Israeli military court at Ofer, near Bitunia, released eight political prisoners, all young men from Nabi Saleh. The prisoners, arrested over the past several months during night raids, were accused of stone throwing and other offences, and the prosecution initially requested significant jail sentences of several years. However, failing to provide significant evidence, the prosecutors reached a plea bargain with all eight, with time served. The prisoners were released late in the evening as a large crowd of their kin were waiting for them outside the fences of Ofer military camp. Two more young men from Nabi Saleh, 'Ez al-Din and Maher, remain in prison.

The release of Nabi Saleh’s political prisoners 13/04/2016

Israeli military court at Ofer, near Bitunia, released eight political prisoners, all young men from Nabi Saleh. The prisoners, arrested over the past several months during night raids, were accused of stone throwing and other offences, and the prosecution initially requested significant jail sentences of several years. However, failing to provide significant evidence, the prosecutors…

Commemorating the battle of al-Qastel, Palestinians from the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army protesting the continued colonial violence and land expropriations. Villagers commemorated the battle of al-Qastel of 1948, famous for the steadfastness and heroism of Palestinian resistance fighters led by 'Abd al-Qader al-Husseini against Zionist militias. However, al-Husseini fell in battle, and the ensuing defeat enabled Zionist troops to raid the nearby village of Deir Yassin, committing a heinous massacre. The memory of the heroics of al-Husseini and his men, including a man from Nabi Saleh, keeps inspiring the villagers who are still resisting Israeli occupation and brutality. Protesters made their stand on the mountain overlooking the village's al-Qaws spring which was expropriated by Israel for the benefit of the settlers. Even though the youth refrained from hurling stones, soldiers still fired long-range tear gas canisters, one of which missed a local journalist by the width of a hair. The range and velocity of these canisters, when hitting the human body, may result in serious injuries and even fatalities.

Nabi Saleh 08/04/2016

Commemorating the battle of al-Qastel, Palestinians from the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army protesting the continued colonial violence and land expropriations. Villagers commemorated the battle of al-Qastel of 1948, famous for the steadfastness and heroism of Palestinian resistance fighters led by ‘Abd al-Qader al-Husseini against Zionist militias. However, al-Husseini fell in battle,…

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Land Day, residents of Nabi Saleh, and many solidarity activists from Palestine and the world marched towards 'ayn al-Qaws, the spring and adjacent lands expropriated by the Israeli settlers. Land Day was first marked on 30 March 1976 with a massive demonstration in the Galilee, northern Palestine, when the Israeli police brutally dispersed marchers, killing six of them. since then, Land Day has been commemorated mainly within the 1948 borders, but after the first intifada, the day was more commonly marked by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. 
Israeli soldiers fired barrages of tear gas at the demonstrators, who marched waving the Palestinian flag and olive branches, marking Palestinian rootedness and profound connection to the land. Protesters were able to reach the spring, while settlers retaliated by attacking Palestinian journalists and damaging their equipment, as soldiers hurled stun grenades and threatened to pepper spray Palestinians if they do not disperse. Then, as Palestinians retreated, the soldiers fired many rounds of tear gas canisters. I suffered from asphyxiation from the gas, gasping for air, as my lungs and eyes were burning for several minutes. Another Palestinian woman collapsed after inhaling the gas. In addition,, the soldiers fired the new, long-range, tear gas canisters and hit a Palestinian boy.  Finally, there is no reliable information as to the long-term health-related effects of exposure to tear gas, but several villagers are reporting visible deterioration of their health as a result of repeated inhalation of tear gas, during demonstrations and military raids, including occasions when the army fires tear gas into residential homes.

Nabi Saleh 01/04/2016

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Land Day, residents of Nabi Saleh, and many solidarity activists from Palestine and the world marched towards ‘ayn al-Qaws, the spring and adjacent lands expropriated by the Israeli settlers. Land Day was first marked on 30 March 1976 with a massive demonstration in the Galilee, northern Palestine, when the Israeli…

