At 03:15 am on Sunday morning about 50 soldiers invaded the village of Ni’lin by foot. They surrounded the house of Ayied Srour and were then joined by four military jeeps. The house was invaded and the family living therein were confined in one of the rooms as the soldiers took away two of the [...]
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Resistance to Occupation continues in Ni’lin
By Anna 10 September 2012| International Solidarity Movement, West Bank On Friday 7th September five international activists attended the weekly demonstration against the apartheid wall in the village of Ni’lin. Since 2004, the villagers of Ni’lin have been non violently protesting against the annexation of their lands. So far the village has lost over 50,000 [...]
At 03:15 am on Sunday morning about 50 soldiers invaded the village of Ni’lin by foot. They surrounded the house of Ayied Srour and were then joined by four military jeeps.
The house was invaded and the family living therein were confined in one of the rooms as the soldiers took away two of the sons: Ahmad Ayed Sadik and Abdulrahman Ayied Sadik Srour, two twins 18 years of age. The boys were loaded into army jeeps and we still don’t know where they were taken.
This is not the first time that Srour family house has been raided. Israeli soldiers stormed the house more than 13 times in 2008 and 2009. The older son Muhammed was arrested during those years and held in detention for six months.
The father Ayied Srour was shot in the eye with a rubber coated steel bullet in October 2008 on a distance of no more than 15 meters as Israeli soldiers invaded his house in order to arrest his older brother Aqil.
Ayed suffers from a mental illness that caused him to shout at the soldiers, asking questions about the arrest of his brother and pleading with them to leave him alone. The response from the soldiers was a shot to the eye with a rubber coated steel bullet.
Aqil was released from prison after five months but was killed two months later, on the 5th of june 2009. He was shot in the heart while trying to rescue a 16 year old boy who had been shot in the stomach with live ammuntion during a demonstration against the Israeli segragation wall in Ni’lin.
The Srour familly is paying a huge price for protesting against the occupation, defending their land and the future of their children. This home invasion comes as a part of a bigger campaign of arrests against Palestinian children carried out all across the West Bank by the Israeli occupational forces. Asw the children of Palestine are arrested Barack Obama is touring the area shaking hands and remaining as silent of Israeli violations as the rest of the world.
At 2pm on Tuesday, a group of farmers were walking towards their fields next to the apartheid wall in Ni’lin. They were spotted by two military jeeps that started hunting them as the soldiers considered the farmers to be in a “closed military area”, when really they were walking on their own land. As the farmers fled back to the village the Israeli army sent three military jeeps into the village in an attempt to surround and arrest the men. The farmers however evaded the soldiers who started chasing them through the village while shooting after them.
Many young people gathered in the streets at this point and tried to prevent the jeeps from chasing after the farmers by barricading the roads with boulders. The Israeli soldiers responded by firing live ammunition towards the youths.
This led to clashes lasting for four hours. More military jeeps charged into the village until there were 13 of them on Ni’lin land. Tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets were fired straight at homes leading to a large number of women, children and elderly people suffering from tear gas inhalation as even those staying indoors was effected. Most of the shooting taking place was however live ammunition fired straight towards the people of Ni’lin. The Red Crescent was also targeted with live bullets to prevent them from treating injured villagers during the clashes.
Three people were injured during the clashes, one from a live round entering his leg and two shot with rubber coated steel bullets in neck and head, respectively. They were taken to Ramallah hospital after the clashes and the man shot in the head was in severe condition during Wednesday. These casualties tell us something about the aim of the soldiers during the clashes; their violence was clearly lethal.
This comes at a time when the Israeli soldiers are swearing themselves free of any guilt when killing Palestinians, such as Ahmad Mousa. They feel pressured by the cameras pointed towards them because they know that their actions are being recorded throughout the West Bank.
Later at night Ni’lin was invaded by 85 soldiers on foot but no arrests were recorded. On Wednesday the people of the village are protesting in condemnation of the attacks.
