Related | The Funeral of Mustafa Tamimi – in pictures
Today a weekly “non-violent demo”, unarmed civilain, 28 year old Mustafa Tamimi, worker from Nabi Saleh was shot at close range (less than 10 according to eyewitness) and with precision and intent right in the face with a tear gas projectile and mutilated him for the rest of his life.
At a moment there was said he might loose his eye and was in critical condition.
The friends of Mustafa we’re not allowed to take him to the hospital
Blood all over they shot ibrahim in his head blood everywhere help us they are not letting us take him to hospital—
(@Tweet_Palestine) December 09, 2011
Neither was family not allowed to see him
He is still at chekpoint nariman her kid and his sister are stoped by israeli army not allowing them to pass god this is unhuman—
(@Tweet_Palestine) December 09, 2011
IOF took him to an ambulance for treatment, telling them an helicopter would come, which not turned up according to an eyewitness he was driven away in an ambulance to Petah Tikva.
There was so much blood. Fucking soldiers wont let us see him. Hes near the watchtower in an ambulance. Helicopter on its way.—
Linah Alsaafin (@LinahAlsaafin) December 09, 2011
There is no helicopter. Mostafa driven away in ambulance. Israeli soldiers takin pics of us. Surreal to still tweet with this shit going …—
Linah Alsaafin (@LinahAlsaafin) December 09, 2011
Keeping back Palestinian ambulances for aid is a common policy of Israel. At checkpoint many women who are or going to be in labour are kept back causing many miscarriages est. 18.000 a year develop complications or even children die.
On Dec 10, 2011 the Israeli army again prevented an ambulance to a scene where 8 soldiers had beaten and kicked a taxi driver till he was unconsious.
A delegation of United Nations which was passing by the incident saw everything happening but did not even stop to see if any aid or assistance was required.
un delegation saw everything they passed by us and didnt even stop to help army is saying they need a choper hes in bad condition—
(@Tweet_Palestine) December 09, 2011
The Lies of Tzahal
Spokesperson for the army Captain BarakRaz denies there was use of rubber bullets.
While Bisan Tamimi, daughter of Naji Tamimi broke an arm due to a rubber coated bullet and Wa’d Tamimi, 14 year old son of Bassem and Nariman Tamimi broke a leg due to a rubber coated bullet as well as several others suffered injuries.
According to Israel defense forces Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitch, spokesperson on payroll of Tzahal to propagate lies via twitter (the twitter-commander in charge) Mustafa would have done this: (for the record she tweeted this at 18:40 exactly)
So let’s behold the footage of the Jeep and the attack by Tzahal, no slingshot in the picture at all
The Illegal use of Riot Dispersal Ammunition as lethal weaponry
Article 14 of the UN Basic Principles provides:
“In the dispersal of violent assemblies, law enforcement officials may use firearms only when less dangerous means are not practicable and only to the minimum extent necessary.”
Firing a person from 1 meter range, in the face with a tear gas projectile is no use of “riot dispersal” but a direct attempt to manslaught.
Soldiers are expected to know targeting tear gas projectiles at the face can be deadly, esp from short range. Nevertheless did it not bother the soldier to act this way. The deliberate targeting, weekly of especially the Tamimi family, as well the facts that today 3 of them got wounded may be a clear sign that Israel is not using it’s “riot dispersal methods” to disperse only a NON VIOLENT (!) demo, but uses it definitly to kill or at least to attempt to kill.
In procedures, “minimum extent necessary” a soldier, sitting inside an armored jeep like in this situation could have made, in case of alleged violence of a protester, many more other choices than shooting in short range a projectile of which is known to be deadly or possible cause such. Aside of all above this way of usage of riot disperal ammunition is even a violation of Israel’s own army protocol.
- He could have taken a hide behind the one closed door
- He could have closed the open door
- Or he could have told the driver to drive away and get out of reach
(Reminder, all these options were open, please keep in mind we are talking here about a full armored Jeep and soldiers armored and armed untill their teeth while the protester is not wearing any protection not arms.)
Tzahal claimed at one point today, that the protester “was running after the Jeep”. This can not be true because on the pictures is clearly visible that the break lights of the military vehicle are burning, so break is pushed in.
