The heroic struggles of the Israeli Beduins of Al-Arakib and the inhabitants of the small village Nabi Saleh, are on the background of the persistent struggles in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Beit Ommar, South of Hebron mountain. Villages who were long ago the flag bearers of the struggle, return to it from time to time. The Sheikh Jararah struggle initiated a wider spectrum of activities and activists (Lod included) and the AAtW lost their unique place. Lately, the struggle of AAtW activists in the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Metropolin initiated a series of demonstrations in front of the embassy of US - the sponsor of Israeli settler colonialism, occupation and war crimes.
Wednesday 30.3.11 14:00 Land day
Video shows troops hitting, cursing leftists when 19 arrested in a demo who held a demonstration on 2-4-11, outside of the village, against the siege. After wards 3 more were arrested earlier. 8 still in custody.
'You Arab son-of-a-bitch,' soldier calls protester as arrests in Beit Ommar erupt in violence
A video clip obtained by Ynet Saturday shows IDF soldiers cursing, beating and degrading leftist protesters they were sent to arrest in Beit Ommar.
One of the soldiers was caught on tape whispering in a protester's ear, "You're so gay, you son-of-a-bitch." When the protester said he hadn't heard, the soldier yelled the phrase out.
The violent clashes erupted in the West Bank village, where a number of people rallied to protest an IDF checkpoint established to prevent stone-throwing by residents, when one of the protesters asked a soldier why he was being arrested.
The troops then began to use force with the uncooperative leftists, some of them minors, and one was documented hitting a protester in the neck and pushing him away.
The clashes reached a climax when one of the troops yelled out the degrading phrase, afterwards saying, "Get out of here you Arab son-of-a-bitch".
Finally 19 activists were detained for questioning, and four were taken into custody.
The IDF said earlier Saturday, in response to claims made by the movement of a closure in the village, that no closure had been imposed on Beit Ommar but that "precautions are being taken in order to lessen stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles in the area". The village is located close to Hebron.
The army has not responded to the video clip so far.
Lihi Yafe, one of the activists taken into custody, claims she and her colleagues had not broken any laws. "The soldiers said it was a closed military zone but refused to produce the orders. They were very aggressive. One of our activists took a punch, his shirt was torn and he was pushed. Later a stun grenade was fired at us," she said.
Another activists said, "We object to the continuing closure on Beit Ommar, following fire by settlers from which two residents of the village were injured two weeks ago."
TV 10 news included clip of the scandalous behavior of the state force in Beit Ommar Saturday demo.
Following the exposer in the media, the two and a half weeks closer of the village was canceled.
Over 30 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative (AAtW) and some 50 internationals joined the people of Bil'in to celebrate the first day of summer saving time while protesting against the wall, resisting the occupation, and expressing solidarity with the people of Syria. Mustafa Bargouthi dropped in surrounded by Mubadra flags, but Fatah and Marwan Bargouthi flags were not absent either. On the northern fence front the gas and stone exchange started pretty much immediately, but at the main gate the soldiers preferred skunk and stun grenades, forcing a couple of demonstrators who got sprayed while trying to cross the fence to continue the demonstration with their shirts off. The soldiers held the gas back for a while, either because of the unfavorable wind, or because they liked the popular Arab music played from a car-borne loud speaker, or because they have discovered the power of de-escalation and gone hippie on us (scat squirting and sound bombing hippie, that is). But the gas did eventually come, maybe because the sound bombs scared a flock of storks into circling in the air above the demo, upsetting the fine balance of mother nature, which is surely a definite no-no for our armed friends of the Zionist earth. During one of the pauses between the relatively thin showers of gas, a red ice-cream car came a-gingling and offered radioactive-colored lumps of sweet frozen vegetable fat which, given the heat, duped some of the demonstrators into buying and eating it. Eventually, when the shabab was almost done expressing its protest by stoning the skunk truck, the soldiers crossed the fence to scare the few remaining demonstrators away. But while some demonstrators did retreat, others took the opportunity to give the soldiers a 30 minute lecture about the evils of the occupation, describe the soldiers' personal faults, comment on their mothers, and rub skunk-soaked bodies in their noses. This tactic led the army to retreat, repent and promise to end the occupation.
Well, maybe the repenting and ending the occupation thing was a heat induced delusion or an April fool's hoax. A couple of demonstrators required first aid for exposure to gas and a rubber bullet bruise.
