IOF injure and arrest 14 year old boy in Nabi Saleh; Spray pepper spray at video journalists.

by Nabi Saleh Solidarity: 22 February 2013

Today’s demonstration (22 Feb 2013)  in NabiSaleh called for solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers and Palestinian political prisoners.  The demonstration saw protesters started to march towards the spring. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) invaded the village, accompanied by skunk truck and also began firing rubber coated steel bullets and teargas. IOF have also sprayed local cameraman and videographer Bilal Tamimi with pepper spray as he was filming the demonstration.   At least one protester received medical treatment after being hit by a rubber coated steel bullet fired by the IOF.

A 14 year old boy was also injured by at least 3 rubber coated steel bullets and kidnapped by the IOF and taken to the check point tower has been evacuated to hospital in Ramallah.


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Nabi Saleh children play soccer while IOF invade village and fire teargas and rubber coated steel bullets.                                                   Photo by Tweet Palestine

rubber bullet injuryAt least one injury from rubber coated steel bullet fired by IOF. Photo by: Baraa Hijazi

pal ambulance wasimIOF and Palestinian ambulance at the tower checkpoint, preparing evacuation of 14 year old boy                                                                           hit by 3 steel  coated rubber bullets and arrested by IOF.  Photo by Tweet Palestine.

IOF arrest 2 Palestinian men, 1 Palestinian child and 2 Israeli activists; spray “skunk” at houses (4 Jan 2012)

4 January 2013

video by Sam4Palestine

video by Sam4Palestine

Israeli Occupation Forces arrest Othman Bazzar from Ramallah. He was beaten and fainted. A Palestinian ambulance workers were able to eventually treat him. According to a report from an Israeli activist who was arrested at the same time, he was unconscious and the ambulance workers were not able to rouse him. He was then apparently taken to hospital (not sure where). Also arrested were two other Israeli activists and a 15 year old child from Beit Rima (next to Nabi Saleh) and another man from Beit Rima.

Hilmy, one of the photographers for Tamimi Press was also shot at close range with two rubber coated steel bullets. Will update once again, when we have more information on Othman and the other arrests.  The IOF also sprayed “skunk” deliberately at Palestinian homes in order to try and intimidate village residents.

Nabi Saleh protestor injured with live ammunition

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 31 September 2012

Malek Tamimi, 22, was hit in the hand and waist. A second protester was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet; delayed ambulance entry to the village by an hour.

Malek Tamimi, evacuated after being shot with live Ammunition. Picture credit: Anne Paq/

Malek Tamimi, evacuated after being shot with live Ammunition. Picture credit: Anne Paq/

Three Palestinians protesters were injured and 5 others arrested during the weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh. In order to prevent people from joining the demonstration, the Israeli army had set up checkpoint in all entrances to the village earlier in the morning.

During the demonstration, the soldiers have arrested 5 people, including local cameraman, Bilal Tamimi, Bil’in activist, Mohammed Khatib, two female protesters and a journalism student, as they walked to the village’s spring, which settlers from the adjacent Jewish-only settlement of Halamish have been trying to take over for the past 3 years.

Soldiers arresting a protester: Soldiers arresting a protester. Picture credit: Anne Paq/

Soldiers arresting a protester. Picture credit: Anne Paq/

In the afternoon, soldiers retreated from inside the village, adding the firing of live bullets to the assemblage of tear-gas, the foul-smelling liquid known as “the Skunk” and rubber-coated bullets used throughout the day. One protester, 22 year-old Malek Tamimi, was hit with a bullet that pierced through his arm and eventually lodged itself in his waist. Tamimi was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital where he underwent surgery. A second protester was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet and evacuated to the Ramallah hospital, where he received stitches. Yet another protester, a young woman, was hit in the leg with a tear-gas projectile shot directly at a crowd of people, resulting in a gushing wound. The woman’s wound could only be treated long after her injury, as soldiers prevented the ambulance from entering the village for about an hour.

