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Palestine-Israel, The struggle escalates, focused on the administrative prisoners' hunger strike*

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | community struggles | news report author Wednesday February 20, 2013 15:51author by Ilan S. - AAtW; A-Infos; Matzpenauthor email ilan at shalif dot comauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors

Al-Araqeeb, Bil'in, East Jerusalem (Beit Safafa, Isawiyah, Sheikh Jarrah), Jayyus, Ma'sara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, South-West (Beit Ummar)

The Israeli settler colonialist efforts to transfer Palestinians - both within the older 1948 borders and in the new 1967 ones - is intensifying. The Bedouins who remained with only 5% of their pre-1948 lands are suffering from the state's efforts to take their remaining lands and transfer them to a few locations. The (joint) struggle is focused on al-Araqeeb village, which has been demolished nearly 50 times in the past two years. In the 1967 occupied regions, the transfer efforts are in area "C" - mainly near the colonialist settlements in the south and in the Jordan valley, areas Israel is planning to annex even when it will be forced to retreat from most of the 1967 occupation. However, the energies of the popular struggle are around the issue of the partial hunger strike of administrative detainees rearrested after they were released in accordance with the agreement to release Gilad Shalit. [Italiano]

Demo in Jaffa. Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg
Demo in Jaffa. Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg

Ofer concentration camp

Over 1,000 Palestinians heeded the call by the popular committees and gathered in protest in front of Ofer prison near the town of Betunia in support of hunger striking prisoners.

The Friday prayer protest which was organized by the Popular Committees, was titled “Friday of breaking the silence” in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, Samer Isawi, Ayman Sharawneh, Tareq Qa’adan and Jafar Iz Eldin (who have been on a partial hunger strike over 200 days). Protesters called for their release and the release of all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Upon the end of the Friday prayer, protesters marched towards the fences of the military prison and in response the Israeli army started immediately firing barrages of sound grenades and tear gas canisters at protesters which lead to clashes with the protesters. The army fired live ammunition; rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, over hundred protesters received medical treatment for injuries from rubber coated steel bullets or tear-gas grenades and asphyxiation. Thirteen protesters were transferred to hospital, two injured from live ammunition in their shoulders and the rest from rubber coated bullets. They are all in stable condition.

Haim Schwarczenberg
israel putermam


This Friday most Bil'in activists went to demonstrate in Ofer to demand freedom for the hunger-striking prisoner Issawi and other prisoners, so the local demonstration was smaller than usual. The army reminded us that it would skunk and gas us even if no stones were thrown, but after a few rounds of unprovoked army violence, a few shabab started returning gas canisters to the soldiers and tried to get them to retreat with stones. A strong wind allowed the demonstration to continue for quite a while, until the demonstrators decided to call it a day


Dear friend,
The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) and the Bil´in Popular Committee
are glad to invite you to the 8th Anniversary of the Popular Struggle in Bil´in.
The action will take place on the 1st of March in Bil´in at 12´00.
The meeting point will be the mosque of the village and from there we will walk towards the Wall.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

In solidarity,
The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.
And the Bil´in Popular Committee


"The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) is glad to invite you to the
8th Bil´in International Conference for Popular Struggle.
The event will be held on April the 24th, 25th and 26th in Bil'in, Palestine.
More information about contents and program will be sent in the coming weeks.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

In solidarity,
The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee."

For further information please contact:


4th Annual Global Day of Action to open Shuhada (Apartheid) Street!
"Youth Against Settlements" (WWW.HYAS.PS) invites you to participate in the 4TH annual Global Day of Action to Open Shuhada (Apartheid) Street!
MEETING TIME/PLACE: Call numbers below for meeting time and place in your city

For live updates from demonstration on Friday follow @ShuhadaStreet on Twitter (hashtag #shuhadaST)

This event will be part of week-long activities, please join us for as many as you can:
Friday:22/02/2013 protest toward Shuhada st
Saturday : 23/02/2013 : press conference in TelRumeida
Sunday : 24/02/2013 Presentation about Apartheid System in Hebron
and film screening in somood center
Monday : 25/02/2012 Solidarity visit to families and protest in Shuhada st
Protest against closure of Hebron entrance, Feb. 15, 2013:
Hebron, Feb. 14, 2013:
Hebron, Feb. 15, 2013:


