Nakba Day in Ni’lin

Our right is to return, and definitely we will.

an israeli soldier hitting a palestinian protester during the nakba demo at Ni'lin,photo by : hassan daboos
Last Tuesday, in an event named “Historical return demonstration to Al Ramleh city” dozens of young Palestinians successfully broke through the Ni’lin military checkpoint on the morning of Nakba Day. The unannounced event gathered 50 activists that together marched towards the checkpoint separating the village from Palestinian lands occupied in 1948 and 1967.

As the demonstration was passing the checkpoint it was attacked by Israeli military and three of the activists were arrested. One of them was Naji Al Tamimi, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Nabi Saleh. Many activists however made it across the checkpoint and pushed on into the Palestinian lands of 1948, carrying the flags of their nation as well as banners and sign saying”Our right is to return, and definitely we will.”

Later in the evening a second protest was held in Ni’lin as the villagers marched towards the apartheid wall separating the village from its olive groves. The demonstration was attacked by Israeli soldiers hiding under camouflage covers in the fields. The soldiers chased the protestors towards the village but did not manage to make any arrests. Two people were however injured by rubber coated steel bullets.

More information on Ni’lin village’s struggle against the occupation is available from their website

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