Israeli Occupation Forces invade Nabi Saleh; search cars; fire live ammunition

by Nabi Saleh Solidarity: 4 March 2014

Israeli Occupation Forces have invaded Nabi Saleh on 4 March. The IOF fired teargas and rubber coated steel bullets. Cars were also  stopped and searched. At least two injuries have been reported.  According to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committe, the IOF fired live ammunition, as well as teargas and rubber coated steel bullets.

tamimi press - 4 march - iof invasionIsraeli Occupation Forces invade Nabi Saleh, stop cars and search them. Photo by Tamimi Press.

Bil’in marks 9th anniversary of it’s popular struggle against the wall and occupation

By Claire Matsunami –  Palestine Monitor: March 06, 2014


This past Friday approximately 500 people gathered in the West Bank village of Bil’in to commemorate the 9-year anniversary of theirweekly Friday demonstrations.

Demonstrators began at the mosque and marched in a procession towards the wall surrounding the neighboring settlement of Modi’in Illit. People came from all over Palestine to participate, including many demonstrators from other villages participating in the popular struggle protests such as Nabi Saleh.  It is worth noting that numbers were minimized due to the scores of people who chose to attend the public funeral of Moatazz Washaha.

Demonstrators reached the wall and broke open the gate meant to deter protesters from the rest of their land and the neighboring settlement.  Several young Palestinian men scaled the wall to secure Palestinian flags at the top. The Israeli military responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades. Youths scattered throughout the hills, hurling stones over the wall towards the soldiers.

Settlers from the neighboring Jewish settlement gathered in the streets to watch the events unfold. Clashes lasted for a few hours, before the army came out and arrested two demonstrators: Sameh Tayseer Sa’adar and Kufr Nimeh.

Nine years of demonstrations

Bil’in is a small village located in the West Bank about half an hour north from Ramallah.  The local economy relies primarily on olive trees for income. Citizens of Bil’in began staging these weekly protests in February of 2005 after Israel set up a separation barrier (then just a fence) that cut the residents of Bil’in off from 200 acres of their agricultural land. The settlement of Modi’in Ilit, illegal under international law, now sits on a portion of the village’s land.

Demonstrators adopted the method of popular resistance, choosing to partake in unarmed protests and coordinated action by demonstrating every Friday after prayer ended.

The Israeli military categorized (and continues to categorize) the weekly protests in Bil’in as “violent disturbances of the peace,” according to B’Tselem.

Under Military Order 101, created in 1967 when Israel began it’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights, Palestinians in the occupied territories have no right to the freedom of expression or assembly. The order contravenes both Israeli and International law.

The demonstrations in Bil’in have been met with brutal repression by the Israeli military as well as the settlers. Siblings Bassem and Jawaher Abu Rahmah were killed in separate occasions during clashes with the Israeli military. Night rides are a common occurrence in the village; olive trees have been burned, homes are raided, children are taken to jail, and unarmed demonstrators are often subjected to beatings and bullets.

Partial success

The protester’s persistence paid off in 2007 when Israel’s High Court of Justice found the fence to be illegal and ordered it to be removed.  However, it took three years for the fence to be removed and the new wall is to be rebuilt (this time made of concrete) around the edges of the Modi’in Illit settlement.  During the three-year wait, the settlement had expanded and thus the new barrier still prevents Bil’in residents from accessing 1,500 dunams (about half a square mile) of their land. Protests continue in attempt to regain the remaining land.

Rajai Abu Khalil, an activist at the demonstration, spoke to the Palestine Monitor, explaining that for him the protests are also about resisting the occupation. “The daily oppression, apartheid, segregation, discrimination and daily theft of lands for the benefits of the expansion of Israeli illegal settlements.”

Bil’in has become a rallying point for those involved in the popular resistance movement.  Their non-violent methods and success in moving the barrier have served as an inspiration for many activists throughout the occupied territories.  According to Abu Khalil, “The popular struggle has proven to be a very effective method and I believe it can bring change to the situation [in Palestine]”

The model of demonstration used in Bil’in is becoming increasingly popular as a form of resisting the occupation, notably in villages such as Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin, Kufr Qaddoum and Al-Maasara.

For us it is so important to continue to encourage other people in other places to use this type of resistance.  Through this action we will invite new people, Israeli, International, Palestinian together to give people support to continue their struggle… this is not just a vision for Bil’in, it is a vision for all of Palestine” said Popular Struggle Coordination Committee member and Bil’in leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah in an interview the Palestine Monitor. 

Activists in Bil’in intend to continue their weekly demonstrations until they receive the rest of their land.  For many, the struggle will continue until the occupation has ended entirely.

Abdallah Abu Rahmah expressed his most basic wish: “to have all of our land without any settlers, to live in peace and freedom and independence.”

