It seems that things are as usual... but hardly so. The uprising of the Arab masses of all the region, and the September UN intervention in Palestine is nearing, and some optimism is in the air. Gradually increase the number of Israeli activists who join the struggle at Beit Ommar, Bil'in, Ramallah, Jerusalem-Al Kuds (Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan) Lod-Ramla-Dahamsh, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Wad Rahal and other locations. It seems the Spring is not only a whether process.
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Nearly 60 Israelis and several dozen internationals joined the hundreds of Palestinians from Bil'in and the region in prisoner's day demo in Bil'in and commemorated the murder of ISM activist Vittorio Arrigoni. After speeches by Fadwa Barghouti and Fatah and the prisoners' club dignitaries, the demonstrators marched to the wall. Since the demonstration was larger than usual, the gassing began before the demonstrators even reached the fence. A large number of protesters remained in front to dodge the gas canisters and skunk water, and several shabab tried to disperse the soldiers with stones.
After a while Samir Bournat, a 35 year-old resident of the village and regular demonstrator, noted that a sniper was aiming his rifle at a group of protesters standing nearby the iron gate in the Wall. He approached in order to warn them, and was shot by the sniper twice with live ammunition (0.22 inch bullets). One bullet hit his right shoulder, while a second bullet penetrated his left foot. When the ambulance arrived to evacuate him to the hospital in Ramallah, the army shot tear gas on the ambulance as well. http://popularstruggle.org/content/bilin-protester-shot-live-ammunition-sniper
The army later stated that Samir was an "instigator". It is important to know that on top of the imprisonment sentences applied to Palestinian "instigators", the Israeli State Terrorism Forces apply potentially deadly violence (remember Aqel Srour!) on an ad-hoc basis to punish activists for the "crime" of "instigating" people to demonstrate.
Shortly after Samir was evacuated a small team of soldiers crossed the fence, but were immediately forced/order to retreat without shooting (posing for the press?). The Shabab enjoyed the opportunity granted by the Israeli Nonsense Forces to escort the withdrawal with stones. One of the soldiers was throwing stones back at the Shabab as he retreated, but since he's probably much more experienced with shooting than with throwing stones, he was not very effective.
Two other protesters who were lightly injured were treated by a medical team on the ground and did not require being evacuated to the hospital.
Yisrael Puterman video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMsDOzcQSUA
Haitham Al Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5I76t63cCQ
After the demonstration, some of the Israelis, the internationals, and the village activists traveled to Ramallah to join the demonstration to mourn the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni.
Haitham Katib video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43tSSKYASYI
On April 17th we mark another year to loosing Bassem, who we also knew as Pheel.
Although he is greatly missed at the village and during every demonstration, his spirit keeps on living with each and every one of us.
For this second anniversary we decided to share the short film made in his memory. The film was ready within days, just in time to be screened at the International Conference on Popular Resistance which was held in Bil'in, 22nd-24th of April 2009. Thanks goes to Shai Carmeli-Pollak for the sensitive and wonderful work he has put into it.
Bassem Abu Rahma - A Friend To Us All
Political tours of solidarity on Wednesday April 13, 4:15pm, Thursday, and Friday.
Join us this Friday, April 15, at 4:00 PM
We will continue to struggle against this systematic dispossession
For the weekly demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah garden next to Nablus Road
Transportation from Tel Aviv: 2:30 PM from the El Al terminal
near the Tel Aviv Merkaz central train station. No need for preregistration
Pictures of Sheikh Jarrah Demonstration, April 15, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.216837281664628.66592.100000150737581
Demo in Dahamash, Tuesday, April 12, 6pm;
Nabi Saleh 15 April 2011
this week in nabi saleh the weekly demonstration marking the prisoner day left the center of the village in the direction of the south-eastern exit of the village. not long after it had met with the soldiers who after an exchange of words, attacked the demonstrators with stun grenades and tear gas, and then invaded into the village. after a while the demonstrators gathered again for a second march, and again were gassed. this time with one Israeli activist detained. (was released later that day)
after hours of patrolling inside the village and occasionally throwing tear gas and stun grenades at people and houses, the skunk entered the village. in an act of disapproval, the skunk truck was stoned by demonstrators who in response were flushed with the stinky water. tear gas was again shut, this time accompanied with rubber cotted metal bullets and live ammo directed throwers the demonstrators.
two palestinians from beit rima were arrested.
