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WATCH: IDF night raids on two Palestinian villages in West Bank

The Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh was raided last night (Sunday) by the IDF. Nabi Saleh, which has been conducting weekly nonviolent demonstrations since the end of 2009 against Israel’s occupation and the encroaching settlement of Halamish, has been the target of repeated night raids over the last two years.

In the video below, uploaded by Bilal Tamimi, you can hear the IDF shooting stun grenades into the village and see the flashes of light they give off. Towards the end of the video, you can clearly see the IDF jeeps parked in the village, some soldiers firing shots, and then they all drive away.

While it is difficult to see in the dark, it seems as if the soldiers are shooting in every direction around them, nearly a full 360-degree circle. If the soldiers were being attacked in some way, it is unlikely it would be from literally all sides and besides, if they were really being threatened, they would be probably also use tear gas, not just stun grenades. It is hard to understanding this as anything other than the IDF terrorizing the village, punishing it for holding weekly demonstrations that call attention to Israel’s occupation.

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The village of Ni’lin, which recently marked five years of demonstrations, suffered an especially harsh night raid on Thursday night in which two Palestinian residents were arrested. According to the Ni’lin village website, from Saturday:

At 01:30 on Friday morning more than 120 soldiers surrounded the village of Ni’lin from all sides but the west. Thirty minutes later the soldiers invaded the village on foot accompanied by 14 military jeeps. They proceeded to raid five houses inside the village, the houses of Jameel Srour, Jammal Srour, Yousef Srour, Shukri Kawaja and Mosab Srour.

During the house raids, the families were put in one of the rooms in the house while the soldiers harshly went through their belongings, destroying furniture and leaving chaos in their wake. The five men listed above were all arrested but three of them were released later during the night. The two remaining men, Yousef and Mosab Srour were taken to an as of now unknown Israeli military facility where they are still being held as this is being written.

During the invasion of the house of Mosab Srour one of the soldiers stole NIS 1000 NiS from a moneybox of the youngest brother of Mosab. Mosabs brother had been saving this money for months, little by little from his work as a vegetable farmer and salesman. A laptop was also stolen from the house.

While this has not been verified, Palestinian residents claim that in addition to stun grenades, the IDF shot tear gas straight into civilian houses and that live ammunition was used as well.

Related:
WATCH: Office in Nabi Saleh night raid blames residents for ‘show’ 
Eyewitnesses, video challenge army account of Nabi Saleh shooting
Palestinian women take back spring as settlers, soldiers look on

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    1. Zarin

      “If the soldiers were being attacked in some way, it is unlikely it would be from literally all sides and besides, if they were really being threatened, they would be probably also use tear gas, not just stun grenades.”

      How can any self-respecting journalism outfit publish ridiculous conjecture and assumption like this?

      And of course, no mention of those screaming ‘Allah Akbar’ and then hearing bullets clang of IDF jeeps.

      I understand and am grateful that 972 opposes the occupation, but reportage like this just destroys credibility.

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    2. There is an interesting article in a Dutch newspaper today, about offering tourists a crash course in killing “terrorists” in Gush Etzion. Available for 5 year olds an up. “Tourism with an added value”, said Davidi Pearl. Ideology and indoctrination as entertainment. Next time they will send adventurous foreigners on a mission like this.

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    3. If the video on Nabi Saleh represents a more or less complete event, it would seem to depict a rather futile “raid.” No attempt is made to enter any building; nor is there evidence of an arrest or attempt at arrest. If the IDF forces are retreating upon some local onslaught of stones, there is then little evidence of the famed IDF resolve.
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      On assumptions, then, this is a pacification exercise, a warning that locales’ lives are not there own, that removal or destruction can occur at any time. Pacification to the IDF local command; night terror to residents.
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      Cannot local command understand that they are creating “God is Great,” that local young men will try and show their prowess by throwing rocks and getting as close to the jeeps as they dare? How is this any different than the patriotic young IDF soldier?

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    4. bella

      I don’t get the above comments. At what point is it ok to raid someone’s home, break up furniture and steal?

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    5. Laurent Szyster

      This is not reporting:

      “While this has not been verified, Palestinian residents claim that in addition to stun grenades, the IDF shot tear gas straight into civilian houses and that live ammunition was used as well.”

      Palestinians also claim that jewish settlers release wild boars to damage palestinian agriculture, that evil zionists introduced aphrodisiac chewing gums in Gaza to corrupt its youth and that there never was no jewish temple in Jerusalem.

      Why not also publish those unverified claims ?

      I mean, you will find a lot of “antizionist” dunces out there that believe such nonsense fit their prejudices …

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    6. Bella, above: use your opponents defintions against them, when you can.

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    7. em

      You cannot believe anything. Nothing from pro-Israel and nothing anti-Israel. Nothing you read is the full truth. Everything I know is from first hand experience from people I know who do these raids. Do not take a clip like this as the truth. You can’t – it’s just not true.

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    8. benfranklin(predeath)

      “Palestinians also claim that jewish settlers release wild boars to damage palestinian agriculture, that evil zionists introduced aphrodisiac chewing gums in Gaza to corrupt its youth”

      HA! WTF are you talking about? I’ve never heard of such nonsense! And even if some moron decided to try and use these ridiculous things as ‘proof’ of zionist evils, that doesn’t erase the ACTUAL shit that Israeli government, soldiers, and settlers DO actually commit upon the Palestinian people. F–ks sake, even a decent percentage of Israelis oppose the acts committed against Palestinians.

      As for the “temple”: that temple was built by Sephardic Jews (10% of world Jewish population), NOT these zionist liars.

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    9. Piotr Berman

      Ben,

      the precise ethnic origin of Ashkenazi Jews is complicated, and most importantly, irrelevant. We do not need to know the identity of builders of Stonehenge to figure out who has the right to live in England. Note that the dates of Anglo-Saxon invasion of England is not very different from the dates of Arab conquest of Palestine.

      Interestingly, however, it is very, very dubious that Jews descent from people who departed from Egypt and wrested Promised Land from sinful Canaanites. Archaeology and even DNA studies suggest that Jews that left Palestine descent from those very Canaanites, including the Philistines (Philistines at least in part originated in Aegean region and some 10% of Ashkenazi Y-chromosomes were of types characteristic for Western Turkey). The same study suggested that Ashkenazi Cohens have Semitic/Palestinian Y-chromosomes, and Ashkenazi Levys — from Western Siberia. So Bernard-Henri Lévy is in some sense Khazarian, but Bermans could well be from Palestine.

      In the same time, Palestinian forebears clearly include Jews, Samaritans and Philistines, but also Arabs, Kurds and etc. Property rights do not depend on our ancestors 2000 or 1000 years ago. Prophecies and eternal divine promises may depend on that, but this is realm of Mythos, not Law.

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    10. Joel

      I saw concussion granades, used to shock and illuminate. I heard single shots of rifle fire. I saw Arabs attacking Jeeps.

      Beyond that, this video is useless, except to use as heavily spun agitprop.

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