Israeli soldiers blocking the entrances of Ni'lin village

Israeli soldiers blocking the entrances of Ni’lin village

Since last week the village of Ni’lin is being target daily by mid-night raids from the Israeli occupation forces. The soldiers have been shooting tear gas into people’s homes while they are sleeping. Only two people have been arrested but ten houses have been invaded by the soldiers.

The arrested are Naha Nafi, 21, and Tariq Kawaja, 24. Another three young men were sought after but could not be found.

The situation has escalated in the last two days. Israeli soldiers have started blocking the entrances of Ni’lin preventing people from entering or leaving the village. For the villagers who commute to Ramallah for work or studies this collective punishment has caused huge problems.

However, 11 pm on Saturday night a big number of Israeli jeeps invaded the village, seemingly just to cause disturbance. The soldiers began harassing villagers, firing their rifles without any apparent reason. As youths gathered to drive the soldiers out of the village they were directly fired upon with rubber coated steel bullets. One young man was hit in his leg and many bystanders suffered from tear gas asphyxiation. Also at this occurrence tear gas was fired into the homes of sleeping villagers.

At present the entrances to Ni’lin is still being blocked by the Israeli military. The villagers are awaiting their next move with anxiety.

five kids arrested in Ni'lin

Five kids arrested in Ni’lin village

The olive harvest of 2013 has begun. Since it’s becoming increasingly difficult to take care of the trees the harvest has so far been slim. Even though all of Ni’lins agricultural land has not yet been confiscated by the occupation it is considered a closed military zone and therefore hard to access. Since the construction of the apartheid wall in 2008 more than 2500 olive trees have been uprooted, cut or burned by soldiers and settlers. This has of course caused huge problems for the olive oil industry of the agricultural village of Ni’lin.
Ni’lin has two olive oil refineries and the village used to be famous for its oil, much of which was exported. The land grabbing that has followed the occupation of the West Bank has however left Ni’lin without its land as well as its olive trees.
Many of Ni’lins olive trees are still growing on the other side of the high wall. The farmers of Ni’lin are not allowed to attend to or harvest these trees as a form of collective punishment against the village for its resistance against the construction of the wall.
Today, Friday the 18th a group of kids ages 10 to 13 decided to sneak across the wall in an attempt to harvest the olives on their families land. This as their family no longer can afford to buy oil.
The kids, Mohammed Abdullah Amireh, 13, Naser Mohammed Amireh, 12, Abdullah Amireh, 10, Nasem Nafi, 13 and Mohammed Nidal Khawaja, 13 were arrested by Israeli soldiers. They were taken to a military jail for interrogation. When asked by the soldiers why they had crossed the wall Mohammed Amireh answered that “we need olive oil and we have no land left. My father was refused a work permit to Israel and was arrested. He is unemployed and we cannot afford olive oil. We do not have the choice to live normal lives!”
They were taken to Ofer prison and presently the Military Liaison Office of the Palestinian Authorities are negotiating for their return.
It’s clear to see how the children of Palestine are rubbed of their childhood by the occupation. They are from an early age forced to see life in all its gruesome injustice. They face humiliation and arrests, weighed down with responsibilities of life from early age. The occupation is not only destroying the dreams of the Palestinian people but even the possibility of Palestinian children to dream

Mohammed Hazem arrests

Israeli mid-night invasions in Ni’lin, one arrested.

At 2am on Sunday morning October the 6th, six Israeli military jeeps entered the village of Ni’lin. The soldiers broke down the door of Hazem Kawajas home and entered the house of the sleeping family. An 18 year old son of the household, Mohammed was arrested by the soldiers and taken to interrogation facilities next to Ofer military prison.
Mohammed is a student and the arrest makes sure that his studies this year will be forfeit. This is a tactic that has been known to be used systematically against Palestinian students.
Since the beginning og 2013, about 35 men from Ni’lin has been arrested in their homes during nightly raids. Of these 35 no one has yet been freed. They have been sentenced to anywhere between eight to 30 months in jail, allegedly for taking part in the peaceful protests against the apartheid wall carried out every Friday in Ni’lin since five years back.

The night raids are a focused tactic from the Israeli occupation to drive people into leaving the village. At the start of the Israeli occupation there were 12.500 people living in the village of Ni’lin. At present that number has dwindled to about 5.500 people. In other alarming numbers Ni’lin had 5800 hectares of land in 1969 when the occupation began; today the village only controls 800 hectares.
This is of course due to the construction of the apartheid wall cutting of Ni’lin from large parts of its agricultural land but also related to the growth of nearby colonies. Ni’lin is surrounded by five illegal settlements built on its land. To complete the infrastructure of colonization a road that only may be used by Israeli settlers has been built, further restricting Palestinian movement. The last stage in turning Ni’lin into a giant prison, as has been done with the West Bank as a whole, is the construction of a tunnel under the apartheid road. This tunnel will in the future be the only way in and out of the village and the Israeli military will therefore effectively be able to seal off the entire village at its will.


ongoing resistance in Ni’lin 19.07.2013

This Friday was the second Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan but as usual the village of Ni’lin gathered for demonstration in spite of the sun and the heat.

The violence of the Israeli soldiers are currently increasing day by day and when the protesters arrived at the wall the teargas rained from the sky. Some cannisters were also fired straight at the protesters from a close distance in spite of regulation or protocol. Luckily no one was hurt but dozens suffered tear gas suffocation. Suddenly the soldiers opened the gate in the wall and started to fire directly at the protesters, chasing them and trying, but failing, to make arrests.

