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Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle in turbulent times*

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | indigenous struggles | news report author Sunday August 03, 2014 21:09author by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos Ahdut (Unity)author email ilan.shalif at gmail dot comauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors

The joint struggles in the locations of regular weekly activities of Bil'in, Ni'lin, Ma'sara, Sheikh Jarrah, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Western Hills of Hebron, in the weekend actions and some in between, have focused on the war on Gaza as the more obvious aspect of the occupation. Today, it seems Israel has failed to establish a weakened but independent power in the Gaza Strip - mainly because the atrocities by Israel have failed to recruit international pressure on Egypt to open the siege of Gaza enough. It seems there will be a revival of the accord between Hamas and the West Bank Palestinian Authority that Israel has invested so much effort into sabotaging. It is not clear yet what the the details will be and how the latest Israeli atrocities will influence pressure from the imperial powers on Israel to end the 1967 occupation. Latest news: Israel has started to retreat its forces from the Gaza Strip with no resolution and with rockets still being fired on Israel. [Italiano]

Bil'in

Saturday 19.7.2014 hundreds participated in protest demo held at Habima square
David Reeb http://youtu.be/9qhJ1JRQukI

Today 25/7/14 17 Israelis with the Anarchists Against the Wall initiative and few internationals were ready to start the weekly march to the gate of the separation wall. Just as we started the Israeli fucked forces who had already invaded the lands of Bil'in flooded us with tear gas grenades and later fired on us even using live ammunition. One Bil'iner who was shot at the Stomach was rushed by the ambulance to the Ramalla hospital.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=810543742310208
Mohammed Basman Yasin https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/6143168...67654
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=853440454673725

Friday 1.8.14 Demo - the strangest ever I participated in. A dozen Israelis, few internationals, and Bil'iner activists arrived at the Abu Lamun oak reservation park to start the weekly demo against the separation wall, the occupation, and Israel war on Gaza.
Israeli soldiers who waited there for us forbid us with added threats from even entering the reservation. After a complicated bargain we were allowed to sit under the first tree... so instead a marching demo we did a sit in one - one of the strangest Friday demonstrations in Bil'in - a sit in under a tree at the entrance to the Abu Lamun oaks reservation park. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203587568822782

Ma'asara

Three Israelis and one international activists joined thirty Palestinians in the weekly demonstration in Ma'asara, with the theme of was resistance to the siege and massacre in Gaza.
We arrived late. When we arrived there were about eighty soldiers (much more than usual), some on the roofs of the houses, most of them with masks. Palestinian protesters made ​​ speeches in English, and then dispersed. Immediately after the participants scattered stones began to fly through the air and gas and stun grenades. Hard to determine who started it and it does not really matter anyway. The commanders of the soldiers explained that because leftists prohibited live fire. The soldiers entered the village, looking for stone-throwing, some were left outside in all kinds of positions. They stayed in the village for half an hour, but did not arrest anyone. Some people probably suffered a bit from the gas, but the ambulance which "visited" the village after the army left returned empty.

Also the following night did not stop anyone.

Nabi Saleh

Friday 25.7.2014 protest
David Reeb http://youtu.be/wBXy4pA7-kc
israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpEqBwd_2Kw
Nabi Saleh - 01/08/2014The weekly Friday demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh was a show of #solidarity with the #Palestinians in Gaza, who have been under constant Israeli fire in the past few weeks. Around 1500 Palestinians have been killed in the #Gaza strip so far, about a third of them children. Villagers accompanied by international and Israeli activists marched today from the center of the village calling for an arms embargo on Israel, justice for the victims and an end to the #massacre. The Israeli army responded with barrages of tear gas, #rubber-coated steel bullets and a few rounds of live ammunition. No major injuries reported.
Haim Schwarczenberg https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.5773793990484...50543
David Reeb http://youtu.be/eAzJnXe2sRw

Ni'lin.

