The joint struggle include now 12 regular localities of struggle and nearly half with other targets than the separation fence. Beit Jalla, Beit Ummar, Bil'in, Dahmsh, Hebron and the region south of it, Ma'asara, Nebi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Sheikh Jarrah, Wadi Rahal, Wallage... The state forces harass the Israeli and international activists on their way to the joint actions but in consistently because of media and public relations consideration. The harassment of Palestinians and others participant in the demons is inconsistent too with lot of free hands to the commanders at the locations of confrontation. There is lot of media covering which increased significantly lately with inconsistency in the truth value of reports of the Israeli media.
BEIT JALLA (a town near Bethlehem)
A group of Palestinians, internationals and Israelis demonstrate against the construction of the Wall in Beit Jala, on 11.07.2010 after Sunday Mass. The Israeli soldiers blocked their march by closing the road with barbwire. Just after a few minutes, the Israeli soldiers threw directly concussion grenades on the crowd with no apparent reasons. Israeli soldiers were also seen on top of buildings.
Six protesters were injured during the weekly protest.
Israel Puterman video Sunday 11-7-10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy24OSgwhYE
1 Arrested, 3 Injured in Beit Ommar International Court of Justice Demonstration
10 JULY 2010
On Saturday, July 10, approximately 50 Palestinian, international and Israeli activists marched towards the fence of the Karmei Tsur settlement for their weekly demonstration against the illegal settlements and the continued confiscation of Palestinian land through settlement expansion and the Annexation Barrier. This week, the participants planned to hold their own session of the International Court of Justice, in honor of the 6 year anniversary of the ICJ court decision that declared the Annexation Wall illegal. The group approached the settlement and began reading statements as witnesses and the prosecution, condemning the confiscation of land, demanding reparations for land and lives lost, as well as injuries to internationals during peaceful protest, and an end to the construction of illegal structures of the Occupation. Almost immediately, however, the Israeli soldiers present, who were waiting for the group outside the fence, announced that the area was a closed military zone and the demonstration had two minutes to disperse. Local residents insisted on their right to remain on their privately-owned land undisturbed. When one Israeli activist attempted to argue with the soldiers, he was arrested. He was then blindfolded and held in a jeep on location before being taken to Kiryat Arba settlement and police station; he was released later in the day.
The military then violently attacked the crowd, pushing them back towards the Palestinian homes of Beit Ommar and throwing sound grenades and tear gas canisters. Sound grenades were thrown deliberately so that they would explode very close to participants, resulting in the head injuries of a twelve year-old boy and a journalist as well as another teenage boy. An ambulance and medic team treated all three on the spot.
21 Israelis and well over 50 internationals joined the Bil'in locals and a delegation from Jenin refugees camp for the weekly demonstration against Israeli violations of international law and the other evils of occupation. The demonstrators received caps commemorating 6 years to the Hague International Court verdict against the wall, and wore them enthusiastically as they marched behind a huge "scales of injustice" installation tilted for Israel and against the rest of the world. The army, apparently worried about the large number of international solidarity activists, hardly waited before bombarding the demonstrators with gas and invading the village. The shabab, as usual, did a good job stalling the soldiers' advance with stones and the army's own gas canisters to allow demonstrators a safe retreat, but a couple of Israelis who did not run fast enough through the clouds of gas got arrested. Then the shabab went on using their means for dispersing Zionism for an admirably long time given the amount of gas, bush fires, and unreasonable heat. On our way back we got good views of the recently set concrete slabs of the new route of the wall, which may obey the ruling of the Israeli High Court of (in)Justice, but not the verdict of the International Court in the Hague.
As usual most AAtW activists continued for "a second show" at Sheikh Jarrah.
As usual, the arrested Israeli comrades were taken for interrogation in the police station Yad Binyamin in the occupied region north-east of Jerusalem and released few hours later after indictment and restrictions.
Israel Puterman video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMq0-zmJ2bo
Haitham Al Khatib video at: http://www.youtube.com/v/tyfiCDY_vE8
Long detention of Abedalla Abu Rahme and Adib Abu Rahme activists of Bil'in in the Ofer concentration camp with intermediate military hearings. This Wednesday too hearings and solidarity visit of AAtW activist from Tel Aviv.