Haitham Al Khatib video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_G_yWPZWpo
Iyad Burnat take:
Friday 01/04/2011-Two citizens were injured in addition to dozens of cases of suffocation from teargas in Bil'in weekly demonstration.
Bil'in commemorates Land Day by promising the martyrs, wounded and prisoners that they will continue to struggle for independence and freedom.
Two citizens were wounded today with various injuries and there were dozens of cases of choking on poison gas. Many also suffered after being hit by the colored chemical water stench that the Israeli occupying forces launch towards the demonstrators. The suppression of the peaceful march organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements, to commemorate Land's Day, was launched after the performance Friday prayers in front of the mosque in the village towards the separation wall.
Participated in the march along with the people of Bil'in, dozens of Palestinian civilians from nearby villages as well as several members of the Palestinian committee, al mubadara, led by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, and numbers of activists, Israelis and international activists. Participants raised Palestinian flags and pictures of martyrs Jawaher and Basem Abo Rahma and yellow banners with a picture of the prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti and posters with the image of the mufti Amin al-Husseini. His home which was demolished by the Israeli occupying forces in Jerusalem, participants chanted slogans demanding an end to the occupation and division, and also chanted against the Israeli arbitrary practices committed by occupation forces against Jerusalem.
Before the arrival at the rally at the eastern gate of the fence the demonstrators were met with a shower of tear gas and sound grandees, rubber bullets, bullet cartridges and skunk water resulting in injuries to both Kamel-Khatib, 17 years and 30-years Rani Bornat were sprayed gas in their eyes.
To challenge the participants, the Israeli army stormed the gate of the wall despite the presence of dozens of heavily armed soldiers and machine sprayed chemicals they were subjected to a large quantities of these materials. When those materials were fired at them, ambulance crews dealt with all cases on the ground.
On the other hand the special forces in the Israeli army prosecute the participants and chased to arrest them, but failed to do so.
Day of land demo 29.3.2011
The coming Tuesday, April 5th, at 18:00 Demo in Lod at the Abu-Id Family Protest Tent
For the past 4 months there is an ongoing protest in Lod against house demolition, demanding also to find a long lasting solution for the Abu-Eid family.
Invitation "Al-Ma’sara Popular Committee against the wall and settlements calls every one to come and to participate in the central demonstration in the village of Al-Ma’sara, Friday the 1st of April at noon . this demonstration come in the anniversary of Land Day. The demonstration will start from the center of the village toward the apartheid wall".
Demonstration 22/10/2010 - Four Years of Struggle
"On a sunny 1th of April approximately 80 Palestinians, Israelis, and
internationals gathered at the village center for the weekly demonstration
under the banner of memorizing the Palestinian land day and condemning the
Among the demonstrators, Abbas Zaki and his entourage were present. we started
walking along the normal path and even managed to over pass the first blockade
and to reach the main road. there the army didn't have any patience, while we
were trying to explain its the villagers own right to walk on their own land,
and we were scattered by over aggressive violence and by use of stun grenades
and tear gas that was shot directly at the demonstrators, and against any norm
and rules of using this kind of weapon. "
"The Palestinian village of Al-Ma'asara lies near the town of Bethlehem, and has suffered in recent year due to the separation wall which has prevented the village residents from accessing their lands, with the goal of taking over more land for the settlement of Efrat. This demonstration marks 4 years of struggle in Al-Ma'asara, and it's the first time I've attended. The demonstrations are completely non-violent. The demonstrators sing and give speeches. Nonetheless, the Israeli army chooses to disperse the demonstration by force".
Pictures at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=159834470717867&id=100000739446057&aid=33828
We are invited to take a part in planting olive trees at a new location, called Nabi Samuel, near Ramot, Jerusalem! Planting is timed to mark the Land Day!
Background : Around 300 Palestinian farmers are living at the Nabi Samuel. After the 1967 their houses around the mosque were damaged, and a part of the mosque was declared as a synagogue. Therefore, the inhabitants moved some hundred meters from their destroyed houses and continue to preserve their agricultural way of life. However the Israeli authorities declared all the village land as a natural reserve and also built a few settlements on the rest of it (such as Ramot and Givon haHadasha). In addition, the authorities prohibit Palestinians from building or renovation of their housing, thus pushing the new generation to move out and to rent houses in Ramallah.
