Our friend, Nagey Tamimi, was arrested early this morning in a night raid on the village of Nabi Saleh. Bassem Tamimi’s house was also raided, however he was not at home and avoided arrest. In all likelyhood he will be arrested in the coming days.
Both men have been critical in the leadership of the village’s peaceful resistance to the occupation here. They have regularly welcomed us, and other internationals, into their home as part of their family.
Nabi Saleh has been facing night raids for many months and their non-violent demonstrations have been brutally repressed by the Israeli Occupation. Many of the boys from the village have been arrested, including 14 year old Islam who has been facing interrogation in an adult jail since the middle of January.
Bassem had been detained several times and beaten by the military. Both he and Nagey were aware that they were targeted for arrest as part of a renewed Israeli effort to end the demonstrations in the village by imprisoning the leadership of the Popular Committee.