Today was the second anniversary of the death of 17-year-old Yousef Amireh. An Israeli soldier shot him in the head with a rubber bullet and killed him. Also, 10-year-old Ahmed Mousa was killed two years and two days ago by the Iraeli military. Both children are from Ni’lin.
The people of Ni’lin demonstrated together with Israeli and international peace activists demonstrated. To mark this painful anniversary, everyone in town put down their work and mourned for 6 hours. After the Friday prayers, we marched towards the Apartheid wall, holding pictures of the two boys. We chanted slogans and told the soldiers that we will never forget that they murdered two innocent children. And that we will remain steadfast and protest until they tear down the wall and remove it from our land.
The Israeli soldiers started shooting a lot of tear gas into the crowd. 5 protesters suffered couldn’t breath and were injured due to the inhalation of the toxic tear gas.
Then, as always, Israeli soldiers came towards our village and started chasing protesters and fired tear gas at them and tried to hurt and arrest us. The demonstration continued until 4 o’clock pm. Luckily, no one other than the 5 who inhaled the tear gas, git hurt.
About Yousef Amireh, who was murdered 2 years ago:
Yousef was 17 years old. He was shot in the head with a rubber bullet on 4.8.2008 by an Israeli sniper from the Border Patrol Unit, while he was demonstrating in solidarity with the 10-year-old Ahmed Mousa, who got killed only 2 days earlier.
Today, on this very painful anniversary, members of Ni’lin’s Son’s Society visited the family to stand by them while they mourn the loss of their son. On this occasion, Yousef’s mother said, that we will continue to stand steadfast and that nothing will stop our protests against the apartheid wall. Even if the Israeli military aims to kill all of us, we will not go down. Yousef’s brothers said that they will never surrender and will always honor what Yousef died for: a free and peaceful Ni’lin. For every one of us who gets killed, thousands will stand up and refuse to surrender to the inhuman forces that insult life and try to deny us a peaceful and dignified existence. No person on this planet should be denied freedom and peace and dignity. For this, we will always stand up and struggle.