Three years of the non-violent struggle in Ni’lin village against the expansion and annexation wall, the Israeli army still carries out several mid-night break-ins to arrest people who take part in the weekly peaceful demonstrations organised by the Ni’lin popular committee against the annexation wall and settlements.
These invasions are carried out by well-equipped and disguised soldiers.They lack all means of respect and are deliberately horrifying our families. For example, they shot Mr. Ayed Srour in his left eye with a rubber coated bullet in 2008 while they were trying to arrest his late brother Aqil Srour. (Aqil Srour was brutally killed later on in 2009.) At present, Ayed has only one eye and is suffering psychologically after the incident.
These arrests target people who belong to different ages and families. They have also arrested the leaders of the Ni’lin Popular Committee in an attempt to suppress our just struggle and kill the patriotic feelings. Obviously, Israel fears that the Ni’lin is setting an example in the struggle against the unjust occupation. And that this struggle might spread throughout Palestine. Last night (05.01.2011), at 01:30am, around 100 soldiers of the Israeli army invaded our town Ni’lin from the surrounding fields. They succeeded in arresting Mr. Muhamed Hussen Srour (26 years old). This arrest was followed by vandalism in the house of his family and terrifying his younger brothers and sisters. Srour was arrested once before in 05.09.2008 and has gone through indescribable maltreatment back then.
But we want Israel to know that, although the number of detainees exceeded roughly 250 persons, the people’s of Ni’lin will not give up their just struggle, come what may.