Manal Tamimi shot in leg by Israeli Occupation Forces – 3 April 2014

By Nabi Saleh Solidarity: 4 April 2015
Video by Israel Puterman:

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)  opened fire with live 2.2 ammunition on unarmed demonstraters in Nabi Saleh. Manal Tamimi suffered a fracture leg as a result of being shot in the leg with the live ammunition by the IOF. Another protester, Mohammed was also shot in the leg with the live ammunition. According to reports from activists in Nabi Saleh, the live ammuniton hit a nerve and he needed emergency surgery. Photo by: Sarit Micheali

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PHOTOS: Soldiers fire live ammo, wound two in Nabi Saleh protest

Photos and report: Anne Paq / Activestills.org : +972 Magazine: 5 April 2015

Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition against nonviolent Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday. Two Palestinians were wounded, including activist Manal Tamimi.

Tamimi was shot in her leg as she was standing and talking to her friends, only minutes after the protest had begun, along with another young Palestinian. Both were transferred to a Ramallah hospital where they received treatment for their wounds.

Manal Tamimi making a V sign after she was shot with life ammunition, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi marching with other protesters, a few seconds after she was hit, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Israeli soldiers shooting at protesters during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Activists report that the army has stepped up its use of live ammunition in the village over the past few months. Nariman Tamimi, a prominent activist in the village’s Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, was shot with live ammunition on November 22, 2014. She is still recovering.

Nonviolent protests in Nabi Saleh began in 2009 after residents from the nearby settlement Halamish took took control over the Ein al-Qaws spring — owned by a resident of the village — preventing Palestinian access to their land.

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi being evacuated to the hospital during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

The leg of a protester seen in Ramallah's hospital, West Bank, April 3, 2015. The youth was shot with life ammunition during the weekly protest against the occupation. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Nariman Tamimi seen recovering in her home, four months after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Nariman was shot on Friday November 22, 2014. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

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Palestinian women changing the resistance

 by Eleonora Gatto: Middle East Monitor: 7 February 2014

Palestinian women changing the resistance

On January 31 2014, the Popular Struggle Committees participants united as part of the “Melh Al-Ard” (salt of the Earth) campaign with the objective of revitalising the abandoned village of Ein Hiljeh in the Jordan Valley.

The choice of the location wasn’t random; it’s strongly connected to the political requests of the action: stop the on-going effects of the Occupation’s plan and reconfirm the Palestinian sovereignty over those territories in the Jordan Valley (Area C) that Israel want to annex with the assent of the negotiations carried out by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

More than 300 Palestinians from different villages of the West Bank gathered on the first day. An increased participation compared to that of 2013 in Bab Al-Shams, the Palestinian encampment erected on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where Israel wanted to build 35,000 housing units creating a corridor of settlements with the intent of fragmentising and isolating the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The transformation and appropriation of Palestinian land, implemented by Israel, doesn’t only aim to the establishment of the Zionist idea of “Greater Israel”, it also has a less visible agenda: the control of the Palestinian population and resources.

The Palestinians counteract by refusing the occupant’s authority, reclaiming the Palestinian sovereignty, denouncing the occupation in all its elements and looking for new forms of nonviolent popular struggle.

The aim is to create an alternative grassroots movement able to escape from corrupt government policies but with a national impact. Direct nonviolent actions as Ein Hijleh have a powerful resonance: they raise consciousness and use creative tension as a mean of bringing down an unjust system, replaced by a just and human one.

“Melh Al-Ard” (Salt of the Earth) refers to a phrase from the bible, Matthew 13:5: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

As the communication of the campaign states: “The sons and daughters of Ein Hijleh call upon our people to join the struggle to revive the village and protect our rights, history, culture and land. Daughters and sons of Palestine be the salt of this earth and stay steadfast on it.”

To this invitation, residents of Nabi Saleh responded by leaving their village, still involved in the weekly Friday demonstrations against the Israeli Occupation Forces, to head towards Ein Hijleh. Nabi Saleh is a small village of 500 inhabitants located near Ramallah and belonging to the Tamimi family.