Jerusalem, Feb. 14, 2013:
Issawiyeh, east Jerusalem, Feb. 15, 2013:
Sheikh Jarrah, Feb. 15, 2013:
Beit Safafa, Feb. 14, 2013:
Demonstration in Jayyous, Feb. 15, 2013:


Two protests were held in al Maasara in solidarity with Samer Issawi and all Palestinian prisoners and hunger strikers.
The first one, a direct action, took place at around 11am, before the midday prayer. Thirty activists reached the entrance of the nearby Efrat illegal settlement - the second biggest settlement in the West Bank, in the Etzion area. At the beginning, faced by just two security guards, the demonstrators managed to enter through the main gate, raising a Palestinian flag and sticking posters of Samer Issawi. A few minutes later, dozens of Israeli policemen and border police agents arrived at the scene, joined, according to a demonstrator, by members of the Israeli army special forces. As the army and border police were blocking the road, they started throwing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. Only when the Israeli army and border police were there, settlers, who had been staring at the scene, began to act violently against protesters.

Five demonstrators were injured, including one Palestinian, one international activist and three journalists. The action lasted for twenty minutes till the demonstrators headed back towards al Ma’sara and Jorat Al Shama, followed by almost 200 soldiers and policemen.

The second action started around 12.30am. Demonstrators held the usual Friday's protest at the junction of the main road. When they arrived, Israeli soldiers had already blocked the road and were ready to shoot tear gas. Then, the number of marchers was reduced to 15 people, who made a sit-in lasting around one hour.

Nabi Saleh

Today's unarmed demonstration in Nabi Saleh marched in support of Palestinian hunger strikers, including Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedine, Tareq Qa’adan and Yousef Shaaban Yassi. As usual, the demonstration was violently attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). During today's demonstration, the IOF opened fire with rubber bullets, tear gas, sound grenades ans skunk An 18 year old women, Rawan Tamimi, was injured when an IOF sound grenade hit her in the head and exploded. She was evacuated to hospital in Ramallah and remains in hospital over night. IOF also injured at least 3 others with rubber bullets and many others suffered from tear gas inhalation. IOF once again sprayed skunk inside the village and at houses - in once instance the IOF used a stun grenade to break the windows of the house of belonging to Bassem and Nariman Tamimi and skunk was sprayed inside the house.
Fadi Arouri
David Reeb

Kafr Qaddum

Several protesters were injured from tear gas canisters and gas inhalation in today's (Friday) demonstration in Kafr Qaddum. Approximately 150 Palestinian, joined by a handful of Israeli and international activists, participated in today’s weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum.

At around 12 am, after midday prayers, protesters marched from the center of the village up the main road leading to Kedumim settlement. Clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers had already erupted when the Israeli military began bulldozing pre-made barricades. The clashes continued as Palestinian resisted by throwing stones and the Israeli army shot tear gas canisters directly at people. The demonstration lasted for over two hours during which protesters went back and forward along the main road.

One journalist was hit with a tear gas canister on his foot and collapsed; he was carried away and treated by the ambulance crew. An elderly woman from the village had to be stretchered away from her house as a result of overexposure to tear gas. At least three protesters, Odeh Abd Alfattah (20), Rani Ali (30) and Mohammad Salih (25) were also reported to be hit by tear gas canisters, without any of them resulting in serious injury.


