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


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

Photos and report: Anne Paq / : +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 /

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 /

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

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 /

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 /

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

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 /

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 /

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.


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

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.


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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Protest Voices in the West Bank

washington report cover with manal

By George Meek: Washington Report on the Middle East: March 2013, pg 20-21

When I visited the West Bank late last year, Palestinians told me how they suffer under the Israeli occupation.

In the village of Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah, scene of a weekly protest demonstration, Manal Tamini said that “the Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas into my home every morning before breakfast.”

Every Friday about 70 men, women and children, accompanied by Israeli and international observers and media, walk nonviolently down the street in Nabi Saleh singing, chanting and waving flags. Invariably their peaceful effort provokes a reaction of tear gas, sound bombs, rubber bullets and skunk water from the Israeli soldiers.

Tamini showed us a video with horrifying and heartrending images of soldiers beating women and children, a boy screaming after being shot in the eyes with pepper spray, and an observer being dragged into custody. We saw a picture of the bloody wound of her own 12-year-old son, who sustained liver damage when an Israeli soldier shot him in the side with a high-velocity tear gas canister. According to Tamini, more than half of the village’s 550 residents have been injured—160 of them under the age of 17, with one boy paralyzed. Tamini spent 10 days in jail; her husband has been arrested four times and had his camera broken. But despite the daily violence, she says, they have power from within to keep resisting until the occupation ends. Tamini believes the harsh military reaction to their peaceful protests reflects Israel’s fear that the virus of non-violent resistance will spread, and spark a third intifada.

In a sheep-raising village in the hills south of Hebron called At-Tuwani, community leader Hafez Huraini said that every family experiences violence and harassment from nearby Jewish settlers. Every day the settlers harass village children on their way to school, and every week there is a house or cistern demolition and cutting of olive trees. Settlers have poisoned more than 100 village sheep. These settlers are the most violent and aggressive of all, Huraini says, and physically assault men, women and children alike, trying to make their life intolerable so they will leave. In his first experience with them, when he was 12, Huraini ran to escape when settlers beat up his brother. His community’s nonviolent demonstrations, legal work, and international pressure have paid off: the building of the illegal separation wall was stopped, and the Israeli High Court allowed residents of 13 forcibly evacuated villages to return. Huraini has been held under arrest for a month at a time after demonstrations, but he remains committed to the nonviolent path.

East of Jerusalem, expansion of Israeli settlements threatens the survival of the Jahalin, a beleaguered community of nomadic Bedouins harassed by settlers. With international aid, the Jahalin community has built a beautiful and functional school from mud and old tires for its 95 children, and has installed solar panels for lighting in the tents that are their homes. Jahalin leaders said that the community’s 160 people (along with their 140 sheep and goats) face forced relocation. The High Court has temporarily blocked an army order to relocate the Jahalin to Jericho, but it could be reinstated and executed any time. The Bedouins told us that settlers killed and maimed their children by luring them with toys attached to booby traps, then made the parents pay fines for trespassing. “Settlers are above the law, and have no restrictions,” the Bedouin leaders said.

The immediately visible signs of settler harassment in Hebron include a main street on which Palestinians cannot ever travel, hundreds of Palestinian shops that have been closed, and huge nets erected by Palestinian merchants to catch the trash and garbage thrown down on the shopping street by the Jewish families in the apartments above. A young woman in Hebron said she knows at least one person wounded by acid thrown down by the settlers. She also said that a settler tried to run her brother down, then beat him, and falsely told police she and her brother had attacked him. She was arrested and held for five hours.

“When settlers destroy one of my olive trees, I plant 10 to replace it,” said Daher Nassar at Daher’s Vineyard, near Bethlehem. Last year he planted 1,000 trees. For decades he has been fighting court battles to hold on to the farm, purchased by his grandfather in 1916. The hilltop site is a prime target for settlement expansion, but Nassar has refused offers to sell it at any price. “The farm is like my mother, and I won’t sell my mother,” he explained. The family’s motto is “refusing to be enemies,” and it hosts hundreds of visitors annually in its Tent of Nations project, which brings people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation and peace.

