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The Anarchists Against the Wall and the Israeli radical left demonstrated today solidarity to GAZA

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | repression / prisoners | feature author Tuesday June 01, 2010 22:56author by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos, Matzpenauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors

solidarity with the flotilla to Gaza

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Tel Aviv demo against the attack, 31.05.10 (photo: activestills)

Following the murderous attack by the Israeli Defence Forces on the civilian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the beseiged Gaza Strip, an Israeli anarchist writes from Tel Aviv on the reactions to the attacks by the Israeli left.

"We knew it would not be nice, but we could not guess how brutal and mindless it would be. We had planned and prepared during the weeks and when the time was known,- we prepared for reciprocal actions. The surprise and the shock we experienced when got the news on the piracy on the high sea of Israel - in international waters - about 150 kilometers from the shore of Gaza, cannot be described."

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The Anarchists Against the Wall and the Israeli radical left demonstrated today solidarity with Gaza


We knew it would not be nice, but we could not guess how brutal and mindless it would be. We had planned and prepared during the weeks and when the time was known,- we prepared for reciprocal actions. The surprise and the shock we experienced when got the news on the piracy on the high sea of Israel - in international waters - about 150 kilometers from the shore of Gaza, cannot be described.

Israel did its "best" to prevent a daytime confrontation with the solidarity flotilla at the sea gates of Gaza that would get a lot of media attention. However, the horrendous military fiasco in the middle of the night was plain for all to see in both the international and Israeli media. During the night, we got the sad news about the murdered and injured comrades and the radical left was mobilized according to that.

About 200 activists - mainly of the coalition for solidarity with Gaza, which the AAtW are part of - converged on Ashdod, on the shore near the entrance of ships to the harbor.

On the roads leading there, the State forces harassed some comrades on their way to the demonstration, but all succeeded in arriving.

We held placards and banners and chanted for hours... and saw a few of the kidnapped vessels being brought into the port.

In the evening, there were three mass demonstrations in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv.

In Tel Aviv, a surprisingly big mass demonstration of about two thousands participants converged in front of the war ministry compound, and included some of the Zionist left.

For about two hours we expressed our indignation and anger towards the Israeli state. After a while, we moved with our red'n'black flags and drums circles to the edge of the crowd and chanted our non-diluted slogans.

Ilan S.

Related Link: http://awalls.org

Tel Aviv demo, 31.05.10 (photo: activestills)
Tel Aviv demo, 31.05.10 (photo: activestills)

Ashdod demo, 31.05.10 (photo: activestills)
Ashdod demo, 31.05.10 (photo: activestills)

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