This week we added the mourning of Mustafa Tamimi to the ongoing joint struggle. There was a special recruitment of activists to Nabi Saleh with around of 100 Israelis in addition to Palestinians activists of the region who joined the hundreds of Nabi Saleh villagers. The conflicts with the Israeli state forces was more than usual and was included action in the entrance of the adjacent colonialist settlement who rob Nabi Saleh lands and springs. The Bil'in struggle continue week after week and in addition to being a symbol for the struggle against the separation fence, robbery of lands by settler colonialists and the occupation, it is also a focus of defamation of our struggle by the Israeli Prime minister and his servants. The Israeli courts system that usually serve whole heartedly the transfer of Palestinian had a glitch when a judge refused to evict Palestinians from two hoses in occupied East Jerusalem.
16 Dec. The 360th Friday demonstration against the separation wall/fence and the occupation in Bil'in. At noon, some drove directly to the new separation wall, most of us marched the long way towards it. We were about 15 Israelis, similar number of internationals and few dozens Palestinians. Many of us held the picture of Mustafa Tamimi murdered last Friday demo in Nabi Saleh. Soon after we arrived at the wall the state force "warned" us with tear gas grenades but due to a friendly wind that carried the gas towards them they refrained for a while from shooting us. Many of the shabab who started earlier confrontation with the soldiers at the south end of the reservation moved towards our location and had a long and intense "communication" with the soldiers who had to hide behind the wall.
Few of the shabab and one of the main demonstration carrying a flag even succeeded to enter the forbidden zone between the spools of barbed wire and the wall. After long while, as the state force failed to disperse us with the shower of tear gas they shoot from behind the wall, they crossed the wall and came with their armed cars and by foot to threat us...
At this stage most of the participants dispersed on the surrounding hills and returned to the village.
Demo against the new checkpoint this Sunday at !6:00
Representatives of the Palestinian community in Shuafat have invited Israelis and Internationals to come to the weekly demo against the new checkpoint constructed by the Israeli military. The demonstration will be held on Sunday at 3. A transportation will pick up attendees from the Bell Garden at 1:45. To register for the transportation/directions please contact Michael at 0507750754
Approximately 30 Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered at the edge of Shu'fat refugee camp today to demonstrate against the new Israeli checkpoint, which opened last Monday, December 12 and that an Israeli activist referred to as ethnic cleansing.
Pictures - http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/jerusalem/3993-in-photos-palestinians-israelis-and-internationals-protest-new-checkpoint-at-shufat
Haim Schwarczenberg - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2927781712925.2154116.1212414101
We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.
The weekly demonstration against the Wall and settlements in Ma'asara commenced peacefully, like on any other week in the past five years. Some 50 protesters marched from the center of the village towards the main road, aiming to reach their agricultural lands, confiscated to build the Wall.
Chanting slogans and raising banners, the demonstrators soon met a military battalion that was standing in a line on the road, aiming to prevent the march from passing through. As they reached the soldiers, Hassan Breijieh approached them and asked might he be allowed to cross to his lands. The soldiers replied, apparently mockingly, that he may. As soon as Breijieh took two steps forward he was immediately arrested.
The demonstration continued for some time following this event. As most of the protesters were heading back into the village, soldiers arrested a local youth, Ibrhaim Fawaja, claiming that he had thrown stones. While soldiers told the demonstrators that they will be released shortly, both remain in custody and it is still unclear when they will be brought before a judge.
Weekly demonstration, Dec. 16, 2011 Photos by Yousef Shaheen
Thursday evening - commemoration for the martyr Mustafa Tamimi murdered last week end.
The village of is calling for a central demonstration this Friday to protest the killing of Mustafa Tamimi and show their resolve in the face of IDF murderousness.
The people of this small village have been assaulted endlessly in the nearly two years since they started to demonstrate regularly for their rights and for their lands. They have been arrested and injured countless times and now the IDF has done its' worse.
