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PHOTOS: Soldiers fire live ammo, wound two in Nabi Saleh protest

Photos and report: Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition against nonviolent Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday. Two Palestinians were wounded, including activist Manal Tamimi.

Tamimi was shot in her leg as she was standing and talking to her friends, only minutes after the protest had begun, along with another young Palestinian. Both were transferred to a Ramallah hospital where they received treatment for their wounds.

Manal Tamimi making a V sign after she was shot with life ammunition, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi makes a victory sign after being shot with live ammunition during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

Manal Tamimi marching with other protesters, a few seconds after she was hit, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi marches with other protesters, a few seconds after she was hit by live ammunition, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

Israeli soldiers shooting at protesters during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Israeli soldiers seen firing at protesters during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

Activists report that the army has stepped up its use of live ammunition in the village over the past few months. Nariman Tamimi, a prominent activist in the village’s Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, was shot with live ammunition on November 22, 2014. She is still recovering.

Nonviolent protests in Nabi Saleh began in 2009 after residents from the nearby settlement Halamish took took control over the Ein al-Qaws spring — owned by a resident of the village — preventing Palestinian access to their land.

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after she was shot with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces, during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi getting medical treatment after being shot with live ammunition, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

Manal Tamimi being evacuated to the hospital during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Manal Tamimi is evacuated to the hospital during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

The leg of a protester seen in Ramallah's hospital, West Bank, April 3, 2015. The youth was shot with life ammunition during the weekly protest against the occupation. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

A protester’s leg seen in Ramallah’s hospital, West Bank, April 3, 2015. The youth was shot with live ammunition during the weekly protest against the occupation. (photo: Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

 

Nariman Tamimi seen recovering in her home, four months after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Nariman was shot on Friday November 22, 2014. Anne Paq / Activestills.org

Nariman Tamimi seen recovering in her home, four months after she was shot with life ammunition by Israeli forces during the weekly protest against the occupation, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015. Nariman was shot on Friday November 22, 2014. (Anne Paq / Activestills.org)

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    1. Tzvika

      Well, this is state sponsored terrorism. Violence against civilians for a politician objective. The IDF is committing terrorism. In order to intimidate and subdue peaceful protesters.

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    2. Pedro X

      Pallywood Redux?

      Activestills shows a picture of the woman marching without difficulty after claiming she was hit by live fire in the leg:

      “Manal Tamimi marches with other protesters [many children], a few seconds after she was hit by live ammunition, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, April 3, 2015.”

      I do not know who wrote this script for Activestills, but the actor is supposed to fall after being hit and not marching after being hit.

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      • Another photo has her on the ground with a padded splint being placed on one leg. You are right that the copy should be more explicit on the extent of her wound and what type of bullet is being employed, if possible. But I see no warrant for inferring fabrication.

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        • Pedro X

          What is suspicious is that the article says that “Tamimi was shot in her leg as she was standing and talking to her friends only minutes after the protest had begun.” Yet she is photographed walking in the march on grass next to the side of the road, “a few seconds after she was hit by live ammunition” the article says. The article also says a second Palestinian was also shot. So according to this story the march had just begun, then Tamimi stopped to talk to friends, got shot by live fire along with another Palestinian, then recommenced walking in the march.

          None of the people in the photograph of the march with Tamimi walking on the grass take any notice of Tamimi or appear aware of her or any one being shot. In the background people are shown standing talking to each other unaware of any shooting. Nothing indicates that any shooting had taken place.

          When Tamimi is shown in another photograph on the ground she is not on the grass where she had been walking but in the roadway flashing a victory salute. When the splint is put on her, she appears to be on a different surface once again, a surface of broken rocks. No photograph of the alleged wound is shown.

          How is it that after being shot she started marching again? If she was shot, why did she not fall where she was shot? If she only noticed the wound after beginning walking, how did she move from the grass on the side of the road, to the road and then to a surface of rocks after being on the surface of the road? Why would the medical people move her to a surface of broken rocks instead of on the grass or the roadway?

          Then why would activestills not photograph her wound at the hospital? Instead it photographs a wound of another person who had not been shown in the pictures of the march. Supposedly if this is the second Palestinian allegedly shot at the protest why are there no pictures of him on the ground at the march?

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          • You are right, Pedro, that pieces like this can be faked. There are only two bars to that: Activestills’ reputation and 972’s reputation as the host. I cannot answer what you say from my distant location, and as I suspect you are a distant avatar for a certain view of Israel and doubt you can either. I could also indulge in a set of counter questions and counterfactuals to try and offset what you have said, which will get absolutely nowhere. As I said before, more information should have been provided in the text. What has happened is that both of the major sides of this verbal war (there are actually more than two sides) are so committed to their side that they cannot really conceive of either deceit or error on that side. I recall the two young men shot to death, recorded by an outside security video, on some major yearly protest day. At first commenters to 972 said it couldn’t happen, was obviously fake, that even the independent video of a Border Guard shooting a rifle showed the rifle adapted solely for rubber bullets. Well, now some Border Guard is under arrest, I believe a fake rubber bullet adaptor found attached to his gun; as far as I know, but I could be wrong, the other death has no suspect. Sometimes our righteousness is wrong.

