Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues in spite of criticism
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Wednesday July 18, 2012 00:19 by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos, Matzpen ilan at shalif dot com Tel Aviv
The joint struggle of Palestinian activists with Israeli and international activists was never a consensus affair. The more reactionary objected to the influence of secular partners. Extreme "nationalists" oppose the Israeli activists. The Palestinian authority was never too happy with the independent struggle. Some "militants" were against the non-armed mode of the struggle. Narrow-minded people did not have a clue about the joint struggle's contribution to international pressure on Israel to put end to the occupation or at least to lessen the level of repression. The demo against the renewal of discussions of the PA with Israeli rulers brought the PA objections to the open. ---- In Israel, the social struggle collects momentum while the split between the reformists who wish to join the parliament and those who refrain from that quagmire. [Italiano]
Saturday, A handful of Palestinians, two dozen internationals and two Israelis marched toward Karmei Tzur colony chanting and waving flags. They were met by a large force, composed of mostly Border Police, a few soldiers and two or three civilian police from the settlement. The Border Police were well-armed, forming a strong row of riot shields blocking the way. A soldier read out a military closed zone order, giving the activist five minutes to leave. A Palestinian member of the local organizing committee gave a speech outlining the theft of Beit Ummarland by Zionist occupiers. After around 10 minutes, the Palestinian leaders of the protest decided to end the protest on their own terms rather than let violence erupt from the Israeli Occupation Forces. The protestors marched back to the village, following for a short while by the armed force.
18 Israelis and a similar number of internationals joined the weekly Palestinian demonstration in Bil'in against Israeli oppression, land grab and ongoing ethnic cleansing throughout the West Bank. Together with an energetic PPSF (Jabhet Al-Nedal Al-Sha'abiyet Al-Falestini) delegation, the demonstrators marched to the wall, set tires on fire and watched the shabab stone the two soldiers wearing heavy protective gear in the scorching heat, who were assigned the dubious task of peering over the wall, throwing the occasional gas canister, and mostly playing sitting ducks for the local boys' aim practice. Since the stinky skunk water cannon broke down, many demonstrators dared to stand close to the barbed wire protecting the wall. The soldiers reacted with a barrage of dozens of gas canisters, shot all at once, causing direct impact injuries to several demonstrators and journalists. After the third round of gas, the demonstrators had enough of the suffocating humidity, and ended the demonstration.
Bil'in photographer Haitham Al-Khatib wounded by a tear gas canister, and dozens suffer from suffocation as a result of tear gas during the Bil'in weekly demonstration against the separation wall.
solidarity visit and protest against apartheid policy in the Jordan Valley - 13-7-12 Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSbIgD7gK5I
The Cutest Demonstration Against The Occupation on Friday July 13, 2012
Al-Ma’sara, a little village near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, has begun to develop a reputation for its silly, creative demonstrations against the occupation, from dancing like birds to speaking to the soldiers in joyful gibberish. I think that there is a lot of subversive power to humor and art, so when a few friends asked I wanted to go this week, I happily said yes. We arrive; the air is summer heavy, dripping. The first thing I hear: the bvvvt bvvvt bvvvt of horn-kazoos, only sort of matching the tumble of drums.
The first thing I see: a friend of mine, Amitai (who recently started a blog about his own set of leftist escapades- highly recommended), dressed as a clown and sitting on the ground, surrounded by soldiers.
Soldiers: You’re under arrest.
Amitai, in clown voice: But, but why?
Suddenly a winged creature swoops in and envelops the sad clown in her light Forrest wings. Laughter. The soldiers look confused. A sun beam glints off of the blade of a knife attached to the uniform of one soldier. Someone tells them they have No Right to Arrest this Clown! The soldiers back off.
There is more dancing, and silly movements, and gibberish. Clowning, all of us, in the face of this absurd reality, copy-pasted onto the faces of these kid-soldiers.
Kids shouldn’t be soldiers. But they should dress up in suits. Because it looks super cool and adds to the environment of cognitive dissonance.
And that’s all. The demonstration ended on the demonstrators’ terms, not waiting for the soldiers to close it down. No arrests, no injuries. Sweat. Laughter.
