He's seen his cousin, his friends and children as young as 10 killed by Israeli forces, but still believes in a peaceful resolution.
|Saeed Amireh (left) at his cousin Youssef Amireh's funeral|
Saeed is speaking across Skype's video messaging service. He wears a woolly hat, a jacket and dresses exactly as a European in his early 20s might. There is a hint of stubble across his chin. Saeed smiles and he appears friendly and relaxed. Behind him, a Palestinian flag is draped across his bedroom wall and occasionally members of his family walk through the room.
Saeed has just returned from delivering a series of lectures across Europe. He leans forward from his chair and reminiscently lists the countries he visited. "I have been to Sweden, to Germany, to Finland, France, Spain, Italy," he says. "I have been invited by different groups and organisations and schools and universities and local TV. I have spoken to thousands of people."
Saeed's experiences as a Palestinian activist have lead him to share his story around the world. He taught himself English aged 17 using only Google Translate, but just a few years on has become an eloquent public speaker. Occasionally though, he asks the meaning of certain words and explains: "English is not my language and I'm still learning."
|Palestinian pprotesters from Ni'lin on the march|
|Israeli forces in Ni'lin|
At first the people of Ni'lin were successful in preventing the new wall from being built. However, the Israeli military soon intervened with tear gas, sound bombs and bullets. Several of the protesters have been killed, including children as young as ten and Saeed's 17-year-old cousin Youssef. With Saeed's father the official representative of the Popular Committee, his family have been brutally targeted. His father was imprisoned for a year, for "being present in a declared military zone". The 'military zone' was once his family's olive garden. Saeed has also been beaten and imprisoned and his sisters, then aged only 10 and 12, have been wounded by Israeli bullets. Saeed doesn't understand it. "We have no guns. We are unarmed civilians," he says.
|Israeli forces open fire on protestors|
|Protesting against the new wall|
Still, Saeed looks to the future. He wants to become an engineer and believes one day the region's problems can be resolved. "I am very hopeful because you can see how the international community has started to change, which is going to play a big role in the next steps. Of course it is not going to happen in one day or one night, but the Arab Spring gives us new hope."
|Protestor at the new wall|
Saeed was speaking ahead of his UK lecture tour. He will be speaking to the University of Nottingham on Thursday, February 07 2013.