Nabi Saleh held celebrations marking Land Day on Saturday with 200 Palestinian, Israeli and international supporters in attendance. The Israeli army quickly attacked the celebrations when villages approached a spring taken over by settlers. The army then invaded the village while firing large amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets. One Israeli supporter was lightly injured when a rubber bullet was shot directly at the demonstrator. Three Palestinians were arrested during the invasion.
Demonstrators were able to hold their complete march for the first time in months only to be attacked with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tears. Six Palestinians, Israelis and international supporters were detain or arrested during the military invasion into the village.
14 year old Islam Tamimi will spend another night in jail as a military judge did not grant his release this morning. Later in the morning, Bassam Tamimi, the Popular Committee leader of Nabi Saleh, was briefly arrested in the village. Two 15 year old children were also arrested. Currently, their where abouts are unknown.
The 11 year old brother of Isalm Tamimi- a 14 year old child who was arrested in Nabi Saleh during a night raid on the village- has been arrested this morning by the army in Nabi Saleh. Isalm Tamimi was interrogated for eight hours after his arrest early Sunday morning. Yesterday, the state asked for him to remain in jail until a hearing on Thursday.
Despite growing in numbers, the popular struggle is facing serious military repression. Two leaders explain the situation from the ground.
During the weekly demonstration against the occupation on Saturday, five Israeli army jeeps invaded the village of Beit Ummar and took violent crowd control measures. The army used rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas during clashes with youth inside the civilian areas of the village.
The Israeli army once again attacked the unarmed weekly demonstration against the Separation barrier in Bil'in with deadly tear gas and 'Skunk' water. Dozens were treated for tear gas inhalation as settlers joined the army on the other side of the barrier.
For the second time this week, soldiers have conducted night raids on the village of Nabi Saleh. Soldiers entered homes throughout the night looking for youth, photographing them and taking ID numbers.
A Stanford academic of middle eastern history visits the weekly unarmed demonstration in an Nabi Saleh and finds that the problem with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Israeli occupation.
As civil disobedience has largely replaced suicide attacks and other deadly violence, soldiers respond with tamer weapons. When the Skunk truck arrives, people hightail it.