Israel’s gift for my birthday :(

My uncle got shot in the leg while he taking pictures during our Friday demonstration.

The demonstration started as usual, after the prayers at 12.30 o’clock.

Our friday prayers under the olive trees

The weather was clouded, for once it wasn’t so hot like in the past few weeks. Many many people came to demonstrate against the Apartheid wall, chanting slogans in support of our prisoners and against the crimes committed by the Apartheid regime of Israel. My uncle accompanied the demonstration, since he volunteers as a photographer for Ni’ilin’s Committee Against The Apartheid Wall. He wanted to document everything that was happening.

Once the demonstration reached the gate, the Israeli soldiers started shooting tear gas. It was impossible to breath or even to see anything anymore. Then they opened the gate and ran towards us, trying to arrest as many demonstrators as possible. My uncle ran away, like everybody else. He has been arrested twice in the past and had to pay 1000,- Shekel to be released. He didn’t want to get arrested again.

But the Israeli military doesn’t want anybody to document the crimes they are committing against us. So they tried to catch my uncle Hamoudh with his camera. Due to the heavy tear gas, he couldn’t breath and couldn’t see where he was running and stumbled on a rock, when soldier fired a tear gas canister at his leg. He fell and hurt his leg.

My uncle Hamoudh who got shot in his leg by a tear gas canister

Another man got shot, too. I don’t know his name but here is a picture of him.

The other man who broke his leg when he got shot with a tear gas canister.

He got shot and fell and broke his leg. The two are still in the hospital. I hope they will be released very soon. It’s my birthday today. But it’s not the time to celebrate. I hope I can celebrate my birthday in freedom and justice soon, without anybody getting shot.


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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