Days of Palestine

Wednesday, February 1

Israel declares Nabi Saleh, home of Tamimi family, closed military zone

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Israeli occupation army declared central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, home of imprisoned teenage activist Ahed al-Tamimi, closed military zone.

Israeli occupation forces set up barriers on the main road that leads to Nabi Saleh and prevented Palestinians, including journalists, from entering the village.

Bilal al-Tamimi, the uncle of 16-year-old Ahed, who was abducted by Israeli forces last month over a video of her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier, said that the Israeli soldiers are preventing non-residents from entering the village.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from severe tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces suppressed the protest, which was held in support of Ahed and in rejection of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The closure taken as a punitive measure against the residents of Nabi Saleh, specifically the Tamimi family.

Since Ahed’s arrest, her cousin Nour was arrested, she was recently released, her mother Nariman and her aunt were detained, and recently one of her cousins was detained in an overnight raid.

Over a week ago, Ahed’s distant cousin Musaab al-Tamimi, from Nabi Saleh’s sister village of Deir Nitham, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.

The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.