Saturday, November 29, 2008

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle at Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Um Salmuna, Jayyous, and recruiting center too.

Monday we accompanied Yuval - refusnic of the High-school graduates initiative to the recruiting center, and demonstrated there. (He received two weeks in jail as a beginner.) Friday we had the usual joint demonstrations of local villagers, internationals, and Israeli anarchists against the wall initiative at Bil'in, Ni'ilin, and Um Salmuna. Jayyous seems to join this tradition. Israelis arrived there in spite of road blocks of Israeli state forces.
Ni'ilin Friday 28-11-08 - link to video
Bil'in 28.11.2008 video at


Yuval Oron-Ofir, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, was sentenced on Monday, 24 Nov., to 14 days in military prison for his refusal to serve in the Israeli military. Yuval is 19 years of age. He lives in the Arab-Jewish village of Neve shalom / Wahat al-Salaam.
Yuval refuses to join the Israeli military as it is an occupying force. He is due out of first period in prison on 5 Dec. His prison address is:

Yuval Oron-Ofir
ID number 201205580
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
Fax: ++972-4-9540580


At noon, we marched as usual from the village center to the route of the separation fence. Like they do often, state force started to shoot us with tear gas grenades even before we reached the route causing us to regroup. As often, they tested on us this Friday a new kind of weapons. It was a tear gas grenades of the kind used to be thrown by hands which was adjusted to be shot by a special gun. This "experiment" resulted with a serious damage to the eye of a Japanese activist. After they finished the "experiment" they minimalized the amount of shooting and the more experienced of us succeeded to enter the route of the separation fence. In spite of threats and some grenades we tayed there till we decided to end the demonstration.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Palestine-Israel, Weekly report on the main struggles the AAtW* was involved in

This week, the village Jayyous which was one of the first to involve with the joint struggle against the separation fence 2002, resumed the struggle (Sunday and Friday). Ni'ilin was intense too (Thursday and Friday). Tuesday we participated in a demo against the Gaza closer with the coalition of the radical left, in front of the war ministry compound in Tel Aviv. One of us was brutalized and two others spend the night in jail for disrespecting police power. During the week and Saturday comrades involved in support of Palestinians in Hebron and around it. Comrades supported also Israeli Bedouins facing demolition order of a "green" structure of
mosque/cultural center. And of course the Bil'in and Um Salmuna Friday demos.


Jayyous 16-11-08 - link to video





This is a call upon all activists to come to the village as soon as
possible in order to sleep with the locals. The Stop the Wall Campaign
representatives have a house to accommodate those who come, and
critically need your support!!! This is up to be a long and
unpredictable night with the occupation forces.

For further information on Jayyous or how to reach the village, please

Mohammad: 0599649815
Waleed: 0599669927
Fadi (also for footage, video and still): 0599314478

Background information:

A massive demonstration was held in Jayyous today to protest the
rerouting of the Wall and the permanent isolation of 5,582 dunums of
village land for the expansion of Zufim settlement. Villagers
destroyed sections of the Wall, sparking confrontations with the
Occupation military and the invasion of the village.

Following the Friday prayer, more than 500 protesters advanced on the
Wall's gate in the south of the village. The army was not present, and
villagers proceeded to destroy the gate and the surrounding Wall.

Occupation forces arrived on the scene after the Wall was destroyed,
firing on the crowd indiscriminately with tear gas, sound bombs and
rubber bullets. Upon pushing the villagers away from the Wall, the
army forced its way into the village, where the demonstration
continued. Jeeps entered from all directions and imposed a curfew on
the village.

Today's demonstration saw five injuries; three were shot with rubber
bullets in the legs and back, while two were hit in the face. Clashes
have slowed down, but the army is presently maintaining a strong
presence in the village, imposing a curfew. Numerous groups of heavily
armed soldiers and armored jeeps, are undertaking house-to-house
searches targeting the village youth and conducting interrogations
with the support of General Secret Service (GSS) forces.


"This Saturday, 22/11/2008, we'll go again to South Hebron and Hebron area in
order to escort farmers who are suffering from on going Settlers violence.

These days, more than ever, the Palestinians in the area need our presence,
solidarity and support. Last Saturday two violent incidents occurred, in one a
donkey was killed and another was injured during settlers attack. "

However, as the settler colonialists were engaged in the confrontation with the state forces at the new illegal hose occupation in Hebron, they had not enough bastards to harass the Palestinian farmers....


