Today's march was met with excessive force by the Israeli army, as protesters were fired upon with tear gas canisters, rubber-coated and even live bullets. Six young men were injured, five from live bullets, and one from a tear gas canister. Although eventually transported to hospital for treatment, the army refused to let the ambulance through for about half an hour.

Nabi Saleh 28/04/2017

Around 100 people gathered in the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank after Friday’s midday prayers. They were there to stage solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners, hunger striking in Israel’s jails. On 17 April, observed as Prisoner’s Day, about 1500 political prisoners of different factions launched a hunger strike to protest…

In solidarity with the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh marched and confronted the Israeli army. The strike was launched on Prisoner's Day, 17 April, and included thousands of political prisoners of different factions. The prisoners demand immediate improvement to the conditions of their incarceration, such as access to education, phones, family visits etc. The Israeli state retaliated against the leadership of the prisoners, especially against Marwan Barghouti, by relocating them to different jails and placing them in solitary confinement. 
The Nabi Saleh marchers waved the Fatah flags, chanted against administrative detention, and call for the release of political prisoners and against the ongoing occupation and land confiscations. The Israeli army attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas, rubber- and sponge-encased steel bullets. No major injuries or arrests reported.

Nabi Saleh 21/04/2017

In solidarity with the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh marched and confronted the Israeli army. The strike was launched on Prisoner’s Day, 17 April, and included thousands of political prisoners of different factions. The prisoners demand immediate improvement to the conditions of their incarceration, such as…

Settlers Violence, Nabi Saleh, 3 March 2017

Settlers Violence, Nabi Saleh, 3 March 2017

Photographed & Edit by Bilal Tamimi Residents of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to reclaim ‘Ayn al-Qaws, a spring which was confiscated by the settlers a few years ago. Since the expropriation, the military rarely allowed Palestinians to enter the spring and its environs, especially on Fridays. Villagers marched to the spring, accompanied by solidarity…

Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshipers at the Ibrahimi mosque in the early hours of 25 February, 1994, killing 29 of them and wounding another 125. In the wake of subsequent violence, the Israeli military closed Shuhadaa street to Palestinians, shuttering stores and forcing residents off public spaces. Today, only Jewish settlers and their guests are allowed to move through the bulk of Shuhadaa street. Protesters chanted against the ongoing closure, against the ghettoization of Hebron and the continued settlement project that disrupt the daily lives of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli army dispersed protesters with barrages of tear gas. No serious injuries or arrests reported.

Dismantle the Ghetto, Hebron, 2017

Hundreds marched today for the annual “Open Shuhadaa Street” protest in the occupied city of Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshipers…

After several of the village's young men were released from Israeli prison, residents of Nabi Saleh confronted the occupying army, defying the army's expropriation of their water spring. The soldiers fired barrages of tear gas on demonstrators, including the new and improved-range kind. No major injuries reported.

Nabi Saleh 29/04/2016

After several of the village’s young men were released from Israeli prison, residents of Nabi Saleh confronted the occupying army, defying the army’s expropriation of their water spring. The soldiers fired barrages of tear gas on demonstrators, including the new and improved-range kind. No major injuries reported. If you like my work, please also ‘like’…

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…