While the bombs fell over Gaza last week there were widespread protests all over the West Bank condemning the massacre. Two protestors were killed, dozens were injured and arrested.
Through these actions the Palestinian people showed it’s unity in spite of the attempts of the occupation to divide them. The demonstrations were as always met with harsh repression from the Israeli army who shot tear gas, rubber coated steel bullets and live ammunition directly towards peaceful protestors.
On Saturday, November 17th, clashes erupted in the village of Nabi Saleh north west of Ramallah, after Israeli soldiers entered the village following a protest were residents held a demonstration against the assault on Gaza. During the clashes soldiers used large ammounts of live ammunition, rubber coated steel bullets, and tear gas.
According to eye witnesses, Rushdi Tamimi (31) was shot first with a rubber coated steel bullet that hit him in the back. When he had fallen to the ground soldiers shot him again, this time with a live ammunition bullet which entered through his hip and went into his gut.
When soldiers approached Rushdi, they gave him a blow to the head with the butt of one of their rifles, even though he told them he was injured, they then shot him with another rubber coated steel bullet in the stomach before dragging him through the rocky terrain instead of providing him with medical treatment.
They continued to shoot live ammunition towards residents of Nabi Saleh and prevented them, including Rushdi’s sister, from approaching him and bringing him to an ambulance while saying, “I don’t care” and “it’s not my problem.”
Rushdi was finally transferred to Ramallah Hospital where he underwent surgery. He suffered from ruptured intestines and two arteries. The following monday Rushdie died as a result of his injuries.
The same day Hamdi Alfalah (22) was killed after beeing shot in the stomach and head with live ammunition in Hebron. In Shalaleh, a 25 year old protester was shot in his back with two live ammunition bullets. He is currently at Alahli Hospital.
In Bethlehem soldiers shot live ammunition at Palestinian students in Takou village during a protest at their school. An 18 year old student was shot in the stomach near his school with a live bullet and was admitted to the hospital for surgery. Another 3 protesters were also injured.
At Qalandia Checkpoint clashes took place between the army and protesters at and one journalist was shot in the hand with a rubber coated steel bullet.
Clashes with the army also erupted in Jerusalem during the day and there were two injuries from rubber coated steel bullets.
In Abu-Deis the army attacked students at Al-Quds University by firing tear gas canisters but no injuries were reported.
At Ofer Military Prison Palestinian protestors clashed with Israeli soldiers and 8 protesters were injured and another 12 suffered from tear gas inhalation. A 14 year old Palestinian was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet and is currently at Ramallah Hospital. Another protestor was also shot in the thigh by live ammunition.
On Road 60 a popular resistance activist, Abdallah Abu Rahmeh was run over by a settler at a protest that closed the road and at Huwara Military Checkpoint outside of Nablus 350 Palestinian protestors clashed on the main road leading to surrounding settlements. Many suffered from tear gas inhalation and at least 7 protesters were arrested.
The following day several clashes were also reported throughout the West Bank. In Nabi Saleh thousands took part in martyr Rushdi Tamimis funeral. The funeral procession began at Ramallah hospital and marched through Irsal Street in the city, followed by a military funeral procession. Tamimis burial took place in the village of Nabi Saleh.
A second funeral was held in Hebron where about ten thousand people participated in the funeral of martyr Hamdi Falah. Clashes erupted following the funeral and spread across the city and governorate. Clashes were also reported at Bab Alzawyeh by the old city, which continued until the late evening.
In Jenin more than a thousand protesters marched from Jenin city to the Jalameh checkpoint. Clashes erupted with the army who fired tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets extensively. Six people were reported to have been arrested.
At Atara checkpoint hundreds of protesters gathered and clashes erupted with the army. Few injuries were reported from rubber coated steel bullets.
In Ni’lin clashes erupted between groups of residents and soldiers after the army entered the village. Soldiers fired live ammunition, tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets.