An essential member of the Popular Struggle Committee, it’s one of the most active resistant villages in the West Bank. Positioned in area C, their struggle is against the illegal expansion of the Halamish settlement. In 2008 Ein Al-Qaws was taken over by the settlers, since then Nabi Saleh has been fighting against the Occupation system.

On Friday, Nabi Saleh’s inhabitants challenged the mobile checkpoints that were blocking the main roads to Ein Hijleh. After taking a secondary road and deceiving the Israeli police, they arrived triumphantly singing their way through the palms that surround the ruins of the old Canaanite village.

In the village of Nabi Saleh, the role of women is fundamental to the popular struggle. The commitment of women is recognised and supported because “they are the educators of the new generations. If women aren’t free nor will the new generations be”, Bassem Tamimi, recognised as Human Rights Defender by the EU, said.

Women are the driving force of the nonviolent movement in Nabi Saleh. Every Friday, while chanting slogans and proudly holding Palestinian flags, they daringly lead the march towards the tower at the entrance of the village or towards Ein Al-Qaws.

“Palestinian women are planting the seeds of resistance,” Manal Tamimi says. She explained that the women raise their children in a culture of resistance and they are teaching them not to be victims themselves but to react.

For this reason, despite the uncertainty and danger, the women of Nabi Saleh brought their children to Ein Hijleh. “We want them to learn the spirit of volunteering. It’s important for children to participate to these actions in order to grow aware of their role in the resistance,” Manal said.

Women and children of Nabi Saleh are well aware of how to act in case of raids from the army, they were born and raised under occupation and they’ve had to deal with it daily.

“Let them come. The army comes everyday to my house stepping on my land,” Rouan Tamimi said. Women also join these events to help deter the use of excessive violence towards the activists.

It is pivotal to involve children and women in the construction of the foundations of society in order to assure an inclusive community. The strength of the nonviolent movement is the equality of responsibility, regardless of affiliation, gender or social class. Anyone can give their contribution to the struggle.

The author is a Servizio Civile Internazionale Italia (SCI) volunteer with a Master’s degree in International Cooperation. She is currently living in Nabi Saleh and reporting about the Popular Struggle.

Press Release: Israeli Occupation Forces shoot female activist in Nabi Saleh, injure four others, including 2 journalists.

PRESS RELEASE from THE POPULAR STRUGGLE COORDINATION COMMITTEE ON THE SHOOTING OF MANAL TAMIMI IN NABI SALEH

Nabi Saleh: 27 December 2013
Israeli forces shot a local female activist from Nabi Saleh Manal Tamimi today with rubber coated steel bullets from a close range. In addition to Manal, two more Palestinians and two journalists Abbas Momani and Maath Mash’al were lightly injured.

Manal was hit with 4 rubber coated steel bullets in her knees and legs and was later taken to a hospital in Ramallah. Another girl from Nabi Saleh was also taken to hospital after being hit with skunk water. Dozens protestors have also suffocated from tear gas shot at them during the protest.

Israeli forces attacked the protestors in the village who protest weekly against the settlements with tear gas canisters, sound grenades, rubber bullets, rubber coated steel bullets and skunk water.

The video below taken by Bilal Tamimi shows the shooting of Manal Tamimi from a close range.

VIDEO: Israeli forces shoot Manal Tamimi from close range

Video by Bilal Tamimi

An Israeli Border Policeman was videotaped shooting Palestinian activist Manal Tamimi in the leg with a rubber-coated bullet from very close range in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh on Friday.

According to Bilal Tamimi, who shot the video, and a report from the Palestine News Network, the border policeman was no more than a few meters from Manal when he shot her in her knee region, reportedly causing a fracture to her bone from the impact. Tamimi told +972 they also tried to break his camera.

In the video below you can see the unarmed Manal walking up to the armed Israeli forces when one of them shoots her from what appears to be a frighteningly close distance. It is unclear what threat she was posing that would warrant the use of firearms.

Israeli forces shot large amounts of tear gas, sound bombs, skunk water and rubber-coated bullets at protesters in the village, according to several reports. In addition to Manal, two journalists were lightly injured and a girl was taken to the hospital after being hit with skunk water. Several homes and other property were damaged as a result.

