A video shot in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar last Wednesday shows an IDF officer shooting a tear gas canister directly at a volunteer videographer from human rights organization B'Tselem. The images were captured during a protest in the small town, north of Hebron. Stones were thrown at an army vehicle; soldiers shot tear gas in the general direction of the stone throwers. B'Tselem photographer Muhmmad Awad was standing near the soldiers and documenting the event when an officer aimed and shot shot a tear gas canister directly at him. Awad suffered light injuries. Here is a video…Read More... | 3 Comments
Crowd control measures have killed 10 protesters since 2005. Meet 'the skunk,' the tear gas canister and the rubber-coated bullet - just some of the measures the IDF uses against civilian Palestinian protesters in the West Bank. At least ten Palestinians have been killed by crowd control measures used by the IDF since 2005; 46 more were shot to death using live ammunition. These numbers, published by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, refer only to civilian protesters and not to people killed during IDF military operations or to Palestinians who were shot to death at checkpoints or near security fences.…Read More... | 14 Comments
This footage was taken by B'Tselem during a protest against Israel's Pillar of Defense operation against Gaza (November 19, 2012). The protesters - Palestinian high-school boys from Tuqu', in the West Bank - are seen chanting and occasionally throwing stones at soldiers near Route 356. Neither the soldiers nor any passing car seemed to have been under threat. At 1:53, you can see a soldier opening live fire, from a great distance, at the children. One boy, who was injured in his stomach, is carried away by other protesters. The shooter is immediately pushed away by another soldier. B'Tselem has asked the army to investigate the incident.Read More... | 13 Comments
Demolitions and arrests in the West Bank, solidarity with Rachel Corrie's family, preparing for war, and more. Activestills images tell the stories of the week. Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.Read More... | 1 Comment
Protesters taking part in the #J14 march last night couldn't help noticing a large army vehicle near the route of the protest, on the corner of Ibn Gvirol and Frishman streets (basically under my house). The car, nicknamed Raccoon, is a modified Hummer with special surveillance equipment. It is often used in the occupied territories against unarmed Palestinian protesters (you can see it used in army training in this link). Update: Before reaching the corner of Rabin square, where this picture was taken, the vehicle waited opposite the Defense Ministry on Kaplan St., accompanied the march to Azrieli junction, and only then reunited…Read More... | 13 Comments
This post has been updated (see below). The video below was taken by Palestinian photographer Bilal Tamimi in Nabi Saleh on June 1, 2012. I received it from the spokeswoman for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, an umbrella organization for various local unarmed resistance initiatives in the West Bank (like the ones in Bil'in, Ni'lin and many other places). The video was taken during the weekly unarmed protest in the Nabi Saleh. It clearly shows an IDF officer throwing stones and shooting at two Palestinian stone throwers. The delay between the shots and their sound can be explained by the…Read More... | 9 Comments
The Israeli army used rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas against protesters in the village of Nabi Saleh today (Friday). Naomi Lyth, An Israeli protester aged 22, seen below, was hit with a rubber bullet in her head. According to reports, another Palestinian was injured from a rubber bullet. The injured protesters were taken to a hospital. Protests in Nabi Saleh have been going on for more than two years, following the confiscation of the village's land by the nearby settlement of Halamish. One protester has been killed from a tear gas canister shot directly at his head, and dozens…Read More... | 19 Comments
Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died this morning at Belinson Hospital [Note: Images at link are very graphic] after sustaining critical wounds yesterday in the village of Nabi Saleh when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance. Activestills, the only photo agency which covers protest in the West Bank on a regular basis, captured the moment of the deadly shot (above). You can see the gun sticking out of the Jeep's door and the canister in mid-air, a split second before it hit Tamimi [UPDATE: after further review, I believe the canister is…Read More... | 34 Comments
Btselem video from the unarmed demonstration in Nabi Saleh: For context on the protest in Nabi Saleh, check out this post. Protest organizer Bassem Tamimi is currently in Israeli prison; read his statement before court here.Read More... | 3 Comments
Yesterday in Nabi Saleh. 25 injured among them woman and children. One Israeli with a broken arm. One American with a head injury. Both from close range direct tear gas canister fire. Another day in Israel's wild west occupation.Read More... | 9 Comments
Prominent Palestinian protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, was ordered to stay in jail indefinitely by an Israeli military judge this afternoon at the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank. His politically motivated trial will open on May 8th despite problematic evidence. Tamimi has helped lead unarmed and largely nonviolent demonstrations against the Occupation in his village of Nabi Saleh for over one year. The arrest of Bassem Tamimi, a 44 year-old protest organizer from Nabi Saleh and the coordinator of the village’s popular committee, was extended indefinitely today at the Ofer Military Court. Tamimi will remain in detention until…Read More... | 3 Comments
The 11 year old brother of Isalm Tamimi- a 14 year old child who was arrested in Nabi Saleh during a night raid on the village- has been arrested this morning by the army in Nabi Saleh. Isalm Tamimi was interrogated for eight hours after his arrest early Sunday morning. Yesterday, the state asked for him to remain in jail until a hearing on Thursday. In an escalation of the repression on unarmed demonstration in the West Bank, 14 year old Islam Tamimi was arrested from his home at 0200 on Sunday morning. It was the second time in roughly…Read More...
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