In the third demonstration during the Ramadan, 7 people got arrested, among them the medical team as well as 2 photographers.
Dozens of people suffered from the tear gas inhalation and the heat was unbearable. Nevertheless, the people of Ni’lin continued to struggle and protest against the apartheid wall.
We started the day with prayers under olive trees, nearby the land that was confiscated by the State of Israel and occupied by the Israeli military. The demonstration began with international and israeli peace activists who came and joined us in solidarity. Together, we were heading towards the area of the wall, protesting its construction on our land. The demonstators carried tires, which they wanted to set on fire near the wall. The black smoke shows our sadness about the confiscation of our land and the injustice being done to us. Also, because the Israeli military our olive groves on fire two weeks before and destroyed many trees.
We reached the gate of the concrete wall and started shouting and chanting and setting the tires on fire. We tried to tell the soldiers about our sadness: they do not allow us to farm on our land. This is like a punishment for us that causes us a lot of pain and sadness. Also, we told them that we would stay steadfast and come back and demonstrate no matter what they do to us. We will do so, until the day of justice will come.
Once we reached the wall, the Israeli miltary started heavily shooting tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. 4 demonstrators got shot by the tear gas canisters.
After that, the Israeli soldiers disappeared into the fields. They tried to trap us and arrest us. Once we discovered their plans, we escaped towards the village. We were followed by the soldiers who were trying to arrest as many demonstrators as they could.
They caught 7 people, among them the medical team, as well as two photographers. One of the photographers is an Israeli peace activist, the other one is from the Ni’lin Popular Committee Against The Wall. They were all arrested for about 30 minutes and then released. This was not the first time they got arrested. Before they were arrested and held in jail for 3 days without any charges. The Israeli military tried to charge them with throwing stones. However, a camera man caught the scene on video and thus could prove that the charges were false.
The demonstration lasted till 14h30. 4 people got hurt and 7 were arrested.