In the early morning hours of July 17, around 200 Israeli forces conducted a raid on Nabi Saleh, a small Palestinian village of over 500 in the central West Bank. The soldiers searched several houses and briefly detained local activist Bilal Tamimi.
Nariman Tamimi, the wife of Bassem Tamimi who spent 13 months in prison for organizing protests before being released on bail in April, filmed the raid on her house. The 13-minute footage shows Israeli soldiers carrying riffles and searching Tamimi's house. Many times throughout the video Israeli soldiers are heard telling Nariman to "shut up" ("ouskoutt" in Arabic). They are also seen going around the house and looking through personal items.
Residents of Nabi Saleh host weekly demonstrations to protest the confiscation of the village's lands by the nearby Israeli settlement, Halamish.The demonstrations are usually repressed by the Israeli army and Border Police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
Mustafa Tamimi, a 28 year old resident of Nabi Saleh, who died from injuries sustained last December after an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister, has now become a symbol in the village. According to B'Tselem, Tamimi is the 20th person to have been killed in demonstrations in the West Bank in the last eight years.
Nights raid on the Palestinian village are common. According to Diana Alzeer, a Palestinian-Bulgarian activist, Israeli forces conducted a second raid on the village on Tuesday.