the pictures of the 4 guys who were arrested today in nilin

Israeli mid-night invasions and aggression continues in Ni’lin; four guys arrested. 27.11.2013

For a while the village of Ni’lin almost believed that the nightly raids had stopped. Last week there was only one invasion. But now it seems like the Israeli occupation is planning to try to break the resistance in Ni’lin by New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday morning at 02:30 am the village was invaded by 20 jeeps and four people were arrested.
Ibrahim Kawaja, 22, Waleed Srour, 22 and Mohammed Khawaja, 25, and Mohammed Ratib, 25, who is also the brother of Arafat Nafi who was killed during a peaceful demonstration in 2008.

Three other young men were sought by the soldiers but not found. The soldiers left interrogation papers demanding that the men surrender themselves to Ofer military prison.


Israeli soldiers invading Ni'lin 06.11.2013

Ni’lin village Raided Again,two guys got arrested.

At 5am Wednesday morning around 16 Israeli military jeeps and 50 soldiers on foot invaded the village of Ni’lin. They raided two houses using military dogs, making two arrests: Abdull Halim Khawaja, 24, and Zohdi Nafi, 21. The soldiers also stole the car of Ahmed Nafi, 34.

The soldiers used sound grenades as they went through the village, waking up civilians along the way. Once again the jeep mounted tear gas canon was used covering the village in gas.

The night raids continue as the families of Ni’lin are losing their children day by day. The number of prisoners are constantly rising as a consequence of the collective punishment forced upon the village of Ni’lin for protesting against the occupation and the struggle against the apartheid wall.

Monday morning two other young men, Abdullah Amireh, 22, and Nasir Amireh, 20, were arrested in the middle of the night. The arrested has been sent to the underground Almasqubyia jail in Jerusalem and Aljalama jail north of the West Bank.


Ni'lin after the invasion 31.10.2013

Arrests,injuries, stealing cameras and vandalism in Ni’lin

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

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

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

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

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.


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.


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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.