reported from rubber coated steel bullets. Soldiers also attacked two photojournalists today.

Ni’lin: clashes erupted between tens of residents and soldiers after the army entered the village. Soldiers are fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets.Nablus: Hundreds of protesters marched toward Huwara military checkpoint. Soldiers fired great amounts of tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. Several cases of suffocation were reported.

Bethlehem: more than a thousand protesters protested next to Belal Ben Rabah Mosque (Rachel’s Tomb). Clashes erupted with soldiers as they raided the entrance of the city. More than ten injuries were reported from rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas, including one from a canister hitting a protestor’s head. Two people were arrested.

Jerusalem: Four students were arrested during a demonstration at the Hebrew University against the assault on Gaza. Clashes also erupted with the army at Al-Issawiyeh village. Soldiers shot tear gas at houses and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters.

Eyewitness account of the shooting of Rushdi Tamimi

by Esti Na: 20 November 2012

I don’t know what to write, say, do. Last I checked – this morning, the number of martyrs in ghazze was over 90. We were either on the street or at hospital with Rushdie. When there’s a hundred martyrs, among them children, babies, sometimes a whole family wiped out, sometimes several children from one family burned/crushed/blown up/.. it’s seems almost selfish to talk about one martyr. Still.
This evening, Rushdie died. After rollercoaster at fkn ramallah hospital. Rushdie, Nariman Tamimi’s brother, the second martyr in less than a year in Nabi Saleh, Rushdie, relative of pretty much everyone here.

I could try to describe who broke down in which way, who needed medical aid, who needed to be carried away, who is still …. in ways I can’t describe. But I’m spent. I should look up what happened in Gaza and here (reports kept coming in off serious injuries, arrests, etc. in WB) but I’m worn out for tonight. Idon’t know any more. It’s all too much, been too much a good while ago. There’s no break, seems keep coming at this community here, people barely manage to get back on their feet when the next fucked up blow comes. Allah yer7amak, ya Rushdie, u Allah ya3tu alsabr 3ala a7lak.

I’ll repost what I wrote earlier about what happened here Saturday. One correction: we are not sure whether the wound on his forehead was from butt of rifle or from being dragged after getting shot, or perhaps beaten or… there’s different versions. we’ll not know cause no one could film as they were shooting life like hell.I held him in my arms trying while Nariman, Naji Tamimi and Hilme fought with the soldiers who wanted to arrest him and shoot at anyone coming close. I claimed he was my brother so they wouldn’t stop me/shoot me. I held him and asked how he was. He said he couldn’t see.

He was in ICU for two days, but “fine”, “stable”, until this afternoon when it was discovered way too late that he wasn’t, he had three temporary cardiac arrests, perhaps internal bleeding, he was too unstable to transport to Hadassa hospital, everyone had to wait for him to either die or get stabilized, we then heard he was stable, people were preparing the transfer, the transportation, and then came the news. his family has talked to him earlier today. the way the hospital dealt with things….. I‘ll write about that later. I’m tired. It hurts so much to see strong people, people i love, in this much pain AGAIN. i’ll stop here.

Nabi Saleh yesterday
what is happening these days in the rest of Palestine is no comparison to the ongoing massacre in Gaza, but as a friend said today “we’re in war and the West Bank is included” – in the sense that they army is using much more violence here. Several people and groups are trying to gather how many people were seriously injured and arrested on this side, it’s hard to know. i’ll post something about that in a bit.

But here what happened yesterday in Nabi Saleh. I’ve never heard so much life ammo being shot before – the video cut out some parts. When Rushdie brother of Nariman Tamimi, Jiji Tamimi, Noura, Shukri, Shaker, etc., nephew of Naji Tamimi among others, uncle of نعم انا جهاد and Waed Tamimi and Tamimi Ahed among others, cousin of Bilal Tamimi and Manal Tamimi among others was shot, they shot life like crazy. Tamimi Rawan Tamimi first tried to continue filming but they kept shooting. everyone kept crouching. Helmy took the camera and got up and was shot at immediately. Nariman – who was at home, actually counting her blessing that nothing serious happened for on Friday – came out running, grabbed the camera and ran down, while they kept shooting around her (video doesn’t make that clear). She only realized it’s her brother when she arrived.

Then hilme and Naji made it down in spite of threats. The soldiers kept pointing guns, shooting and wanting to arrest Rushdie. He had a head wound, while lying there, he said he couldn’t see, now we can. we thought the wound was from another bullet, but it was actually from the butt of a rifle, they hit him in the head when he was shot.
You can see how much his family had to fight and risk to get him away from the army and to hospital. He’s ok, in the sense, he will survive. he’s in the ICU, the bullet entered his leg (he says he can’t feel his leg) and went into his intestines. his family is at the hospital (again), waiting for news, while everyone is hoping no one will get arrested tonight. Interesting how much soldiers tried to hide their faces from the camera …
Video by Boshra Tamimi