In the last few weeks we have witnessed an increased use of a new tear gas canister by the Israeli army. Significantly, this new canister differs from its predecessor by the range of its projectile: while the older canisters reached merely a few hundred meters, the new and improved long-range canisters reach several hundred meters, propelled by internal combustion. The soldiers launching the new canisters do not have visuals on the targeted areas, especially when used in built environments. The new canisters are manufactured of lighter materials, however the danger of direct impact is much more significant because of higher velocity. In addition, the new canister is undetectable from the ground whereas previously, demonstrators, its targets, could detect its general direction and avoid impact. The new canister is visible only once it hits its target and emits tear gas.
With the previous tear gas canisters, soldiers were clearly instructed to fire only once they have visuals on the targets. With the new canister, it is much less probable the soldiers are able to clearly see the targets. Thus, for instance, during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh on Friday, 11 March 2016, an 11 years old boy sustained an injury to his torso from a direct impact of the new canister. I would hate to assume what might have happened had that canister hit the child's head or the soldier not aim high enough and hit someone within a closer range at the same velocity. 
This is a situation in which the use of tear gas as crowd control measurement is akin to live ammunition and can be fatal. On 17 April, 2009, Bassem "Phil" Abu Rahmeh, a 30 years old resident of Bil'in, was killed from a direct impact of a tear gas canister during a demonstration near the separation barrier on his village's lands. On 9 December, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi from the village of Nabi Saleh was killed from a head injury caused by a tear gas canister fired at close range by an Israeli soldier.

New tear gas canisters could be fatal

In the last few weeks we have witnessed an increased use of a new tear gas canister by the Israeli army. Significantly, this new canister differs from its predecessor by the range of its projectile: while the older canisters reached merely a few hundred meters, the new and improved long-range canisters reach several hundred meters,…

Residents of the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to protest the occupation and the ongoing violent repression of Palestinians by the Israeli army. This time, protesters were accompanied by a large contingent of foreign solidarity activists, who came to participate in the demonstration and witness the brutality. The Israeli soldiers fired many rounds of tear gas canisters, including the new long-range variety that is undetectable while in motion, and that may cause serious injuries or worse. The soldiers also used stun grenades to disperse protesters. No major injuries reported.

Nabi Saleh 25/03/2016

Residents of the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to protest the occupation and the ongoing violent repression of Palestinians by the Israeli army. This time, protesters were accompanied by a large contingent of foreign solidarity activists, who came to participate in the demonstration and witness the brutality. The Israeli soldiers fired many…

Commemorating the 13th anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death, villagers in Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army, in protest of the ongoing occupation, land seizures and mass incarceration of Palestinians. Corrie was killed by the Israeli army while attempting to prevent house demolition in the Gaza strip. Today, the practice of punitive house demolition by the Israelis continues and has escalated in the past few months.  During the demonstration, the Israeli military fired several rounds of tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets. No major injuries reported.

Nabi Saleh 18/03/2016

Commemorating the 13th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death, villagers in Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army, in protest of the ongoing occupation, land seizures and mass incarceration of Palestinians. Corrie was killed by the Israeli army while attempting to prevent house demolition in the Gaza strip. Today, the practice of punitive house demolition by the…

During the weekly Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, the Israeli army made extensive use of a new kind of tear gas canister, which has a much longer range and is almost undetectable. This time, the canister hit 10 year old Muhammad and injured him, though no bone was broken. He was taken for medical care and later released.

Nabi Saleh 11/03/2016

During the weekly Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, the Israeli army made extensive use of a new kind of tear gas canister, which has a much longer range and is almost undetectable. This time, the canister hit 10 year old Muhammad and injured him, though no bone was broken. He was taken for medical care…

Aptly called "Friday of the Land," This week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh commemorated Land Day, recalling 6 Palestinians killed by Israeli police in army while protesting land expropriation in the Galilee in 1976. Villagers accompanies by Israeli and international activists, including a Brazilian delegation, marched towards the al-Qaws spring, which was expropriated for the use of the nearby settlement of Halamish. Marchers reiterated Palestinians' right to live on their lands.
The IDF attempted to disperse the marchers using tear gas and stun grenades. No major injuries reported.

The Arrest of Manal Tamimi

On Tuesday, 8 March, International Women’s Day, at 1:30am, fully armed Israeli soldiers raided the home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi in the village of Nabi Saleh. The soldiers arrested Manal in front of her frightened children, the youngest of which is 10 years old. Manal was then taken to an interrogation which was held…

After six months of popular uprising and brutal violent Israeli repression, Palestinians in the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army to protest the ongoing occupation, land expropriations and extrajudicial killings. Protesters reported the army is now using a new, and lethal, kind of tear gas canisters, that are heavier than the previous ones, almost undetectable with a much bigger range. It is only a matter of time before these new canisters cause fatalities, they argued.

Nabi Saleh 04/03/2016

After six months of popular uprising and brutal violent Israeli repression, Palestinians in the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army to protest the ongoing occupation, land expropriations and extrajudicial killings. Protesters reported the army is now using a new, and lethal, kind of tear gas canisters, that are heavier than the previous ones,…