Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues in spite of the end-of-summer blues.
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Tuesday October 19, 2010 03:44 by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos, Matzpen Tel Aviv
Anarchists Against the Wall (awalls.org) have a Facebook presence though most of the texts are in Hebrew: "As every Friday, this weekend too we will demonstrate together with hundreds of Palestinians and internationals in villages of the west bank - want to join? - Send us a message to the inbox and join to a demo in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nabi Salih, Ma'sara, Wad Rahal, Walaja, Beit Ummar, and Hebron. Want to join or to get friendly information about the experience of non-violent demonstrations in confrontation with the occupation forces and tear gas? At http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001023133341
Of course we are involved significantly with struggles of the wider radical scene related to Bedouin Araqeeb, Sheikh Jarrah, south of Hebron and more... [Italiano]
The struggle against the Israeli state efforts to rob lands of Bedouins of the south of 1948 Israel. In addition to activities in the region, the entrance to the offices of the land possession agency KKL in Tel Aviv was treated early hours Tuesday. Doors were locked and signs were put for all to see.
On Wednesday the village was demolished the sixth time...
There will be a demo in Beit Ummartomorrow (Saturday 16-10-10) and we ask that people will attend the demo to support the right struggle of the people of Beit Ummar.
Court solidarity for Abdallah:
"Just left Ofer. Abdallah got a 12 months and 6 months suspended sentence if he is convicted of another act of demonstrating/organizing and 5000 nis fine.
There were diplomats from many EU countries and media coverage from CNN, al jazerra, ap, reuters.
It is unclear if the persecution will appeal but it looks like they will."
In this Friday demonstration against the separation and robbery fence in Bil'in participated about dozen Israelis, dozen internationals and 30 Bil'iners.
Along the march from the center of the village towards the gate people chanted the usual calls focusing on the demand to free Addib and Abdalla Abu Rahme who got a year in prison for participation in the weekly demonstrations.
Many marchers held high the photos of Abdallah and Addib.
Like in previous Friday the gate of the route was left open and demonstrators entered th route, converged along the electronic fence and demanded to let us pass and pick the olives on the other side of the fence.
After a while tension escalated and the Israeli state forces showered us with the usual doze of tear gas.
David Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZmQ6gPEmEw
Letter from Mohammed Khatib
These are hard but important days for us in Palestine. Just yesterday, my friend and coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, was sentenced to a year in prison by an Israeli military court. His sole crime was being an instrumental part in our village's campaign against the construction of the wall on our lands.
However, we mustn't allow our sadness about Abdallah's incarceration to stop our work. While Abdallah worked to highlight the expansion of settlements in the West Bank, Israel also constructs illegal infrastructure in East Jerusalem.
Between the 20th and 22nd of October, almost a week from today, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) plans to hold its bi-annual tourism conference in Jerusalem - a city whose indigenous Palestinian residents suffer from systemic discrimination and expulsion. There is not a moment to lose if we want to change this decision.
Despite Israel’s persistent violations of human rights and disregard for International law, the OECD – whose member countries include the majority of the world richest countries – granted Israel membership on May 27th of this year.
Tourism plays an important role in Israel’s colonization of occupied East Jerusalem. The state and right wing settler organizations cooperate in expelling Palestinians residents from East Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah for the creation of colonies and biblically theme parks for tourists.
Join us in calling on the OECD to cancel its tourism conference in Jerusalem. Please follow this link to send an email to Angel Gurría, the Secretary General of the OECD, and demand that his organization respect International law by canceling the planned OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem.
Help us highlight this injustice and voice your concern.
Video of 16-10-10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJlVV9El9CY
Last Friday, a smaller than usual group of Palestinians, internationals, and Israelis marched from the center of Ma'sara towards the entrance of the village. When the demonstrators were about to reach the entrance, military jeeps instantly drove up and blocked their way. A line of soldiers began advancing towards the demonstrators and within one minute started throwing stun and tear gas grenades at the crowd who loudly chanted 'do not shoot'. When the soldiers got momentarily bored of throwing grenades, the crowd regathered to hear speeches by the village's residents and soon-after announced the conclusion of the demonstration.
Al Ma'sara Oct 15 video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a35ZcBB7nE
Four years of struggle and it is going strong. The popular struggle in Ma'sara stops the fence of annexation.
October 2006 saw the beginning of regular demonstrations against the fence in the South Bethlehem region: women and kids from the villages most harmed by the fence stood in front of bulldozers and stopped the construction, and Palestinians and Israelis joined hands in a popular non-violent struggle to defend the land and stop the settlements.