The "judge" gave Adib Abu Rahme a verdict of one year prison time (the time he has already was detained till now) and one year probation. The army prosecution demanded 2 years in and appealed. Thus Adib will have to stay in till the appeal will be heard.
On Monday was a march to the Ramle municipality in protest of discrimination planing and houses demolition threats.
As part of the struggle 09/07/2010 started a Summer camp.
HEBRON-HALIL (and surrounding region)
The settlers and the military systematically deny the residents of the Southern Hebron Hills access to their water cisterns, in violation of the law and court rulings. In this region, in which only settlements and outposts enjoy a regular water supply, denial of access to the cisterns during the summer is an especially brutal technique to deny the Palestinian residents the most fundamental necessities.
This Saturday, July 10th, we will once again meet with the Palestinian residents of the Southern Hebron Hills in order to pump water from their cisterns and assert their fundamental rights.
There is also a possibility to attend the weekly protest in Hebron against the settlements and in favor of opening Shuhada Street.
There is also a possibility to attend the weekly protest in Hebron against the settlements and in favor of opening Shuhada Street.
No to Settlements In Hebron, No to army and settlers' violence, Open Suhada Street!
For many years, the city of Hebron (Khalil) suffers from severe harassment by the settlers and the military.
In the past few months, demonstrations are taking place in the old city of Hebron every Saturday, demanding the dismantlement of the settlements and the lifting of all the restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the city.
The demonstrations are an initiative of the Hebron organization Youth Against Settlements, and are regularly attended by Israeli and international activists alongside Palestinians.
We invite you to join us in this demonstration, which plays an important role in the fashioning of a joint, non-violent struggle.
The demonstration will take place on Saturday, July 3rd, at 16:00. Before the demonstration we will, as usual, accompany shepherds and farmers in the South Hebron Hills
For direct transportation to the demo from Jerusalem, contact S.
About 100 Palestinians and their international and Israeli supporters gathered next to the closed gates of the Israeli army blockade on Shuhada street in the July 10th Saturday demonstration of the “Open Shuhada Street” campaign in Hebron. After some chanting and speeches, 6 activists performed a dance to Kesha's Tik Tok hit, in response to an army soldiers' much publicized clip in the segregated Shuhada street, featuring the same song. In the activists version, it was a dance that ended in Palestinians getting arrested as they turned their backs to their “Israeli” counterparts.
After the dance the protesters started marching through one of the old city allies, next to settlers' homes. They were blocked by Israeli soldiers, which pushed the non-violent protesters and tried to pursue and arrest one activist unsuccessfully. Due to the army's violence, protesters set on the ground in front of the soldiers for a while and then went through another way, where the soldiers failed to stop the march. At a certain point, settlers threw water at the march and the market street. The demonstration ended peacefully shortly afterward.
Some fifty demonstrators gathered in Ma'asara this week to commemorate the sixth anniversary to the Hague High Court, which branded Israel's West Bank Apartheid Fence illegal according to international law. Demonstrators built a mock-wall, and marched with it through the village streets towards the stolen lands.
Out of the village and upon arrival at the main regional road, which serves both Palestinians and settlers, demonstrators blocked one lane with their wall, diverting all traffic to the second remaining lane. Speeches were carried and songs sang, until several army jeeps showed up. Soldiers threatened demonstrators that they will use force and declared a closed military zone, but eventually did nothing.
After fifteen minutes, the village youth decided it was about time to bring down the wall, and broke it to pieces. This had a curious effect on the soldiers, who stormed in, grabbed what was left of the wall and carried it to the side of the road. They then started shoving the demonstrators, who were already on their way back to the village anyhow. However, no one was hurt or arrested, and everybody returned home peacefully.
AAtW activists continued for "a second show" at Sheikh Jarrah
Tuesday evening - meeting for planing the struggle about restriction of water supply.
