Nabi Saleh rise up in support of the prisoners on hunger strike. 10 injuried by rubber coated bullets
The Israeli occupation forces suppressed the Nabi Saleh weekly march against occupation and settlements. The march which was launched this Friday from the Martyrs’ Square, center of the village, with the participation of many activists from the Popular Resistance and foreign peace activists. The march expressed its support to the prisoners under hunger strike against the abuse of the Israeli occupation and the abuse they receive. The Popular Resistance Comitee of Nabi Saleh affirms that our people won’t accept anything less than freedom of all our brave prisoners. Our slogans were not only in support to our prisoners but also to support our national unity. The march was stroke and stoped before reaching the entrance of the Nabi Saleh village by dozens of tear gas canisters and rubber coated bullets, without any consider to all the children and women in the march. Many youngesters of the village angried by the strong reaction of the Israeli forces started to throw stones in opposing to the land aggression. Dozens were the people injured by rubber coated bullets, including on volunteer from the medical assistance.
Today’s demonstration in Nabi Saleh marched in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners who are currently on hunger strike. Activists report that Israeli Occupation Forces fired teargas and rubber coated steel bullets, often directly at people, injuring many. Amongst those injured were a paramedic who was shot in the leg and Manal Tamimi who was hit in the leg and arm. Despite the many injuries, none of the injured required hospitalisation.
Popular protests in Nabi Saleh, Nilin and Bilin today have been replaced with the central march outside Ofer prison, in support of Palestinian political prisoners.
Activists reported that several hundred Palestinians from villages across the West Bank (including Nabi Saleh, Bilin and Nilin) have demonstrated out of Ofer Prison in support of Palestinian political prisoners. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have open fired with tear gas, rubber coated steal bullets and live ammunition. Reports of at least 5 protestors injured, including at least 2 women shot directly from two meters away. Muhamad Yassin from Bil’in has been shot twice – in the face and stomach – and is currently undergoing surgery.
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Photo by Jihad Qade
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Photo: Muhammed Yassin from Bilin injured in face and stomach
On Palestinian Prisoner Day in 2013, there are 5,000 Palestinian political prisoner incarcerated in 27 Israeli prisons, jails, detention centers and interrogation centers. 106 prisoners have been in jail since before the signing of the Oslo accords between Israel and PLO in 1993. 14 prisoners are women, with Lina Jarbouni being the longest serving prisoner, so far held for 11 years out of her 20-year sentence. There are 235 child prisoners in Israeli jails and 200 administrative detainees, 14 of whom are members of the Palestinian Legislative Council
Today’s unarmed demonstration (15 Feb) in Nabi Saleh marched in support of Palestinian hunger strikers, including Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedine, Tareq Qa’adan and Yousef Shaaban Yassi. The demonstration was violently attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). During today’s demonstration, the IOF opened fire with rubber bullets, tear gas, sound grenades and skunk.
An 18 year old women, Rawal Tamimi, was injured when an IOF sound grenade hit her in the head and exploded. She was evacuated to hospital in Ramallah and remains in hospital over night. IOF also injured at least 3 others with rubber bullets and many others suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF once again sprayed skunk inside the village and at houses – in once instance the IOF used a stun grenade to break the windows of the house of belonging to Bassem and Nariman Tamimi and skunk was sprayed inside the house.
After weekly demonstration concluded, the IOF Leaving the village temporarily. However, the IOF later returned to the village, firing teargas directly at houses. Skunk is also being sprayed. The IOF also closed the gate at the checkpoint at the front of the village and are searching cars.
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Teargas thrown back at IOF. Photo: Tamimi Press
Nabi Saleh women challenging IOF. Photo: Tamimi Press
Photo: Tamimi Press
Rawal Tamimi 18yrs injured by sound grenade thrown by IOF at her head. Photo: Tamimi Press
Rawal Tamimi being evacuated Photo: Keren Manor/Activestills
Nariman Tamimi cleaning skunk from inside her house. Photo: Mareike Lauken/Activestills.org
Boshra and Naji Tamimi scrubbing skunk spayed at their house and in their yard by IOF.
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.”
by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 14 October 2011
Some 80 protesters in Nabi Saleh’s weekly demonstration honor the village’s political prisoners and attempt to reach the confiscated spring.
The weekly protest in Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, was held in honor of three local political prisoners who are planned to be released following the prisoner exchange deal achieved last week. In addition to celebrating the forthcoming release, the demonstration also marched pass the house of another local prisoner who will remain in prison, and promised to continue the struggle until all political prisoners are free.
After marching inside the villages, the demonstrators made an attempt to reach the village’s spring, which has been taken over by the adjacent settlement Halamish. However, as soon as the demonstration started heading towards the lands the army met it with great force, instantly shooting large amounts of tear-gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators. Three protesters were slightly injured.
This Friday, Nabi Saleh residents protest both the theft of Nabi Saleh land for the construcion of the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish and also express strong solidarity with Israel’s Palestinian political prisoners presently engaged in a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails in protest against the inhumane conditions imposed on them.
For more information on the hunger strike click here