Earlier this month, the IDF closed an investigation into the killing of Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in the face with a tear gas canister from only a few meters in 2011. In its decision to close the investigation into that deadly shooting, the army claimed that no regulations were breached during the incident and accepted the soldier’s testimony that he didn’t see the victim when shooting from the military jeep.

Maan News: Nabi Saleh woman shot at close range by Israeli forces

Maan News: 27/12/2013

Screenshot from the video shows Manal Tamimi moments before being
shot.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists from Nabi Saleh have released a video showing an Israeli soldier shooting a Palestinian woman in the leg at close range following clashes on Friday afternoon.

The video, uploaded by prominent local activist Bilal Tamimi, shows Manal Tamimi walking towards two heavily-armed Israeli soldiers who raided the village and being shot with a rubber bullet from a distance of only a few meters.

The incident is reported to have occurred as Israeli forces deployed in residential areas of the village of Nabi Saleh amid clashes following the weekly demonstration against the wall.

Israeli forces shot five Palestinians, including two journalists, and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation during the clashes near the village. Israeli troops then deployed into the village itself.

It is at this point that local activist Manal Tamimi confronted the troops and was subsequently shot.

Video by Bilal Tamimi

The people of Nabi Saleh have been protesting weekly for four years, demanding that their lands confiscated by Israeli forces to build the separation wall be returned.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice called on Israel to stop construction of the separation wall within the occupied West Bank.

When completed, 85 percent of the wall will run inside the West Bank.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

Nabi Saleh activists in France on solidarity speaking tour

by Nabi Saleh Solidarity: 25 March 2013

nariman boshra manal france

(the date stamp on the camera appears to be incorrect – the photo was taken in March 2013)

Three of the leading woman activists from Nabi Saleh are currently on speaking tour in France.  Manal Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi and Boshra Tamimi have spoken at a number of meetings, with their visit covered by some of the French media.

Below is a report in French about one of the solidarity meetings, along with clippings from the French media.

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Compte rendu de la venue à Montpellier de Manal, Nariman, Bochra de Nabi Saleh

Posted on mars 18, 2013 par

Nariman Manal et Bochra de Nabi Saleh ont séjourné les 12 et 13 mars à Montpellier.

Une conférence de presse –  tenue dans les locaux du CCFD/Pax Christi qui nous ont accueillis – a réuni les journalistes des deux quotidiens de Montpellier, le rédacteur en chef du journal du diocèse, et des représentants de deux radios (dont RCF). –  Une rencontre avec une vingtaine de personnes du CCFD, de Pax Christi et de l’ACAT  s’est tenue ensuite avec des échanges fructueux. Les sujets abordés : la résistance populaire non-violente, la place et le rôle des femmes, les prisonniers ont permis d’aborder des questions auxquelles Nariman, Manal et Bochra ont répondu en traitant le niveau local et le national, situant leurs actions sur le plan politique de la lutte du peuple palestinien contre l’occupant.

Après un repos bien mérité à la mer et une « ballade » dans Montpellier pour nos trois amies palestiniennes, 90 personnes sont venues à la rencontre du soir. Après le témoignage des femmes, la vidéo sur Nabi Saleh a été suivie d’un moment d’intense émotion. Le débat a été riche. Beaucoup de questions sur la résistance populaire et les prisonniers. Comme lors de la conférence de presse, les trois femmes ont toujours relié leur lutte à celle de leur peuple en indiquant que celui-ci est bien déterminé à mener la lutte jusqu’au bout.

A la fin du débat des amis de Kaïna TV (télévision locale associative par internet) ont remis deux caméras pour Nabi Saleh afin de remplacer celle qui a été brisée. Ce fut moment très fort et émouvant.
Merci à toutes ces personnes qui ont permis que cette soirée soit intense et riche en émotions.
Ci-joint les premiers articles du Midi Libre et Hérault du Jour (bon article, avec une coquille sur Nabi Saleh devenu Nassibala)

La photo :
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