Two years later, Israel's Military Advocate General rules no regulations were breached when a soldier fatally shot Mustafa Tamimi with tear gas from close range. This decision sends Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable. The Israeli Military Advocate General (MAG) announced Thursday that it has closed the investigation into the killing of Mustafa Tamimi, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi died almost exactly two years ago, on December 10, 2011, after being hit by a tear gas canister shot by IDF soldiers…Read More...
This week: more holes in the separation wall, protests against the Prawer-Begin Plan, tear gas in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian passport for a Palestinian citizen, soldier protect settler activists, solidarity with Palestine at the UN, marching against violence against women, Greenpeace targets GMOs in Israeli supermarkets, and clashes after Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants.Read More... | 2 Comments
This week: Palestinians demonstrate against the Israeli separation wall and U.S. foreign policy, construction and demolition of Palestinian homes, Afghan asylum seekers struggle in Europe, a funeral for a Palestinian who died in Israeli custody, a hearing on the Prawer-Begin Plan, animal rights activists in Tel Aviv, and Palestinians seek water access in the Jordan Valley.Read More...
Since 1994, activists in the Italy's Susa Valley have been engaged in a popular struggle against government plans to build a 57 kilometer high-speed railway. On a trip to the West Bank, the Susa Valley activists came to better understand life under Israeli occupation, and came away with new insights for their own struggle back home. By Riccardo Carraro When we use the term “popular struggle” we usually mean it in the context of collective, grassroots participation in a fight that is inclusive of several sectors of society, without distinction based on gender, age, culture, etc. And although each popular struggle…Read More... | 8 Comments
New report by Israeli and international rights groups demand more protection for the right to protest. But even as the report shines a light on the West Bank, how can you protect a right you don't have? If freedom of expression is the grievance system of democracies, the right to protest and peaceful assembly is democracy’s megaphone. It is the tool of the poor and the marginalized – those who do not have ready access to the levers of power and influence, those who need to take to the streets to make their voices heard. ('Take back the streets: Repression…Read More...
In Bil'in, the army is adopting new tactics to get demonstrators away from wall, while in Qadum, it took the initiative with a preemptive strike on the local mosque during prayer. And yet, this past Friday, hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli and international solidarity activists protested against the occupation - and got their fair share of tear gas. It's been a while since my last visit to Bil'in. I've been busy with union work at Maariv, and besides – taking a Friday at home is always more tempting than marching up West Bank hilltops in the summer heat, and dodging…Read More... | 1 Comment
Since the takeover of its spring by settlers, the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh has not known a quiet weekend. Every Friday, the members of the village, along with Israeli and international activists, hold demonstrations and attempt to march toward the spring, which has been swallowed up by the settlement of Halamish. The demonstrations, which are declared illegal by the IDF, are forcefully put down with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, among other weapons. Read more: Nabi Saleh: A tiny village's struggle against the occupation For first time, weekly Nabi Saleh protest reaches destination: Its own springRead More... | 1 Comment
This week: Israeli forces kill a Palestinian in a Jenin raid, villagers return to land invaded by settlers, protesters camp out at Yair Lapid's house, Palestinians protest the against the occupation and in support of prisoners, an event in France promotes Palestinian culture and activists bring water to deprived Jordan Valley residents.Read More...
B'Tselem spokesperson and colleague Sarit Michaeli was shot in the leg from close range on Friday by Israeli forces while documenting the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh, as she has been doing for years. She issued a statement Saturday on her understanding of what happened, which I translated below. Although this is not the first time an Israeli has been wounded by IDF fire at West Bank protests (there are a handful of other cases), it is quite uncommon. It is certainly not the first time a Palestinian or foreigner has been wounded (there are dozens of such cases). It is…Read More... | 63 Comments
What we can learn from the arrest of a well-known Palestinian activist's wife. Nariman Tamimi was due to stand trial today at Ofer Military Prison for a rare charge: violating a closed military zone order. Nariman was arrested in her own village during an unarmed protest, in which not even one stone was thrown. When she was brought before a military judge, it was proved – through video evidence – that she never even resisted her arrest as the army previously claimed. Yet the military prosecution insisted on proceeding with the case. You can read Mairav Zonszein's report of the affair…Read More... | 30 Comments
The IDF did not charge the two protesters with stone throwing, violent conduct or illegal gathering - but rather for violating a 'closed military zone order,' a highly unusual indictment. If the pair are convicted in court, it could set a precedent that demonstrates Palestinians are forbidden by Israel to oppose the occupation in any way. The IDF's Ofer Military Court in the West Bank will hold its first hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in the trial of Nariman Tamimi and Rana Hamadah, two Palestinian women who were arrested on Friday, June 28 at the weekly demonstration against the occupation in Nabi Saleh.…Read More... | 32 Comments
From Bedouin fighting eviction to artists protesting theater closure: A week in photos: June 27 - July 4
This week, Palestinian and Bedouin citizens of Israel protest against the 'Prawer Plan' to displace tens of thousands, Palestinians protest the occupation in the West Bank, artists and activists demonstrate against the closure of a Palestinian children's theater in East Jerusalem and Turks head back to the streets.Read More...
Through the eyes of a Palestinian child, members of Jenin's Freedom Theatre perform the story of popular struggle in Nabi Saleh. Text and photos by Keren Manor/Activestills.org On Saturday, May 4, 2013, members of “The Freedom Theatre” performed a play based on stories and testimonies from children of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. The play tells the story of the village's resistance, through the eyes of a young Palestinian child. The first show was performed in the village's cultural center. The performance was dedicated to Mustafa and Rushdi Tamimi, two Palestinians from Nabi Saleh who were shot to…Read More... | 1 Comment
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#IDF closes probe into killing of Mustafa Tamimi in West Bank, by @MairavZ: http://t.co/AHIOjfdRPP
[From the Archives] Mustafa Tamimi: A murder captured on camera http://t.co/b0X912tOVt by @Ha_Matar http://t.co/64Kz8YOwPK
The IDF closes investigation into killing of Mustafa Tamimi, a shooting caught on camera http://t.co/ghPXLT0xQS
IDF prosecutor: Wasn't anything criminal about shooting Mustafa Tamimi in face w/tear gas. (Pic: Haim Scwarczenberg) http://t.co/30VZqZyGkl
IDF says no one will be indicted for shooting Mustafa Tamimi in face with tear gas. See photo sequence here: http://t.co/eutOAcHKpF
IDF prosecutor says soldier who shot Mustafa Tamimi couldn't see him, therefore no crime took place
BREAKING: IDF closes investigation into killing of Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in face with tear gas canister in Nabi Saleh. More info soon