On Tuesday as well hundreds of protesters marched toward Huwara military checkpoint. Soldiers fired large amounts of tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. Several cases of suffocation were reported.
In Bethlehem more than a thousand protesters gathered next to Belal Ben Rabah Mosque (Rachel’s Tomb). Clashes erupted with soldiers as they raided the entrance of the city. More than ten injuries were reported from rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas, including one from a canisters hitting a protestor’s head. Two people were arrested.
In Jerusalem four students were arrested during a demonstration at the Hebrew University against the assault on Gaza. Clashes also erupted with the army at Al-Issawiyeh village. Soldiers shot tear gas at houses and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters.
We now celebrate Gazas victory over IDF and hope that restrictions will soon be eased at the Gaza borders.
Omri Abu, the Israeli border police officer charged for the murder of 10 year old Ahmad Mousa of Ni’lin has been acquitted.
The ruling came this Tuesday on there grounds of there being “reasonable doubts” to Abu’s guilt. It was Omri Abu’s unit that 2008 was called in to supress a demonstration against the apartheid wall being built on Ni’lin land. When their army jeep was met by stone throwing Abu fired two shots out the window. One of these bullets hit Ahmad Mousa in the forehead. He was dead before he could reach the hospital.
- I ran towards the ambulance with Ahmad in me hands, says Saeed Amireh of the Ni’lin Popular Comittee, but when his insides started falling out of his skull I could not bare it any longer.
According to judge Liora Frenkel the prosecution has not provided satifactory evidence that Abu fired the bullet wich killed Ahmad Mousa. An explination to this could be the difficulty in bringing witnesses from Ni’lin to the Ramle Magistrate’s Court for testimony.
The judge also refered to contradictions in the evidence provided by the prosecution and the eyewitness testimonies of Palestinians. It should be pointed out that the investigation leading up to this trial was made by the Shai District Police, a part of the occupational supressive complex.
Abu was only found guilty of misusing his weapon as he indiscriminantly opened fire into the demonstraion even though he was not in any personal danger. During the investigation he initially lied about firing the weapon and tried to get rid of evidence proving this. For this, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
Abu himself stated during the trial that he opened the door of the bulletproof jeep to assess the situationen and felt “immediate danger and alarm” and that “I saw fit to shoot in the air.” The policeman on trial said that he worried about the car beeing wrecked and that he had an obligation to respond so that the incident wouldn’t escalate.
- If you don’t respond it can be percieved as a weakness, he said in court.
In this particular case, the “response” meant the death of a ten year old boy. A heinous crime that Israel choses to let go unpunished.
10 September 2012| International Solidarity Movement, West Bank
On Friday 7th September five international activists attended the weekly demonstration against the apartheid wall in the village of Ni’lin. Since 2004, the villagers of Ni’lin have been non violently protesting against the annexation of their lands. So far the village has lost over 50,000 dunum of land, in part to surrounding illegal settlements and in part annexed from the village in the construction of the apartheid wall.
Saeed Amireh, member of the Ni’lin popular committee explains that the confiscation of the land and colonization of the West Bank with illegal Israeli settlements are calculated methods designed to expel the Palestinians from the land. Many of the inhabitants in Ni’lin rely on the farm land and in particular the ancient olive trees for their livelihood.
This Friday was the first demonstration with an international presence for three weeks.Saeed says that the presence of internationals is vital to the resistance in
Ni’lin and is glad to give us a talk after the demonstration, explaining the history of Ni’lin. The demonstration began after the midday prayers which waft from the mosque and through the fields lined with olive and carob trees, under which we wait. They walked through the fields alongside the villagers and children who carried Palestinian flags and a megaphone.
