By International Solidarity Movement, 15th April 2014
The siege itself began on April the 12th when a large number of Israeli forces closed all entrances to the village of NabiSaleh with roadblocks, and declared the village a Closed Military Zone. The village was in this state for three days until this afternoon’s action. During the siege, workers and students have been unable to go to work or school.
The Israeli army also employed brutal tactics against the villagers themselves over the last few days. One Palestinian man was shot in the face with live ammunition, though after surgery was described as being in a stable condition. Additionally, a Palestinian woman sustained various fractures and heavy bruising after being assaulted by soldiers whilst being detained with her child for three hours. Israeli forcesthrew stun grenades at cars attempting to approach the checkpoint throughout the siege.
It is believed the military began this illegal action due to the demonstrations at NabiSaleh that have occurred every Friday since 2009. These demonstrations take place to protest against the theft of a water spring, and village land by the nearby illegal settlement of Halamish.One Palestinian man was arrested during the demonstration today but after negotiations the village secured his release at 9.30 PM.
The Popular Resistance Committee from the village has promised that should the Israeli military close the checkpoint again, they will call another protest immediately. In the meantime demonstrations will continue every Friday.