Video by David Reeb
Photos by Bilal Tamimi
By Nabi Saleh Solidarity: 24 July 2015
On Friday in Nabi Saleh, Israeli Occupation Forces opened fire with live ammunition during Friday protest against Israel’s occupation and land grabs. The IOF shot a 17 year old boy twice in the leg with live ammunition and a 27 year old man in the thigh with live ammunition.
Video by Bilal Tamimi
Video by Israel Puterman
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces Friday during a weekly demonstration in the occupied West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, witnesses said.Israeli forces had reportedly set an “ambush” near the path where demonstrators planned to walk, opening live fire as the marchers headed towards land confiscated by the neighboring Halamish settlement.During the incident, forces shot a 17-year-old with two live bullets. Witnesses say a bullet passed through one thigh, entering and settling in the teen’s other thigh, while a second bullet hit him in the back.A 27-year-old was also shot in the leg. The injured demonstrators were taken to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment.Israeli soldiers attempted to prevent the ambulance carrying those injured from leaving the scene for a short period of time, witnesses added.An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information on the incident.Two Palestinians have died from live Israeli fire in the past few days, bringing the total number of fatalities at the hands of Israeli forces to 17 since the start of 2015.Rights groups have criticized Israel for disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians during demonstrations.While crowd control weapons are intended to be non-lethal, many methods used by Israeli forces can cause death, severe injury, and damage to property, critics say.Residents of Nabi Saleh — similar to villages and towns across the occupied West Bank — have staged weekly demonstrations for years in protest of private land confiscated by Israeli authorities.Large portions of the Jewish-only Halamish settlement is built on land belonging to Nabi Saleh residents.
Report and photos by International Solidarity Movement: 13 February 2015
Palestinian women, children and men demonstrated in Nabi Saleh along with Israeli and international activists yesterday, as they do every Friday, against the confiscation of their land and against the theft of a village spring by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement.
The Israeli military deployed at least eighteen soldiers and five military jeeps against the protesters, firing around thirty tear gas rounds. Not long into the protest, they brought out snipers who threatened the demonstrators with rifles designed to shoot .22 caliber live ammunition. In recent weeks multiple village residents have been shot with live ammunition during Nabi Saleh’s protest; yesterday, organizers decided call an early end the action due to safety concerns.
Friday’s demonstration in Nabi Saleh against Israel’s occupation called for freedom for all Palestinian political prisoners in Israel’s jails. In particular, the demonstration sought to highlight Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian children and the violation of their human rights.
Israeli Occupation Forces sealed the village, closing the metal gates at the front of the village which are part of the Occupation infrastucture and then fired barrages of teargas at the non-violent demonstration, resulting in tens of people suffering from teargas inhalation and suffocation.
Joined by international and Israeli activists, the people of Nabi Saleh attempted to march to the front of the village, chanting slogans clalling for an end to Israel’s occuaption and for the protection of Palestinian and the implementation of international law. The Israeli military open fired on the peaceful demonstrators with steel coated rubber bullets and teargas.
Women from the village in an attempt to prevent Israeli snipers firing on Palestinian residents attempted to block them by standing in front of them.
Video by David Reeb
Residents of Nabi Saleh and their supporters once again protested Israel’s ongoing occupation. The unarmed protesters were attacked by Israeli Occupation forces resulting in four injuries from live ammunition, as well as many injuries gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets and several cases of tear gas inhalation.