Already 7 years of joint direct actions and demonstrations of the anarchists against the wall with Palestinian partners (mostly grass root activists of local communities) and radical Israelis. In spite of the Summer high temperatures and the Muslim day-fasting of the Ramadan, the struggle continue. Al Arkiv, Beit Ommar, Bil'in, Hebron Al-Halil, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Sheikh Jarrah - Silwan - Al Kuds - Occupied East Jerusalem, Wad Rahhal, Al Walaje. The joint struggle echo all over the internet and the world... and more and more international activists join us - mainly in the hot Summer.
Night action that decorated th Land Fund for Israel - a tool for transferring Palestinians from their lands both before 1948 and up to now. Its forestation of Israeli Bedouins land in order to drive them away is a common strategy.
In spite of the heat and Ramadan fatigue, protesters gathered today in Beit Ommar to protest the theft of the village’s land by the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. A group of about 15 protesters marched through the fields of the the Abu Hashem family toward the fence that separates the settlement from the village, but were stopped before they could reach it by a line of Israeli soldiers outnumbering the protesters nearly 2 to 1. The soldiers drew a line in the dirt and informed the crowed that anyone who crossed it would be arrested. After about 15 minutes they push the crowd back about 30 feet and made the same announcement. Despite being outnumbered the demonstrators stood their ground for nearly forty minutes, waving Palestinian flags and demanding access to their land. At one point a soldier grabbed the arm of a 12 year old boy in an attempt to arrest him, but let go when other demonstrators interfered. No arrests were made and no gas or sound grenades were fired.
Some 25 Israelis and a similar number of internationals joined the weekly Palestinian demonstration against the wall and the occupation in Bil'in. The demonstration was joined by a large delegation from the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which commemorated nine years to the assassination of their former leader, Mustafa Abu Ali, by a missile shot into his home. The theme of the demonstration was Abdullah Abu Rahme's conviction of "incitement" and "organizing illegal demonstrations", and so protesters wore Abdullah masks, sending the messages "We are all Abdullah" and "Free Abdullah". Unlike the last few weeks, the soldiers waited on the Western side of the fence, but demonstrators got only a few seconds to demonstrate before the unprovoked gas shooting began. Repeated gas shots forced most of the demonstrators to retreat, leaving in the front some shabab, photographers, and a few protesters who'd rather get arrested than run into the gas. When the soldiers saw that these last few demonstrators couldn't be scared away, they invaded the village. The demonstrators were pushed further back by the gas, way beyond the closed military zone line, and the shabab moved forward to stop the invasion with stones. Just before they retreated, the soldiers managed to lodge a rubber bullet inside a Palestinian protester's knee.
Due to Ramadan, this week's action was smaller than usual in the Open Shuhada Street's campaign in Hebron. About 40 Palestinians and their supporters marched through the old city allies, chanting against the occupation and the settlements. The march was once stopped by Israeli army soldiers, who then let a settler's march pass through.
After the settlers passed through the march proceeded in a different direction and was ended in front of the closed gates of the Shuhada street, beyond which the marching settlers gathered.
The 3 shopped that were forcibly evicted and had their doors welded by the army remain closed since August 10 in a clear collective punishment measures retaliating the 100% non-violent protests that Youth Against Settlements has been holding weekly in front of Bab Al-Balidiyah protesting the apartheid conditions imposed on Hebron by the Israeli army.
Nissim Mossek video of Night action in the South of Hebron mountains region http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_leDS5DyKyE
".... then taking a group of visitors on a tour of the area of Bethlehem that shows the impact of the wall and settlements. We also went to one of the weekly demonstrations and on this third Friday of Ramadan both here (Ma'asara), Bilin and other places..... The demonstrations commemorated the assassination of famous Palestinian Cartoonist Naji Al Ali and of the leader of the PFLP Abu Ali Mustafa. It also came in solidarity with the “conviction” by Israel’s apartheid courts of Abdullah Abu-Rahma on charges of organizing nonviolent demonstrations in Bilin. I posted 5 minute of the video I took of the event here (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkToniKnWEs ). Please watch this especially the unprovoked abduction of Kobi, an Israeli peace activist and the unprovoked attack with gas canisters that injured people. They also detained Matan (not shown on video) who was released a short while later. Kobi was released also but will have to face trial. ... then at 4:15 PM we took over 100 Palestinian women from Nazereth and other places inside the Green Line (1948 Palestine) on a tour of the walls around Bethlehem including Al-Walaja and Beit Sahour....."
An Nabi Saleh
Around 60 Nabi Saleh residents, other Palestinians and Israeli and international supporters participated in the weekly demonstration against the crippling occupation - and more specifically - the Halamish settlement's annexation and destruction of a growing amount of land and resources from the village. The march from the village went in a different direction, but was soon blocked by Israeli army soldiers, threatening to make arrests.
After a while the march went back to the village center followed by the Israeli army's soldiers. This deepening incursion into the village was met with resistance by stone throwing. The army arrested one Israeli protester, claiming she has interfered it "in a way that endangered the soldiers' lives". The protester was released later on with restraining conditions.
This week's demonstration, which starts around 13:00 every Friday, kept on going till the evening (about 18:00), facing continued army incursions, and included also young women and some children from the village . During these repeated incursions t he army used rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against the protesters and inside the village's populated area.
Friday An Nabi Salih video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ANDnpIH9g
A group of around seventy protesters braved the heat and marched in the weekly protest against the wall built on the village's land. Protesters chanted slogans against the occupation and land theft, set fire to some tires and called on the soldiers guarding the wall to leave their posts and return home to their families. a handful of the youth threw stones at the soldiers, who fired a number of tear gas canisters.
Around an hour into the demonstration, a group of soldiers crossed the wall and arrested five Palestinian Red Crescent medics and a Palestinian and Israeli videographers. They were led by soldiers over the wall, and presented with a new closed military zone order, effective Friday, Aug 27th, from 10am to 10pm. The aerial photograph attached to the order encompassed a section of Ni'lin's agricultural land adjacent to the wall, not as extensive as the area designated "closed military zone" in the six month military order that was imposed on Ni'lin and Bilin (and has since expired). The medics and camera people were in fact detained outside of the designated area. The arrestees were then released.
This is the second time in two months that Israeli soldiers have detained PCRC medics in Ni'lin.
Sheikh Jarrah - Silwan - Al Kuds - Occupied East Jerusalem
The wide coalition the AAtW activist help to organize continued with Saturday demonstrations against the transfer by settler colonialists, in addition to smaller activities during the week - mostly in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.
This coming Thursday (26.8) - like previous Thursdays we will be joining our friends from Wad Rahhal for agricultural works in the village, at 16:30, (as replacement for the Friday demos) defying state forces and settlers assaults. If you wish to participate please contact Dany
The popular committee of al-Walaje decided to suspend the demonstrations during Ramadan. In Id-al-Fiter a big event is planned and afterward the demos will resume as usual....
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com