            I’ve never seen 972 issue a retraction. As I understand the platform of this site (I could be wrong), those approved with a “channel” can basically place what they like on that channel. Activestills has a channel, this piece an instance of it. I have seen pieces with corrections. But I’ve never encountered 972 issuing its own independent correction. As a cooperative, it may be politically difficult to do that. But in matters of direct violence it is my outsider belief that 972 should be receptive to challenge and issue an independent correction if the owner of the channel, here, Activestills, fails to do so.

            Now I’m not agreeing with your analysis as such. It could be she was hit with a low level ricochet, still live ammo. Ideally, as in the case of the Palestinian taken to hospital, a verification reference in the piece, at the hospital, would be ideal; the hospital is unlikely to participate in lies for its stable operation.

            As you have a pre-model of how things must have really been played, I have a pre-model of you, having read some of “Pedro X.” Would you say much of anything if this event had been verified as I have suggested, with more detail and some independent sources? I kind of doubt it. Being an avatar is a full mind occupation.

            All I can say is that for some time I have felt that 972 should have a stated policy of editorial retraction if required. As events unendingly multiply, sometime somewhere a piece is going to error, planned or not. As said, first opportunity for correction should go to the channel owner, failing that, the editorial staff. I would think reported violence could activate scrutiny automatically; the editorial staff could begin with some calls, not holding the piece up, but checking it out. Now maybe that is done now. I have no clue at all. 972 isn’t the New York Times with large paid staff.

            This is not a game on either side, Pedro. People really are hurt in this theater, and they are not all Jews. Some public standard of verification seems useful all around, but that standard will still be mostly reputational.

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          • Pedro X

            Greg 972mag has posted fake videos before. See

            http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/video-sniper-shoots-and-kills-a-man-as-he-searches-the-rubble-of-his-home-for-relatives/

            The man wearing green before allegedly being hit is shown from the back with a mostly blocked alleyway with crushed buildings and large tanks sitting on top of them in the foreground. After he is shot the foreground is entirely different. The guy has fallen down in an area different from which was shown immediately before he was allegedly shot. Items like a pot and large colorful shopping bag and three ISM workers appear in the after shot video. Then he is allegedly hit by two more shots while lying amongst the rubble, yet no bullet wounds are visible. Even shadows which should be the same seconds apart, move. It was such an apparent fake. Yet 972mag put it out there.

            The NY times released a full copy of the so called unedited tape from which one can tell even more how fake a video it was.

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          • Pedro, I’m not certain about the case you site, and you do not site any retraction by anyone anywhere on it, or proof of its fabrication.

            In any case, I expect at some point a fake video to leak through, and I have rather clearly stated my opinion on what editorial policy after discovery should be.

            Be a little more thorough in your evidence, just as I would demand of 972. For me, this is not all some kind of zero sum winner take all game between abstract groups like “Israel” and “Palestinians” or “Jews” and “Arabs.” Events are particular, just as individuals are.

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            I thought about that too, but as you can clearly see she was taken to hospital. So I guess the ‘a few seconds after’ in the second photo should say ‘a few seconds before’. This is a small mistake that anyone else but hasbaraznik could figure out by themselves …

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            You’re a disgusting liar ! The images were taken on a cell phone by members of the ISM, and there were many witnesses to the killing. I’ve seen the longercopy too, and you’re lying. If you’d been German, you’d be denying the Holocaust instead. What a dispicable person you are.

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          • Shayna

            You’re very perceptive, Pedro.
            One of the advantages of being married to a famous director is you get to be the star in his movies.
            Take a look at some of Bilal Tamimi’s videos and you will see many such instances of staging and editing. Manal gets shot in a lot of them, but no worries, she always shows up for the next protest.

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          • Ben

            This is vicious anti-Palestinianism, the equivalent of anti-Semitism if directed at Jews. See:
            ‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur
            And a very popular one among right-wing Israelis and Diaspora Jews.
            http://972mag.com/a-particularly-ugly-ethnic-slur-pallywood/98824/

            And see the comment of ‘Human’ on November 17, 2014. It applies here. To you.

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        I thought about that too, but as you can clearly see she was taken to hospital. So I guess the ‘a few seconds after’ in the second photo should say ‘a few seconds before’. This is a small mistake that anyone else but hasbaraznik could figure out by themselves …

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