At 02:30 am on the night to Wednesday a huge number of Israeli soldiers invaded Ni’lin in the middle of the night and attacked the house of Abedulkader Nafi, 22. The soldiers broke down the door and proceeded to turn the house upside down before brutally arresting Abed. He was sent to Aljalama, thought by many to be the worst jail in Israel.
Abdulkader nafi 22 years old arrested in Ni’lin by IOF 30.10.2013
As if the seven day long blockade and the nightly incursions were not enough of a collective punishment the army has started to invade the village in broad daylight. Yesterday at three o’ clock in the afternoon around ten military jeeps entered the village. The soldiers started attacking shops in order to break or steal computers and cameras. As the villagers gathered in an attempt to drive the soldiers out they were fired upon. Stone were thrown and the violence from the Israeli military escalated. The soldiers started firing tear gas at random and sometimes directly towards the crowds that had gathered in the street. A tear gas canister fired straight at a person could potentially be lethal.
Israeli soldiers invading shopes in the west bank town of Ni’lin
As the situation deteriorated the soldiers moved on to fire rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition towards the gathered Palestinians. Four people were injured but thankfully only one of these had to be taken to hospital. During the one-and-a-half-hour long invasion ten shops were raided by the soldiers and six computers and cameras were stolen.
Israeli soldiers firing at villagers in Ni’lin during the invasion
The soldiers returned later in the night in a large number of jeeps. Around 2am they invaded the house of Kathem Kawaja, 34, and arrested him. Kathem is a father and husband who lost one of his eyes to a rubber coated steel bullet during a protest against the wall in 2004.
Kathem kawaja arrested today by IOF in Ni’lin 31.2013
During Thurday the soldiers returned yet again at noon with 15 military jeeps. As the day before they entered the center of the village where they started raiding the shops, breaking cameras and computers. Several shops had their doors broken down. This time the soldiers stayed in the village for about three hours and during that time they managed to break the camera of the Popular Committee of Ni’lin. The camera has in the past has been used to document the violations of the Israeli army in the village.
Using a jeep mounted canon the soldiers fired hundreds of canisters of tear gas. The canon, known to some as The Tempest, can fire up to 32 canisters at a time and creates a huge cloud of tear gas covering the ground causing women, children and men to suffer the vile effects of the gas indiscriminately. Tear gas canisters once again made it into civilian houses in the village, breaking windows and causing great damage in their path. 14 people were hit by rubber coated steel bullets and today as well one person was sent to the hospital.
On their way out the soldiers cut off Ni’lins electricity supply.
These last weeks the invasions into the village have become a daily occurrence, wearing down on the hearts and minds of the villagers of Ni’lin. However the village remains united in its struggle against the apartheid wall and the occupation of its lands. As this is written the entrance to the village is still blocked by Israeli soldiers.