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  • Palestinian Prisoners' Day: Bassem Tamimi, over a year in prison

    Bassem Tamimi has been sitting in an Israeli prison for over a year. Tamimi is a prominent Palestinian activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where he has led the small village's popular unarmed struggle against Israeli occupation and takeover of land since its beginnings at the end of 2009. Tamimi was arrested in his home on March 24, 2011 for organizing protests and inciting against Israel, based on testimony by Islam Dar Ayyoub, a 14-year old resident of Nabi Saleh who was taken from him home in the middle of the night by Israeli forces for interrogation. His…

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  • Foreign national injured at weekly West Bank demonstration

    A photographer and two women, one reportedly a French national, were injured by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at this Friday's anti-occupation demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. UPDATE: A video of the incident is now embedded, below Three civilians were injured in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh today and required hospitalization, according to reports from several eyewitness. A French national, whose name is reportedly Amissy (unconfirmed), was hit in the neck with a projectile - either a tear gas canister or a rubber-coated steel bullet. The Israeli army reports that a border police…

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  • Organized chaos and bare life (*): The non-story of the night raids

    There exists a general, intentional, cleverly constructed misunderstanding surrounding the true nature of the Israeli occupation. Some say it's a simple dispute over land, like many others in the world; other think the conflict is about national independence for the Palestinians, prompting statements like, "The Basques and the Kurds aren't independent either, so why do people pick on Israel?" But the occupation is something else. It is the ongoing military control over the lives of millions, and everything that comes with it: The lack of civil rights, the absence of legal protection, and perhaps more than anything else, a sense…

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  • Nabi Saleh: A tiny village's struggle against the occupation

    In just over one year of unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, a small Palestinian community in the West Bank, 155 of the village's 500 residents  were wounded (about 60 of them children); 35 homes were damaged and dozens of the village's people were detained. Yet even after the protest's leader was put behind bars by the army, the struggle for the Nabi Saleh's land continues By Idan Landau | translation: Dena Shunra The objects seen in the picture: a magazine (Rifle-Launched Anti-Protesters Grenade ) attached to a Tavor gun, and a human skull, attached to a neck. The gun is vertical;…

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  • Nabi Saleh teen arrested, denied due process

    Shackled and drowning in an adult prison uniform, 14 year old Islam Tamimi was brought before a military court this morning for a hearing on his detention. Exhausted and nervous, Tamimi sat before a court room of soldiers. Tamimi was arrested during a night raid in the village of Nabi Saleh early Sunday morning. After soldiers arrested the child, they forced him to stand outside in the cold until 09h00 Sunday morning. Soldiers also repeatedly threatened the child while he was in their custody. Upon hearing the news, defense lawyers for Tamimi contacted the army and police to ask permission…

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