Tear gas at protest demonstration at Israel’s illegal separation wall in Bil’in. (Photo G. Meek)

I observed a protest demonstration at the village of Bil’in, west of Ramallah, and was nearly overcome by tear gas. Although I was 50 yards away, I felt blinded, disoriented, and suffocated for a few minutes. A tear gas canister struck my shoe and left a mark on it, but did not injure my foot. Bil’in has been protesting for eight years against the separation wall, which took about half the town’s land. First the demonstrations took place daily, then weekly. As a result of the demonstrations, as well as litigation, Israel moved its wall, but it still deprives the Palestinian residents of 250 acres of town land. Leaders say the weekly protests will continue, because their goal is to end the occupation.

These are but a few of the voices I heard. I concluded that there is widespread violation of Palestinians’ human rights: the right of self-determination, the right of return, the right of assembly, freedom of movement, the right to property, freedom from collective punishment, the right to due process in civil courts, freedom from arbitrary searches and seizures, and the right to family unification.

Palestinians I met throughout the West Bank were sharply critical of Washington’s unconditional military and diplomatic support for Israel, which perpetuates the occupation, expansion of settlements, and human rights abuses. What I heard convinced me that there can be no balance or middle ground between the oppressor and the oppressed. As Bishop Desmond Tutu put it, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

George Meek, a retired American journalist, spent four weeks in Israel/Palestine late last year listening and learning with D.C.-based Interfaith Peace Builders and the International Solidarity Movement. He currently volunteers in the West Bank with the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Program. For more on his impressions, see his “Palestine Journal” at <>.


Al Jazeera: Israeli army accused of being trigger-happy (includes interview with Manal Tamimi)

Palestinians report increased use of live rounds after Israeli politicians called for greater force to quell protests.

Renee Lewis: Al Jazeera: 23 Dec 2012

An Israeli soldier readies a weapon during recent clashes with Palestinians in the West Bank town of Hebron [AFP]
Israeli soldiers chase down protesters in a West Bank village and run straight into a barrage of rocks thrown by cheering Palestinians. The soldiers are forced to make a hasty retreat, all the while being pelted by stones.Amateur video footage showing the incident earlier this month in the village of Kufr Qaddoum has prompted high-level Israeli politicians and military officials to call for wider use of live ammunition to quell such demonstrations in the occupied territories.During a recent meeting of Israel’s Ministerial Council, Eli Yishai, Israel’s interior minister, and Shaul Mofaz, the head of the Kadima opposition party, both demanded that soldiers be allowed to use maximum force against threats from Palestinians – including live ammunition.”A soldier operating in the field has the option to make the appropriate decision after evaluating the situation and the amount of danger he and his colleagues are facing, and that based on his personal evaluation, he can resort to the use of live ammunition,” a senior Israeli military commander in the West Bank was quoted by Israel TV’s Channel 7 as saying.

When asked about the use of deadly force, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman told Al Jazeera in an e-mail: “The rules of engagement have not changed.”

IDF soldiers will not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or prisoners of war.– ‘The Spirit of the IDF’

Morad Shtiwi, the coordinator of weekly non-violent protests in Kufr Qaddoum, the village where the video of escaping Israeli soldiers was filmed, says the protest took place on December 7, shortly after the latest Israeli attack on Gaza.

Shtiwi says that Israeli politicians were embarrassed by the incident, and demanded soldiers be given permission to shoot live ammunition rather than run away.

“After this, we heard that the soldiers want to use live ammunition … so for the next week’s demonstration we were very careful. We invited a lot of people – internationals, Israeli activists and the media – because we knew the Israeli soldiers would be angry,” Shtiwi explains.

Another Israeli spokesman said regardless of statements made about the use of live ammunition, soldiers are obligated to follow an ethical code known as “The Spirit of the IDF“.

“IDF soldiers will not use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to avoid causing harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property,” it reads.

But Abir Kopty, a member of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, says shooting at Palestinians with live ammunition is nothing new. “According to Israeli military law, every protest in the West Bank is considered illegal and it allows them to use what they call ‘dispersal means’ – this ranges from tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets to live ammunition.”