Now, after four years of constant popular resistance in the face of on going military oppression, violence and arrests, we unite in a larger demonstration than usual, and tell the occupation forces that our message still stands:
No to the fence, no to settlements and the occupation –
Yes to partnership, peace, freedom and equality!
The demonstration will leave Ma'sara village center Friday, 22.10, at 12:00 noon.
Please register for transportation: D.
Undercover Israeli army attack Friday Nabi Salih demonstration; 3 Palestinian youth arrested
Friday, October 15, 2010
Around 60 Nabi Salih residents, other Palestinians and international and Israeli supporters participated in this week's demonstration against the strangulating occupation and the Halamish settlement, built itself on the village's lands. As used to be the case before, the demonstration just began with a peaceful march through the village when an unprovoked attack by tear gas, sound grenades and, later on, rubber bullets - was launched by the Israeli army. The soldiers shot tear gas canisters directly and from short distance on the demonstrators, many of them the village's children. Such a criminal conduct, which violates even the army's own regulations, persisted throughout the demonstration and resulted this time only with several non-serious injuries.
After some 3 hours of dispersed clashes within the village, a short traffic jam of cars going through the village's main road was created due to the army's presence and some rocks placed on the road to hinder the army's movement into the village. Exactly as the army retreated, one of the drivers apparently came out of his car, expressing anger towards the demonstrators for the traffic interference. A hands fight erupted, with most of the people just standing by or separating the fighting sides. Just after the original initiators of the fight apparently moved on and with them some more cars.
It was around 15:30 when the demonstration in Nabi Salih was at its last clashes with Israeli soldiers, That the undercover soldiers used a possibly also-undercover-military-initiated commotion at the village's main road to came out of the rear of the car line and commenced their attack, using sound bombs and live-ammunition rifles to deter people from approaching. They forcibly kidnap and arrest three Palestinian demonstrators along with one Israeli who was video-taping the attack.
The army regular soldiers then joined in to take the arrestees and undercover soldiers away and continue the offense against the remaining demonstrators. At this time the army also reinstated the use of its tear gas cannon, shooting some 20 tear gas projectiles at once, through which, as through many of its single tear gas attacks within the village's populated area, it engaged in a criminal collective punishing and repressing of the entire village.
Arrests of Palestinian demonstrators typically entail prolonged detentions without charges or through a poorly-standardized military legal procedure. As usual, the Israeli of the four arrested was released after some hours but the Palestinian 3 remained in jail.
Video of 15-10-10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0LXHw7Y1o&feature=feedu
SAVE UMM HAROUN! (The new compound to become subject to "lawful" transfer).
The residents of the Umm Haroun compound are in danger of being thrown out of their homes!
The demonstration will take place on Friday, October 8 at 3PM
at the Umm Haroun compound
The demo starts at the public garden in Sheikh Jarrah,
on Nablus Road near the American Colony
Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity
The residents of the "Um Harrun" compound in Sheikh Jarah are threatened by immediate eviction orders!
Representatives of the settlers have announced that eviction would begin soon, in the upcoming month!
Now is the time to shout - protest - come together, hand in hand - in solidarity!
Against all the forces used by the settlers to carry out this expulsion, we shall stand together - in non-violent civil disobedience - and we shall not let this expulsion pass!
March and vigil at Um-Harrun, Sheikh Jarrah
We will leave at 14:00 from Damascus gate, for a protest vigil at the Sheikh Jarrah garden, that will begin at 15:00.
Transportation from Tel-Aviv : 13:30, El-Al terminal , near "Rakevet Merkaz". No need to register.
for additional info:
Around Al-Walaja village, south-west to Jerusalem, the separation barrier - mostly a concrete wall - is being built, and will surround the village from all sides, cut it off from its surroundings and steal it's lands. Besides all that it will inflict critical damage to the environment and the unique natural and agricultural landscape.
For a few months a non-violent popular struggle is taking place in the village against the wall, which includes weekly demonstrations and direct actions against the construction. The people of the village appealed to the the court, demanding to change the route of the wall. The Society for Protection of Nature has also joined the appeal. The court refused to issue a temporary order to stop the construction until the appeal is settled, and it is going on in a worrisome pace. After the holidays there will be a court discussion concerning the state's reply to the appeal in a date not yet determined.
During the discussion we will have a demonstration tho support the villager's appeal in front of the supreme court
Further details will be given when the discussion's date will be determined.
In addition we will make tours in the village and the wall's route on Friday and Saturday 8-9.10. On Friday it will be possible to join the weekly demonstration after the tour.
For more information, registration for tours and help with organizing the demo: Ur -firstname.lastname@example.org 0525-247285
For further information about the village and the struggle al-walaja.blogspot.com :
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com