Thursday was a children day and the demonstration was organized mainly by high school pupils. In the demonstration participated also a contingent of female pupils of the local high school. TV channel evening news of Friday, included - as they often do, a clip of a demo in Ni'ilin against the separation fence and the tear gas clouds...
* AAtW = Anarchists Against the Wall initiative

Monday, November 17, 2008

Palestine-Israel, Update on the AAtW activities last week.

The divergence of activities included additions to the "regular" joint struggle against the separation fence and occupation at Bil'in, Um Salmuna, and Ni'ilin.
This week activists of the Anarchists Against the Wall initiative participated in the struggle against the Israeli state forces and the colonial settlers in Hebron region in relation to the olive picking (12,14/11/08). Friday there was a road blocks removal action near Deir Ibzi organized by Ras Karka comity. On Saturday was another action related to the 5 refusnics high-school in the women army jail. Sunday was the day the Jayyous village, which was most active 2002 when the construction of the separation fence was started, resumed the struggle.


10:30, 14th November - Palestinian residents of villages North-West of
Ramallah, joined by international and Israeli solidarity activists,
successfully removed an Israeli imposed road-block close
to the village of Deir Ibzi'. However, Israeli forces have since replaced the road-block.

Residents and activists gathered in Deir Ibzi before moving to remove the road-block.

The action was organized by Ras Karka village council and the popular Committee and is supported by the Popular Committees of the west of Ramalla region.

The road-block prevents 14 villages, with around 35,000 people, from traveling directly to Ramallah. The road leading from Ni'lin and Bil'in to Ramallah is unable to be accessed directly by 14 villages including Ras Karkar, Al Janiya, Deir Ammar, Deir Ammar camp, Jammala, Ni'lin, Al Midiya, Budrus, Shuqba, and qibya Instead these villages either have to travel on an agricultural road that links Ras Karkar with Kafr Ni'ma or travel a much longer route to Beir Zeit or through Ni'lin.


The Friday demonstration had this week a contingent of the popular front of the west bank with people of all the main cities.


The struggle continue with already 40 activists of the village already in jail with state force sieging the village for months already.


On Saturday, more than 100 came to an open space near the fence of army jail 400 for females. They had a solidarity party with voices and music reaching the already 5 jailed total refusnics. Some of them already third term of few weeks in jail for repeating their refusing to serve in the army of occupation.


It seems the regional commander still had not made his mind how to treat the resuming of struggle against the separation fence and the change of the route forced on it by the highest court of "justice". There were temporary road blocks for preventing the Israeli activists from joining. However, some were allowed to come while others were allowed to pass one road block but stopped at another.
Ten of us blocked on a round about road, but after a while allowed to reach the village.

When the demonstration started to march on the road towards the separation fence, while still in the village, 6 state cars with lot of state force blocked our way with their bodies. However, as they were not firm enough, after half an hour half of the demonstrators filtrated gradually to the other side of the block. We started again to march towards the separation fence, but the state force blocked our way at the end of the built area of the village.

There we held a long meeting with speeches by both males and females villagers.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Palestine-Israel, weekly report on some of the AAtW* involvement in the struggle against the separation fence and occupation.

The struggles are not only against the occupation and the separation fence on
the west bank. The last wave of high school refusnics collect momentum with
fifth female join the jail population. The struggle against the separation fence
in Bil'in, Um Salmuna and Ni'ilin continue, with expansion to the Hebron region
and other places in connection with the olive picking season and the terror of
settler colonialists against Palestinian neighbors. In Bil'in [West of
Ramallah], it was the 194th Friday demonstration since February 2005. With Rani*
Burnet on his wheel chair again in its front. In Ni'ilin's Friday it was full
confrontation again after the end of olive picking "truce". In Um Salmuna [south
of Bethlehem] this Friday was with low confrontation level as usual.

BIL'IN: link to video Friday 7-11-08


This Monday, as we do with other high school refusnics in contact with the last
wave of refusnics initiative, we escorted our comrade Raz with our usual lively
demonstration at the entrance of the central recruiting base of the Israeli
army. (And also escorting Sahar - coming for another term of prison for
insisting on her refusals.)

We were about 70 participants (Most of them take part time and again in the
Friday joint demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil'in), with a
small rhythm band, banners and placards. Leaflets were distributed to the in and
out base passers by people. Refusnics of previous waves were seen in the crowd.

Following are excerpts from a distribution.

Raz Bar-David Varon, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal
letter, Reported yesterday (3 Nov.) at the Induction Base, declared her refusal
to serve in the Israeli military and was sentenced to 21 days in military
prison. CO Sahar Vardi, who reported at the induction base together with her,
was sentenced to a third prison term, also of 21 days.

