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Joint struggle continues along with mounting tension for the nearing post-election earthquake*

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | community struggles | news report author Tuesday February 12, 2013 18:56author by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos. Mazpenauthor email ilan at shalif dot comauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors


The tactic of tent(s) building direct actions continues with international,s but with Israelis only as media and support. The harsh escalation of suppression is expressed more in house demolitions than in direct action clashes, but even in the Friday demos we experienced an escalation of harassment by the state forces. Both in the Israeli media and the public arena the mounting international pressure and the stubborn refusal of the ruling elite to yield is bringing the aura of imminent disaster. The cracks within the ruling elite are expanding and threatening efforts to invest an increasing part of the national product in the settler colonialist project while recruiting the support of the organized orthodox Jewish parties by increasing benefits to their communities. [Italiano]
"Canaan Village", Beit Ummar
"Canaan Village", Beit Ummar

Weekly Non-Violent Protests in #Palestine, February 8, 2013

Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Kufr Qaddoum, Maasara, Issawiye, Abu Dis, Jalama, Hebron... Weekly protests against Israel's APARTHEID wall and ILLEGAL settlements and in solidarity with the Legendary Samer Issawi (200 Days on Hunger Strike) and the hunger Striking Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails

South West Bank

Beit Ummar

Call for participation in direct action: South West Bank Committee
We are the sons and daughters of Canaanites will establish Canaan Village (Canaan) on endangered Canaanite Palestinian land. We declare that it is our natural right to develop, reclaim, improve, use, and live on all our lands free and without threats from occupiers/colonizers. Beginning Saturday 9 February, we will have several days of direct work to help farmers in the South West Bank reclaim and improve their agricultural lands.
We call on people of conscience and media to join us as we work our lands and thus defend it against attempts by foreign colonizers to usurp it.
If interested to help, meet us at Bab Zqaq in Bethlehem at 7 AM Saturday when we will move to the location/s of the work.

South West Bank committee against settlement and apartheid wall

South West region Today, the South West Popular Committee along with international activists embarked on a new effort to establish a village, Canaan, on Palestinian land in South Hebron Hills. The village's name was not accidental. We wanted to declare that we are the indigenous people of Palestine. We are the descendants of the Canaanites and our ties to the land can never be broken or taken away. Early last night, various Palestinian activists from a wide array of villages in the South West Bank area along with international activists met in a home to discuss plans for the coming day. Signs were prepared which stated 'Our Land is Our Right', 'Canaan Village' and a declaration of intent which stated that "we are the sons and daughters of the Cananites, we establish Canaan Village on endangered Palestinian land." "We declare that it is our natural right to develop, reclaim, improve, use and live on all our lands free and without threat from occupiers/colonizers."

South West Bank Committee have organized a protest today 8/2/2013 to open the road connects Hebron with southern villages; hundreds of Palestinians have participated in this protest. This road was blocked by the Israeli occupation forces 10 years ago depriving 10s of thousands of Palestinians from using this main road as part of the Israeli occupation movement restriction movement imposed on Palestinians. Protesters chanted slogans against Israeli apartheid, in addition to slogans asking for the freedom of movement, and slogans calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails. The protest was suppressed violently by the Israeli occupation forces.

Feb. 9, 2013: In the early morning hours, following a night of planning, we established Canaan as our first attempt, in the south of Yatta (the entrance to Twani). Within less than a minute, while we barely managed to establish the tent, an occupation jeep arrived. The occupation soldiers encircled us and told us we must leave. We refused to obey such a racist demand. An officer of the occupation army then went on to demolish our tent, steal our additional tents and equipment and violently prevent us from reclaiming our land and our belongings. Activists build new protest village Canaan,