Still, they remain committed to their struggle and are calling on their supporters to join them this Friday to show that they and their supporters will not be give in.
Please let us know early if you can come so transportation can be arranged. Contact N
Text by Jonathan Pollak on Mustafa Tamimi:
Palestine-Israel: Nabi Salih, the death of a stone-thrower
More than 100 Israelis joined the heroic people of the village and activists from Bilin and the region (including international activists).
Hundreds joined the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh today, including more than 100 Israelis, and a contingent of activists from Bil'in for marking the killing of Mustafa Tamimi (28), who was shot in the face during the weekly protest in the village last Friday. Tamimi was shot from a distance of less than 10 meters behind the semi-open door of an armored military jeep.
The demonstration held today commenced peacefully from the center of the village towards the spring confiscated by the nearby settlement Halamish. Shortly after arriving to the point where Tamimi was shot last week, the march was attacked by a shower tear-gas, shot by Border Police soldiers - both in arch and directly towards protesters. Massive amounts of tear-gas were shot continuously for approximately 30 minutes, despite the fact that no stone throwing was taking place. In addition, the "Skunk" truck carrying foul-smelling water was used to spray the entire area including the large crews of press present.
During the same time, a group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists were blocking the entrance to the settlement of Halamish, built adjacent Nabi Saleh, on privately owned Palestinian land. 10 protesters were arrested in this attempt.
In the village, clashes started erupting between local youth and the army. A small group of protesters, who managed to get quite close to the spring, were also arrested. A Palestinian woman was pepper-sprayed by a Border Policemen for no evident reason. Several protesters and media personnel were slightly injured by tear gas canisters. One of them was evacuated to receive medical treatment.
Another group of Palestinian protesters were arrested while already leaving the village, when a taxi going to Ramallah was stopped by the army. All commuters were taken off the car and a number of them were arrested. All arrestees were taken to the Benyamin police station and most of them are charged with road blocking and entrance to close military zone.
25 arrested/detained - including Palestinians of the village and from Bil'in, Israelis and internationals - preliminary reports are that the majority of those detained are being held in the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish. Later, 8 of 10 Palestinians were released while two were taken with most of the internationals and Israelis to Benyamin police station. Later, most released with 14 accepted ban of 15 days on returning to Nabi Saleh. 2 Israeli women detainees remained in custody as they have refused to sign conditions of being banned from the area for a certain period of time and are staying in jail In solidarity with Mohammad Tamimi and Mohammad Khatib. They will be brought before a judge this evening in Jerusalem.
the internationals and the Israelis were released except 2 who refused to sign on two weeks ban on returning to Nebi Saleh.
Fadi Arouri - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150473279093088.396263.16160983087
davidreeb - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB4QcYyjb3g
RT - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5HOajv2c4c
Israel Putermam video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnD8biAA3FY
From Mohammed Khatib 18-12-11
I have just been released from jail, after three days inside. I was arrested last Friday, together with 22 others, in the village of Nabi Saleh, during a demonstration commemorating the murder of Mustafa Tamimi. Our arrest took place as we peacefully protested near the entrance to the Jewish-only settlement of Halamish, which is built on lands stolen from Nabi Saleh.
Minutes after we got to the gate, Israeli Border Police officers moved in to remove us from the scene. Palestinians, Israeli and international activists, we were all shackled and dragged away into military jeeps that transported us to the adjacent military base, which is in fact part of the settlement.
In the military base, still shackled, I was assaulted by a settler who hit me in the face, leaving me with a bloody nose. Shortly after, the settler also attacked a female Israeli activist who was by my side. The soldiers and policemen present did not prevent the attack, nor did they bother to detain the settler after the fact. Instead, the zip-tie locks on my hands were removed, only for my arms to be bound again, this time behind my back.
Hours later, at the police station, I learned that to cover up their responsibility for my attack, the soldiers have laid a bogus complaint against me for assaulting them. My hands were tied, my face was bleeding, but it was I who spent the night in the inside of prison cell.
