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Posted by كفاح أحمد محيســـن on July 26, 2008
1. Ynet: Canadian student faces deportation from Israel following
2. Women؟s demonstration in Ni´lin is attacked by Israeli army
3. Father of girl who filmed Ni؟lin shooting and Canadian activist
arrested in Ni؟lin
4. Ashraf Abu Rahme shot by Israeli army while handcuffed and
5. Member of the Popular Committee in Ni؟lin arrested during
6. Many injured in mass demonstration in Ni؟lin
7. During first demonstration since the siege, Ni؟lin again stop
construction of the apartheid wall
8. One family؟s experiences during the siege of Ni؟lin
9. Statement from the Ni؟lin Popular Committee Against the Apartheid
10. Ynet: Na؟alin residents: IDF curfew made us stronger

1. Ynet: Canadian student faces deportation from Israel following

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation says volunteer detained while taking
photos of IDF soldiers during rally against security barrier in
Naalin, to detention center for people facing deportation. Father: I؟m
angry at human rights abuses in the West Bank

To view original article:,7340,L-3573260,00.html

A Canadian student who took part in a protest against the West Bank
security barrier in the Palestinian village of Naalin has been
arrested and faces deportation from Israel, the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (CBC) reported on its website over the weekend.

According to the report, Victor McDiarmid, a volunteer for the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was detained on Wednesday at
a demonstration by women from Naalin, where Israel plans to build the
next section of its security barrier.

CBC News said McDiarmid, 23, was arrested after taking photographs of
Israeli soldiers who were breaking up the protest by villagers, who
say the barrier will separate them from their farmland.

؟He was taken by Israeli soldiers whilst at the front of the
demonstration and was taken off towards the jeep. And then he has
reported to us that for 20 minutes they were punching, kicking and
spitting in his face,؟ Adam Taylor, ISM؟s media co-ordinator was
quoted by CBC News as saying.

؟Resisting Israeli occupation؟

The organization؟s lawyers told CBC News that McDiarmid, who is from
Kingston, Ont., has been transferred to a detention center for people
facing deportation.

His parents told CBC News they support their son and the work he was
doing in Israel to expose human rights violations.

Robert McDiarmid said he is outraged his son could still be sitting in
a detention center.

؟I؟m angry at the human rights abuses in the West Bank. I؟m angry that
the Canadian government؟s aborting,؟ McDiarmid told CBC News, adding
that his son has said he wants to stay in Israel and fight his

The International Solidarity Movement describes itself on its website
as a ؟Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli
occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods
and principles.؟

2. Women؟s demonstration in Ni´lin is attacked by Israeli army

On the 23rd of July a women؟s demonstration against the construction
of the apartheid wall took place in Ni؟lin. Girls from the local
summer camp had painted placards and made two big banners saying
؟Women against the Apartheid wall؟ for the demonstration.

Palestinian women came all the way from Tulkarem and Ramallah to join
the demonstration. In total around 100 Palestinian, international and
Israeli women participated in the march aiming at the bulldozers
working on the construction site of the apartheid wall.

When having the bulldozer in site the women were violently stopped by
Israeli soldiers who used teargas, sound bombs and physical violence.
The women did not surrender but continued the chanting and tried to
reach the bulldozers. The demonstrators succeeded to approach the
bulldozers until being only 20 meters away. The soldiers then
responded with a lot of violence, abusing more than 20 participators.
Two persons were arrested, Jamal Kanaan from Ni؟lin and one Canadian

All in all the demonstration was very successful, being the first big
women؟s demonstration in Ni؟lin for a long time.

3. Father of girl who filmed Ni؟lin shooting and Canadian activist
arrested in Ni؟lin

On the 23rd July, the father of the girl who filmed the Israeli
shooting of a detainee in Ni؟lin and a Canadian activist were arrested
during a non-violent demonstration again in Ni؟lin against the
construction of the apartheid wall.

The arrests occurred at a non-violent women؟s demonstration again the
construction of the wall in which the two were arrested after
observing the march towards the construction site.

When the Israeli army attacked the demonstration, Amirra went in to
protect the demonstrators, while Victor MacDiarmid, a Canadian
citizen, took photographs. The two men were arrested within minutes.

Interviewed on Palestinian TV this morning, the 14 year old girl
expressed concern that her family would be targeted by the Israeli
army due her film being publicized. Her footage was broadcast
throughout the world and has caused shock waves in Israel, where a
soldier has been arrested and an official investigation launched.

Victor MacDiarmid is from Kingston, Ontario, and has twice been shot
by rubber-coated steel bullets while attempting to take in supplies to
Ni؟lin during a recent a four-day Israeli army blockade of the
village. He will be brought to court on the 24th July in Jerusalem,
while the details of Jamal Amirra؟s case are not yet clear.