25.7.2014 Occupation forces tried to disperse the demonstration, through massive amounts of tear gas canisters that were fired directly at demonstrators, scores of rubber bullets aimed at torsos of protesters and live rounds which have wounded two demonstrators.
Anti-narrative https://www.facebook.com/antinarrative/posts/3215427046...76865
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lioBrUWvzm8

Ni'lin 1.8.2014
israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9WeJrCEK4w

Qaddum

25.7.2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCDe01bXG-A
1-8-2014 today.
Army snipers shot four protesters and one journalist holding a mic. They know who really threatens them...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlAltypBr1M

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Thursday 24/7/14 Jaffa-based activists, Palestinian and Jews alike, staged a protest in the city's "Gazan Park" to commemorate the Palestinians who were killed in Gaza by the IOF and protest the ongoing massacre. Holding torches, protesters chanted against the occupation of Palestine and the massacre.
Haim Schwarczenberg https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.5737532960777...50543

Saturday 26-7-14 Thousands participated in demo held tonight at Rabin Square.
"Right wing thugs tried to attack the left wing activists that were protesting; as a response - members of Unity together with their AntiFa comrades tried to separate between the attackers and the protestors.
This is a fascist terrorism for its own sake!
We remind everyone that we must stay strong and on guard all the time!"
israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyBx8JB0K4
David Reeb http://youtu.be/BtlNYdn6oXU

Saturday 1-8-14 Israel police tried to disperse a demo in the national theater square but they only succeed to to push the people to a noisy march along the roads to the park near the house of the ruling party. 14 were arrested but only 2 remained the all night in Jail to be brought to court Sunday morning.
israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-Z9jfBimTE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js8lIY4lSS4

Haifa

Monday 28-7-14 Vigil of refusnics (with anarchist core) demo in solidarity with Udi Segal going to jail.
Udi statement http://vimeo.com/101864895
https://www.facebook.com/noa.levy.noa/media_set?set=a.1...48696
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152292545013697

Hazor military airport

Tuesday 29-7-14 Direct action at Air Force Base against the Massacre in Gaza.
15 Israeli activists protested against the massacre in Gaza outside Hazor Air Force Base. The Base is where planes depart to bomb Gaza. More than 1,000 people have been killed in Gaza so far, the majority of whom civilians, including more than 200 children.
The activists said: "Military violence, and the killing of Palestinian civilians, fuel the endless bloodshed and hate. This has to stop. We are here to express our objection, as Israelis, to the attacks committed in our names. Whole neighborhoods in Gaza have been wiped out, and the residents of southern Israel live in ongoing anxiety that cannot be relieved by military force or by weapons. We call for an end to the attack on Gaza, the end of the siege on Gaza and for genuine dialogue."
Haim Schwarczenberg https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.5756841358846...50543

Israeli activists staged another performance protest in front of the ‪#‎Egyptian‬ embassy in Tel Aviv, burning "blood-stained" dolls, symbolizing the ongoing ‪#‎massacre‬ of Palestinians in ‪#‎Gaza‬. The Egyptian military regime, headed by al-Sisi, is complicit in the ongoing siege and killing of Gazans by colluding with Israel's Netanyahu and by insisting on keeping the ‪#Rafah‬ border closed, thus preventing survivors' only route of escape.
https://www.facebook.com/schwarczenberg/photos/pb.20235...3291/
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Don’t Say We Didn't Know 417

Now, while Israel and the Hamas wage war in Gaza, Israel's government continues to wage war against citizens whose only crime is that they were born Bedouins, in the Jewish State.

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, government agents arrived escorted by police to the cemetery of Al Arakib, and issued the inhabitants an order to clear their belongings from the site. After having destroyed the Bedouins' farming endeavors, demolished all the dwellings in the village, all other structures and the fence surrounding the cemetery, all possessions will be confiscated. So the inhabitants will not be able to remain on their land.