At 4.30 p.m., Malek Tamini was shot with a live bullet which went through his hand and the side of his body. He has undergone surgery for his injuries. One Palestinian suffered an open wound after being shot with a tear gas canister during protests. Soldiers were firing tears gas canisters directly in to the crowd with the intent of causing serious injury and then prevented the ambulance from entering the village for one hour . One local resident received stitches in Ramallah hospital after suffering a head wound from a rubber-coated steel bullet.

3 Arrested during Nabi Saleh Demonstration

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, 8 June 2012

Three international solidarity activists were arrested during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh this week. The army used anti-riot gear inside populated areas, shooting tear-gas canister and spraying “skunk” water into homes.

Dozens joined the weekly demonstration at Nabi Saleh this week, which marked 45 years to the “Naksa” – 1967 war which ended with the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Making its way from the center of the village towards the main road of the village, protesters were met by the “skunk”, a water cannon spraying foul-smelling liquid, and a volley of tear-gas canisters. As the demonstrators were dispersing and regrouping, soldiers marched into the village and started making arrests. Picture by Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills

Picture by Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills

Three international activists were detained on no grounds, only to be released at the end of the demonstration. The skunk truck also proceeded into the residential areas of the village, spurting the fetid liquid into homes for clearly no other reason than vengeance. A group of protesters who began making their way to the villages confiscated spring was attacked with a volley of tear-gas, fired from a launcher which shoots dozens of canisters at once. The demonstration ended with some clashes, however no serious injuries were reported.

video by David Reeb

16 year-old Anan Tamimi from Nabi Saleh was arrested by Israeli soldiers on his way to school this morning, for the 3rd time in recent weeks

by Manal Tamimi, 02 April 2012

The Zionist IDF arrested the child Anan Naji Tamimi for the third time during the last forty days. Anan was arrested last month form his home at 3am in the morning , his charges was participating illegal protest and throwing stones according to a picture one of the soldiers took during the protest for one of the children while he threw stones.

The lawyer has proved that the pictures that they had is not of Anan and they released him after paying 500 dollars guarantee. The general attorney threaten him that he will arrest him again .

After one month, they arrested him again from his house at 2am in the morning , investigate him for 2 hours, beat him and show him the same picture they show the first time. Anan insisted that this pictre is not his and thats why he was realsed the first time.  At 4am in the morning hand cuffed , blind folded the Zionist army released him after they threw him in an empty area and told him to go home alone. He struggled till he could remove the fold from his eyes and walk about half mile on a settler’s street alone. He said that he was very afraid that one of the settlers could see him and maybe they will beat him to death, he reached his home shaking from cold and fear, his hands were swollen from the tight hand cuffed.

This morning after one week of this incident, they [the Israeli military] arrested him for the third time on his way to school, according to the same picture.  Anan is now in Ofer prison and tomorrow he has a hearing for the same cherges (participating illegal protest and throwing stones, as they said they have evidence which is the same picture that the judge refused in the first time because it was obvious that the person in the picture is not Anan ).

This is one story of what our children have to face and how much they have to suffer from this Zionist occupation .

*editor’s note: Anan is the eldest son of Nabi Saleh leader, Naji Tamimi, who was recently released from Israeli prison after spending one year as a political prisoner for his non-violent activism against Israel’s occupation.  Naji was arrested and jailed by Israel’s occupation military courts for organising and participating in non-violent demonstrations against the Occupation.

Israeli Soldiers shoot 15 year old in the face with rubber bullet in Nabi Saleh

by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 23 March 2012

Nabi Saleh: Israeli Soldiers Shoot 15 year old in the face with rubber bullet The bullet shot from a short distance hit the boy in the face penetrating his right cheek and piercing it. Diplomats from four countries visited Kufer Qaddoum. Portuguese Head of Mission hurt by tear-gas.