Marking the Land Day with Olive Trees Planting
Despite recent hardships, Nabi Saleh commemorates land day.
Land day at An Nabi Salih village - 30 3 11
This Saturday Nabi Saleh marked the Land Day with an official ceremony that included many distinguished guests as well as local activists. The ceremony was followed by a demonstration and march through the village and towards its spring threatened by settlers with the backing of the Israeli army. Israeli army jeeps waited at the spring, and as a few soldiers approached the marchers, some people started throwing stones to ward off the army incursion. This was followed by an intensified military raid onto the village from various directions. Soldiers started shooting rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas projectiles towards whomever in their sight and inside populated Palestinian areas.
The village was soon swarmed with soldiers, searching houses, taking over roofs, and arresting by-standers. This was the occasion for the arrest of one Palestinian youth who came from Saffa (near Bil'in), the owner of the sound equipment used in the ceremony (who was released later on) and a 15 and a 17 year-old of the village youths. All three arrestees are likely to be taken to Ofer military prison, where they will be subjected to a harsh military legal system and imprisoned for months , just as did about 10% of the village's population in the past year and a half.
avid Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dIb6K5Md2A
Demonstration 1/4/2011 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=200390673328913&id=100000739446057
South Hebron hills
Arrest of 16 Activists South Hebron Hill
Activists of the Anarchist Against the Wall swarmed on molls to remind them that cost-tags are only in sales and the fake "cost-tags" are an occupation's terror.
Land day in Jaffa 2-4-11 Israel Putermam video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5uMX_n_Ev4
Pictures of Land Day in Jaffa, April 2, 2011 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=213498418665181&id=100000150737581&aid=65219
No fly zone
We invite all organizations who are active in the struggle to join us this coming Sunday,
April 3rd 2011, at 19:30, for a loud protest in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv
We will join the Palestinians in calling for a
No-Fly Zone Over Palestine
Together we will call upon the world: Ban Israeli planes from bombarding the besieged Gaza
Together we will demand: US and EU – end your support of Israeli crimes
A couple of weeks ago, the UN Security Council decided to implement a no-fly zone over Libya, aimed at protecting its citizens. Last week Israeli fighter jets bombed the besieged Gaza several times, killing helpless civilians and children. Israeli jets also Invaded the sovereign skies of Lebanon, as has routinely been done before, in violation of international law.
Palestinian civil society organizations are calling upon the Security Council and the international community to protect the Palestinian people and prohibit these deadly jets form flying over Palestine, as is being enforced over Libya. Similar calls were also voiced by Ismail Haniyeh and Salam Fayyad.
The different factions in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire, given that Israel puts stops its aggression. Israeli authorities have also confirmed that Hamas is interested in a ceasefire. Nevertheless, Israeli forces continue in bombing civilians while the heads of the state prepare us for a weeks-long confrontation, stating that "Hamas no longer remembers Cast Lead". While Hamas and Fatah are discussing unity, the Israeli prime minister warns us that such a unity will put an end to negotiations.
These are American weapons, American funding and American backing
Without their military, economic and diplomatic aid, Israel could not possibly carry on the illegal siege of Gaza, the bombing of civilians, the blatant disregard of the International Law and world consensus, and maintain its illegal settlements project, oppression and apartheid.
The US presents itself as a defender of democracy and of human rights, while doing everything to financially, diplomatically and militarily support Israeli occupation and apartheid, imposing an illegal and inhumane siege on those who are in need of protection.
This action is part of R€FU$E – Western Supported Occupation & Apartheid. The campaign targets the EU-US complicity in Israeli occupation and aims at raising awareness to this critical issue. We demand that both the EU and the US join the international community, in deeds rather than words, and act in order to protect the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
Join us on Sunday | April 3rd | at 19:30 in front of the US Embassy, 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv!
Sunday evening we converged in front of the US embassy. About 30 activist held banners and chanted for an hour to press our point.
No-Fly Zone Over Palestine - Demo in front of US Embassy Tel Aviv
"Together we call upon the world: Ban Israeli planes from bombarding the besieged Gaza. Together we demand: US and EU -- end your support of Israeli crimes. These are American weapons, American funding and American backing
Israel Puterman video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjpu-UTPsvQ
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