Monday, February 11, 2013

Bassem Tamimi is at home in Nabih Saleh


Bassem and NerimanTamimi, Nabi Saleh, West Bank, Palestine February 10, 2013(Photo:Keren Manor/ Activestils)


Bassem Tamimi and family. Nabi Saleh, West Bank, Palestine February 10, 2013 (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestils)
h/t Alice Rothschild


Bassem Tamimi has been released from Israeli jail and is now with his family in Nabih Saleh. See Mondoweiss here.

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While our delegation was in Palestine, we stayed with the Tamimis and were on the roof of their house when the soldiers in the Israeli army fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition at nonviolent protestors against the Wall not too distantly below.

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Bassem spoke to us movingly of the force of nonviolence and how Palestinians have learned the value of nonviolent protest.

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Several weeks before, Mustafa Tamimi had been shot in the face with a tear gas canister and murdered. See "Janna [Tamimi's] song" here and here.

Two weeks later, Rushdi Tamimi was murdered by a tear-gas canister. See here.

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When Bassem Tamimi demonstrated (nonviolently) against the Occupation with others carrying signs protesting ”settler terror and the occupation and its products” in a Jews-only supermarket – Rami Levy - in the gleaming settlement of Sha’ar Binyamin high on the hill, the army waited outside. They beat Bassem, broke his ribs, hauled him away to military “court” and imprisoned him for four months in jail. See here.

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Though located in Palestinian territory (the West Bank), Sha’ar Binyamin does not stock Palestinian products…

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Bassem had previously been jailed for nonviolent protest for 13 months by the Occupation and tortured. For further background, see here, for his words to the court only allowed after already being jailed 11 months, see here, and for Amnesty International's comments on this prisoner of conscience, here.


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It is a very happy event that Bassem is home and again able to lead nonviolent protests in Nabih Saleh.

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What does it say of Israel and the United States that the corporate press keeps news of nonviolent protest and the violence and torture of the Occupation behind a Wall of silence?

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What does it say of the state of Israel that it attacks nonviolent protest of villagers across Palestine (in Nabih Saleh, Beilin and elsewhere) against apartheid and the Wall, in this violent way?





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