In the archive of videos on this blog you can see many videos of the weekly demos in Nabi Saleh. All of them show, the NON VIOLENT demos of the people in Nabi Saleh are turned into violent ones by Israel Occupation Forces themselves. The videos also leave nothing over for imagination on the violence of the occupier towards non violent protesters.
The spokesperson told Ma’an they investigating at the moment, but called their act legitimate, as they decided to suppress “a violent and illegal riot” with justifies according to them the use of riot dispersal. This would be the case if there was any violence of protesters, which wasn’t the case. And if so, it does not justify this kind of use of riot dispersal ammunition on this range which is violating every army protocol and international law and regulations about this kind of ammunition against unarmed civilians.
One photographer of Activestills and 2 friends of Mustafa Tamimi were detained at the Beilinson Hospital to which Mustafa was taken for urgent life saving surgery.
Video of Israel preventing a family member to see her wounded brother
United Nations Delegations Runs aways after being begged for help!
The delegation headed by Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression. But apparently, he did not dare to use his “rights” at least to try to intermediate at the scene.
In the video of the non violent demo, which is as usuael turned violent by Israel, you can witness (around 7th minute of video) a protester begging: “Can You help?” “Can you Stop It?” “A man has been shot in the head! “
But the United Nations did not act, nor intervene, they just drove away. Aside from the army neglecting to give or allow care, even United Nations knowing a man was wounded neglected any form of humanitarian or medical aid or possible assistance.
The Zionist Hatred…
Vicious reader comments left on JPost article on Tamimi | by Larry Derfner | +972 Magazine
Read the talkbacks to the Jerusalem Post story on Mustafa Tamim’s critical injury, then death during Nabi Saleh demonstration from IDF tear gas cannister to the face, reportedly fired at close range.
From just the first five:
illiniwek: “The only thing the illegal alien arab moslem terrorist understands is brute force so therefore, the IDF should be using live rounds with shoot to kill orders for any rock thrower regardless of age and gender…”
John DeLancy: “…the Arab Muslmis are trying to kill Jews and the IDF hits back. Only, Hashem is protecting His people, the Jews. And He is not protecting the enemies of His chosen. “
AmIsraelchaielYahud: “Now with half his face gone he will only be half the trouble.”
Viiit: “That’s the price we pay for having them within the Land of Israel. The[y] have to go”
“GeorgeMartin: “too bad he is not seriously dead”
In West Bank protests of recent years, in which the Palestinian-to-IDF injury ratio has been hundreds-to-one, Tamimi, according to B’Tselem, was the 20th Palestinian killed. (note occupiedpalestine: With the death of Mustafa Tamimi the number of non violent protesters killed is now 22)
Only three persons are allowed a permit to visit Mustafa who is (17:29 Pal Time) in atoo critical condition for surgery
17:47 – Mustafa is not in a hospital, latest update
Mustafa is currently anesthetized, breathing through tubes, and his condition is described as serious. Tamimi is undergoing treatment in the trauma ward of the hospital, and is expected to undergo surgery later tonight. (source PSCC)
Just met the doctor.his eye is ok.he has bleeding in the brain,broken bones in face,taking him to surgery that will last 3 hours#NabiSaleh—
(@Tweet_Palestine) December 09, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Israeli hospital administrators tried to fool the family by saying "oh gosh we may save his eye!" while in fact Mustafa was already dead—
Michael Treiger (@Dustbowl_Pal) December 10, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
Overview of live messages, pictures and words from Mustafa’s friends and comrades at the funeral in Nabi Saleh : The Funeral of Shaheed #MustafaTamimi - Buried in the very earth he fought for after Israel murdered him
انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون
‘Inna Lillahi wa ‘Inna ‘Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar
May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shaheed Jannatul Firdaus,
and ease it for his families, loved ones and anyone around him. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil ‘Alameen.
The funeral of Mustafa Tamimi will leave Ramallah at Sunday Dec 11, 10AM reaching Nabi Saleh at 11AM
Late in 2009, settlers began gradually taking over Ein al-Qaws (the Bow Spring), which personally belongs to Bashir Tamimi, the head of the Nabi Saleh village council. The settlers, abetted by the army, erected a shed over the spring, renamed it Maayan Meir, after a late settler, and began driving away Palestinians who came to use the spring by force – at times throwing stones or even pointing guns at them, threatening to shoot.
