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The demonstration was met with the usual military violence as Israeli forces threw stun grenades and fired live ammunition at unarmed, peaceful protesters. After Friday prayers about forty Palestinian protesters together with international and Israeli


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Carrie B (306)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 1:28 pm

Israeli forces arrested three women in Nabi Saleh and injured several protesters, one with live ammunition, during the village’s weekly Friday protest on March 13.
The demonstration was met with the usual military violence as Israeli forces threw stun grenades and fired live ammunition at unarmed and peaceful protesters. After Friday prayers about forty Palestinian protesters together with international and Israeli activists marched down the main road towards the military tower and checkpoint at the entrance to the village, which Israeli forces had closed before the protest. Within less than five minutes the Israeli military fired the first of many rounds of tear gas canisters. The protesters continued regardless and were meet by a line of Israeli soldiers whose use of unnecessary physical violence and many stun grenades resulted in multiple injuries.

Israeli forces threatened Nabi Saleh children, who walked down the road nearer to the closed gate. One young girl was hit with a rifle in the stomach and the head; she went to the hospital for treatment. Two Palestinian women – Bushra Tamimi and Nawal Tamimi – and Israeli activist Tali Shapiro were arrested and dragged away by Israeli forces.

The violence escalated near the end of the protest; Israeli forces used live .22 caliber ammunition and shot a young Palestinian in the lower leg. The bullet missed the bone, and he will likely recover soon

The village of Nabi Saleh has been demonstrating against the theft of its natural spring by the occupation since 2009. Israeli authorities have violently suppressed the weekly Friday protests since their inception – in the last few months alone, several villagers have been shot in the leg with live ammunition. Since the actions began, two people have been killed in the village – Mustafa Tamimi and Rushdi Tamimi; many others have been seriously injured. Despite the Israeli forces’ severe repression, the people of Nabi Saleh continue to fight against the brutal military occupation.

Israeli forces released Tali Shapiro on the night of March 13, and Nawal Tamimi the following day. Bushra Tamimi was released on the evening of March 15 after paying a 2000 NIS fine.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 1:40 pm
Now they're *UNARMED, PEACEFUL* protesters! On YouTube, no less....

Gillian M (11)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 1:46 pm
thanks for posting a video that shows clearly that the Palestinians are bullying the soldiers. Yes there are gas cannisters but the cameras clearly show that the Israeli soldiers do not throw them. The children are so scared of the soldiers that they run up to them and start pushing them knowing that they won't be hurt. And, at the end, it is obvious that the youths have attacked the soldiers.

So, what's the next lying Palestinian propaganda you want to pretend is the truth even when you can see it isn't?


Carol R (11)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 2:53 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 3:05 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 4:46 pm
The video makes it crystal clear indeed Penny .. How I admire the IDF, what kindness and restraint in the face of violent provocation ..

IDFs are indeed the most moral army in the world ..

fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 5:04 pm
March 24, 2015 - WATCH: IDF fires tear gas canisters directly at protestors. VIDEO

Two Palestinian protesters have been killed from the practice in recent years despite it being illegal.

In keeping with a recent upsurge in the illegal use of lethal force during weekly Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, video footage emerged last week of an Israeli soldier firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters on March 13, 2015, filmed by local journalist Bilal Tamimi. Shooting tear gas canisters directly at humans can be deadly, due to the velocity at which the canisters are fired. Just over three years ago, Mustafa Tamimi was killed in the same spot after being hit in the face by a canister at close range. In 2009, Bassem Abu Rahmah was killed after being struck in the chest by a tear gas canister in Bil’in. According to Israeli military guidelines, firing tear gas at a direct trajectory toward people – is irregular use of the weapon, and illegal.

This joins the army’s increasing use of live fire in Nabi Saleh against unarmed protesters, also illegal except in situations of “mortal danger.” During the demonstration shown in the video, a Palestinian demonstrator was shot in the leg by a live bullet; the army released a statement saying that the use of live fire had been in response to a “violent riot of 200 Palestinians” and that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown.

Both these claims are untrue; the demonstration was, however, a particularly violent one due to the actions of the Israeli army and Border Police. Several women and children demonstrators were beaten by soldiers, and three women were arrested: two residents of Nabi Saleh, Bushra Tamimi and Shireen al-Araj, and one Israeli activist, Tali Shapiro. Border Police also used stun grenades in an irregular fashion during the demonstration, throwing them directly at protesters rather than rolling them along the ground [Heb] – also visible in the video (the black canisters are stun grenades).