Nabi Saleh join Friday demonstration in Bil’in to mark 9 years of struggle against wall and occupation

 in bilin - diana alzeerNabi Saleh residents join Friday demonstration in Bil’in to commemorate 9 years of popular struggle. Photo by Diana Alzeer

bilin march diana alzeerBilin demonstration to mark the village’s 9 years of struggle against Israel’s apartheid wall and occupation.

Protest against the wall, Bilin, West Bank, 28,2,2014A Palestinian youth places a flag on the Israeli wall during a protest marking nine years of struggle against the wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, February 28, 2014. Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org

Video by David Reeb

Israeli military declare Nabi Saleh a close military zone again

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 21 February 2014

Israeli forces attacked the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh against the settlements and occupation and used teargas, rubber bullets, plastic coated steel bullets and stun grenades towards the peaceful protesters from the village including women and children.

Clashes erupted in the village between Israeli forces fully armed and youth throwing stones as a response to Israeli forces declaring the village a closed military zone and the brutal attacks the villagers have received from Israeli forces for the entire week including night raids and arrests and the constant blocking of the village’s main entrance.

The protest have also taken place against the recent excavation lead by Israelis in the area for underground water or gas which is considered another theft of land and Palestinian resources.

The popular resistance committee in Nabi Saleh (Intifada) called for a national strategy to the popular resistance in Palestine in order for the movement to grow and achieve its goals in liberating Palestine.

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IMEMC: Several Palestinians Injured, Property Damaged, In Nabi Saleh

by IMEMC & Agencies: February 21, 2014

Israeli soldiers continued their assault against the Nabi Saleh village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, for the tenth consecutive day, firing rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, leading to dozens of injuries and excessive property damage.

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Local sources have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the village on Thursday evening, and that dozens of Palestinians have been treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation, while several children suffered anxiety attacks.

The invasion caused property damage to at least three homes that were hit by gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.

Clashes took place between the invading soldiers and local youth who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

The soldiers, blocking the main entrance of the village, also prevented the residents from entering or leaving it.

The Popular Resistance Committee in the village said that the invasion is part of an assault that was initiated by the army ten days ago, and part of Israel’s ongoing violations and attempts to end the ongoing popular resistance against the Annexation Wall and illegal settlements.

The Committee added that the Israeli violations include nightly invasions and arrests of local activists and residents, and that the army is deliberately targeting local homes with live ammunition, in addition to its ongoing attacks against the Palestinian orchards, isolated behind the Wall.

Tamimi Press: Night raid in Nabi Saleh – 5 people arrested

by Tamimi Press: 18 February 2014

Video by Bilal Tamimi

Around 2 a.m. the Zionist Israeli forces violently raided the village of Nabi Saleh searching brutally in the houses for ‘wanted’ people by using an album of photos to identify youth from the village.. 5 people were arrested:

  • Mohammad Attaallah Tamimi – from Tamimi Press / 25 years old
  • Rami Hussein Yousef Tamimi / 36 years old
  • Jihad Muhammad Rushdi Tamimi / 23 years old
  • Mahmoud Mohammed al-Tamimi Wagih / 19 years old
  • Basil Abdul Ilah Saleh Al-Tamimi / ONLY 16 years oldThey were brought to unknown destination.

Photos from the wall of Tamimi Press Office and Media were also confiscated. The photos were used to show visitors the violations and abuses carried out by the Israeli Forces against the people and the village of Nabi Saleh.

***Update on arrests in Nabi Saleh***

Muhammad ‘Atallah al-Tamimi, who was arrested last night at his home in Nabi Saleh, was released today on 1000NIS bail. The hearing for Basel Tamimi, 16, arrested during the same raid, is set for tomorrow. However, his father was detained after a verbal altercation with an IOF officer. In addition, Islam Dar Ayub al-Tamimi was sentenced today to 15 months in the occupation prison.

IMEMC: Five Palestinians Kidnapped In Nabi Saleh

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News : February 18, 2014

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday, at around 2 am, the village of Nabi Saleh, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, violently searching homes and kidnapping five young Palestinian men.

 

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The Tamimi Press, in the village, quoted the soldiers claiming they are searching for what they called “wanted Palestinians”.

It added that the soldiers carried photos of several Palestinians from the village.

Soldiers then kidnapped Mohammad Atallah Tamimi, 25, Rami Hussein Tamimi, 36, Jihad Mohammad Tamimi, 23, Mahmoud Mohammad Tamimi, 19, and Basil Abdullah Tamimi, 16.

Tamimi Press has reported that the soldiers broke into its office and confiscated photos from its wall which documented the ongoing Israeli military violations against Palestinians, their lands and orchards.

The soldiers also took pictures of several homes before breaking into them and ransacking their furniture and belongings.

The army withdrew from the village later on, taking the kidnapped Palestinians to an unknown destination.