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Palestine-Israel, In spite of the pick of the Summer heat, Ramadan day fasting and the war mongering

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | community struggles | news report author Tuesday August 21, 2012 18:55author by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos, Matzpenauthor email ilan at shalif dot comauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors

After years of Friday demos in Bil'in and Saturdays and weekly days demos in other locations I took a break and traveled to the St-Imier international anarchist congress celebrating 140 years of struggle. I presented there three venues: one, the film Bil'in Habibti (Bil'in my love of Shai Polak) with discussion of the struggle in Bil'in, One about the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall initiative, and one about the Anarchist psychotherapy I developed (http://ilan.shalif.com/psychology/content1.htm). Nothing can compare to a week with thousands of anarchists of all trends from all over the world - meeting in person comrades I work with for years. The struggle in Israel continued with out me and some reports cover the activities I missed.

Bil'in Friday 10.8.2012

25 Palestinians, 12 Israelis and 10 internationals marched towards to the wall calling for the end of the occupation, freedom for Palestine and for soldiers to refuse. After some of the shabab started removing parts of the barbed wire fence 'protecting' the 8m high concrete wall and after some rather well aimed stone throwing the skunk machine was revved up and due to the winds there was no need to be close to get the stink. Then came a barrage of tear gas. From the distance the soliders were to us many of the tear canisters landed dangerously close to the protesters missing many of us by centimeters. After a short amount of relative calm and after the shabab returned down towards the wall, we followed and again a huge amount of tear gas was used. This time encasing the protesters and solidarity activists with gas from all sides. Soon after this the shabab started to return to the village singing and chanting to their victory march. Upon our return to the village we were then hosted by the wonderfully hospitable Burnat family. Ramadan Kareem and wishing all a good weekend.
Dvid Reeb video at http://youtu.be/uRyRKoJr6Hg

Friday 17-8-12. The end of the Ramadan demo. 11 Israelis, dozen internationals and 20 Bil'iners demonstrated as usual against the separation wall and occupation.
After a while the spray of stinking water forced most of us to retreat a bit. Later, plenty of tear gas canister forced nearly all of us to retreat further. After a while we ended the demo and returned to the village.

Nabi Saleh

Protest in Nabi Saleh has just started.
israel putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jRrF4l_2ow

Qaddoum

Friday 17-8-12 Five Israelis some two hundred fifty international and Palestinians, demonstrated today in Qadum. As usual protest march began towards the forbidden road. Dozens of shabab were prepared with tires igbhtrd as soon as we reached the road. And put barricades and obstacles in the way - respect. The army has responded to with plenty of tear gas. Half an hour later dozens of soldiers stormed towards the center of the village, a bulldozer cleared the road from stones and the soldiers just descended on the village frantic like a vulture on the prowl. mass arrests in the weekly demo in Qaddoum. Current reports speak of several dozens of Palestinians, over ten internationals - one of them even accused as if was throwing stones, and 3 Israelis. The hand of one of the Palestinians and the leg of another were broken (as the heritage of the late prime minister Rabin promote: "break their legs and arms".)
Israeli soldiers arresting an Israeli activist: AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/...n.jpg
The army remained a while for a rampage in the village, shoot some tear gas and then retreated and left. The demonstration ended with singing and triumph.
The four journalists were released immediately. The Israelis and the Internationals were also released after questioning and the usual conditions: third party signed bail, and suspension for two weeks from Samaria. Unfortunately and pain, Abdullah and Qasim were not released. They were led handcuffed to Hawara accused of throwing stones.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.48070368193994...80298
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVzCxI9GcY

Ma'asara

Friday 10/8/12 Today the demo marched in the heat of the Ramadan. 7 Israely from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and 10 Palestinians. A force of 30 soldiers waited in the entrance of the village and prevented the march to the separation fence. The demonstrators protested loudly and expressed their mind to the soldiers. No violent confrontations were developed.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3395280291798....42697

Friday 17/8 occurred a similar demo.

Comprehensive articles on the joint struggle

Hagay Matar series on the separation fence, history, consequences, damage to people and nature, the struggles, etc. http://972mag.com/the-wall-project

Vigil at Sheikh Jarrah Friday 17/8

The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are continuing their protest vigils in the neighborhood every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes,
the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them.
this Friday, the vigils will start a 5:00 PM

Comprehensive articles on the joint struggle

Hagay Matar series on the separation fence, history, consequences, damage to people and nature, the struggles, etc. http://972mag.com/the-wall-project

Tel Aviv

Free Pussy Riot demo in TLV https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=257023917748235

Against the war with Iran

Activities were done during the last weeks - mainly in Jerusalem (including the prime minister house) and Tel Aviv.
Protest vigil in front of security office in Tel Aviv by israel putermam 6-8-12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OZYB-bypQc
Israel Puterman 16.8.2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SknU6Rxs15c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij6INYeJcDQ
Nearly every day activists demonstrated in Tel Aviv in front of the apartment tower the war minister Ehud Barak live in.

Social Justice

During the next social justice demo, that will probably take place on Saturday, august 8th, around 20:00. follow for additional details - best to follow the event on facebook for details
Saturday, only about 500 people gradually converged at the national theater square late afternoon. After some words we marched with various chanting on the pavements towards the place where Moshe Silman ignited himself there at a previous demo and died a month ago. After a speech and a minute of silence we continued towards the building of the government offices - this time occupying the main street itself. There some speeches and chants for a long while. Afterwards most of the people marched to the tent camp of Homeless people near the train station.

Other locations activities were mainly in Jerusalem
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* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See Previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in at the blog
See also: http://awalls.org

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