As those not being beaten and arrested started to run away from the attacks that day, the head of the Border Police unit repeatedly screamed “go home!” as canisters continued to fly past people’s heads and skid next to their feet.

The West Bank military commander, Brig. Gen. Tamir Yadai, boasted recently that the army had taken a “tougher approach” in the area. In light of this, the customary “bad apples” defence that is wheeled out when Israeli security forces’ thuggish behavior is exposed falls flat. Nonetheless, as evinced by the IDF’s statement last Friday, impunity will continue to spread its protective wings over the army’s use of force in the Occupied Territories.

Natasha Roth, a British immigrant to Israel, is a freelance writer and researcher, and a former coordinator at the ARDC.
Bilal Tamimi, a local journalist from Nabi Saleh documents every demonstration that takes place in the village, as well as incursions by Israeli security forces.

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fly bird (26)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 5:35 pm
One Palestinian Child has been Killed by Israel Every 3 Days for the Past 13 Years

Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That’s the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel’s occupation has now reached 6,000.

“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”

Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report pointed out that 9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000. Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18. Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Wednesday March 25, 2015, 6:13 pm

BRAVO, BRAVO. Fantastic Palestinian acting!!!! Histrionics, playing to the cameras, screaming, the whole shebab.

Pallywood does it again -- brings the press to witness bullying by Palestinians. The Israelis don't even react until the kids run past them, trying to defy the soldiers.

Amazing that the Israeli soldiers must have been so "scary" that the kids scream at them, push them, and try to get the soldiers to catch them.

There is no question that the Palestinians were far more frightening than anything the Israelis did. Just another mug for the camera.

I wonder how much the Palestinians got paid when they came back. The girl with the long blonde hair has been in quite a few videotaped confrontations with the Israelis. She's even been invited back and been photographed with Mahmoud Abbas. I saw her in a few videos a couple of years ago. Quite a little star.

With all that regular confrontation and screaming at the Israelis, she's become quite a star. I imagine they call her when they find an opportunity for her to act. I sure would like to know what she gets paid.


Shil O (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 12:52 am
idf firing live shots -- certainly couldn't call them dead shots
I would send the whole caboodle of them back to the firing range for proper instruction


Shil O (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:02 am
did you see yer man hugging the little girl -- was that his wife ?? or just following in mohammeds footsteps
filling children with hate is par for the course but to put his wives in the front line whilst he sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" was a bit much

Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:14 am
More media monkeys than protesters who as they screech pretend with some really bad acting to be hurt - pathetic and actually quite funny. Why are you not there Carrie and Jess helping your Arab friends? Too scared? Do not care enough? Carrie what is your point (Is your name really Carrie and not bibi Miriam)? Do you want the Jews in Israel to surrender their tiny bit of real estate to the Arabs, subjugate themselves to these Arabs and hope they will not be massacred. Is that what you want? Do you know or even care that a million or more Jews where driven from many Islamic countries from Saudi Arabia to Morocco by Muslims and stripped of all their possessions? Those people sought succour in Israel - do you know that?

Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:23 am
Carrie what is your opinion on these statements written by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

"* There is no Jewish people. Judaism is a religion, not a national group, and therefore the Jews have no right to self-determination.

* The Jews never had sovereignty in the Land of Israel, and therefore there is no justification for their claim to a Jewish state here – as a result, the disappearance of the State of Israel is inevitable.

* The Jews are faulty beings, which is why the Europeans sought to be rid of them – there is therefore no justification for the Palestinians, who have owned the land for ages and are the descendants of the Canaanites, having to actually suffer being in their vicinity.

* All means that will expedite the disappearance of Israel are legitimate, including armed struggle, popular uprising and diplomatic activities. Methods that promise the greatest achievements at the least possible cost are always to be preferred. Currently, the focus must be on the diplomatic and legal campaign and on a popular uprising (including the use of force without live weaponry)."

Your train of thought seems to indicate that you agree whole heartedly with these statements. Is that true?

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 6:46 am
Me and a friend used to get silly and watch pally mock-ups on YouTube and play *What's Wrong With This Picture*.

Like the *Invading Israeli Tank* that was a WWII British tank now with Arabic writing. *Brutal IDF Soldiers* who were carrying Syrian rifles. Oh, and *Green Shirt Man* who was dead in a pile of corpses but seen walking away down the the street in the the last.3 seconds of the clip.