On the impact of the anniversary of the arrest of the leader Marwan Barghouti and the death of the leader Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) started the weekly march against the settlement in the village of Nabi Saleh with the participation of dozens of international activists and youths from a fourteenth of March, who participated in the march slogan of the people want to end the occupation and division, has The demonstrators expressed their anger to the killing of Italian solidarity Victor pacifist in the Gaza Strip, considering that death is the targeting of international solidarity in an attempt to prevent the joint and several foreign support for the occupation of the Palestinian people accused of responsibility for his death. After the arrival of the peaceful march to the entrance of the village was surprised the demonstrators with a large number of Israeli soldiers and patrols attacked the march and their target by firing a heavy tear gas under the direct order to discourage protesters from continuing their march, which led to the injury of dozens of cases of choking to mention the arrest of a number of foreigners and attacks on journalists who are in place . Not only did the occupation soldiers so, but they increased the attacking homes and closed roads and target anything that moves within the village, arguing dozens of soldiers to the center of Nabi Saleh in addition to their occupation of houses and factories of the oil, and Nabi Saleh and turn them into military barracks, from where the soldiers fire on demonstrators. Although it has been able Popular Resistance Movement Palestinian in the village to restore its strength and its ranks and organized two marches another two from two different places to confuse the soldiers who were quick to suppress and attack on the inside and reached up as targeting a fuel station in the village with bombs sound and gas is not indifferent to the consequences of this targeting. Popular Resistance Movement in the village for its part, took responsibility for what the occupation is being certain that all these attacks will not intimidate the youngest child in the village of Nabi Saleh and will not dissuade her from continuing the struggle until the restoration of the legitimate rights of our people.
David Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHnBKVj_194
Another video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dakl7uEtDfk
Ni'lin's weekly demo against the wall began as usual in the noon prayer in the village's olive groves. A group of approximately 40 protesters then marched towards the wall route. Some of the protesters demanded that the soldiers guarding the wall go home and stop stealing the village's land, while a small number of youths threw stones over the wall. the soldiers fired teargas. no injuries were recorded.
Tel Aviv Jaffa 16-4-11
The following is the text Anarchists Against the Wall are considering as a solidarity announcement to memorizing Vittorio Arrigoni for this evening's mourning-protest in Yaffa:
We mourn the loss of our dear partner Vittorio Arrigoni. In light of the recent
murder, Anarchists Against the Wall are shocked and dismayed at this tragedy
and the terrible loss. We mourn and share our deep sorrow with the Arrigoni
family, our friends at the International Solidarity Movement, the Palestinian
people and anyone else who has been working and struggling with Vittorio
shoulder to shoulder in ending the criminal and inhumane Israeli siege on Gaza.
Vittorio was a true freedom fighter, voicing the voice of the oppressed and
choosing to remain with the people of the besieged Gaza during the Israeli
massacre of December 2008. Vittorio's memory will carry on through such acts of
deep solidarity, and we, activists in the Palestinian struggle for freedom and
the end of occupation and apartheid, will make sure to walk on this path.
Such a horrible act should be opposed by all and will strengthen our fight
against any enemy of freedom and justice. Vittorio's work will not be in vain.
In loving memory of Vittorio Arrigoni, 1975-2011
Fadi, Shadi's brother, was released from jail and the friends from Wad Rahal are inviting us to celebrate with them on Sunday evening.
If you want to come, please contact.