Shooting in Hebron

Less than a week after Israeli politicians called for wider use of live ammunition, a teenager celebrating his 17th birthday, Muhammed Salaymah was gunned down at a checkpoint by Israeli police in the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank.

Security video of the incident posted by the Israeli daily Haaretz allegedly shows Salaymah attacking soldiers at the checkpoint before he is shot.

“They shot him directly with live ammunition. Usually they don’t do this,” says Issa Amro, a human rights coordinator in Hebron.

Amro says that recently he and other Hebron residents have noticed an increase in the use of live ammunition against demonstrators.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Israeli settlers began taking over buildings in the centre of Hebron’s Old City. The settlements were accompanied by dozens of Israeli checkpoints stationed in the winding alleyways, as well as Israeli military and police forces on the ground and on rooftops.

Palestinians carry Muhammed Salaymeh’s body [Reuters]

Conflict between Israeli settlers, the Israeli military and Palestinian residents has been endemic since the settlers’ arrival.

Despite this, Amro says residents in Hebron are not used to regularly hearing live ammunition being fired. Since Israeli politicians began talking about giving soldiers more freedom to use live bullets, they say they now hear it almost on a daily basis.

“After the killing of Salaymah, it was obvious they were shooting more live ammunition. They shot another teenage boy with three bullets while he was protesting the killing,” Amro says.

“I see the soldiers being more violent, more aggressive towards the Palestinians – women, children, normal people – not only shooting live bullets but in the everyday treatment of the people.”

He described how a journalist he knows was covering the protests following Salaymah’s death when he was attacked by Israeli soldiers. The journalist was forced to take off his clothes as the soldiers beat him to the ground, pointed a gun in his face and told him they were going to shoot him – then shot in the air. Two journalists from Reuters were given the same treatment.

“The Israeli soldiers are working against any voice who wants to speak out against the violence and the occupation in the West Bank,” Amro says.

Kopty says in addition to the killing of Salaymah in Hebron, two other protesters were killed during West Bank protests against the war in Gaza: Hamdi Falah from Hebron and Rushdi Tamimi from Nabi Salah.

“About 10 more protesters suffered injuries from live ammunition in addition to dozens of injuries from rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters shot directly at protesters,” Kopty tells Al Jazeera.

Using live ammunition

In another West Bank village that organises weekly, nonviolent protests, Manal Tamimi – a member of the resistance movement – also says she has seen an increase in the use of live ammunition recently.

“Since the Gaza war they began to use more live bullets than ever … and after the protest in Kufr Qaddoum [an Israeli military official] said these soldiers’ lives are in danger and they have to protect themselves. He gave the order to Israeli soldiers to use live ammunition,” Tamimi says.

Just two days before the war in Gaza ended, her 30-year-old cousin Rushdi Tamimi was shot at a protest with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and died of his wounds two days later, says Tamimi.

“Like Muhammed Salaymah in Hebron, my cousin didn’t do anything to the soldiers … he didn’t cause any threat to the soldiers’ lives,” Tamimi says.

“They didn’t manage to destroy Gaza and get out all of their aggression, so they are taking it out on the West Bank people.–  Issa Amro, human rights coordinator

“He couldn’t escape because of the injury … One soldier ran towards him and shouted at him. Then when he was very close, he shot Rushdi again in the torso with live ammunition at point blank,” Tamimi says. A video posted to YouTube purports to show the shooting.

“He screamed, then the soldier hit him in the head with his gun, and he was bleeding from his head. He died later in the hospital.”

Manal Tamimi says Israeli soldiers have been shooting live ammunition almost from the beginning of the protests – whereas before they fired teargas and rubber-coated steel bullets before resorting to live ammunition.

Since the end of the last Palestinian revolt, live ammunition has not frequently been used at protests.

Amro says he believes Israeli politicians are creating an environment of hatred and vengefulness against Palestinians, and this is spurring the soldiers to shoot more live rounds.

“They didn’t manage to destroy Gaza and get out all of their aggression, so they are taking it out on the West Bank people,” Amro says. “They want to teach the Palestinians a lesson that they are not free … They don’t want us to have freedom of expression – we have nothing now.”