After 40 minutes the soldiers returned to the other side of the wall where they started burning what was left of Ni’lins olive trees as a punishment. The village of Ni’lin has had it’s olive grooves separated from the village by the annexation wall for several years and most of these trees have been destroyed.

The demonstration ended at 4pm with the protesters content that their message continues to be comunicated to the occupyers and the outside world.

The village of Ni’lin welcomed the EUs decision to boycott products manufactured in Israels illegal settlements in the West Bank and consider it agood tep towards making Israel stop it’s occupation. Israel must finally be subjected to international law. We hope this boycott is followed by decisive actions and don’t just end up as pretty words. We hope for an extended boycott of all Israeli products as a way of putting pressure on Israeli through BDS. International sanctions ended the apartheid system of South Africa and it will help end the apartheid system of Israel.

Ahmed Daood,26 years old arrested by IOF during night invasion to his home 10.06.2013

The wave of night time invasions and arrests by the Israeli military continues in the village of Ni’lin

The wave of night time invasions and arrests by the Israeli military continues in the village of Ni’lin. 3am on the 10th of June Ahmad Daood, 26 years old, was arrested in his home. Six military jeeps and more than thirty soldiers invaded the village in the night and tore down the gate to the Daood house. Ahmad was awakened from his sleep and brutally dragged out of bed. He was handcuffed, blindfolded and beaten in front of his family before being taken away in one of the jeeps.

Ahmed was taken to Ofer Military Prison but it is still unclear whether or not he has received any medical treatment for the wounds that he sustained during the arrest. He was visibly bleeding as he was taken away by the soldiers.

The nightly incursions in Ni’lin are still a very common occurrence and on the night of Ahmad Daoods arrest the village was invaded twice; the first time around 1:30 am without making any arrests. As the villagers just had settled in, thinking that the soldiers had left for the night Ni’lin was invaded yet again.

On an average week the village is targeted for nightly invasions two or three times and since last month 29 people have been arrested during these incursions. Most of those arrested will most probably be sentenced to more than a year in prison for their participation in peaceful demonstrations against the annexation wall separating Ni’lin farmers from their land. Many of the arrested have previously spent time in prison and so their sentences are worsened, sometimes even doubled, as the court can claim that they have violated the conditions of their release.

We ask ourselves how probation conditions could regulate basic human rights such as taking part in peaceful demonstrations against the occupation of one’s land. Once again the makeshift order of Israeli justice system only serves to facilitate the colonization of Palestine.

Ni'lin fields while burning after the settlers burned it 17.05.2013

Five years of struggle against the Israeli segregation wall in Ni’lin

This Friday was the anniversary of start of the popular struggle against the annexation wall in Ni’lin. The village now enters a sixth year of resistance against Israeli colonization.

As always the demonstration gathered in the olive groves outside the village after the midday Friday prayer. An empowering speech was given to encourage the people of the village to remind the colonizers of their crimes during the past five years. Hundreds of villagers have been arrested and five have been killed during the past years of resistance against the land grabbing of the Israeli colonization.

The speech also condemned the nightly invasions into the village that has become a common occurrence in Ni’lin. During some periods Israeli soldiers invade the village as much as two or three nights a week. In the last months alone some 25 villagers have been arrested in these nightly raids, turning night time in Ni’lin into a time of great uncertainty.
Further the demonstration as a whole condemned the recent settler attack which took place only two weeks ago. A group of settlers from the illegal settlement of Hashmonaim killed more than 2500 trees in the village by setting fire to the dry summer fields in a so called price-tag attack.

Another issue addressed by the demonstration was the tunnel being built under the wall by the occupation forces which in the future will serve as the only entrance and exit for Ni’lin, effectively sealing Ni’lin at the army’s will. All this is being done meanwhile the nearby settlement of Ni’li keeps on expanding to the north but this week’s demonstration sent a clear message about the will and determination of the people of Ni’lin. The people will stay on the path leading towards liberation from the occupation.

As the demonstration reached the gate in the annexation wall that has marked the end of so many demonstration before, the soldiers began to shoot huge amounts of tear gas grenades. They used a launching pad mounted on a truck to fire more than 30 canisters at a time. Every time it fired the ground got covered by the vile gas causing dozens of people to inhale it and suffer from its asphyxiating effects. Even though it was fired more than 15 times the canisters out of pure luck did not hit any of the protestors. Snipers used rubber coated steel bullets to deter youths from climbing the annexation wall and so called skunk water was also used against the demonstration.
Despite this repression no one was severely injured or arrested and the people of Ni’lin succeeded in their wish to send a clear message to their tormentors that the sixth year of struggle will be the year when the wall is brought down!

midd-night arrests in Alquds

Two more arrested in Ni’lin

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.

photo from archive: by: Photo by: Oren Ziv/

a massive shooting of live ammunition direct at people as Israeli army invaded Ni’lin: three people severely injured

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.

the funeral of Rushdi Tamimi who was murdered by Israeli army in the west bank village of Nabi Saleh,during last attack on Gaza

Week of protests cross the west bank in solidarity with Gaza

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.

Ahmed Hussam Yusef Mousa was shot dead in Nilin, Palestine, 29/7/2008.

Ahmad Mousas killer walks free

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.