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Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village in the West Bank north of Ramallah. is tiny with only 500 or so residents.  It is surrounded by an illegal Israeli settlement. The Friday protests in Nabi Saleh against land confiscation and brutality by the occupation forces have been marked by extreme violence by the Israeli army and repression against the villagers, many of them children, who maintain the protests.

Here is a video of Israeli army attacks on homes in Nabi Saleh from July:

Today, we await the fate of one of these protesters, Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in the face from a distance of just a few meters by an Israeli solider with a teargas canister.  He is on respirators now and too unstable to withstand surgery.  He may lose his life.  (Two members of Anarchists Against the Wall have reportedly been arrested for trying to be with Mustafa in the Israeli hospital.  What amazing activists they are.)

Update:  Here is a photo of Mustafa just moments before the shooting.   Circled in red are the barrel of the gun and the projectile that hit him.


Update:  Here is an ActiveStills archive photo of Mustafa (on the left) posing with his brothers.  Mustafa is 28 years old.  


Here is an account by Linah Alssafin who was at the demonstration:


Graphic photos of Mustafa after his injury can be viewed here and here.

Ma'an is reporting:

A tear-gas canister fired by Israeli forces struck and seriously injured a Palestinian demonstrator in the occupied West Bank, protesters said Friday.

Onlookers said Mustafa Tamimi, 28, suffered a critical head wound after being struck in the face by the canister in Nabi Saleh.

The village hosts weekly protests against land confiscation for an illegal settlement, and Israel has cracked down on its residents, carrying out night raids and arresting accused stone-throwers.

"Tamimi is in very critical condition. Half his face is gone," said Linah Alsaafin, a Ramallah-based blogger. She was reporting from the scene in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

He "was throwing rocks at the (Israeli army) jeep, the door opened and the canister was fired with precision and intent straight in his face," Alsaafin recounted on Twitter.

"To use their term, 'surgical precision'," she added.

Activists distributed photographs purporting to show Tamimi, his face covered in blood, being lifted off the ground after his injury. He was later taken to hospital.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, is lifted up shortly after the injury in Nabi Saleh.

The activists said the Israeli army had initially prevented an ambulance from arriving at the village. A military spokeswoman said the man was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.

The official told Ma'an said the injury occurred during "a violent and illegal riot" in which protesters threw stones. Forces responded with "riot-dispersal means," she said.

"The incident is currently being investigated," she added.

A teenage boy suffered a leg fracture after being struck by a rubber-coated bullet, onlookers added. A young woman's arm was also broken during the demonstration, they said.

Those with blinders on will question why Mustafa was throwing rocks at the jeep, but I ask what you would do if an occupying army confiscated your land, arrested your children and fired live rounds and tear gas at your home?  Palestinian nonviolence depends on you not being silent:

The international community has an obligation to Palestinian nonviolent activists. Leaders cannot simply call on Palestinians to abandon violence in the face of Israeli occupation and remain silent when the nonviolent activists are politically repressed. This only reinforces the idea that the use of force reigns supreme and that Palestinians have no choice but to accept hardships at the hands of their Israeli lords.

Sadly, the same leaders who call on Palestinians to abandon violence have been silent in the face of Israeli repression. By condemning violent Palestinian resistance while remaining silent in the face of Israeli crackdowns and political arrests, they are simply endorsing violence against civilians by one side instead of the other.

Palestinians are asking folks to use the hashtag #Pray4Mustafa to spread awareness about Mustafa Tamimi.  

8:42 AM PT: Mustafa going into surgery now.  Hoping...

Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 4:49 AM PT: He's dead. Comfort to his family.

Originally posted to soysauce on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 08:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Adalah — A Just Middle East.

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  •  Thanks for the update... (12+ / 0-)

    Any info on whether the gas-canister was another of our fine "Made in the USA" products?

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 08:39:43 AM PST

    •  You mean made by the teargas company that (14+ / 0-)

      flies an Israeli flag outside its headquarters in Jameston, PA?  

