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14 year old child arrested in night raid in Nabi Saleh

The repression of Nabi Saleh continued last night as the army raided the village for the third time in two weeks. Last week, the army raided over twenty Nabi Saleh homes, photographed youth and collected their ID information. Last night, between the hours of two and three in the morning, soldiers raided homes and arrested one 14 year old child, Islam Tamimi. Soldiers attacked the child in his bed and attempted to arrest his older brother. One Palestinian working with Btselem tried to photograph the soldiers but were threatened with violence. However, family members and other villagers were able to prevent the older brother from being arrested.

Nabi Saleh, a small village west of Ramallah, has engaged in an unarmed demonstration against the confiscation of their land by the neighboring Jewish settlement of Halamish for the past year There have been countless injuries, arrests and collective punishment against the village over the past year as the army has tried to crush the protest.

Islam Tamimi was arrested last night in Nabi Saleh. Picture Credit: Alison Rammer

Islam Tamimi was arrested last night in Nabi Saleh. Picture Credit: Alison Rammer

Three weeks ago, Tamimi was taken by soldiers during a Friday demonstration to the neighboring Jewish only settlement of Halamish. He was handcuffed behind his back and left in the pouring rain for hours before being questioned about the demonstrations, their leadership and strategy. Villagers believe that he was arrested last night in order to extract more information about the demonstrations in Nabi Saleh. This is a part of a broader strategy of psychological repression of the village and a harsh form of collective punishment. Ironically, the army spokesperson unit tweeted this morning that a ‘wanted suspect’ had been caught in the West Bank and taken for questioning. Nothing was said that the ‘suspect’ was a fourteen year old child.

Last night’s arrest comes days after villagers were able to break the weekly Friday siege of Nabi Saleh. The demonstration, instead of beginning in the center of the village, began in the neighboring village of Beit Rimna. From Beit Rima the march went directly through the army post near the contested spring which was taken over by settlers and the army in December 2009. The child arrested last night is still in Israeli custody and no crime has been filed against him.

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    1. sham*mash

      I find his smile heartbreaking. This is horrifying and awful – the psychological ramifications that the Israelis incur on these children is an unforgivable crime.

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    2. […] 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 three weeks that he was taken by soldiers. […]

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    3. Ilana Sebba

      While throwing rocks is not unarmed resistance, there is no doubt that what happened here is horrifying on all levels: We should never ever do something like that to a child. It also dehumanizes our soldiers to be given the taks to do something like this. Unjustifiable.
      Do we have any updates on how these two kids are doing?

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    4. Pitocco

      I can’t belive!

      I find that people living in that country as the writer done, must have all our respect, dignity and honor. Nobody in the world say what is happen in that side of the middle east like this guy.

      Chapau and Honor!

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