14 year-old Ez Tamimi minutes after being shot in the face. Picture credit: ActiveStills 15 year-old Ez Tamimi minutes after being shot in the face. Picture credit: ActiveStills

15 year-old Ez Tamimi minutes after being shot in the face. Picture credit: ActiveStills: Oren Ziv

Israeli Border Police officers shot a rubber-coated bullet at 15 year-old Ezz Tamimi’s face from a distance of about 20 meters, during the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh today. The bullet, which hit the boy’s cheek, went through it, gouging a large hole in it. The Israeli army’s own open-fire regulations forbid the use of rubber-coated bullets against minors.

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The incident took place at the center of the village ,hundreds of meters away from where a demonstration was taking place, when Border Police officers  invaded the village.

For the first time in months, protesters managed to reach the vicinity of the contested water spring, which sparked village demonstrations over two years ago when taken over by settlers. The protesters, mainly women from the village, managed to confound the soldiers by advancing towards the spring from an unexpected direction. The protesters who were held back by the soldiers meters away from the fountain proceeded to block the road leading to the adjacent Jewish-only settlement of Halamish for some 20 minutes.

The previous night, the Israeli army staged another nighttime raid on the village, an what has become an almost nightly practice in the past three weeks.

Kufer Qaddoum A delegation of foreign diplomats visited Kufer Qaddoum south of Nablus, after soldiers sicced a dog at one of the protesters last week, causing him serious harm. During the visit, several of the diplomats suffered from the effects of tear-gas, shot at protesters to disperse the demonstration. Jorge Lobo de Masquita, Representative of Portugal to the Palestinian Authority , as well as a South African diplomat were rushed to an ambulance, where they were given first aid for tear-gas inhalation.

8 Palestinians and 1 Israeli activist injured in West Bank demos on Friday, including in Nabi Saleh

Published Maan News: Friday 16/03/2012 (updated) 17/03/2012

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — At least eight Palestinians and an Israeli activist were injured on Friday during demonstrations in the West Bank, witnesses and activists said.
Israeli activist Naomi Laet, 22, suffered head injuries in Nabi Saleh after being hit by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli soldiers, a statement from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said.
Israeli forces had earlier entered the village and sprayed protesters with a foul smelling liquid using water cannons. Eight Palestinians were reported injured in the village.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said 40 people gathered there and hurled rocks at army forces, and the army used riot dispersal means. Failing to disperse the crowd, Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, she said.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces refused to allow medical crews to reach the injured, holding medics at the entrance to Nabi Saleh.
Three people were also reported injured in a demonstration in the Nablus village of Kafr Qaddum, a Popular Struggle Coordination Committee statement said.
The weekly protest was dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie, an American protester who was killed in Gaza nine years ago after being run over by an Israeli bulldozer.
Two demonstrators were injured when Israeli forces fired tear gas projectiles at them. One was hit in the leg and one in the shoulder.
Border police also released a dog which chased after protesters and locked its jaws on Ahmad Shtawi. The incident was caught on tape by Ma’an affiliate Nablus TV.

Nabi Saleh Stands with Khader Adnan

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 11 February 2012

Khader Adnan, a 33 year-old Palestinian, has been on hunger strike since mid December, shortly after he was put in administrative detention based on secret evidence.  Residents of Nabi Saleh march in solidarity.

Residents of Nabi Saleh, joined by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, devoted their weekly Friday demonstration to support Khader Adnan.

Protesters held signs and pictures of Adnan, as they marched from the center of the village towards the confiscated lands.  Demonstrators were met by volleys of tear-gas canisters. Heavy fog made it extremely difficult to trace the lines of fire and avoid injuries. Nonetheless, the army continued aiming directly at protesters. The Israeli Border Police also used the “skunk”, a water cannon spraying foul smelling liquid.

Following this assault, protesters created small rock barricades at the entrance to the village, aiming to prevent a deeper Israeli incursion. Others climbed the hilltops, overlooking the spring grabbed by Halamish settlers. Israeli soldiers followed, shooting sound bombs, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets directly at people and into houses. Some youths threw stones to ward off the soldiers. As they were retreating, soldiers shot a few live bullets above the heads of civilians.