      I take responsibility for what I say. I do not take responsibility for what you understand.

      by soysauce on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 08:46:34 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Here's the company information: (0+ / 0-)


        Combined Systems, Inc.
        (AKA Combined Tactical Systems, Inc)
        388 Kinsman Rd.
        Jamestown, PA 16134

        Tel: (724) 932-2177
        Toll Free: (888) 989-7800
        Fax: (724) 932-2166

        This business is located in a small town of only a few hundred people in Mercer County, northwest Pennsylvania.  For two years, I lived about 5 miles from there.  I can provide directions, but I don't think anybody wants to go there.  It would be a waste of time.

        This company didn't actually fire that weapon at an unarmed man.  This company didn't aim for the face of a demonstrator who was carrying no lethal weapons.  This company didn't decide to all but kill a man with one of these things.  The person who did do all of these things was a soldier that was trained, equipped, and sent there by "the National State and Homeland of the Jewish people ®".

        Was he sent there to do this?  If they don't punish with jail time (the same sentence they'd hand a Palestinian who injured an IDF soldier this way) the soldier in question, then yes they most certainly did send him there to do this.  Perhaps we will see justice done, but am I alone in expecting to see an award for bravery instead of a court martial?

        It is long past time that these soldiers and the extremists they protect left the West Bank and returned to israel.

        Celtic Merlin

        Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

        by Celtic Merlin on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 02:16:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  From Ibnezra's twitter feed: (12+ / 0-)
    No Israeli soldiers have reported any injuries during any of today's West Bank demonstrations.

    Joseph Dana

    According to @tweet_palestine, Tamimi has internal brain bleeding and is being taken into surgery right now.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 08:48:26 AM PST

  •  The complete destruction of Palestine continues (13+ / 0-)

    How about an Israeli destruction freeze?
    Still, Israeli settlement construction is not the only belligerent behaviour conducted by the occupation regime in Palestinian Territory. To paraphrase the now-former US Congressman Brian Baird, if the law is "thou shall not build on territory which does not belong to you", an equally important corollary of this law is "thou shall not destroy what belongs to others in territory which does not belong to you". Of course, apart from the regular construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, there is also the regular destruction of Palestinian buildings and infrastructure in the same territory.

    Both the construction of illegal settlements and the destruction of the homes and property of the native Palestinians stem from the same origin: Israel's unbridled assertion of power over the native Palestinians in the context of total impunity.

    Much destruction occurs in Area C of the West Bank. This territory comprises roughly 60 per cent of the West Bank, and Israel maintains full control over security, planning and zoning.

    The United Nations Organisation for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Territories (UNOCHA) noted in a recent report:

    "In the first six months of 2011, OCHA recorded the Israeli authorities' demolition of 342 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C, including 125 residential structures, displacing a total of 656 Palestinians, including 351 children. This is almost five times as many structures demolished and people displaced as during the equivalent period in 2010.

  •  Israeli governmental policy is evolving and not in (7+ / 0-)

    a good way. This article appeared last night about a bill being debated in the Knesset. in JPost and is worth a look to readers interested in the stolen land problem.

    Two things struck me about the bill as described.

    The bill states that private Palestinian property should be reclassified as state land if settler homes were constructed on that property with the help of state funds, such as for infrastructure work or personal loans and grants. The land should also be reclassified if the state gave any kind of initial approval for the construction, the bill states


    The bill adds that independently of the above conditions, whenever Palestinian owners are compensated for their land, the land in question should be reclassified.

    The bill seeks to redress the situation whereby people live in homes that cannot be authorized. Politicians have noted that if the state destroys these homes, the land is not likely to be returned to the Palestinian owner in any case.

    Emphasis added by poster.

    Readers here will remember the disclosures in the summer about just how much aid to supposedly illegal settlements had been given by the Israeli government, more than had been given to housing inside the legal borders of Israel.