Lona G (66)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:11 pm
It's sad enough that you need to post at all, but please continue to post these articles, Carrie. And ignore the usual shills, their words say so much more about who they are and what they stand for than any of our comments ever could.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 1:37 pm
And you watching this video and believing it not only says so much about who you are and what you stand for, it certainly calls into question your integrity and motivation.

Yes, carrie, keep posting.......

Carrie B (306)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 2:24 pm
I will keep posting the truth about Israel and Palestine. The world is finally seeing Israel and its government as they really are. The days of white washing Israeli war crimes, genocide, hate, discrimination, and bigotry, are over.

No longer is Israel able to justify its actions by falling back on the atrocities of Nazi Germany, when their own actions are becoming more Nazi-like every day.

Keep slobbering on your keyboard with your racist comments Barbara, ~ it proves all you are trying to deny.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 2:51 pm
OMG! You're going to post the truth about Israel and palestine?

When are you going to start? I wouldn't want to miss it......

Janet B (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 3:23 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 6:14 pm
Carrie, Pallywood NEVER tells truth about Israel and Arabs, you know that very well. Otherwise, you would not be quoting there to promote the extremist views.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday March 26, 2015, 8:00 pm
15 minutes of fame. Civil disobedience always has it's risks. It can accelerate to tragic results. The kids were goading the soldiers that is obvious. I wonder if the kids had a real grasp on the situation or just having some attention.
Good thing the press was there. I would imagine the journalists were happy to cover this protest and not being out in the field with bullets whizzing by and bombs toppling buildings around them.

joan silaco (578)
Friday March 27, 2015, 2:54 am

Evelyn B (63)
Friday March 27, 2015, 3:10 am
I see that there are a lot of people here who wish that there'd been some real violence by the protesters - violence to support the image they want people to have about the brutal violent Palestinians ....

How very disappointing to have to try to spin spiel around a scene where the violence on the Palestinian side is all verbal or involving some shoving ...... compared to hauling away roughly, The spiel might work if one hadn't seen the video ...

Bearing in mind that this is in Palestine, on Palestinian land (officially - the occupied territories, not even on land grabbed for settlements) ... Not even at an official check point ...

Oh yes - of course - the Palestinians are carrying (completely invisible) weapons to fire tear gas at themselves. Carried in those (invisible) weapons packs that they are all wearing.

How very surprising to see the same local people in films of demonstrations that take place here every week! You'd have thought they'd change the people ... give some variety ... fancy that, the same long haired girl from the Palestinian village in Nabi Saleh HAS BEEN SEEN BEFORE!

Oh WHY won't those damn villagers (and their Israeli friends) use real violence, to justify the fear & hate many here want to promote. Most uncooperative of them.

After all - one can see that those dear, gentle unarmed .... well OK armed ... IDF guys are just gently pointing out that these occupied Paltestinian territories are actually Israeli - and to hell with any International Law & Geneva Conventions that say otherwise .... How dare anyone say otherwise? Anyone who says otherwise is clearly Anti-Semitic, Jew-hating, because they dare to criticise Israeli human rights abuses ....

So one has to pretend that these are staged performances, actually all these people in IDF uniforms are actually Palestinian actors .... because no IDF soldier would even consider being violent, dragging kids along the ground .... No way! So we really don't need to worry about whether there are some ethical issues that really need to be addressed ....... especially as BN has now been re-elected, and will cover our asses while we spew hate & bs ....

It really is a nuisance that Israeli & international human rights supporters manage to capture such events on film. But if you guys work hard, maybe you can keep each other convinced that you're always in the right ... on the right, anyway.

I'm not so sure that you'll convince so many that are not determined to see IDF as knights in glowing armour & Palestinians as devils, though ... And the volume of your efforts suggests that you're not entirely convinced, either ..

Carrie - thanks for posting. This may be routine (although a little "hotter" than some weeks), and happening in several places where regular non-violent protests are held - but people need to be reminded. And much of the response above reflects the fact that some people don't want such reminders to reach people! Keep it up!

Arild Warud (174)
Friday March 27, 2015, 4:46 am
You've been missing it from the beginning bd.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 27, 2015, 6:33 am
Being one of the You and Yours *usual suspects*, I'm sure someone thinks you're right, arild.

Arild Warud (174)
Friday March 27, 2015, 10:18 am
Hear,hear bd,Nyack Clancy see it like it is.
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