An Nabi Saleh: the struggle continues
In the hilltop village of An Nabi Saleh around 70 Palestinian men, women and children, 10 Israeli activists and 15 internationals gathered in the main square and marched down the hill, blowing paper trumpets and waving flags, towards the Israeli soldiers who were waiting at the crossroads, where the main protest usually occurs. Following last weekend, when soldiers entered the village dressed as civilians and arrested one of the young men, many of the local youth were lying low and did not join in the demonstration.
When the group were about 10 meters away, the soldiers started throwing sound bombs, and tear gas canisters were fired directly at the group at head height. Although this is against their rules of deployment, tear gas canisters are regularly used as missiles as well as for crowd dispersal. Two internationals narrowly missed being hit, and a member of the popular committee was arrested, and his wife and four-year-old child briefly detained. Some of the demonstrators made it to the crossroads and the group (mainly women and children) stood chanting at the soldiers. Two Israeli activists were grabbed from the crowd and wrestled into jeeps, amid scuffles with female activists who were roughly pushed away by soldiers.
The demonstration continued around the village for a few hours, as soldiers and border police in five jeeps pursued the young men around the area in an attempt to arrest those they had pictures of. Their presence in the village lasted for just two hours, as the usual spirit of the children and women had been dampened by the violent repressive tactics of the Israeli army, and the young men had fled over the hills towards a neighboring village. The three men who had been arrested were released after three hours.
Protests against the theft and annexation of Palestinian land to the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish (Neve Zuf) have taken place in the village every Friday since January 2010. Although Israel’s courts ruling that An Nabi Saleh residents owned the valuable agricultural land, nearly half of it has been seized by settlers who also uprooted hundreds of olive trees in January 2010.
During the confrontations with the state forces two Israeli activists were detained - charged with ridiculous concocted "crimes"... even the police officers at the Yad Biniamin station dismissed, and the comrades were released with "no fault", in time to join the Sheikh Jarrah demo.
The weekly protest in Ni'lin was characterized by a larger than usual number of international activists who joined the Palestinian and Israeli regulars. The demonstration made its way to the wall gate, which was sealed shut. protesters chanted anti occupation slogans, and a few threw stones at the metal gate, and at the soldiers standing guard over the wall. soldiers fired tear gas canisters. around two hours into the demonstration, soldiers crossed the wall and started after the protesters, who made their swift getaway, so as not to risk a pointless, possibly violent arrest. no injuries were recorded.
David Reeb video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IniA8S184bg
AAtW activists continued for "a second show" at Nebi Saleh.
Tuesday evening, demonstration in front of Jerusalem mayor house in protest of pseudo archeological garden excuse for demolition of Palestinian hoses in Silwan.
In the same week that a number of prominent lawyers, including one former legal advisory to the government, released a letter stating that police actions in Sheikh Jarrah are discriminatory and illegal – four hundred demonstrators showed up at the weekly protest to prove the letter right. The demonstrators demanded to be let in the neighborhood, something that has been denied them for months now, while right-wing settlers are allowed to have protests in the same place.
Demonstrators marched in perfect order, avoiding the road and sticking to the pavements, and asked police officers to remove roadblocks and let them in. When met with Brut force and pushed back, demonstrators raised their hands in the air as a sign of non-violence.
After about half an hour, some eighty demonstrators were able to make their way around the blockade, and started a demonstration opposite the Palestinian houses taken over by settlers with High Court backing. The police, which now had to handle a demonstration on several fronts, increased the violence, arrested ten demonstrators, and hit many more. After about an hour of intense efforts and much violence, met with passive resistance, all demonstrators were pushed back to the garden opposite the neighborhood – the only place the police allows demonstrations to take place, in spite of several court rulings.
Eventually, after more than two hours of energy packed demonstration, activists decided to leave, and marched to the Jerusalem detention center, to cheer up those arrested earlier.
Israel Puterman video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo4ZUvJ_Sc4
Lot of participants marched to the police station for solidarity with the arrested comrades who were released few hours later with two weeks restriction from future demos.
In southern West Bank village of Wadi Rahal the protest ended peaceful after soldiers did not allow people to reach the construction site of the wall.
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com