    And 'state land' is a strange matter, especially in occupied territory, since the state in question is the occupier, not the government of the occupied. In Israel proper, 'state land' declarations have long been a 'legal' way of taking over the title to land of Palestinians who were driven out or fled in the various conflicts, usually but not always on the pretext that it was 'abandoned.' Another use of state land has been to use the claim of military necessity, 'security' which need not be explained but which is accepted in the Israeli legal community without much challenge, as a ground for both destruction of homes schools mosques and fields, but also for effective title to the land in question. This ruse is apparently used because the International Conventions do not permit putting citizens of the occupying state on land taken from the occupied, but there is no similar restriction for a military taking and no one in Israeli legal circles in position to challenge it. Readers may remember past postings here about the various grounds claimed from time to time to justify the Migron settlements by various governmental authorities, which included a site to house those building a military facility nearby, but which became occupied by non construction folk thereafter, if there ever were any construction folk there in the first place.

    What this article says is now that if the legislation is passed, the land on which the building was done in WB, stolen or not,  will be reclassified as state land and legalized for settler use, if the I government had any part in getting it constructed, approvals, funds, permits, whatever. And even if the land is ruled to have been stolen, then Palestinians from whom it was illegally taken will not get it back, because it will be classified as state land, in any event. The victimized Palestinians mightget compensation, but a good bit of the problem is that under the present circumstances, there is no guarantee that they would be able to use that compensation to buy equivalent land.

    In other words, Israel will be deemed to have annexed any settlement land in which it ever invested time or money, which is most of them. In the face of this conduct, one understands why the principal condition of PA to direct talks is cessation of these takings by Israel for settlements.

    Let us hope this legislation does not pass.

  •  You're right, soy. (0+ / 0-)

    These actions have NOTHING to do with the security of "the National State and Homeland of the Jewish people ®" and have EVERYTHING to do with displacing the indigenous Palestinian People and replacing them with citizens of "the National State and Homeland of the Jewish people ®" who do not belong there for this land is in no way part of their nation.

    These actions are intended to strike fear into the hearts and minds of the people who LIVE there, which makes these actions acts of terrorism.  That's all they are is acts of terrorism.  This terrorism is sanctioned and funded by a member state of the UN and (I believe) a signatory to the Geneva Conventions.

    The world, however, does nothing about it.  Hence it continues and will continue until the rest of the planet rises up and says, "Enough!"

    Celtic Merlin

    Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

    by Celtic Merlin on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 02:30:39 PM PST

  •  IDF thugs siding with fanatic thieves (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:


    Gasoline made from the tar sands gives a Toyota Prius the same impact on climate as a Hummer using gasoline made from oil. ~ Al Gore

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 06:33:21 PM PST

  •  Oh God! I just found out that Mustafa Tamimi (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    angry marmot, soysauce, Assaf

    died. This is just too horrible.

    There was a memorial service for him:

    I don't know what to say.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 09:11:12 AM PST

  •  From Al Jazeera English: (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    angry marmot, soysauce, Assaf

    The article about Tamimi's death also mentions that:

    Tear gas canister casualties include Palestinian Bassem Abu Rahmeh, who was killed in 2009 when one hit his chest.

    They also include Tristan Anderson of Oakland, California, who is suffering from brain damage, paralysis and seizures after he was hit in the head by a canister at a 2009 demonstration.

    The West Bank sees weekly demonstrations against Jewish settlement activity and the building of Israel's separation wall, which has swallowed Palestinian farmland in its route.

    In the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hundreds of angry mourners marched in a funeral procession for a 12-year-old boy who was killed on Friday in an Israeli strike.

    Israeli forces had carried multiple airstrikes against Hamas facilities and alleged suspected fighters on Friday.

    One airstrike damaged a house next to a targeted site, killing 42-year-old civilian Bahajat Zaalan and wounding several family members. One of the wounded, Zaalan's son Ramadan, died of his injuries later Friday.

    A strike on Wednesday killed one Palestinian, while another strike on Thursday near a crowded park in Gaza City killed two more, scattering their body parts over the area.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 09:58:13 AM PST

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