This weeks demonstration started like all other weeks after the friday prayer under the olive trees that grow in the outskirts of the village of Ni’lin. As every week the demonstration proceeded to march towards the seperation wall carrying Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the wall and in solidarity with the Palestinian struggeling at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
However the situation in the village has been escalating since June of this year Israeli soldiers were waiting for the protesters as they approached the wall. Before the demonstration had arrived at it’s destination the soldiers attacked the protest with tear gas canisters fired straight towards the protesters as well as rubber coated steel bullets. The clashes continued until three in the after noon when the protestors managed to push the soldiers back towards the wall.
Since June 2014 the Israeli soldiers have been attacking Ni’lins friday demonstration near habitated house and sometimes even inside the village, chasing protesters with jeeps and shooting at houses. We belive this is an attempt to make the villagers condemn the demonstrations and thereby making them stop.
Many new tactics have been put in place to make the Ni’lin demonstrations come to an end. One such tactic has been to let snipers shoot protestors in the legs in order for them to be easier to catch for the soldiers. Since June of this year 13 protesters have been shot in the legs but so far only one has been arrested. The military has also been adding more snipers over the course of the months. To start with they were using one sniper during demonstrations but now that number has grown to three.
The Israeli militarys treatment of Ni’lin and it’s villigers are aided by the fact that the town has recieved no media coverage in more than a year and a half. This has led to Ni’lin being a testing ground for new military tactics against demonstrations.