The IOF used excessive violence in its attempt to disperse a peaceful march in Nabi Saleh in solidarity with the political prisoners. Four Israeli solidarity activists were arrested (Bashir al-Tamimi was detained and released); the army used skunk, tear gas and rubber bullets, targeting protesters and houses, breaking windows and causing damage to the house of Abu Hussam al-Tamimi, injuring Muhammad 'Atallah al-Tamimi from broken glass.
soldiers arrested another four internationals in #nabisaleh. Bringing total number detained to eleven - including reporter of New York Times... released after authorities "were slapped on their hand".
According to updates from @AbirKopty, all Israeli activists who were arrested were released. The IOF targeted International activists in order to arrest and deport them. One international activist was arrested while in the toilet! According Abir's last update from about 5 hours ago, the international activists are being passed tomorrow to Israeli immigration in order to deport them.
50 Palestinians, around 12 internationals and one Israeli/International participated in the weekly Friday demonstration today. Following a sermon and prayers on the land, the demonstrators marched to the gate in the wall. Tires were set on fire next to the wall itself. After a period of quiet, the fired a few dozen tear gas canisters. The wind was blowing in a direction beneficial to the demonstrators, so they were able to continue the action. No injuries and no arrests occurred, since the soldiers never crossed the wall. After around 45 minutes, the demonstration ended. The internationals walked back to the village, where they heard a description of recent work done by the Youth committee in the village.
Nine Israelis some internationals and about three hundred Palestinians participated today in a Friday demonstration.
The demo began as usual with a parade and speeches and so we walked in the s crouching heat of a midsummer noon towards the forbidden road.
This week the army surrounded the village on all sides and immediately began firing gas in extraordinary quantities. Volley after volley of tear gas cannisters
Without interruption, and stun grenades as well. Towards the middle of the demonstration, they sprayed the skunk water to assist the harassment. The skunk car withdrew and returned while the army constantly firing more and more tear gas. The Shabab responded as usual with stones and burning tires.
At the end of the demonstration that was a little longer than usual, the army retreated and we began to victory march.
One woman suffered from gas inhalation and treated at the scene. One of Palestinians was wounded by a tear gas canister and was rushed to hospital in
Qalqiliya. Another one was wounded in the head and was treated on the spot.
South Hebron Hills
On Saturday, four activists were arrested in Susya for cleaning graffiti reading ‘death to Arabs’ and ‘price tag’. The activists were held in detention for more then 24 hours. After being brought before a judge, they were restricted from the entire southern West Bank for 30 days.
Last Friday, three children aged 9, 11 and 13 who were shepherding their families herds were detained by soldiers in Rechiya. The children were put in an army jeep, handcuffed and blindfolded. They were released only after an intervention by activists.
In addition, the thereat of demolitions still hang over the tent and shacks of hundreds of people in Susya and other khirbes.
In light of this deterioration, there as a special need for activists for accompaniment of farmers and shepherds in south Hebron hills this Saturday (July 14)
Tel Aviv Saturday late evening, more than 5000 participated in the central demo. Few hundreds were lured by a scam competition demo.
youtu.be/Bwzy6JdDGpM - Protest for social justice, Tel Aviv, Israel, 14.7.2012 52 years old activist in a dire distress - Moshe Silman, set himself on fire at the end of the Saturday protest for social justice.
Sunday night, hundreds converged at the state offices in protest of the treatment that lead to Moshe Silman setting himself on fire. They joined gradually by an additional 1000 and marched to the social security offices. Then they continued to the south and back blocking main roads. More than 1000 still marching along the Begin road and do sit ins for the last two hours - reporting live on the Parliament TV channel.
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwzy6JdDGpM http://youtu.be/sOaCtnaBaS8
Jerusalem - more than 1000 marched and blocked some roads on the way. When police arrested few, the demonstrated threatens with retaliation and the police gave way and released the detainees.
Sunday night, in protest of the treatment that lead to Moshe Silman setting himself on fire, protesters converged at the independence park and marched to the prime minister dwelling.
There were also demos in Haifa, Be'er Sheva,
Demo in Haifa too on Sunday night.
See Previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com