It seems a routine that will continue for years to come, but the approaching September is in the mind of all involved. The naZionist settler colonialist project is continuing as if nothing changed but it is not so. The struggle continue every week end and in the week days too. In addition to Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Ma'asara, Beit Ummar, Southern Hebron hills, the Jordan valley, East Jerusalem (Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah) and within 1948 borders: Arakib, Lod-Ramla, Jaffa, a new struggle front opened in Dir Quadis (located between Bil'in and Ni'ilin). An expansion of the Nili colonialist settlement ignited the persistent struggle of Dir Quadis people.
Jenin in Bil'in... the delegation from Jenin freedom theater colored this Friday demo.
"For a few minutes it seemed like even the soldiers could not fathom the colorful demonstration that took place in Bil'in this Friday. Following yet another tear gas and "skunk" water, a small group of drummers [mainly Israeli activists from Jerusalem] and actors [from Jnenin Freedom Theater] neared the fence, and broke into a dance. Then, at a sudden, four of the actors lay flat on the ground. It took another minute before one of them stood up, and made a dramatic speech to the crowd around him and the soldiers across the fence, asking why Palestinians and Jew must fight. After lying down again, two more women got up and spoke of life in the refugee camps, and after them – the fourth man stood and acted like a soldier beating the others.
All this time the soldiers stopped firing, amazed and the unusual spectacle, but when all four stood up, received their applause and shouted "Free, free Palestine " – the soldiers got themselves together, and soon the demonstration once again found itself in a cloud of tear gas.
The actors were representatives of the Jenin refugee camp's Freedom Theater. Since theater founder, director and teacher Juliano Mer was assassinated, the actors relocated to Ramalla, and are about to start touring with their new interpretation of Wait for Godo. Joined by Israeli drummers and jugglers in the late morning hours, the actors met with the local activists of Bil'in, and after the noon prayer about two hundred demonstrators [including about 50 Israelis with the Anarchists Against the Wall initiative, and many internationals] started marching towards the wall. The marry procession reached the gate in the illegal fence, and called upon the soldiers not to shoot at the non-violent protest.
Unsurprisingly, soldiers responded with their "skunk" water canon and great amounts of tear gas. Demonstrators retreated, regrouped, and came back for more time after time for about two hours, during which the above mentioned play to place. Later, some youth from the village threw stoned at the soldiers, and some tried to but were stopped by two women who stood between them and the fence, sending small soap bubbles into the air around them.
Throughout the demonstration gas canisters set fires in the olive groves, which activists harried to put out. Near the end of the demonstration, fired were lit in two locations close to the fence, and soldiers refused to stop shooting tear gas at people who tried to fight the fires. Eventually both were put out, but two ancient trees were destroyed, and others badly harmed."
Three injured, fields and trees burnt, and Freedom Theater performers fired on in Bil'in In today's demonstration in Bil'in against the Jewish-only colonies ...
Haithm Katib video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4UhM-FTtJQ
David Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDdtr_HQzFQ
Dima Dany Zarkh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QByk0zk25M
Krasnoe tv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkR6vRVLqo0
Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1728199055809.123151.1563442697
Press release Wednesday, 15 June 2011
"Two Protesters Injured by Live Ammo in Deir Qaddis
Organized by the Ni’lin, Budrus [neighboring villages to the west of it] and Deir Qaddis Popular Committees against the Apartheid- Annexation Wall and Israeli colonies, residents from all three villages accompanied by Israeli and international supporters, marched to their lands today in order to stop the expansion of the colony of Nili.
Demonstrators disrupted construction of a new neighborhood in the adjacent settlement of Nili. Israeli soldiers responded with baton charges, tear-gas, rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition. One organizer was arrested and many olive trees were burned.
As the protesters advanced towards the bulldozers, Israeli occupation soldiers and Border Police officers first fired live rounds into the air and then very quickly regressed to shooting tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets directly at the protesters. Despite the attack, demonstrators managed to reach the bulldozers and halted construction for half an hour during which they were beaten and Muhammed Amireh arrested.
As the protesters retreated, soldiers pursued them to the edge of the village, where clashes ensued and where the two were shot – additionally, six more were struck by rubber coated steel bullets, also, many olive trees were burned as a result of tear gas grenades being shot into the fields at the demonstrators.
