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Village of Nabi Saleh

    Village of Nabi Saleh

    Occupied Palestinian Territories

    Nabi Saleh, a small village in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has found itself occupied by Israeli settlers and army personnel. Through the use of severe intimidation and discrimination practices two lives have already been lost and many more live in daily fear for their safety. Access to the villages’ main water supply has been also been blocked leaving families in the region destitute and without necessary provisions.

    Activate your pens and your keyboards!

    Please write a letter to Israel’s Minister of Defence

    Follow this guide to write your letter
    • Start with Dear Minister,
    • Describe who you are and what concerns you about the intrusion of Israeli settlers and army on Palestinian land
    • Ask the Minister to stop the excessive and unnecessary force by the Israeli security forces against demonstrators in Nabi Saleh
    • Urge him to ensure that security officers responsible for the killings of Mustafa Tamimi and Rushdi Tamimi, and for the injury of others in the village, are brought to justice
    Send your letter to
    Minister of Defence Moshe Ya’alon
    Ministry of Defence
    37 Kaplan Street

    Hakirya, Tel Aviv, 61909

    Israel
     

    fax: 011 972 3 691 6940

    Postage: $1.85

    Please make a copy for
    Her Excellency Miriam Ziv
    Ambassador for Israel
    50 O'Connor Street, Suite 1005

    Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L2

    Canada

    fax: (613) 567-9878

    Postage: $0.63

    Background

    Welcome to the village of Nabi Saleh. About 550 Palestinians live here. As you approach, you notice farmland surrounding the village, where olive trees grow well. And it is blessed with a natural spring. But there is a problem.

    Israeli settlers moved onto the land in 1977 without permission from the villagers. They established their own settlement called Halamish. The settler population has grown to 1,600 and they are now using the farmland. They also turned the spring into a tourist attraction and will not let the Palestinians access water from it. The Israeli army has established a military base there, as well.

    Every Friday since 2009 when they lost access to the spring, the villagers have organized non-violent demonstrations. They protest against Israel’s military occupation and the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish.

    The Israeli army responds to the villagers’ peaceful protests with excessive and unnecessary force. So far they have injured hundreds, including women and children.

    Two people have died. During a Friday protest in November 2012, Israeli soldiers shot Rushdi Tamimi in the back. Video evidence shows that Israeli soldiers delayed his family’s effort to transport him to hospital by ambulance. He died two days later. A military investigation into the incident shows that soldiers fired over 80 live rounds at Palestinian protesters that day. Mustafa Tamimi died in hospital one day after a Friday protest in December 2011. A soldier in an armoured military jeep had fired a tear gas canister at his face.

    In addition to the excessive force at protests, the Israeli army intimidates the villagers at other times. They occasionally carry out night raids, arrest children, restrict the residents’ movements by declaring Nabi Saleh a closed military zone, and fire tear gas and other weapons at homes to cause injury and damage.

    What else can I do?

    Support from abroad boosts the spirits of the villagers. Send a letter or a card to them via the co-ordinator of the Nabi Saleh Popular Resistance Committee.

    Apart from religious cards, any card is fine. You may mention Amnesty International and you may include your return address. Here is a sample message: We stand by you in dignity and for freedom and justice.

    Or leave a message of support on the village Facebook page: http://bit.ly/nabi-saleh

    Mail your message with $1.85 postage to:
    Naji Tamimi
    Pre-trial detention facility, SIZO-2 “Butyrka”
    Nabi Saleh

    Birzeit/Ramallah,

    Palestine

    Resources

    Printable casefile

    Write for Rights 2013 Casefile: Occupied Palestinian Territories – Nabi Saleh by Amnesty International Canada

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