Nilin weekly demonstration 27.08.2010 – Red Crescent medical team members and photographers arrested

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.

photo courtesy of Joseph Dana

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.

photo courtesy of Joseph Dana

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.

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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3 Responses to Nilin weekly demonstration 27.08.2010 – Red Crescent medical team members and photographers arrested

  1. antonella says:

    Peace and Free in the world !!!!!!! palestine free!!!!!!!!

  2. erin says:

    Saeed, My heart breaks for you, your family and your community. No one should have to live the life you are living…no excuse for it!!! I wish there was more I could do to help, but for now all I can do is speak up and hope others see it for what it is like I have. I hope that one day (soon) you will get to travel and enjoy the sea….that you’re allowed to look at but not touch:( May peace find you my friend…………FREE PALESTINE!!!!

    • Saeed Amireh says:

      thank you so so so much my friend. i swear that your words made me stronger than before.and i felt that feeling in your heart. thank you for standing by our case.and yes i hope and pray for god to travel one day out side palestine to smell and tast the beautiful freedom for a moments.these moments will give me the hope and the strength for my whole life. god bless you erin

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