Yesterday we covered nine events at the West Bank, East Jerusalem and South Tel Aviv. To see our selection from this Friday, visit our flicker @

Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Demonstration in support of Samer Al-'Issawi.
Samer al-Issawi is a Palestinian political prisoner from 'Issawiyeh (1967 occupied east Jerusalem), who has been on a partial hunger strike in Israel's prison for more then 200 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
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textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle really changed the world* 20:50 Sat 05 Sep by Ilan S. 0 comments

The failed arrest of 12 year old child in Nabi Saleh caused a million views storm in the media. This situation and the next Friday of the joint struggle demonstrated again how the involvement of the AATW Israeli Jews prevented in the past and prevent now the extinguishing of the non armed Palestinian struggle with rivers of blood. It was one shooting of Gil Naamati in 2003 in a joint action of the anarchists AATW that caused a real wide media scandal in Israel (which forced the higher commander of the army to visit him at hospital and apologize) that resulted in the change of shooting order about dispersing non armed demonstrations in the occupied lands when Israelis are involved. In addition to our helping to distribute the news, Our main contribution is the supply of "life insurance" to the Palestinians and even to the stone throwers in the demos.... though it is not perfect and along the years about 20 were killed and many more were injured. [Italiano]

Bil'in, 10.07.15. Photo: Mohammed Yasin Photography imagePalestine-Israel, The activists participating in the joint struggle get old... but the struggle is s... 15:10 Tue 28 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

It is hard for many activists when the real meaning of the struggle are not concrete achievable gains, but a global worldwide struggle. This week, the concrete and the global merged when the struggle against the destruction of Susiya village recruited international support and forced Israel to delay or even cancel the demolition of the village. Pressure from the imperial powers on Israel was joined by European warning about approaching sanctions against the Israeli banking system for its involvement in the settlers' projects in the occupied West Bank. It seems the erosion of Israeli immunity from paying for its war crimes is collecting momentum. The Israeli media is full of news about B.D.S. - the joint struggle in which thousands of international activists participate, contributing a lot. The heroic Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Ma'sara, and Sheikh Jarrah keep the weekly flame from extinguishing. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, the joint struggle which enhance the B.D.S. suffer lately more punishments then ev... 04:57 Tue 02 Jun by Ilan S. 0 comments

The non armed joint actions - mainly few Friday demos, do not cause the Israeli armed forces much load. However, the focusing of the media on these, and more so the international activist participating in them who enhance the international struggle when they return home, really worry the Israeli authorities. Their borders screening which succeed to prevent the entry of activists is not much effective. The Israeli ruling elite is not in panic yet, but lately they worry a lot. The president of Israel warn that the development of the B.D.S. must cause a real concern. The threat of the expulsion from the FIFA cause Israel to make concession to prevent the voting and even agreed to a special monitoring comity. The subject of the B.D.S. is more and more in the media and many of the speaker admit their fear from its intensifying. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, As the split in the elite, a part of which is already suffering, threatens Prime m... 23:57 Fri 22 May by Ilan S. 0 comments

The election which was a response to rebellion in the elite - threatening to restrict his daily newspaper - resulted in a partial defeat. He is dependant now on the support of the center-right party and the orthodox parties,and now he is trying desperately to regain control. The mounting pressure on Israel threatens to take a fast escalation. It is already expressed in the threat to expel Israel from FIFA and of intervention of the Hague Court. The French initiative in the UN security council is approaching. The escalation in transfer actions - both within Israel and the West Bank is an effort to recruit at least the support of orthodox parties and the extreme right. In spite of harsher efforts to repress the Palestinian struggle - both in occupied east Jerusalem and the popular non-armed struggle the struggle continues. The very optimistic activists already feel the approaching victory. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle enhance the B.D.S. which intensify the international pressure w... 00:20 Fri 08 May by Ilan S. 0 comments

The B.D.S. which intensify the pressure not only worry the Israeli elite - it already caused a split in it. The split expressed in the initiation of law against the Netaniahu daily caused him to dismantle his coalition and call for election. The result was even worse for him. He lost the majority of the hard core right. The 61 (versus 59) coalition was achieved only with Kakhlon center-right that already blocked the main rightist moves and some of the extreme neoliberal tendency. A new power balance in the Israeli elite may result with a near future coalition with the pseudo left party Zionist List or even entirely different coalition without Netaniahu or even without the Licud party. With this back ground, transfer of Palestinians intensify - both citizens of Israel and in the occupy west bank... And the repression and struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Qadoom, Ma'asarah, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills and sporadicly in other places. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues with fresh conviction that it is a fulcrum of the int... 18:56 Sat 18 Apr by Ilan S. 0 comments