Two Palestinian youths in their twenties were hit by live ammunition today, during a demo against illegal colony expansion on the lands of the West Bank villages of Ni’lin and Deir Qaddis . One, a 24 year-old, was shot in the pelvis and shoulder, the second, a 22 year-old, was shot in the back of his thigh; an injury that will require a hospital operation. Mohammed Amirah, a member of Ni’lin’s Popular Committee, after being severely beaten, was arrested for “incitement” (1:24 mins into the video).
The demo ended at 4:30 pm
Nilinvillage video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hWumbuzk0
todays demo was pretty successful- the bulldozers were stopped for about an hour. there will be another demo tomorrow if you can make it please let me know.
There will be a another demo Sunday 19.6.11, and Monday, Tuesday... as well in Deir Qadis against the settlement expansion on their land.
Please call K.
Nabi Saleh June 17, 2011
Undercover Special Forces Attack the Weekly Demonstration in Nabi Saleh
Undercover soldiers from the Army's special forces unit, Duvdevan, attacked the demonstration in Nabi Saleh as it was coming to an end. Four were arrested and four were injured.
Patience certainly didn't characterize the Army's behavior today during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh. The dozens of men, women and children who marched in protest down the streets of their tiny hamlet were attacked on sight by a force of Israeli soldiers and Border police officers positioned at the town's main junction - well inside the village. The Israeli forces initially used tear-gas and concussion grenades, but quickly moved on to shooting scores rubber-coated bullets.
As rubber-coated bullets whizzed by and the asphyxiating tear-gas clouded the houses of Nabi Saleh and spread throw its streets, marching was rendered impossible, and dispersed clashes began. Some of the village's residents responded to the military's aggression with setting up barricades made of stones and dumpsters on the street to impede the soldiers advance deeper into the village, while others threw stones, taking cover behind makeshift barriers. Some live fire was used, but luckily no one was hit.
As clashes dwindled down and were about to end, soldiers from the army's Duvdevan special forces unit drove into the village under-cover, in a white van with Palestinian number plates, embedded into a wedding motorcade from the adjacent village of Beit Rimma. They then got out of the car and stormed at the demonstrators, guns drawn and shooting live fire in the air and towards people.
The attack resulted in the arrest of three Palestinian demonstrators and one Israeli camerawoman, who had one of her cameras broken and another stolen by the soldiers. The soldiers also failed to arrest a second cameraman, Bilal Tamimi, who managed to escape with the above footage, as well as a medic with the Palestinian Red Crescent who was also beaten up. Another demonstrator took a blow to the face from a rifle butt, causing intense bleeding below the eye.
Then, as the sun began coming down behind the hilltops to the west, the army despite complete calm, staged yet another invasion into the village, which began by simultaneously shooting dozens of tear-gas projectiles into the village. Clashes then resumed and ended shortly after dark, with the day's most serious injury. As the last armored jeep drove out of the village, one of the soldiers stuck the barrel of his gun out through the firing loophole and fired a burst of rubber-coated bullets from inside the armored vehicle. A young man from the village was hit twice in the left shin, and suffered a penetration wound.
Bilal's video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAV8Ak1cge4
Michael T. (Albums) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.198395616873597.50047.100001094792472
Btselem video 13.5.2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ9BLW2TEw0
South Hebron Hills
Our continuing activity in South Hebron Hills lead to some achievement in recent week:
Farmers from Susiya were able to access olive orchards that have been closed to them for years. Army forces prevented settlers from approaching the orchards.
This change in the army's behaviour is a result of consistent and persistent activity.
Also, the settlers' and army harassment of shepherds in Khierbet Umm el-Khier have ceased for now, and in the past few day herds were able to get to the grazing lands unhindered.
This however does not mean that our work in done. Yesterday (Tuesday) the army demolished additional water cisterns in South Hebron Hills.
The Palestinian residents still need our help in guaranteeing water supply and access to their agricultural lands.
Saturday June 18
Accompanying farmers and shepherds and pumping water in
South Hebron Hills
Mario Savio http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.218934401474540.62507.100000739446057
Amir Bitan http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.234343779913978.78653.100000150737581
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com