This week the focus was on the Friday demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil'in - the 201st one, in Ni'ilin - the eighth month, in Um Salmuna - nearing the two years anniversary. Some of the comrades that could not come to the demonstrations in the Palestinian areas participated in that of the coalition of the radical left in Tel Aviv against the approaching Israeli onslaught on Gaza - that materialized Saturday noon. Friday noon near the road block on the outskirt of Ni'ilin, there was also another demonstration - that of the youth of the Licud party (probably the ruling one after the coming February election) which was widely promoted in the media during the week. They demonstrated against the anarchists against the wall initiative (AAtW) and the Palestinians who make troubles to the Israeli state forces in the demonstration against the separation fence.
In Bil'in demo there were four main themes - one was the new year represented with a nice Santa Claus. Another was a big placard printed on it: "Salyut to the Israeli Sministim" meaning Salyut to the graduates of initiative of the high school graduates total refusenics of this year - nearly all of them also participated in the struggle against the separation fence and occupation in Bi'lin.
The other themes were expressed mainly in chants.
Following is an excerpt from report of Eyad Bornat of the Bil'in popular comity:
"Santa Clause Against The Wall in Bil'in
Friday 26\12\2008 - Bil'in residents left after the Friday prayer in a march joined by international and Israeli peace activists. Waving Palestinian flags, and banners against the Israeli occupation. The protest today was solidarity with Palestinian families inside Israeli jails especially Juma'a Muosa's family and Ahmad Sa’dat and Ofers' detainees. The Popular committee condemned the violence against the detainees inside Israeli prisons.
The protesters marched, chanting slogans of the same substance, and another calling the Israeli activists to refuse serving in the military. The protest also condemned the arrest of Israeli refuseniks and demanded their release.
In Um Salmuna the demonstration this week excelled these of previous weeks as about 200 people from the wide region of the south of Palestine joined the usual ones.
Following is a call following the Israeli attack at noon on Gaza:
TODAY WE STOP THE WAR
CINEMATEQUE SQUARE, TEL AVIV
18:00 - PUBLIC EMERGENCY MEETING, OPEN TO ALL ACTIVISTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC
19:30 - PROTEST MARCH AND DEMONSTRATION
About thousand activists of the coalition against the occupation converged at the Cinemateque square. As hundreds of state force prevented us from going to the center of town we marched towards the compound of the war ministry. There we chanted for about three hours and few activists of the AAtW who tried to block the road were arrested.