While residents of Nabi Saleh have already endured decades of continuous land grab and expulsion to allow for the ever continuing expansion of the Halamish settlement, the takeover of the spring served as the last straw that lead to the beginning of the village’s grassroots protest campaign of weekly demonstrations in demand for the return of their lands.
While the model of regularly held protests around the construction of Israel’s Separation Barrier became a common one in recent years, the protests in Nabi Saleh mark a significant break from that tradition, in that protest there is entirely unrelated to the Barrier. This expansion of the popular resistance model symbolizes the growing support the model enjoys among Palestinians, and the growing positive discourse around it across the Palestinian political spectrum.
Protest in the tiny village enjoys the regular support of International and Israeli activists, as well as that of Palestinians from the surrounding areas. Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh are also unique in the level of women participation in them, and the role they hold in all their aspects, including organizing. Such participation, which often also includes the participation of children mirrors the village’s commitment to a truly popular grassroots mobilization, encompassing all segments of the community.
The Israeli military’s response to the protests has been especially brutal and includes regularly laying complete siege on village every Friday, accompanied by the declaration of the entire village, including the built up area, as a closed military zone. Prior and during the demonstrations themselves, the army often completely occupies the village, in effect enforcing an undeclared curfew of sort. Military nighttime raids and arrest operations are also a common tactic in the army’s strategy of intimidation, often targeting minors.
In order to prevent the villagers and their supporters from exercising their fundamental right to demonstrate and march to their lands, soldiers regularly use disproportional force against the unarmed protesters. The means utilized by the army to hinder demonstrations include, but are not limited to, the use of tear-gas projectiles, banned high-velocity tear-gas projectiles, rubber-coated bullets and, at times, even live ammunition.
The use of such practices have already caused countless injuries, several of them serious, including those of children – the most serious of which is that of 14 year-old Ehab Barghouthi, who was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet from short range on March 5th, 2010 and laid comatose in the hospital for three weeks.
In complete disregard to the army’s own open fire regulations, soldiers often shoot tear-gas projectiles directly at groups of protesters or individuals and rubber bullets are indiscriminately shot at protesters from short distances. The army has also resumed using high velocity tear-gas projectiles in Nabi Saleh, despite the fact that they have declared banned for use after causing the death of Bassem Abu Rahmah in Bil’in in April 2009, and the critical injury of American protester Tristan Anderson in Ni’ilin in March of the same year.
Tear-gas, as well as a foul liquid called “The Skunk”, which is shot from a water cannon, is often used inside the built up area of the village, or even directly pointed into houses, in a way that allows no refuge for the uninvolved residents of the village, including children and the elderly. The interior of at least one house caught fire and was severely damaged after soldiers shot a tear-gas projectile through its windows.
Since December 2009, when protest in the village was sparked, hundreds of demonstration-related injuries caused by disproportionate military violence have been recorded in Nabi Saleh.
Between January 2010 and June 2011, the Israeli Army has carried 76 arrests of people detained for 24 hours or more on suspicions related to protest in the village of Nabi Saleh, including those of women and of children as young as 11 years old. Of the 76, 18 were minors. Dozens more were detained for shorter periods.
Footage of the attack will be uploaded later this evening as well as continuous updates of this post as news is available so keep checking this post for updates.
