Nonviolent Protests in the Village of Nabi Saleh Met with Force

Apparently, any group of 10 or more Palestinians and/or their supporters is considered an illegal demonstration- at least that’s what it seems like these days. Whenever I talk to peace rejectionists/Israel Firsters about these demonstrations they always say a variation of the following: “they were engaging in an ILLEGAL demonstration and provoking the IDF and the crowd didn’t disperse when asked to.” Can you imagine that response to any the repression of any other group of people peacefully marching to draw attention to their plight? Of course not.

This protest (video below) was to draw attention to their dwindling water rights and continued repression under Occupation.

You can read more about it here at Mondoweiss.

Here are just a few of the laws used to repress free speech and assembly in the Occupied Territories:

Thus the power of military commanders to declare “closed areas” is now being used extensively in the building of the Apartheid wall and in the seizure of lands between the wall and the Green Line for use in rapid settlement expansion.

In addition, various parts of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations have remained in force within Green Line and are increasingly being invoked since the Palestinian uprising of 2000.

In 2002, for example, Minister of Interior Eli Yishai began invoking his power under Emergency Regulations (Foreign Travel) (1948) to prevent Arab political leaders from leaving the country. (Adalah’s Report Recent Developments–The Rights of the Palestinian Minority in Israel, 2 October 2002).

The Emergency Powers (Detention) Law (1979) has been used to detain Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel without benefit of trial and without permitting contact with lawyers.

The Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 1948 classifies as indictable for up to five years in prison an act which “sympathizes with a terrorist organization” and includes “flying a flag or displaying a symbol or slogan or by causing an anthem or slogan to be heard.” After the Palestinian uprising of 2000, the state began using this ordinance to punish Arab Palestinian political leaders with Israeli Citizenship who have expressed support for the Palestinian resistance to the occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.

And also this (from Amnesty International):

Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to Israeli military laws including Order No. 101, “Order Regarding Prohibition of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda Actions”, which was issued shortly after the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967 and carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

The order enables sweeping restrictions to be placed on freedom of expression, requiring any proposed gathering of 10 or more persons “for a political purpose of for a matter that could be interpreted as political” or even to “to discuss such a topic” to obtain a permit in advance from the commander of the Israeli military forces in the area.

Since 2010 charges under Order No. 101 have been used increasingly by the Israeli authorities against Palestinians who organize demonstrations against Israel’s fence/wall.

[emphasis added]

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3 Comments on “Nonviolent Protests in the Village of Nabi Saleh Met with Force”

  1. Ali Arriyaba Says:

    I saw this blog on twitter so I followed you. I enjoy the site. Keep bringing attention to these issues. I live in Jordan and without the help of Americans and others the plight of the Palestinians will not be heard or seen.


  2. Stacy Says:

    Thanks Ali. I agree, getting the word out is going to be a group effort and also central to that is the support of Jewish Israelis. I was following the protests on Twitter yesterday and I have friends in Israel who were there covering it. We still have a long way to go but attitudes are changing.


  3. Susan Says:

    Social media is changing everything. Without Youtube, Twitter and Facebook it would be almost impossible to get this information to Americans and Europeans. These videos show in very stark fashion how excessive the use of force is by the IDF.

    Thanks for the information on Israeli laws which justify the repression of free speech by Arabs in Israel. That excerpt from Amnesty is particularly troublesome. Correct me if I am wrong but hasn’t the United States been criticizing regimes in Syria, Egypt and Bahrain for using very similar emergency laws as a pretext for cracking down on nonviolent protest?

    Honestly Israel’s laws sound very similar to German laws passed in the 1930’s to alienate and discriminate against Jews.


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