The wall which cuts through the rocky valley is made of concrete blocks, barbed wire and electric fence. There, the soldiers are waiting expectantly in the midday sun, their helmets and guns glinting like the backs of well armored insects. Even before they reach the wall the soldiers of the Israeli Army begin to fire rounds of tear gas and spray the land with skunk water. The shabab are not deterred, they set the tires alight at the base of the wall and the flames further blacken the already charred concrete blocks. Fire weakens the wall and makes it easier to remove, Saeed explains. This was how, in November 2009 – on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – Ni’lin became the first village to succeed in removing a piece of the apartheid wall. The demonstration lasts for an hour, and as we leave the Israeli Army continue firing tear gas canisters into the field.
This week’s demonstration has been smaller than most weeks as strikes against the PA have been a distraction for many of the usual attendees. However the people of Ni’lin remain positive that their non violent resistance to the occupation will succeed, that the wall will fall, piece by piece and that they will be able to access their land again.
Saeed Amireh, of the Ni’lin popular committee, has been working to raise international awareness of Ni’lin’s struggle against the occupation. www.nilin-village.org
Anna is a volunteer with The International Solidarity Movement (name has been changed).
This Friday, as usual, the weekly demonstration in Ni’lin marched towards the apartheid wall after the noon prayer among the olive groves in the outskirts of the village. Dozens of people walked towards the gate in the wall in a demonstration that to express solidarity with Rachel Corrie and Tristan Anderson, two of the international casualties in the struggle against the occupation.
The demonstration condemned the recent decision of the Israeli high court to deem Rachel Corries death “an accident”. This is not new to the Israeli apartheid state that earlier treated the case of Tristan Anderson in the same manner. Tristan Anderson was shot in the head with a high velocity tear gas canister during a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid wall in Ni’lin 2009. It should not come as a chock to the world that the war criminals savagely occupying Palestine will not bring justice it’s victims, even when the victims are American solidarity activists.
When the demonstration arrived to the wall the Israeli soldiers were already prepared on to arrest protestors as they approached the gate. However they were spotted by the demonstration and so their plan failed. Instead the soldiers started shooting tear gas and skunk water towards the demonstration. Israeli as well as Palestinian and international peace activists suffered from tear gas inhalation. The soldiers proceeded with shooting rubber coated steel bullet at the demonstration but fortunately no one was injured.
After withstanding the bombardment for some time, one of the activists from Ni’lin gave a speech directed towards the Israeli soldiers, telling them that they should be ashamed of the crimes committed by them and their peers.
- In time the power will sway and one day justice will be done for Palestine as well as for Rachel Corrie and Tristan Anderson, the message echoed over the wall.
The popular committee of Ni’lin has confirmed its full support and deep solidarity with Rachel Corrie’s as well as Tristan Anderson’s family.
On Friday, June 29th, dozens of residents of the Palestinian village, Ni’lin demonstrated in opposition to the ongoing apartheid carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). The village of Ni’lin is located near the 1967 Green Line and has been a center of popular resistance throughout the history of the Israel occupation of Palestine.
Following the Friday prayers, Palestinians, along with approximately a dozen internationals, marched to the recently completed apartheid wall. There they were met with a heavy dousing of a foul-smelling liquid fired out of a truck mounted water canon commonly referred to as the ‘skunk truck’.
In true Ni’lin spirit, the protestors were not deterred and continued expressing their steadfast opposition. Following the skunk truck, the IOF shot close to 100 tear gas canisters into the hills and fired upon protestors with rubber-coated steel bullets from the safety of their perch on a ridge and from the security of their armored jeeps.
Despite the use of such weapons, no protestors needed to be taken to the hospital although many were treated, sometimes multiple times, for tear gas inhalation.
After the demonstration had come to an end, the international visitors were treated to an educational presentation in the newly reopened Center for the Ni’lin Popular Resistance.
Ni’lin resident Saeed Amireh explained the history of both the apartheid and the popular resistance in Ni’lin. More information can be found here.
Saeed himself has grown up with the aggressions of an apartheid state on a daily basis. Life has been difficult during the 22 years of his existence. In the last 10 years alone, the village has experienced a reign of terror and oppression. As the nearby illegal settlements grew in size, they began occupying the agricultural lands upon which the residents of Ni’lin depend for their livelihood. Since 1967, the village’s lands have decreased from the 58,000 dunums to only 7,000 remaining dunums. Five Israeli colonies have been built around Ni’lin. With the settlers came increased oppression and violence from the IOF.