In a brief statement made on the day of her arrest, Raz said:

Today I am about to refuse serving in the Israeli army. I have witnessed
this army demolishing, shooting and humiliating people whom I did not know, but
have learnt to respect for their ability to go on dealing with these horrors on
a daily basis. Reality is complex, of course. There's history, politics,
politicians, boarders, flags. There's supposed to be a good reason for all of
this. This reason is supposed to be my defense. I feel like screaming: 'This
does not defend me! It hurts me!' It hurts me when people, Palestinians, are
being so brutally assaulted, and it hurts me when they later turn their hatred
towards me because of it. I wasn't born to serve as a soldier who occupies
another, and the struggle against the occupation is mine too. It is a struggle
for hope, for a reality that sometimes feels so far away. I have a
responsibility for this society. My responsibility is to refuse.

The two COs were escorted to the Induction Base some 70 protesters, carrying
signs and chanting in support.

We Refuse to Be Occupiers - at the demonstration The two objectors' prison
addresses are:

Sahar Vardi
Military ID 6055780
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Fax: ++972-3-9579389

Raz Bar-David Varon
Military ID 6000383
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Fax: ++972-3-9579389

Since the prison authorities often block mail from reaching imprisoned
objectors, we also recommend you to send your letters of support and
encouragement to the imprisoned objectors via e-mail to shministim@gmail. com,
and they will be printed out and delivered to them during visits.

In addition, you may want to follow some of our recommendations for action below.

Raz is the fifth woman CO of the signatories of the 2008 high school seniors
letter to be imprisoned over the recent three months. Omer Goldman, Tamar Katz
and Mia Tamarin have finished their second prison terms and await the army's
decision in their case.

Raz and Sahar are due to be released on 21 Nov. 2008, but are likely to be
imprisoned again soon afterwards.

MEDIA ON Shin Bet [secret service] and the AAtW*

IDF asks police, Shin Bet for info on left-wing figures active in W. Bank

The Israel Defense Forces has asked the Shin Bet security service and the police
to provide it with information on left-wing figures active in the West Bank so
it will be easier to issue restraining orders against them, Haaretz has learned.

Since the IDF does not gather intelligence on Israeli citizens, the GOC Central
Command depends on evaluations by the Shin Bet prior to signing restraining orders.

So far, such orders have only been issued against extreme right-wing activists
suspected of subversive activities. This time, the army has focused on a number
of activists protesting the security fence, those who help Palestinians harvest
their olives, and others.

This is apparently the first time left-wing activists have been the possible
target of such orders.

A document formulated by the IDF Central Command, entitled "Means of Operation
Against Leftist Activists in the Area of Judea and Samaria" states, among other
things, that the goal was to issue restraining orders against Israelis and
foreigners "who disturb the peace" and "lead violent activity."

To obtain the intelligence information it needs to back up the request for a
restraining order, the Central Command approached the Shin Bet and the Judea and
Samaria police districts requesting material that had been gathered on the

The police were also asked to present all information they had on these
individuals, including cases that had been closed.

The army further asked the police and the Shin Bet to keep their work on the
matter secret.

Among the activists the intelligence services were asked to provide information
about is Yonatan Pollack of Anarchists Against the Fence.

Pollack said he was not surprised the army was seeking a restraining order
against him. "On Sunday two weeks ago the Shin Bet called and summoned me to the
police station on Dizengoff Street. They said they had had enough of my
activities and if I kept it up they would take steps, either criminal or
administrative ones. I told them that all my activities were open and if there
was anything illegal, they were a matter for the police."

Pollack also said he presumed that "since there's a lot of talk now about
restraining orders against right-wingers, they would use that against us to show
balance, although there has almost never been a case of a left-wing activists
suspected of violence and certainly not of violence like that of the right-wing

The IDF spokesman's office said it works with the police to enforce law and
order in the West Bank and that "the law is enforced without reference to this
or that political affiliation." The police spokesman for the West Bank district,
Danny Poleg, said the police were "cooperating fully with the Central Command to
enforce the law in Judea and Samaria."

The Shin Bet said it does not release information on its operations.
* Anarchists Against the Wall initiative

** Rani is a Bi'lin villager in his late 20s. He was shot at by a live
ammunition in a demonstration against the occupation at 2000 in Ramallah. He is
nearly always at the head of the demonstrations in Bil'in.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Palestine-Israel, Another week of joint struggle the AAtW activists were involved with

This week even more than previous ones Ni'ilin was in the front center and in the media focus as well. Daily confrontation with the Israeli state forces and the construction works of the separation fence. The other focus was Wednesday - in which many Palestinian localities including Ni'ilin and Um Salmuna invite us to "celebrate" the international court verdict stating that the building of the separation fence is against the international law of war. During the week, the AAtW declined invitation to visit session of the Israeli parliament sub-comity of security and foreign relation about our bad conduct as we refused to come without our Palestinian partners. And of course Friday demo in Bil'in the 177th.

