Every Friday, the residents of the small village of Nabi Saleh, in the West Bank, protest against Israeli rule. And every week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) try to force them to stay home. A striking new video has emerged that shows – up close and in detail – the clashes that ensue, week after week.
These demonstrations take place every week across the West Bank, however, protests in the small village of Nabi Shaleh are notorious for drawing an especially violent reaction from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Residents of the village were the first to start demonstrating against the development of nearby Jewish settlements in December 2009, and since then, Nabi Saleh has remained the epicentre of Friday protests.
The video above, filmed on Friday March 9, shows an IDF truck rolling through the village, spraying the dreaded “skunk” (starting at 3 minutes 32), a chemical sewage concoction that is designed make its targets smell awful for up to three days. It also shows Palestinian locals throwing rocks at the vehicle. Later in the video, starting at 8 minutes 59, a border police guard tells a group of women and children to go indoors. They respond with jeers and shouts, but remain in their front yard. Moments later, the security forces throw tear gas and sound bombs toward the yard where the women and children had stood moments before. Because of the angle of the video, it is not clear whether they were still in the yard at that point.