When the order came to build the apartheid wall in between the illegal Israeli settlements and the long standing village of Ni’lin, the resistance from the Palestinians took on a new life. Through unending protests and refusals to cooperate, they were able to force the Israelis to change the location of the wall, saving 1500 dunums from confiscation.
Despite the adjustment, the route of the wall still annexes a great deal of Ni’lin’s agricultural land. The residents continue to demonstrate against this apartheid structure. Saeed captured the sentiment of
the village saying that, “everybody deserves freedom and peace.”
The struggle for peace, however, has been faced with a violent response from the IOF. As Saeed stated, “there is no freedom without a price.”
Since beginning the popular protests in 2007, Ni’lin has suffered over 350 arrests, 5 deaths, multiple injuries from the use of live ammunition, and at least 15 people with bones broken from the firing of tear gas.
Saeed embodies the resistance spirit of Ni’lin. He has no memories of life without occupation. He dreams of being able to visit the sea, which he can glimpse from his rooftop on a clear day, but like other Palestinians in the West Bank, is unable to access without a difficult to receive permission.
“Daily life is a resistance,” Saeed says. The fact that Ni’lin continues to exist despite the efforts to make life unbearable, is a resistance to the ongoing apartheid. Israel has not only cut the village from much of its agricultural lands but also from their water resources. Thus, Ni’lin has been cut from its main sources of income.
“The occupation is not only shooting the people…the occupation in our lives is like a cancer in the body. [It affects] everything in our life,” says Saeed.
Saeed wants visibility and international attention for his village. “I want people to see our existence… people have no work, no jobs, no land. By coming here people can stand [by us] and see [what is happening].”
As for the the Palestinians of Ni’lin, their struggle is far from over. They are fighting for survival. As Saeed puts it, “we will not stop the fight, even though we are tired, we will not stop the fight.”
Steve Plaank is a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (name has been changed).
Caterpillar, one of the worlds most proponent producers of bulldozers, cranes and other heavy machinery has been removed from American pension fund giant TIAA-CREF’s Social Choice Funds due to Caterpillars involvement in the occupation of Palestine. Caterpillar machinery has been used to destroy the homes of innumerable Palestinian families as well as for the construction of the annexation wall. This is a big victory for the international BDS movement, groups such as We Divest have been lobbying TIAA-CREF since 2010 to bring about this divestment. The people of Ni’lin are particularly happy as Caterpillar vehicles were used to bring about the part of the annexation wall that now separates the farmers of Ni’lin from their agricultural lands.
- This is a great acknowledgement from the TIAA-CREF that the people of Ni’lin and all other Palestinians have been subjected to grave violations of human rights by the state of Israel, aided by companies such as Caterpillar, says Saeed Amireh with the Popular Resistance Committee of Ni’lin.
As of the first of May 2012, the capital invested by the TIAA-CREF in Caterpillar amounted to the sum of $72,943,861, today that same number is zero. Motorola and Hewlett Packard also run the risk of divestment from the Presbyterian Church in America due to their continued support of the now 45 year old occupation of Palestinian lands.
- By selling weaponized bulldozers to Israel, Caterpillar is complicit in Israel’s systematic violations of Palestinian human rights, sais Rabbi Alissa Wise, Director of Campaigns at Jewish Voice for Peace and National Coordinator of the We Divest Campaign. We’re glad to see that the socially responsible investment community appears to be recognizing this and is starting to take appropriate action.
Last night at 12:30 am a road block, consisting of 8 military jeeps, was set up at the entrance to the village of Ni’lin in order to prevent anyone from gaining access to the village. During the last week these flying roadblocks have been set up daily.