With the conviction that our main contribution is not so much in changes on the ground but in the spirit of the struggle of the participants and the fulcrum we provide to the international lever. The gradual increase in international pressure which the Israeli high court verdict is that is a criminal act for Israeli to promote causing already much of damages in the economy of occupation and concern of the Zionist-colonialist Israeli ruling Elite. We see here again how small number of activists can initiate a turn in the course of history when it is applied in the ripe cross-road. It started in a small joint camp in Masha 2003 for struggle against the separation fence, after the idea raised half a year earlier in the European People Global Action conference in Leiden - in which activists from the East of the Mediterranean region participated too. The camp initiated struggles in various villages that riped at 2005 in the Bil'in struggle... which expanded and expanded...

textPalestine-Israel, The collapse of the deterrent ability of Israel in the last Gaza war is expressed ... 04:37 Wed 08 Apr by Ilan S. 0 comments

The frustrated Israeli state force who do not dare to prevent the weekly non armed popular demonstrations - Joined and purely of Palestinians, resort to shooting on demonstrators with frequent use of live fire by snippers. In the annexed regions of Jerusalem they no more pretend it is not an occupied area and apply there the occupation procedures - both in treatment of detaining children and houses demolition. The "hot" areas of the popular non armed struggle gradually expand but still far away from a general uprising. The international popular struggle worry the Israeli elite but the damages to the Israeli economy is still in the margins. It seems the Zionist settler colonialist elite which bribed the tycoons section of the capitalist elite with extreme neo liberal measures cannot do it any more as other sections of the capitalist elite (backers of Cakhlon) rebelled.

textPalestine-Israel, the joint struggle in turbulent times of the fragmentation in the Zionist rilling ... 15:22 Sun 22 Mar by Ilan S. 0 comments

The merger between the Zionist leadership and the capitalist elite which started 1948 picked in the Tycoons dominance, at 20010. The "too successful" neo-liberalism was challenged by the social struggle, conflicts within the capitalist elite and threatened by international pressure yielded the diminishing power of the old order when the right lost its absolute power in the parliament depending now on the opponent of the milder Zionist right (Kachlon). It is not sure how fast the retreat in the neo-liberal trend and the defeat of the Tycoons combined with the international pressure will yield also retreat in the advance of the Zionist settler and transfer effort. Mean time the joint struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Kadum, Ma'asarah, Southern Hebron Hills, Sheikh Jarrah, the Bedouins of the south, Dahamsh... with additional locations from time to time. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The joined struggle in a decisive year* 23:42 Mon 09 Mar by Ilan S. 0 comments

The minimal pressure of the imperial power on Israel to soften its pressures applied to the would be transfered Palestinians of the 1967 occupied areas have its results (more in the west bank than in the Gaza Ghetto). The about 100.000 Palestinians of the occupied territories are employed by Israelis. Most of the roadblocks were removed. The rebellion of the Palestinians in the west bank is channeled mostly through a small minority of activists in the joint and separate week end activities. People are like holding their breath to see if the culminated crisis in the international arena will yield a significant break throw. Mean time, the persistent week end struggles - though in a diminished intensity in Bil'in, Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, Sheik Jarrah... with sporadic struggles in other locations. [Italiano]

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle and the activists of the popular committees continue to contrib... 17:00 Mon 29 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

The approaching victory in the struggle to block the advance of the Zionist settler colonialist project and even to force it to retreat a bit do not make the real good people to like the enrolling of history. The approaching defeat make the Israeli elite take desperate steps and do its atrocities in the open. The efforts to transfer the Bedouins within 1948 borders and villagers in 1967 occupied territories escalate. The diminishing support of Israel by the imperial power due to changes in the dynamics of the region, world public opinions and economic losses it cause gradually change the power balance within the Israeli capitalist elite that may be expressed in the coming elections. On the ground, the joint struggle in Bil'in, Ni'lin, Ma'sara, Nebi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah, Qaddum, and South Of Hebron Hills, is gradually expanding to other locations even without the "shield" of Israeli activists. [Italiano]

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