4. Ashraf Abu Rahme shot by Israeli army while handcuffed and

In video footage released on the 20th July by B؟Tselem, Ashraf Abu
Rahme of Bil؟in village, can be seen being handcuffed, blindfolded and
then shot at close range by the Israeli army.

Ashraf was taking part in a solidarity demonstration attempting to
break the siege of Ni؟lin when he was detained by the army. While
clearly handcuffed and unable to see, an Israeli soldier can be seen
shooting Ashraf in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet from
extremely close range, while another soldier holds him by the arm.

The footage was filmed by a resident of Ni؟lin who showed it to
international solidarity activists living in Ni؟lin on the 19th July.
The ISM activists were shocked by the footage and quickly passed it on
to B؟Tselem who have released it to the local, Israeli and
international media. They came upon the video by chance, after paying
a social visit to the home of the resident who shot the footage.

5. Member of the Popular Committee in Ni؟lin arrested during

More than 100 villagers from Ni´lin, together with international and
Israeli activists, marched towards the nearby settlements that
unlawfully separates the village in two.

Video by Israel Putermam:

The peaceful demonstrators were intercepted at the entrance to the
village by the Israeli army who used excessive force to drive them
back. They fired teargas, stun bombs and rubber bullets into the crowd
on sight with no provocation

Five demonstrators were injured, including one Swedish international
solidarity activist who was shot by a teargas canister fired as a
projectile missile causing deep burns. Others were hit by rubber
bullets and one man, Salah Mohammad Al Khawaja was injured, arrested
and then taken by the Israeli authorities. Al Khwaja is one of the
leaders of the Committee Against the Wall in Ni؟lin. The Israeli army
has said that they will arrest him once he is released from the
hospital even though he was a mere bystander and did nothing to
warrant being arrested.

Despite the peaceful nature of the protest, the Israeli army and
border police, numbering more than fifty, pursued the dispersed
demonstrators into the village and continued to shoot at locals with
rubber bullets for several hours after the cessation of the
demonstration. Several homes and cars were battered and had windows
broken during the ensuing clash between the Israeli occupation force
and resistant locals. Today؟s episode is another example in a
protracted confrontation between locals who are fighting to keep their
land intact and the Israeli government who have been using
increasingly violent means to quell protest and ensure the continued
building of the illegal occupation wall.

6. Many injured in mass demonstration in Ni؟lin

An estimated 400 Palestinians, internationals, Israeli activists and
world media marched on the construction of the illegal apartheid that
annexes much of the village of Ni؟lin؟s land.

Video courtesy of Israel Putermam:

The non-violent demonstrators, who were peacefully walking towards the
wall were prevented by the Israeli army who shot at the group with
teargas, sound bombs, rubber bullets and live ammunition from a
distance. Those demonstrators that made it near to the construction
site were brutally beaten by soldier wielding batons and using rifle
butts as weapons.

One 70 year old American working with the Christian Peacemaker Team
was shot in the lower back by a rubber bullet. Six Israeli activists
were severely beaten by batons, one activist was rifle butted in the
head, another suffered injuries that will disable him for a week
caused by a baton-wielding Israeli boarder guard, two others had their
hands broken and another was hit in the head by searing hot teargas
cannister that was fired as a projectile weapon. The latter needed
several stitches.

As the protesters were dispersing, the Israeli army continued firing
rubber bullets and multiple tear gas cannisters into the crowd
containing children and the elderly. The hot cannisters caught fire in
the dry grass of the farmers orchards and quickly spread. Protesters
tried in vain to quell the , the Israeli continued to bombard the
makeshift fire rescue teams with more tear gas, starting new fires. By
the time the fires had been put out more than fifteen trees were burnt
beyond salvation. This is the worst in a long series of Israeli acts
violence towards the villagers on Ni؟lin who have suffered an illegal
occupation, curfew and land-grab by the state of Isreal.

7. During first demonstration since the siege, Ni؟lin again stop
construction of the apartheid wall

On Wednesday 9th July, on the second day after the lifting of the
Israeli army؟s siege of Ni؟lin, the villagers gathered for a
demonstration, marking the fourth anniversary of The Hague ruling
which defined the Apartheid Wall illegal.

Video courtesy of Israel Putermam:

Around 250 people marched through the fields and eventually reached
one of the bulldozers on the construction site.