Ahmad Abdullah Amireh, 35, and his friends were returning to the village from Ramallah when they found the way home had been blocked. Ahmad was brutally apprehended by the soldiers for joining demonstrations labeled as illegal by the Israeli authorities.
At 02.40, around 60 Israeli soldiers invaded the village from the south, the side blocked to Palestinians by the annexation wall. The soldiers raided the house of Hassan Nafi, a 23 year old photographer and volunteer with the Ni’lin Popular Committee Against the Segregation Wall, and arrested him.
Ahmad Abdullah Amireh and Hassan Nafi were both taken to Ofer Military Jail, where they remain as this is being written.
In 2009, Ahmad Amireh was shot by the Israeli military several times right outside his home resulting in serious. One of the bullets was a live round fired by an Israeli sniper that hit him in the knee. This particular bullet was a 0.22 caliber bullet, considered illegal by international as well as Israeli law as it explodes on impact, resulting in grave injuries. Still it is used by the Israeli military against the unarmed villagers of Ni’lin.
Hassan Nafi was also shot with the same kind of ammunition in 2009 while he was filming. The bullet hit him in the groin where it is lodged to this day and serves as a testimony as to how scared the Israeli army is of cameras watching and recording what they do to the people of Ni’lin and the rest of the West Bank.
The village of Ni’lin has been facing brutal arrests since 2008, including the kidnapping of children as well as live ammunition fired toward civilian houses and peaceful demonstrations. Hundreds of night raids have been carried out by Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and sound grenades at the houses. Many children in the village suffer from trauma and nightmares as a result of their houses being raided in the middle of the night while they’ve been sleeping.
The usual routine of the soldiers is to invade the village on foot after having surrounded it from all sides with military jeeps. They also frequently use snipers to quickly take out any resistance to the invasion. Several people have been hurt or killed by sniper fire, even rubber coated steel bullets are lethal if fired towards vital points of the body.
Since 2008 and 2009 more than 250 people have been arrested from the village and accused of ”joining illegal demonstrations”. The implication being that the military wants the villagers to as Israeli authorities for permission to protest against the confiscation of their own land.
Despite this hard repression however, the village has continued its struggle with strength and determination.
At 01:30 on Friday morning more than 120 soldiers surrounded the village of Ni’lin from all sides but the west. 30 minutes later the soldiers invaded the village on foot accompanied by 14 military jeeps. They proceeded to raid five houses inside the village, the houses of Jameel Srour, Jammal Srour, Yousef Srour, Shukri Kawaja and Mosab Srour.
During the house raids, the families were put in one of the rooms in the house while the soldiers harshly went through their belongings, destroying furniture and leaving chaos in their wake. The five men listed above were all arrested but three of them were released later during the night. The two remaining men, Yousef and Mosab Srour were taken to an as of now unknown Israeli military facility where they are still being held as this is being written.
During the invasion of the house of Mosab Srour one of the soldiers stole 1000 Nis (200€) from a moneybox of the youngest brother of Mosab. Mosabs brother had been saving this money for months, little by little from his work as a vegetable farmer and salesman. A laptop was also stolen from the house.
Through the operation the soldiers fired sound grenades, a type of riot control weapon that produces a flash and a loud bang. The sound is sufficient to make the most weathered and well prepared person flinch in fear and when this weapon is used inside a village at night it will not only serve to keep people awake but also to bring about memories of past atrocities that the village of Ni’lin has had to live through. Many villagers came out of their houses to protest the brutality of the Israeli army and were met with tear gas and more sound bombs. The tear gas was fired straight at civilian houses which caused dozens children to suffer from tear gas inhalation. Live ammunition was also used by the Israeli soldiers as a scare tactic.
At 5am the soldiers finally left the village. All pictures and video clips presented in this report were taken in secret as the Israeli soldiers would not allow any cameras during their intrusion in the village.
mess in the village during the invasion in Ni'lin 15.06.2012
mess made by the Israeli soldiers in the houses during the invasion in Ni'lin 15.06.2012