The demonstration maintained for a number of hours. Around 4PM an Israeli military jeep carrying multiple-barrels cannon shot massive amounts of tear-gas that covered a large part of the village. The “skunk” was also used once more, more massively than before.  Many suffered from gas inhalation and a few were injured from direct hit by tear gas canisters, among them a Turkish cameraman who was evacuated to a hospital with a suspected fracture.

Khader Adnan, 33, has been refusing to eat since mid-December, shortly after his arrest in the occupied West Bank, and has only drunk liquids since then. “He is not in good shape. People on a hunger strike for more than 50 days are in real danger. The doctors are extremely concerned,” said Yael Shavit, spokeswoman for Sieff Hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed, where Adnan has been taken. “He refuses to accept any treatment. He has not agreed to be hooked up to an IV,” she said, referring to intravenous infusion. Despite his grave medical condition, Israeli military authorities have once again postponed action on Khader Adnan’s appeal against his four-month “administrative detention” – without charge or trial. One of the lawyers representing Adnan, Tamar Peleg-Sryck, said after the appeal: “It should be made clear that he is alleged of political opinions and political activities, without a hint of any sort of violence. However the army follows Shabaq (General Security Service) claim that he “endangers the security” and should remain in detention.”

Film Trailer: “We are Nabi Saleh!” – a portrait of a Palestinian village in resistance

The trailer of the documentary, We are Nabi Saleh!


We are Nabi Saleh’ is the portrait of a Palestinian village in resistance. Various aspects of the Israeli occupation are reflected in this village with only 500 inhabitants.
 This little village in the West Bank will never be the same when in 1977, forty Jewish families move into an abandoned British fortress, only a few miles from Nabi Saleh. With the coming of this colony (Halamish) begins the infamous scenario.

A checkpoint is installed at the entrance of Nabih Saleh, olive trees are cut for security reasons and orders for the demolition of houses follow.
 In 2009 the source of the village has been taken over by the colony. From that moment, every Friday the residents of Nabih Saleh organise a protest march towards the source. Every Friday the protest is beaten down with injuries and arrests as a result.

The creators of the documentary “We are Nabi Saleh” followed the protests for six months and stayed several weeks in the village to make a unique portrait of Nabi Saleh.

The first view of We Are Nabi Saleh is expected in April.


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Protests across the West Bank under Heavy Showers of Rain and Tear-Gas

By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 27 January 2012

Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Kufr al-Dik and Kufr Qaddum took place this week in somber weather.

Demonstration in Kufr Qaddum Video Credit: David Reeb 

Dozens joined the weekly protests in Nabi Saleh this week. The march proceeded from the center of the village towards the main roads where several jeeps were awaiting the protesters. Heavy showers of both rain and tear gas caught the march on its way, as well as the notorious “skunk”, a water cannon spraying foul-smelling water. Despite this, the protesters kept on chanting and marching for about 20 minutes. Most of the protests went bank into the village as showers intensifies, however a small number of determined local youth remained in the fields and some clashed erupted between them and the soldiers. During the clashes the army shot rubber coated bullets at the youth, lightly injuring one young boy.

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh. Photo Credit: Oren Ziv/Activestills
Demonstration in Nabi Saleh. Photo Credit: Oren Ziv/Activestills

In Qaddum, more than 200 people joined the demonstration. They marched towards the main entrance to the village while cheerfully singing and chanting. A line of soldiers was awaiting the march, and as soon as it was in sight began shooting large amounts of tear-gas canisters directly at the protesters. Another group of soldiers, based on the hilltops also threw tear-gas canisters into the populated areas of the village, including into houses. Clashes persisted for less than an hour, following which protesters dispersed voluntarily, making their way back to the village in a symbolic victory march.

A similar demonstration was also held in Kufr al-Dik, no injuries or arrests were reported.