To Mustafa’s Mother ~ By Bassem Tamimi
For what do you want to sing and cry, what do you want of respect, loyalty, and order,
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
With the death of Mustafa Tamimi since Jawaher Abu Rahma (1-1-2011) 22 civilian protesters were killed by Israel, more info can be found at this article at the website of the Popular Struggle in Bil’in
- Memorial march for Mustafa Tamimi last night in Nabisaleh- ActiveStills – Dec 15, 2011 ~ in pictures
- Vigil in New York City for Mustafa Tamimi | Dec 13, 2011 ~ in pictures
- Moments upon MustafaTamimi’s Body Arrival To Ramallah | Dec. 10, 2011 ~ in pictures
- Silent gathering for Mustafa Tamimi, Ramallah | Dec. 10, 2011 ~ in pictures
- Demonstration in Ramallah after the death of Mustafa Tamimi | Emile Baujard | Dec 10, 2011 – in pictures
@CaptainBarakRaz @AvitalLeibovich & @MajPeterLerner’s Hasbara exposed
- IDF Spokesman admits biased IDF enforcement| 972 Magazine | Dec 13, 2011
- Israeli military spokesman accused of mocking dead Palestinian protester – The Telegraph – Dec 11, 2011
- After Fatal Shooting of Palestinian, Israeli Soldiers Defended Use of Force Online – nyt – Dec 11, 2011
- Tweeting with the Israeli Military – by Sami Kishawi – Dec 11, 2011
- Israeli military issues statement, tweets on the killing of non-violent protester – IMEMC – Dec 12, 2011
Reminder: Israel has special “taskforces” on the internet to spread hasbara (propaganda) or lies, or to mute the ones speaking truth. Read all it in the post:
- Death rules here: A farewell to Mustafa Tamimi~ by Ben Ronen | Dec 19, 2011
- A Letter from Mohammed Khatib after Being Released| Dec 19, 2011
- Death rules here: A farewell to Mustafa Tamimi | 972 Magazine | Dec 18, 2011
- Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine: Shooting Mustafa Tamimi at Point Blank Range~ by Stephen Lendman | Sabbah Report | Dec 15, 2011
- Israeli soldiers’ savagery at Mustafa Tamimi’s funeral | Video and testimony | Electronic Intifada | Dec 14, 2011
- Family of Mustafa Tamimi killed by tear gas canister to sue Israeli army | Dec 14, 2011
- A courageous Palestinian has died, shrouded in stones| Jonathan Polak | Haaretz | Dec 13, 2011
- Fellow Activists Mourning the Murder of Hero Mustafa Tamimi | FrontLineEcho | Dec 12, 2011
- In Memory of Mustafa: The End of Another Demonstrationby Michael Treiger | Dec 12, 2011
- …but we will keep going | palyouthvoice | Dec 12, 2011
- In pictures by .@LazSim: When a non-violent protest ends in death| AlJazeera | Dec 12, 2011
- Eyewitness describes Mustafa Tamimi’s last moments| Mya Guarnieri | 972Mag | Dec 12, 2011
- Point Blank, Mustafa Tamimi| PNN | Dec 11, 2011
- #MustafaTamimi: A murder captured on camera | 972 Magazine | Dec 11, 2011
- No miracle yesterday in Nabi Saleh: Mustafa Tamimi murdered ~ by Linah Alsaafin (eyewitness) | Electronic Intifada | Dec 10, 2011
- Mustafa: Truly Chosen ~ by @MariamBarghouti & @dalsaafin | Dec 10, 2011
- Mustafa Tamimi – A Martyr of Nabi Saleh~ by SanaaSultan | Dec 10, 2011
- Ministry of Hasbara: IDF Has Become Israel’s Chief Delegitimizer~ by Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam | Dec 10, 2011
- Farewell to comrade Mustafa Tamimi~ by Abir Kopty | Dec 10, 2011
- British government regrets death of Mustafa Tamimi – Maan News Agency | Dec 10, 2011
- Mustafa Tamimi had died | Mondoweiss | Dec 10, 2011
- Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in anti-wall protest | IMEMC | Dec 10, 2011
- West Bank protester dies of his wounds | ISM | Dec 10, 2011
- Protester Severely Injured in Nabi Saleh | PSCC Palestine | Dec 9, 2011
- Tamimi sustained a severe injury to his head. He is anesthetized, breathing through tubes, his condition is serious | Mondoweiss | Dec 9, 2011
- Palestinian protester severely injured in Nabi Saleh | ISM Palestine | Dec 9, 2011
- Protester seriously hurt by gas canister | Maan News Agency | Dec 9, 2011
- West Bank protester critically hurt by Israeli fire| Al Akhbar | Dec 9, 2011
- Israel investigates injury at West Bank protest | Maan News Agency | Dec 9, 2011
- Who killed Mustafa? – video
- Activists hold Demonstration in Tel Aviv - Codemnation of the assassination of Mustafa Tamimi- Tamimi Press
- Justice for Mustafa Tamimi: A peaceful Vigil in NYC | Monday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm | video | pictures