Mohammed Tamimi from Nabi Saleh was also arrested during that same demonstration. While the police decided to release all the others, he and I were to remain in jail. During our demonstrations, soldiers often take pictures, to later use them as "incriminating evidence". This time, the soldiers used one such picture to accuse Mohammed of throwing stones during a demonstration a few weeks or months back. The man pictured in that photograph is not Mohammed Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, regardless, he remains in jail. Military law allows Israel to keep us Palestinians in jail for eight days before seeing a judge, and even then, it is a soldier in uniform who is the so called neutral arbitrator.
As the prison doors closed behind me, my happiness was clouded by the fact that Mohammed Tamimi was not released. The battle for his freedom is only beginning, as our lawyers prepare the petition for his release. If you can, please help us fund legal aid for him and for the countless others who are regularly arrested protesting Israeli Occupation.
I would also like to use this letter to extend my gratitude to Ayala Shani, an Israeli comrade who was arrested with me. She refused the injustice of being released while both me and Mohammed Tamimi were still detained. As these words are written, she is still in jail, despite having been offered her freedom twice already by Israeli courts.
Ayala, who refused to sign her release papers (with commitment not to return 15 days to Nabi Saleh) as solidarity with Mohammed Tamimi still jailed was literally kicked out of jail without signing any papers on 19-12-11 with Mohammed Tamimi the only one of Friday demo detainees still at jail.
Protesters in Manage to Open a Gate Long Closed by the Army.
Approximately 100 residents and activists in Ni'ilin for the Friday demonstration against the separation fence used to rob their lands and occupation. They also protested Israeli construction work in the Gates of the Temple Mount (Bab Al Magharbeh) in Jerusalem. Protesters managed to open an agricultural gate that has been closed for more than six months.
The demonstration commenced at the center of the village shortly after the Friday prayer, marching towards the concrete wall surrounding the separation barrier built on the village's agricultural lands. Upon arriving to the Wall, protesters burned tires as well as a cardboard-made model of settlements. A small group of youth then began throwing stones at the Wall, to which the army responded by shooting large amounts of tear-gas projectiles.
Despite the heavy fall of tear gas, protesters were able to reach an agricultural gate installed in the Wall. The gate is supposed to be open in fixed times to enable farmers to reach their lands, however it has been constantly closed for at least six months. Demonstrators were able to open up a passage of about half a meter in this gate. The army responded rapidly – for the first time in months soldiers passed the Wall and entered the village, shooting large amounts of tear gas and rubber coated bullets at the demonstrators. Clashes lasted for over an hour, through which at least one protester was slightly injured.
Dec. 16, 2011 Resistance Persists in Kufr Qaddum
Dozens join the weekly demonstration against land grab and closure in Kufr Qaddum. Army replies with a shower of tear gas and invades the village.
Weekly demonstrations in Kufr Qaddum Persist. Residents of Kufer Qaddum in the northern West Bank are protesting land grab by settlers and severe violations of their freedom of movement. Settlers of the adjacent settlement Kedumin have been long taking over privately owned Palestinian land in a manner that even the Israeli civil Administration called "theft". Moreover, since the beginning of the second Intifada the main road leading to the town has been blocked by the army, largely impeding transport in and out of town
Demonstration in Qalandia Town Dec. 16, 2011 Against the construction of the Separation Wall.
Photos by Nasser Shiyoukh, ''I love Ramallah" & Ahmad Gharabali
Don’t say we did not know #290
On Tuesday, 6th December, 2011, the IDF demolished two homes and three agricultural sheds (one of them without a military demolition order) in the Palestinian village El-Halaila, near the settlement Givat Ze’ev. One home owner who received a demolition order partially demolished his home in advance, hoping that this would give his family at least some sort of shelter. It did not help. Twelve souls were left without a roof over their heads.
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