Presentation on theme: "Nabi Saleh The village lies about 20 km from Ramallah Population of about 500 residents Total area of 5,386 dunums, current jurisdiction over 2797 dunums."— Presentation transcript:
Nabi Saleh The village lies about 20 km from Ramallah Population of about 500 residents Total area of 5,386 dunums, current jurisdiction over 2797 dunums Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) confiscated a large part of land in 1977 and established Halamish settlement
At the beginning of 2010, Nabi Saleh launched a joint campaign with the neighboring village of Deir Nidham to engage in popular nonviolent resistance with the goal of regaining the entirety of their land, including the al-Qaws spring, which settlers seized at the end of 2009 The village announced the creation of a body, the Popular Committee for the Resistance Movement, which would be responsible for implementing weekly demonstrations and other peaceful actions on a regular basis Residents of Nabi Saleh were immediately faced with extreme force from the IOF and gangs of settlers, which led to many injuries, including suffocation from teargas Despite the arbitrary detention of many residents, home seizures, and night raids by the IOF, the residents of Nabi Saleh say they will resist until they obtain all of their legitimate rights Popular Resistance in Nabi Saleh
Arrest Campaign Against Nabi Saleh Residents Since the popular resistance movement began, 80 residents of Nabi Saleh have been arrested by the IOF Of those arrested, 30 were children under the age of 18, including 9 under the age of 16 Of those arrested, 6 were women In addition to targeting leaders and making arrests during the weekly demonstrations, the IOF has also begun to take pictures of all the residents of the village during night raids of their homes, in what many believe is a campaign to continue identifying new targets for arrest
Targeting Children: Examples of Arrests Islam Salah Dar Ayyoub Tamimi Age: 14 years Date of arrest: 23 January 2011 Arrest and detention: Islam was arrested from his home at 2:00 am and beaten during his arrest. He spent 3 months in prison, had to pay 20,000 shekels, and is currently under house arrest while his trial continues. Basil Abdul Illah Tamimi Age: 13 years Arrest: Basil was arrested in front of his uncle’s house during a weekly demonstration by an undercover Israeli agent, known as Musta’arabeen.
Women have been at the center of demonstrations in Nabi Saleh and have been consistently targeted for public arrests 6 women in total have been arrested since January 2010, including some who have been arrested multiple times 22 January 2010 arrests of Manal, Maha, and Nariman Tamimi: o Manal, her sister Maha, and cousin Nariman were arrested when Manal refused to take her children back inside their tear gas-filled home o Soldiers ripped off their headscarves and beat them, and Manal and Nariman were denied food, water, and sleep for over 30 hours o Held in Hasharon prison with general “Israeli” prisoners, rather than with other Palestinian political prisoners o Manal and Nariman were falsely accused of attacking soldiers and obstruction of military personnel, though the charges against them changed four times during their trial o Sentenced to six months probation with suspended sentence and prohibited from participating in demonstrations Targeting Women
Targeting Human Rights Defenders: Arrest of Bassem Tamimi: Date of birth: 30 March 1967 Occupation: Deputy Head of Visa Department, Ministry of the Interior Marital Status: Married with four children Date of arrest: 24 March 2011 Place of detention: Ofer Prison Number of arrests: 11(almost all of his arrests resulted in being held in administrative detention with no charges against him) Bassem is a veteran activist, protest organizer, and the coordinator of Nabi Saleh’s committee for the Popular Resistance Movement His indictment is largely based on coerced confessions of two minors, aged 14 and 15 His trial began on Sunday 5 June, where he firmly refuted all charges against him
Bassem’s Family Bassem’s wife, Nariman, has been arrested twice and beaten during his arrest and weekly demonstrations His sons Waed, 14, and Mohammed, 8, have both been wounded during demonstrations and fear for their own arrests His youngest son Salam, aged 5, asks to live in Ramallah away from Nabi Saleh, and his daughter Ahed, 10, is also constantly afraid of Israeli attacks All of his children suffer from severe trauma and stress following his arrest, including negative impacts to their performance in school and social behavior Says Nariman: “We are a Palestinian family like all families in the world – looking for peace for our children. The army destroyed happiness for our children by arresting their mother and father. Bassem is like a knight with a weapon, who chose to throw his weapon away in order to fight for peace instead of war. We have tried to raise our children by instilling these values of peace, but we are afraid that the violence they witness will only perpetuate more violence in their lives. Bassem is one of 6,000 prisoners in Israeli prisons and our call is for all of them to be free.”