Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nabi Saleh: A Palestinian village under Israeli attack - Report by Press TV

PressTV - Palestinian village under Israeli attack:

Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:11PM GMT
Hanna Qassis, Press TV, al-Quds

"The village of Nabi Saleh has been enduring an escalation of attacks by Israeli settlers as well as by the Israeli occupation forces for the past week. Palestinians have been protesting the confiscation of village lands by armed Israeli settlers backed by the occupation forces.

Dozens of protesters, both Palestinians and international solidarity activists, as well as residents not involved in the demonstration have underwent suffocation injuries due to the immense number of gas canisters fired at the demonstration and at the villagers' homes by the Israeli occupation forces.

This is not new to the Palestinians of Nabi Saleh, since activists and villagers have sustained injuries and endured arrests at the hands of the occupation forces during similar previous demonstrations the last few weeks and during nighttime raids on the village.

Members of the press were particularly targeted by the Israeli occupation forces today, as one journalist was shot in the head with a tear gas canister. Journalists were harassed by the occupation forces on the flying checkpoints on their way to the village and in the village itself and were frequently bullied by the occupation forces.

Residents of Nabi Saleh witnessed the fourth raid on their village this week by the Israeli occupation forces, but Palestinians and international solidarity activists continue to protest the theft of Palestinian land by armed Israeli settlers and brutal attacks on Palestinians by the same extremist settlers accompanied by the occupation forces.

3 women injured at West Bank demo
Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:23PM GMT

Israeli soldiers have injured two Palestinian women and a female foreign activist during an anti-settlement demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Demonstrations were held on Friday in the West Bank villages of Bilin, which is located near Ramallah, and Nabi Saleh and al-Ma'sarah, which are located near Bethlehem, Xinhua reported.

The three women were injured after Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators, witnesses said.

Dozens of people were injured due to smoke inhalation after the tear gas was used.

The Palestinian Popular Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlement in the West Bank issued a statement saying that Israeli soldiers beat up media people and medical crews and fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the people.

Residents of Bilin and other villages in the occupied West Bank hold weekly demonstrations on Friday after noon prayers. Israeli soldiers always block their march toward the construction site of the apartheid wall, firing tear gas and at times rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.

Palestinians and international peace activists say that with the construction of the apartheid wall, the Israelis are forcibly and illegally annexing land owned by Palestinians.

Israel's apartheid wall has annexed around 60 percent of Bilin. Local villagers have held nonviolent anti-wall demonstrations every Friday for more than six years now.

Tel Aviv began constructing the apartheid wall and wire fences in the West Bank in 2000.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice issued a ruling saying that the wall was illegal and should be torn down because it crossed occupied territory.

Israel occupied and then annexed the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the Six-Day War of 1967, but the move has never been recognized by the international community.

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