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Military and Security Forces: December 21, 2011

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Human rights organization B’Tselem has documented several cases in December in which IDF soldiers fired tear gas canisters directly at protesters in Nabi Saleh.

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December 21st, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Military and Security Forces: December 16, 2011

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According to a Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh, he was attacked by settlers following his arrest in the weekly demonstration in the village, while soldiers who were nearby did not intervene.  The Popular Committee spokesman, Jonathan Pollak, said that the soldiers continued to fire gas canisters directly at protesters, despite the killing of Mustafa Tamimi only last week from a gas canister directly aimed at him.

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Military and Security Forces: December 16, 2011

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At least 13 cases of firing gas canisters directly aimed at Palestinian protesters and left-wing activists have been documented since the death of Bassam Abu-Rahme in Bil’in, despite the IDF having promised to refine the procedures for the firing of tear gas canisters.  Investigations of these cases usually end without any operative decisions. Some of the cases are not investigated at all.

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December 16th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Closed Society: October 21, 2011

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Ten people were injured today during clashes near the outpost of Esh Kodesh. Three settlers were injured lightly from stone throwing and blows. Between four and six Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy, were also injured. The clashes took place during the Palestinian olive harvest. “Combatants for Peace” (Hebrew, including videos) claim that settlers, masked and armed with clubs, a rifle, and stun grenades, used violence against the harvesters and that live bullets were fired from the nearby outpost of Ahiya. In addition, they claim that IDF forces fired tear gas towards the activists and made it difficult for them to retreat back to the village, even when the soldiers were told that some had been injured.

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October 21st, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Military and Security Forces: 22 July, 2011

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Last Saturday, IDF forces were filmed firing tear gas and throwing stun grenades towards Palestinian homes in Nabi Saleh in the middle of the night. The IDF Spokesman responded that “at the time of the described event, tires were set on fire near Nabi Saleh, and a roadblock made of stones was set on a nearby road”.

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July 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Police: June 22, 2011

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Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel filed a complaint with the Police Investigation Unit (PIU), on behalf of a number of protesters who participated in the events of Nakba Day in Majdal Shams, who argued that many police officers acted violently against them. The complaint, drafted by the Attorney Orna Cohen of Adalah, lists several cases of throwing stun grenades and tear gas on protesters, kicking and punching the faces of protesters, throwing a demonstrator on horse manure, and spraying pepper spray at the face of a demonstrator from close range.

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June 22nd, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Military and Security Forces: 15 April, 2011

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At this week’s demonstration against the separation wall in Bil’in, IDF soldiers shot and injured local demonstrator Samir Bournat with live ammunition. Afterwards, the soldiers fired tear gas on the ambulance that came to evacuate Bournat. In addition, one of the soldiers threw stones at the demonstrators.

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April 15th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Military and Security Forces: 26 February, 2011

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IDF Spokesperson’s blog published last night a post regarding the demonstrations in Hebron and Bill’in. The post read: “Protesters are free to participate in non-violent demonstrations, and speak their opinions, as they please. However, when violence is being used against people and property, the security forces are obligated to respond with riot control measures”. This despite the fact the IDF is forbidding demonstrations in the west bank. In Al-Ma’asara village, for instance, the soldiers disperse demonstrations using tear gas and shock granades, although the protestors don’t throw stones or vandalize property. Later on, the post, and the video in it, were removed from the blog. Both can be seen here

Military and Security Forces: 25 February, 2011

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A young Palestinian was badly injured by a rubber bullet in his spine, during a demonstration in Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem, according to medical sources. Wadi Hilweh information center reports the protests became violent after security forces shot tear gas at the neighborhood’s residents while they were getting ready for their weekly prayer.

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February 25th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Military and Security Forces: 3rd January, 2011

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The IDF uses CS type tear gas for dispersing demonstrators, which research shows may be dangerous, and is known to have caused deaths. According to Dr. Daniel Argo, an Israeli physician participating in the demonstrations against the separation fence, the use of CS gas in large batches, as the soldiers do in demonstrations, is particularly dangerous. Dr. Argo said further that recently sustained injury to the eyes, skin disfigurement and respiratory diseases, all of which can be connected to the use of CS gas by the IDF, were diagnosed. (Hebrew)

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January 3rd, 2011 at 11:59 am