Yesterday, on a sunny Monday afternoon, Abdallah Abu Rahme - the initiator of the joint non violent popular struggle in the village Bil'in 2006, just released from the Israeli concentration camp Ofer after a year and a half sentence for incitement, hugged Jonathan Polak - one of the founders of the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall 2003, released last month after 3 months sentence for unlawful demonstrations. Abdallah also hugged me and the other activists of the AAtW who came to the celebration. It was a bright moment for the more than hundred activists after a "regular" week of struggle in the various locations: Al Arakib, Beit Ommar, Bil'in, Lod, Al Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Sheikh Jarrah, and more.
The weekly demonstration and solidarity presence in other days continue after the 21st demolition of the village. On Saturday 12-3-11 was a tree planting action.
Nissim Mossek video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHOU6igqImA
Israel Putermam Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ekolskdwz0
Some dozen Israelis and 20 internationals joined the weekly Palestinian demonstration in Bil'in. Under intermittent rain and at the height of winter blossom the demonstrators marched to the wall, opened the gate and demanded to go through. They were answered with a spray of colored water. Since the water wasn't the usual stinking skunk water, the shabab responded with only a few stones directed at the water truck. But later there were more stones, colored and skunk water, and, of course, gas. At one point two soldiers crossed the fence, but they were turned back by demonstrators armed with cameras.
Haitham Al Khatib video of Bil'in 11.03.11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCCYb8xx-iM
Sunday, Jailed Bil'in Protest Organizer, Abdallah Abu Rahme release celebration.
"We're all invited to arrive tomorrow March 14, at 16:00 at Ofer prison, for the much anticipated release of Abdallah Abu-Rahme."
Release of Abdullah video Haitham Al Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VKgw2_kwVk
In addition to "night shifts" presence, and other activities, the usual Tuesday evening demonstration.
Demo in Lod - "Women against house demolition" 8-3-2011Demo in Lod
This Tuesday, the 8th of March -- the 100th International women's day -- will hold a large vigil protest in Lod. For the past few years the Palestinian residence of Lod has been suffering from institutional violence on the part of the Israeli authorities.
Israel Puterman video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd0wCQ0q2h0
After the prayers, the villagers joined by a large group of internationals and anarchists against the wall assembled in Martyrs' Square. This was the first march & demonstration following the abduction of Nagi and attempted abduction of Basem last weekend . Their absence was felt by everyone. However, in accordance with their wishes, the Resistance continues unabated. A high spirited group of the village's young women took the front line of the march to commemorate International Women's Day. As usual, the Occupation was waiting at the village's entrance in full battle gear but the marchers continued undeterred. Once again, the Occupation made its absurd declaration that the village was a closed military zone and that the demonstration was illegal. The only illegal presence was and is the Occupation and this is what the marchers answer red. Immediately thereafter, the Occupation cowardly opened on the the marchers aiming their gas projectiles directly at the marchers. One international was hit and we are waiting for an update on his situation. The Occupation then marched into the village in full battle gear. The Shabab responded to their presence in suitable and courageous fashion throughout the day.
Two of the Internationals, Bastien from France and Thomas from the U.K., who were in Martyrs' Square were ordered by the Occupation to leave the village within 10 minutes. When they refused to do so, they were arrested, blind folded and hands cuffed behind their backs. They were taken to the Shaar Binyamin police station and held for hours until they were finally questioned and released at about 8 p.m.
The pig water machine was brought to the village (as were other ones in Bilin and Silwan) and used towards sunset on at least one home close to the village's entrance. Finally shortly before 6 p.m ., the villagers celebrated the departure of the Occupation and normal life resumed.
Tomorrow Nagi must be brought for a court hearing as a week has passed since his abduction. The hearing will take place at the court adjacent to the "Ofer" Military Prison sometime during the course of the day. I visited him in the prison on Thursday and I can tell you all that he his spirit is as strong as ever.
Respect & solidarity,
The village's land is stolen and the protest is met with violence but the resistance will continue until the lands are restored to their rightful owners.
In heavy rain, a group of around 15 Ni'linites and Israeli activists walked to the route of the wall. the demonstration was shorten than usual due to the weather, and involved a naked protest by a Ni'lin activist who scaled the wall and demanded that soldiers allow him to cross over to his land. his demand was answered with the usual dismissive response by soldiers claiming that Ni'lin's land is a closed military zone. a couple of youth demonstrated their objection by throwing stones over the wall, and the soldiers fired a large number of tear gas canisters, which seemed quite surreal considering the lack of protesters. No injuries were recorded.
Hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators gathered in, East Jerusalem for the weekly protest. For the first time since December 2009, police did not block the entrance to the neighborhood and the demonstrators were able to demonstrate in front of the stolen houses. It was a quiet demonstration and no violence was recorded. This week's protest happened a week after masked Israeli policemen beat up many demonstrators and arrested 3 of them illegally. One of the results was participation of new Israeli people.
Pictures: Sheikh Jarrah Demonstration, March 11, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=62736&id=100000150737581&fbid=207794249235598
Media report http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4040903,00.html
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com