Links to video clips of some of the demonstrations:

Bil'in Friday 4-7-08 link to video

Ni'ilin curfew 6.7.08 at

Ni'lin 9.7.08 link to walla-ynet,7340,L-3566049,00.html

Ni'lin demo 9-7-08 - link to video

Ni'ilin 10-7-08 - link to video

Anuther Ni'ilin video of 10.7.08 at

Following some texts about Ni'ilin struggle this week:

07/08/2008 05:37 PM ---- At around 6 PM about 100 Palestinians, Israelies and internationals left Budrus towards Ni'lin in order to break the curfew and bring food to the people of Ni'lin. Army forces were waiting near the first houses of Nilin backed up with a road block which prevented the movement of vehicles in and out of the village. the soldiers open fire using tear gas and rubber coated bullets.
Villagers from Ni'lin took advantage of the fact that most Israeli forces went to the village's outskirts and went out for a spotaneous demonstration at the town's center, while breaking the curfew.
3 were hurt by the army's shooting, but were evicted to Ramalla hospital in 2 hours delay, as ambulances could not get into the village due to the road blocks and the curfew.
notwithstanding the brutal oppression, today's action was successful - most of the villagers in Ni'lin witnessed the demonstrations and the solidarity action.
Budrus to Ni'lin 7-7-08 - link to video


The Popular Committees of West Ramallah invite you to participate in a demonstration to break the siege of Nilin to take place this Wednesday July 9, 2008. This demonstration is also being held to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the decision of the International Court of Justice on the Israeli Apartheid Wall.

We will gather at the same time - 11:00 am - at two different locations: Budrus Village and Deir Qadis Village.

Together we will break the siege of Nilin.

A mass demonstration in Ni'ilin

An especially big demonstration will be held in the village of Ni'ilin on the morning of the coming Thursday, commemorating the anniversary of The Hague ruling which defined the Apartheid Wall a crime.


A contingent of 60 Israelis came with the AAtW to that demonstration.


The village of Ni'ilin, which is located in the Ramallah district, has for more than a month now been leading an intense struggle against the de-facto appropriation of 2,500 of its 7,000 dunams of land by the "separation fence". The route of the fence in this area, much like the famous case of Bil'in, has been planned in such a way that would allow the near by illegal settlement of Hashmonaim to expand on lands that will be "left behind" the fence.

The villagers, who refuse to accept this, hold three-four demonstrations a week, marching towards the construction site and the settlement, in many cases successfully forcing a halt of construction.

The army, however, is responding with growing ferocity. According to the army spokesperson, an entire regiment was relocated to guard the construction, and these soldiers use brutal force against the unarmed demonstrators. On Friday the village was put under a ten-day siege, and residents were informed it was a punishment for the demonstrations. During the weekend an attempt was made to enforce a curfew on the village, but the villagers' active resistance changed the army's plans. Today, Sunday, a curfew is declared again.

Yet the villagers' do not intend to give up, and have struggling against the curfew and siege. The Thursday demonstration will be held in spite of the siege and as a challenge towards it, as the villagers are still interested to cooperate with the Israelis and internationals, who are coming to the village in support of the struggle.

We feel that it is worth mentioning the popular struggles against the fence/wall have been going on throughout the West Bank for more than four years now. The fact that a new village chooses to enter the cycle of resistance in spite of the harsh oppression used against these struggles is yet another important reason to come and support Ni'ilin this week.

We will leave for the Thursday demonstration together from Tel Aviv in the morning. We assume that the army will try to prevent us from getting there, but will try and break the siege so as to join our partners. This attempt might include a long walk on difficult terrain, but those who would want to avoid such a walk and hold a demonstration outside the checkpoints surrounding the village will be able to do so.

The army did not try to prevent us from getting there... but instead used intensively batons and injured lot of demonstrators - targeting on the AAtW activists.

The public TV channel evening news included an item showing the clash and AAtW injured people carried from there - bringing the claim of ours side that the route of the fence is used to robe big stretch of Ni'ilin land for use as a cometary of the near by settler colonialist town Modi'in Ilit.

(During the week both radio channels and TV reported on the intense struggle in Ni'ilin.


A border policeman was lightly wounded Thursday by a rock thrown by anti-security fence demonstrators in the West Bank town of Ni'ilin, north of Modi'in.

Hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli protesters clashed with the policemen and several of the demonstrators were also reportedly hurt.

The army said that the protesters were demonstrating in a closed military zone and that security forces were trying to disperse them using crowd control measures.

Approved: Manuelen

The Ni’lin Popular Committee would like to draw attention to the following facts regarding the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli army and Border Police since the beginning of the construction of the Wall (May 2008):

* 160 people were injured by rubber coated steel bullets during the protests, including children
* Hundreds of non-violent protesters were brutally beaten by the Israeli army during the protests
* 26 people were arrested
* A Palestinian Medical Relief Society ambulance was shot at. The driver counted 18 bullet marks on the outside of the van and two of the ambulance windows were shattered, with several bullets found inside the van
* Many people in the protests suffered severe respiratory problems due to the heavy use of tear gas
* Tear gas canisters were shot directly into the crowds, aiming at people and injuring dozens
* The Israeli army started using a new tear gas machine, shooting 30 tear gas canisters at the same time
* The Israeli army used live ammunition on several occasions
* There were numerous incidents where the Israeli army invaded the village in the middle of the night after a protest, shooting tear gas and rubber coated steal bullets at and into homes where families were sleeping, and also arresting several people during these military incursions into the village

------------------------- AAtW ----------------

This Friday the inured comrades of Thursday splat between those who needed a day of rest and these who insisted to come to both the Ni'ilin and Bil'in demonstrations (some limping and one with crutches).

At Bil'in demonstration we had today a small satisfaction. When we arrived at the separation fence, the state forces started to shower us with tear gas canisters. After the unseasoned participants dispersed the old timers stayed. We evaded most of the tear gas clouds... and one of us returned a gas canister to its owners. These, who were in a convoy of three armored cars "enjoyed" the tear gas and decided to escape from the location.

See also

Palestine-Israel, Sun and rain... the joint struggle against occupation and the separation fence continue.

This week the Anarchists Against the Wall (AAtW) were involved during the week and Friday in the south and the center of the west bank. In the Hebron area it was mainly in confronting the atrocities of the colonialist settlers around the olive picking near colonial settlements. At the Bethlehem region it was demonstrations against the separation fence and other occupation atrocities. In the region west of Ramallah there were the Ni'ilin protracted struggle along the week and the Bil'in 193th Friday demonstration. The Friday demonstration in Bil'in was "flooded" for the second week by international supporters. This week, mainly from Belgium and France, but also a band of Musicians from the USA.

The band marched at the head of the demonstration - playing 3 accordions and a guitar all the way to the route of the separation fence and the march within the route. The state force threatened us a lot while we marched along the electronic fence... and after a while started to attack the people with tear gas mainly - as usual using as pretext the stone throwing by kids in a near by location.

See the video clip from Bi'lin demo at 31-10-2008

Following excerpts from a report of member of the Bil'in popular comity for the struggle against the separation fence and occupation.

"For the past four years, the village of Bil’in has been protesting against the
wall and settlement building. Today, another protest marched after the Friday
prayer joined by international and Israeli activists. The protest marked the
52nd anniversary of the massacre of Kifr Qasem and 91st of the Balfour
Agreement. The protesters condemned these events and the Israeli occupation
police. They also held the world, especially the US and Britain, accountable
for the conditions that Palestinians live in and for their support of Israel in
their colonialist plans in Palestine."

"A French delegation of the International Civil Campaign for the Protection of
the Palestinian People (CCIPPP), another group from Belgium, Enseignants pour
une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient (EPJPO), as well as a group from Nanterre,
France, joined the protest today and also listened to a presentation by the
Bil’in committee about the village’s struggle against the wall."

"A music band from the USA, called Olive Trees Circus, played guitar, accordion,
and sung for peace in the middle of the action."

"For more information, Please call Abdellah Abu Rahamah, the coordinator of the
Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in. 972-547258210 or 972-599107069
e-mail –


The village is still in intense struggle against the separation fence - and more so after the end of the olive picking, both along the year and Friday. In spite of the obstacles on the way to the village, the contingents of activists of the AAtW succeed to come to the center of the village in time. Following is a link to video clip of this Friday demo in Ni'ilin (31-10-08):


In addition to the olive picking tasks there are progressive harassments of Palestinian houses located near the settlers houses. Following is an excerpt of a call distributed in the AAtW mailing list:

"Hey all,
As a response to the increasing tension in Hebron, people were staying in the city trying to observe the situation. During Saturday no special events were noticed, but we afraid that the tension will rise when the weekend will be over.
We would like to have some people staying over the night to respond and document any event that might happen.

Please contact Assaf at if you can make it."