Several hours later, we went on with a much larger group of activists, international supporters and an especially large number of journalists, to the east Yatta, near Ein Mai'in, Hazawai, we established a large tent and began building a room from stones of the land. Within half an hour, we were heavily encircled by at least 6 jeeps of the occupation forces. A large military vehicle which fires skunk water was brought in. We were told that we have 10 minuets to leave the area and that the land was a 'closed military zone'. We did not yield of course and were immediately showered upon by heavy skunk water. Occupation soldiers then went on to attack journalists and arrest them. They beat an elderly woman and other activists. In several instances, activists jumped in and prevented with their bodies the arrest of two people. After several hours of struggling with the occupation soldiers which numbered more than 50, 4 journalists, 8 Palestinians and 2 international activists were arrested, our tent was destroyed and we were prevented from returning to our land. For many hours during the hot afternoon, hundreds of activists remained in the area and demanded the right to return to the Canaan Village.
Younes Arar
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This Friday in Bil'in: (Feb. 8, 416th weekly demonstration)
"There seems to be a tendency to escalation from the side of the army recently. Last week the soldiers started shooting gas from the moment the first cars could be seen nearing the demonstration area, perhaps because the rain made them eager to finish things early. This week gas was shot in high quantities and directly at people. The army slowed down the gas showers only after most peaceful demonstrators had been forced back, and the shabab took over with their stones covered by a favorable wind (as we know, stone throwers are a lesser threat to the army than people chanting slogans). When the shabab decided to head home, soldiered crossed the wall with the skunk truck, but didn't manage to provoke the shabab to return. The presence of Ashraf, who had been arrested in Burin last week, was greatly missed."


Friday weekly demonstration, Feb. 8, 2013:

Nabi Saleh

Today's demonstration in Nabi Saleh is calling for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners and in support of Samer Issawi and all Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike. Activists on the ground report that Israeli Occupation Forces have been firing non-stop teargas, rubber bullets and skunk. At least 4 people have been hit by rubber bullets and 2 with teargas canisters and many people overcome by the teargas.

Activists on the ground in Nabi Saleh are reporting that dozens of IOF entered the village for at least 30-40 minutes and have now withdrawn. While in village, the IOF fired lots of teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and skunk. Reports of journalists deliberately being targeted by IOF with teargas and stun grenades. Skunk also fired directly at houses. Reports of at least 10 people injured by rubber coated steel bullets and at least 2 by teargas canisters, including one hand injury as a result.

"Quite shaken after the last round of shooting in Nabi Saleh. The soldiers invaded the village, spraying skunk water, shooting rubber bullets, sound bombs and gas in every direction. We ran to hide inside a house, and they tried shooting several sound bombs into it, shaking the house, and those inside it."
Israel Putermam
Haim Schwarczenberg


Weekly protest against Israeli #apartheid wall

Kafr Qaddum

Friday, weekly demonstration, Feb. 8

Sheikh Jarrah

‎Feb. 8, 2013: 150 people at Sheikh Jarrah erecting a protest tent against the coming eviction of the Shamasneh family on the first of March
Amir Bitan

Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Samer al-Issawi is a Palestinian political prisoner from 'Issawiyeh (Jerusalem), who has been on a hunger strike in Israel's prison for 202 days. Although released in a prisoner-swap deal in October 2011, Israel re-arrested Samer claiming he violated the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem even though the place of his arrest was Hizmeh, which is within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries. Samer has been hunger striking since July 29, 2012, and according to recent reports his health has been fast deteriorating, putting his life in danger. Joining solidarity demonstrations in Palestine and all over the world, a group of Jaffa-based activists began a daily vigil in solidarity with Samer 'Issawi and all political prisoners at clock tower square, a famed local landmark. Protesters, both Palestinian and Jews, attended the second vigil, calling for the release of 'Issawi and all political prisoners, as well as putting an end to administrative detention as an illegal punitive measure by the state.
Haim Schwarczenberg
Protest in support of Samer Issawi, Jaffa, Feb. 6, 2013:
Protest in support of Samer Issawi, Jaffa, Feb. 7, 2013:
Protest in support of Samer Issawi, Jaffa, Feb. 8, 2013:

"Don't say we did not know" #348

Another way to steal land from Palestinians is to declare that land as a National Park.
On Monday, 26th January, 2013, before sunrise, staff from the Israel National Parks Authority arrived with Municipality of Jerusalem workmen to Wadi Rababa in Silwan. They were escorted by Border Police, regular police, the dog unit and bulldozers. They broke into privately owned land and started demolishing fences, terraces, sheds and storerooms, and caused damage to ancient olive trees. They undertook work for the creation of a National Park that had been announced in the area.

During the activity they made their dogs attack Palestinians protesting the robbery of their land and damage to their property. Some were injured and some arrested.

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