Ni’lin weekly demonstration 13.08.2010

It was the first demonstration during the Ramadan dozens of people suffered from tear gas inhalation.

photo courtesy of Joseph Dana

Despite the hot weather, we continue our struggle against the occupation. This week, our Friday prayers took place under the olive trees, nearby the land which was confiscated by Israel. International and Israeli peace activists joined us this week, approaching the area where the apartheid wall is being built that separates us from our land. Some activists spray-painted the wall, writing that it is illegal and that we all want the occupation to end and that the wall be torn down.

photo courtesy of Joseph Dana

We approached the gate of the concrete wall, chanting and letting the soldiers know, that we will not go down. Instead we will remain steadfast and not stop protesting until they tear down the illegal wall and give us back our land.

photo courtesy of Jospeh Dana

Once we reached the gate, the soldiers started shooting tear gas. It was so bad, that 15 demonstrators got severaly hurt due to the inhalation. Right after that, the Israeli soldiers opened the gate and started running towards us, trying to catch demonstrators and arrest them.

They didn’t succeed. Thus, they approached the houses in our village and started shooting tear gas at the inhabitants. Two little boys (Mustafah Amireh, 6 years and Sakir Jamal, 8 years) got hurt from the tear gas.

The demonstration finished around 3 o’clock pm. All in all, 17 people were hurt from the tear gas. But luckily, no one got arrested.

About Saeed Amireh

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni'lin, in the Westbank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there. One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the "Popoular Committee Against The Wall". I've always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings. I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months. Like all the villagers of Ni'lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.
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