The Palestinian demonstrators managed to disable the bulldozer before
soldiers arrived to dissolve the demonstration. The driver of the
bulldozer got out of the vehicle and proceeded in throwing stones at
the protesters. The soldiers fired live ammunition into the air, and
fired large amounts of tear gas, rubber bullets and sound bombs at the
demonstrators. Meanwhile a group of women and girls arrived, carrying

After the demonstration had dissolved people gathered in the streets
of the village, though the soldier؟s closed in on the residents. The
soldiers shot more rubber bullets and tear gas, shooting at people as
well as into homes. After about two hours the army؟s attacks came to
an end.

In the course of the events a total of four people were arrested,
Hassan Yousef Mosa, Ahman Mostafam Khawaja, Wisam Mostafa Khawaja,
Abdo, Saeéd Abood. All of them during the demonstration at the site of
the wall. Hassan Yousef Mosa was badly abused. The soldiers first
surrounded him, after they beat him up they threw teargas at and
arrested him. By that time they had to carry him because he was so
badly injured. 7 other people were injured by rubber-coated steel
bullets and teargas, five of them from Ni؟lin, one reporter and one
Israeli activist.

8. One family؟s experiences during the siege of Ni؟lin

During the curfew in Nil؟n the al-Khawaja family was among those who
faced several difficulties and attacks from the Israeli army.

Saturday at 5.30 am Ali Nuzhhy al-Khawaja, 58 years old, and two other
villagers were on their way to their work places outside Ni؟lin.
Israeli soldiers had hidden among the olive trees and started to yell
at and run after the three men. While they grabbed and abused one of
them, Saleh Abud Srur, 55 years, the others ran away to escape the
soldier؟s violence. Saleh was arrested and the Israeli soldiers tried
to force him to give them information about the two other men. They
men could not reach their jobs and Saleh is still under arrest. The
morning after soldiers went inside the al-Khawaja family؟s house.

Sunday afternoon at 4 pm Ali؟s daughter؟s family, including two small
children, went to Ali and his family since they had ran out of food.
They managed to reached the house. Soon after this Fanysia al-Khawaja
saw Raed Nafee, 22 years, being hit by an Israeli bulldozer. He
managed to get away and Fanysia called him inside the house. He had
broken his hand and was in need of medical treatment. But since the
Israeli army obstructed the medical relief teams work and stopped
ambulances from entering and leaving the village, he had to wait four
hours؟. Driving inside Nil؟n ambulances also had to be careful as they
risked being shot at.

While they waited for the ambulance the army shot teargas into the
house. There was eleven people in the house at the time and the two
smallest children was badly affected by the gas since they are only
two and six month old.

The family؟s car was at the same time hit by a sound bomb which broke
the front window and punctured one of the tires.

9. Statement from the Ni؟lin Popular Committee Against the Apartheid

8 July 2008 for immediate release

As of today, Tuesday 8th of July 2008, the military curfew in Ni؟lin
has been lifted. In response to statements released earlier today by
an Israeli army spokeswoman claiming that ؟There were discussions
between the villagers and the army commanders and they decided to lift
the curfew,؟ and that ؟The villagers promised not to protest and to
keep the village quiet؟ (Reuters 7/8/08), the Ni؟lin Popular Committee
Against the Apartheid Wall wants to clarify the following:

The Popular Committee, who is representing the Ni؟lin municipality,
political parties, institutions and organizations in Ni؟lin, has not
been in any discussions with any Israeli army commanders and has not
made a promise to the Israeli army that there will be no more

No such discussions have taken place with the village. The Popular
Committee wants to stress that the people of Ni؟lin village will not
give up their right to defend their basic human, economic, and social
rights and therefore will not relinquish their
right to protest against the confiscation of their land. The people of
Ni؟lin are also not willing to give up their right to stand up against
the construction of a Wall that has been declared illegal by the
International Court of Justice.

The village will not be quiet! The demonstrations organized in Ni؟lin
were always of a peaceful, nonviolent nature. Each time, the unarmed
demonstrators were met with severe force and heavy violence from the
side of the Israeli army (often before even reaching the construction
site), injuring many Palestinian, international and Israeli
participants, even attacking and injuring journalists and medical

The Ni؟lin Popular Committee would like to draw attention to the
following facts regarding the disproportionate use of force by the
Israeli army and Border Police since the beginning of the construction
of the Wall (May 2008):

*160 people were injured by rubber coated steel bullets during the
protests, including children

*Hundreds of non-violent protesters were brutally beaten by the
Israeli army during the protests

*26 people were arrested

*A Palestinian Medical Relief Society ambulance was shot at. The
driver counted 18 bullet marks on the outside of the van and two of
the ambulance windows were shattered, with several bullets found
inside the van

*Many people in the protests suffered severe respiratory problems due
to the heavy use of tear gas

*Tear gas canisters were shot directly into the crowds, aiming at
people and injuring dozens

*The Israeli army started using a new tear gas machine, shooting 30
tear gas canisters at the same time