For further information:

amosg@shefayim.org.il
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See also
The present confrontation between the Zionist settler colonialist project in Palestine and the indigenous working people http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27175
Background to the present conflict http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27192
Israel burned the stew http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27220
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* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See at the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
See also:
http://awalls.org http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses.html
http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses-it.html
http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses-heb.html

Ahdut (Unity) blog: http://unityispa.wordpress.com/
Ahdut (Unity) Position paper about the Palestinian struggle http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27019

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textPalestine-Israel, The Israeli "loses management" diminished the intensity of the weekly confrontatio... 14:49 Sun 21 Aug by Ilan S. 1 comments

After so many years it is hard to get used to the replacement of tear gas and bullets with threat of arrests if we cross an imaginary line. For many years we worried about the day when the Israeli state decision makers will minimise or even stop the the harsh repression of the weekly joint demonstrations against the occupation, the settlers and the separation wall. On 27-5-16 was the first demo in Bil'in the state forces did not shoot us. It took a dozen such non shootings to realize it is a real strategic shift. The last Friday they even "invited" us to return the demo to the area near the new separation wall - forbidden for us for about a year. It seems the multi millions invested in the struggle against the B.D.S. recruited a more intelligent managers who was able to force the army to swallow their pride and stop harassing the Friday demos and the international activists participating in them.

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle is still kicking even if on lower level* 17:34 Tue 12 Jul by Ilan S. 1 comments

The joint non armed struggle of the Israeli anarchists against the wall with local activists which confronted the Israeli state forces was unique at the beginning and drew to it less radical Israelis. Along the years were efforts to unite the local struggles and rise the level of activity but both Palestinian and Israeli authorities thwarted it. Alternative projects in the less radical Israeli circles diminish the pool the AAtW recruit. In the Palestinian side some of the successes and softening of the Israeli suppression contributed its share for dropping out of the on going joint struggle. The radical change of suppression of the Friday demos in Bil'in - mainly not shooting us any more with bullets and tear gas grenades, and the Ramadan rose some second thoughts even in the most persistent activists. But, the Tsumud (persistent) moral was regained in the relative big demo of 8 July.

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle continue in spite of the drop out of activists* 02:41 Wed 08 Jun by Ilan S. 1 comments

Two consecutive Fridays without being shot at after 11 years can destabilize even long time activist like me.... For 13 years the anarchists against the wall initiative and Palestinian partners continue the struggle even when the expectation for practical gains diminished. Changes in the separation fence/wall are less likely than ever. The remaining road blocks are the ones which are not just for marginal harassments. The diminishing hardship inflicted on activists opened other personal options than struggle. However, there are still a hard core of old time activists and some new of the younger generation. The contribution of the joint struggle to gains in the international support is more obvious than ever, and even less radical joint struggles continue in parallel like Sheikh Jarakh, Taayush in the south and "militants for peace".

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle continue in spite of the huge changes in the region* 03:28 Thu 17 Mar by Ilan S. 1 comments

On the twelfth year of joined struggle in Bil'in it lost its glamour. Many of the activists lost the excitement of the direct action confrontation which is not a new thing any more. The expansion of the joint struggle to other locations and the expanding of the non armed struggle in the west bank contributed to it too. Many of the activists just "moved on" to a less intensive ways of life. But, some old time activists can not "let go". The other day, I searched the http://archive.org/web/ for the old site of: "This appeal, the first to call on-line for a boycott against Israel, was posted in April of 2001".(http://matzpun.com)... and read again our 35 original signatories of this pre-BDS. The majority are still in the struggle. Looking back on my 65 years of struggle I regard ainfos.ca, this petition, the joint struggle in Bil'in and my stories from the year 2100 - 50 years after the revolution* as the most significant ones.

textPalestine-Israel, The eleven years joint struggle in Bil'in as a seed for the third youth intifada.* 16:36 Sun 21 Feb by Ilan S. 1 comments

At the beginning, the joint struggle in Bil'in of the Israeli Anarchists Against The Wall with the local activists differed only with a consisted Fridays direct actions against the construction of the separation fence. The Israeli state response was a prolonged effort to block the participation of the Israeli activists that failed due to geographic conditions, persistence of the Israeli activists, and our ingenuity. One of the restricting factors on the suppression efforts of the state forces was wide spread sympathy for these demos in the Israeli media, and public. In a desperate efforts the army sent covert agents to initiate stone throwing from the demo on the state force. After a long while they succeeded. Youngsters of the village got into the stone throwing habit. For years it was all over the media and contributed to the stone throwing culture of the Palestinian youth. This was a significant contributor factor to the already 4 months old "Children Intifada".

