In clashes that erupted during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh, army forces invaded the village, shooting rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters into private homes.
The demonstrations against the Occupation in Nabi Saleh which have been taking place for over one year despite serious military repression have experienced major setbacks in recent months. The two leaders of the community, Bassem and Naji Tamimi, have both been arrested by Israeli soldiers along with 12 percent of the total population of the village. The demonstration yesterday saw eight people arrested among reckless and violent Israeli army behaviour.
Nabi Saleh held celebrations marking Land Day on Saturday with 200 Palestinian, Israeli and international supporters in attendance. The Israeli army quickly attacked the celebrations when villages approached a spring taken over by settlers. The army then invaded the village while firing large amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets. One Israeli supporter was lightly injured when a rubber bullet was shot directly at the demonstrator. Three Palestinians were arrested during the invasion.