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11-year-old boy detained without reason in An Nabi Saleh

25 January 2011 | International Solidarity Movement

Today, the Israeli Border Police entered the village of An Nabi Saleh and detained an 11-year-old boy, Karim Tamimi, without reason. They came to the village in police jeeps and were dressed in uniform, but were without the normal riot weapons; nobody had been informed about their coming previously, nor knew what they were supposed to be doing in the village. Before they left, they detained Karim without giving any reason for it. His older brother, 14-year-old Islam Tamimi, was arrested on Saturday during a night raid. He will face charges of stone throwing this Thursday.

The border police took the young boy to an interrogation center, close to Jerusalem, and detained him for several hours. He was asked to identify people from pictures, but he refused. His father had to collect him when he was released late in the afternoon.

11-year-old Karim Tamimi

This happens following several night raids in just one week on the village, in which soldiers have entered houses in the village and taken pictures of the men and boys, together with their ID cards.

Weekly protests are held in An Nabi Saleh, but are new compared to those held in the village of Bil’in. On 25th December, 2010, they celebrated the first anniversary of the protests by holding a tree planting. There is a strong desire within the Israeli military to crush the resistance here, and as such the army commonly use many violent and inhuman methods to stop the protests.