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle in the focus of the extreme right "leftists' bashing"* 15:09 Sun 14 Feb by Ilan S. 1 comments

The mounting international pressure on Israel with the B.D.S. as catalyst, initiated a rightist onslaught on the activists of the joint struggle. With cooperation of the main TV channel, two activists were arrested - even blamed to be involved in murder of a Palestinian collaborator of settlements... only to be released unconditionally weeks later. As part of the onslaught I got few seconds in the rightist item in the main TV news program summing our position that no state is a solution - not two states and even one democratic state is impossible to achieve before the Zionist settler colonialist project will be defeated by social revolution in the whole region. In another wide distribution of the rightist video item I was presented as claiming that the chant in the joint demos for freedom to Palestine from the river to the see is not a call for a state for the Palestinians, but for a joint secular democratic state for all the inhabitants - Palestinians, Jews, and others... It seems we owe them rightists for the wide publicity.

textPalestine-Israel, The first serious crack in the Israeli Zionist ruling elite* 16:55 Thu 28 Jan by Ilan S. 0 comments

It is hard to assess what is the part of the joint struggle and the B.D.S. in the serious crack in the Israeli elite. It was expressed by the leader of biggest opposition party - The Zionist List which suggested a partial agreement of withdrawal (even from part of the expanded Jerusalem). Since 1967 war, all the years the official position was that Israel will retreat from most of the occupied territories of the 1967 war if the Palestinian will agree to a peace pact that will include among other conditions the non return of the 1948 refugees. As it was clear that no Palestinian leadership will be able to do that it was clear to all that the monolithic consensus of the Zionist parties is to continue the occupation for ever. It is not surprising that even the leader of the radical leftist Zionist party Merets oppose this radical suggestion for withdrawal with out the (non achievable) final peace pact.

textPalIsra, It is already one state even if no one recognize it as such except the hard liners rightist... 21:12 Wed 13 Jan by Ilan S. 0 comments

The bad news are that the overwhelming majority of the Israelis support it - including the centrists and even the Zionist left (who claim they want "two states" solution but with impossible pre conditions). The good news are that the imperial powers whose support to the status qua are gradually yielding to public opinions pressure of their citizens who do not agree with the Israeli apartheid-transferor regime. The non armed joint struggle initiated wide attention and drew participants from all over the world with international movement dedicated to put end to the Israeli occupation. (A short video about two kids in Bil'in got in few days two million views.). The anarchists against the wall and other like minded among the palestinians and abroad still struggle for the end of the Zionist settler colonialist/transferor project and not just for the end of 1967 occupation. [Italiano]

textPal-Isra: The third intifada is officially in... the joint struggle do not yield to mounting pressur... 20:11 Mon 21 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

The Israeli authorities admit it have no solution or a strategy to stop or even restrict the third "unorganized" mainly individualist and of youth. The mass arrest of hundreds of under age children do not seems to have any effect. The transfer efforts do not stop, and even increase in the Jordan valley, area C, Jerusalem, and even within the 1948 borders. The controversy in the Israeli media is mainly about the admitting it is already one state and about initiating a better Bantustan order before international pressure will force a more substantial retreat from 1967 expansion. The B.D.S. media news are usually restricted only to dramatic additions in it. The Nebi Saleh community is in the focus of the efforts to stop the joint struggle and its Friday demos. In spite of it, the regular Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Ma'asarah, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, West of Hebron Hills are accompanied from time to time by other communities.

textPal-Isra, The one state the joint struggle try to change*. 14:08 Mon 30 Nov by Ilan S. 0 comments

You struggle when you have hope for a developing change. You struggle when you refuse to accept the present as the only possible future. You struggle even when the hope is low just to keep your dignity from evaporating. And there are people their rage is so strong that no reasoning can hold them back. Now, when the hope for a better common future evaporated, and the hope for a nice personal future is even lower, the anger of lot of youth is stronger than the preservation of life instinct... it is just waiting for a chancy trigger to pull another boy or girl and send them to a suicide mission. And the mighty Israeli state just start to admit that their brutality reached the wall it cannot overcome. The military elite already stated to reveal it in the open that the new emerging "individualist" Intifada cannot be stopped by force. For those who are not burnt out or desperate the non armed joint struggle is the only sane road. [Italiano]

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