*The Israeli army used live ammunition on several occasions

*There were numerous incidents where the Israeli army invaded the
village in the middle of the night after a protest, shooting tear gas
and rubber coated steal bullets at and into homes where families were
sleeping, and also arresting several people during these military
incursions into the village

The curfew imposed on Friday 4th of July 2008 was yet another measure
in line with the severely disproportionate tactics that the Israeli
army is using to slam down the protests and silence the people of
Ni؟lin, who are merely trying to defend their land and lives through
nonviolent measures. The Ni؟lin Popular Committee against the
Apartheid Wall strongly condemns these aggressive and unprovoked
Israeli military policies that have been declared illegal under
international law. The Popular Committee specifically condemns the
recent curfew and siege on Ni؟lin, which caused excessive damage and
severe injuries in a village that is already being strangled due to
the construction of the Wall.

The Ni؟lin Popular Committee draws your attention to the casualties
and damages caused by the 4-day curfew and siege on Ni؟lin:

*The Israeli army injured more than 50 villagers with rubber coated-
steal bullets, three of them were seriously injured by live
ammunition. They are currently undergoing treatment in different
hospitals in Ramallah

*Hundreds of people suffered from respiratory problems due to teargas
inhalation. Teargas was shot at and into the houses. Villagers, who
went on their rooftops or gardens in order to try to communicate with
family and neighbors, were immediately attacked with tear gas and
rubber coated steal bullets. Even standing too close to the window
meant risking being shot at. The firing of teargas and rubber coated
steal bullets at the windows has caused irreconcilable damage to the
houses in Ni؟lin

*During the first three days of the siege ambulances were not allowed
access into the village, the injured remained untreated
The body of a deceased villager was kept for four hours at the
entrance of Ni؟lin before they let the remains into the village for

*A woman in labor was not allowed to leave the village and was forced
to deliver the baby at home

*A twelve year old boy was kidnapped from his home by the Israeli
army, who kept him hostage for 2 days.

*The army invaded approximately 20 houses, breaking personal property
in the house and beating women, children and men

*The army used bulldozers to dig up newly paved roads, thereby
wrecking parts of the municipal sewage system and destroying a large
portion of the village؟s infrastructure. In order to strategically
control the whole area of the village, they entered the girls؟ school,
breaking the school؟s windows and doors

*Shops and businesses were closed during the curfew and people could
not get to work, depriving the people of Ni؟lin from their much-needed

*Three journalists were detained for several hours while trying to
report on the situation of Ni؟lin.

The Ni؟lin people are calling for local, regional, and international
support to sustain solidarity with the village. This support is very
much needed. The Popular Committee would also like to take this
opportunity to thank everybody who participated in the demonstrations
and for all the efforts individuals have put into advocating for
Ni؟lin, contacting political representatives, and drawing worldwide
media attention. We cannot express enough our feelings of deep
gratitude for all of these efforts and the coming efforts too!

This Thursday, 10th of July 2008, a monumental protest is organized
for the 4th anniversary of the ruling on the Wall of the International
Court of Justice. The protest will start at 11 am in front of the
municipality of Ni؟lin. We will leave Ramallah at 9.30 am from the bus
station behind Ziryab. Please confirm your attendance by contacting
Hindi: 0599 83 98 43. He is also available for questions regarding the
protest or for more information regarding the situation in Ni؟lin.

For online information, please refer to the following links:
www.palestin emonitor. org/spip/ spip.php? article439 or
www.facebook .com/inbox/ #/group.php? gid=18853218651&ref=mf

10. Ynet: Na؟alin residents: IDF curfew made us stronger

Residents of West Bank village say will continue to protest
construction of Israeli security fence

By Ali Waked

To view original article:,7340,L-3565679,00.html

Residents of the West Bank village of Na؟alin near Ramallah vowed
Tuesday to continue their protest against Israel؟s construction of the
security fence.

Monday evening the Israeli army lifted a curfew it had imposed on the
village over the weekend due to violent rallies that were recently

held there in protest of the fence. Earlier in the day some 200
Palestinians, left-wing activists and foreign citizens held rallied
against the curfew. Security forces dispersed the demonstrators with
the use of rubber bullets and tear gas. Three protestors were detained
during the clashes.

Following the demonstration officers from the IDF Coordination and
Liaison Office held a meeting with representatives of the Popular
Committee Against the Wall, after which it was decided that the army
would lift the curfew. The committee members, however, said they would
continue protesting against the fence؟s construction.

؟The curfew and siege only made us more united,؟ said committee member
Ibrahim Amira, ؟we told the officers we wouldn؟t stop our struggle if
they don؟t halt the construction and reroute the fence to the Green

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