The people of the region are starting to hold their breath looking forward for the middle of September reshuffle. Meanwhile, the usual locations of joint struggle: Beit Umar, Bil'in, Jerusalem-Al-Kuds, Silwan, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, South of Hebron Hills, and the inter Israeli social justice struggles continue. Though the main trend of the struggle against neo-liberalism austerity do not refer to the occupied Palestinian regions and Gaza, it does include the Israeli Palestinians which suffer in addition to neo-liberalism the suppression and discrimination and still advancing robbery of their lands. In spite of suspected inflammation in military clashes related to Gaza the social justice struggle continue - including a many thousands strong silent demonstration in Tel Aviv (5000 to 30000 according to various sources - my count was: "one, two, three, many").
5 people were arrested in at the beit Omar demo yesterday . One member of the committee was beaten and severely abused while in custody. an international is in court today and another Palestinian
from the village will have a hearing in ofer military court tomorrow. if you can go please let me know.
2011 » August » 20 » Yousef Abu Maria Brutally Beaten as Live Ammunition Used at Beit Ommar Demonstration
Yousef Abu Maria Brutally Beaten as Live Ammunition Used at Beit Ommar Demonstration
20 AUGUST 2011
20th August – Residents of Beit Ommar, supported by Israeli and international activists, gathered for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Gaza, following the recent Israeli air-strikes there which killed 14 people, including 13 year old Mahmoud Abu Samara.
As the demonstration attempted to march through Beit Ommar fields towards the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, the Israeli military responded with extreme violence. Liva ammunition was fired at protestors, and concussion grenades were thrown, setting fire to the surrounding grass.
Soldiers arrested a total of five demonstrators, including Yousef Abu Maria, a member of the Beit Ommar popular committee and PSP organizing committee. He was thrown to the ground, breaking his arm (photo above) for the third time this year. Soldiers then tried to place Yousef in handcuffs, despite it being clear that he was in agony. Majde Zageek, another member of the popular committee, and organizing committee at the Center for Freedom and Justice, was also arrested, alongside two Israelis and one international.
At the time of writing, all five were still in police custody.
This brutal violence is indicative of a trend being seen across the West Bank and Gaza, as Israeli violence is escalated in the run-up to September’s UN vote on Palestinian statehood.
About 30 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall together with international activists and Palestinians in Friday 19-8-11.
"Like every Friday, the villagers walked through the village towards the second Apartheid Wall that still occupies around 30% of the village’s land. They crossed the olive groves that the Israeli army had illegally annexed for over six years and which the villagers were able to liberate through their continuous resistance. Some gathered early and enjoyed the shade of the trees in the area where villagers have now created the Abu Laymoon park.
When the protestors reached the second Apartheid Wall at the illegal colony on their lands - chanting for the liberation of Palestine and raising the Palestinian flag and banners of the imprisoned Marwan Bargouthi - soldiers stationed behind the wall started shooting tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets at them, setting fire to a stretch of bushes close to the park. A twenty year old was shot with a rubber coated steel bullet in the leg. In spite of the continuing barrage of tear gas canisters, the protestors held their ground in the heat of Palestine’s summers, chanting “Palestine is the 194 state”, in reference to the PA’s plan to request recognition as a full member state at the UN in September, demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners and vowing to keep up the resistance until Palestine is free and Palestinian rights are recognized.
One villager hit by rubber-coated steel bullet and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation during the weekly demonstration against the illegal settlements and the Apartheid Wall in Bil’in."
Demonstration 18/8/2011 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.247906748577305.68145.100000739446057
Lior Ben Eliahu added 21 new photos to the album מעסרה Ma'asara 19.08.11
Village Ma'sara sends his support to the Israeli tent camps struggle
It was a very small demonstration. The height of summer and the third week of Ramadan have left most residents of villages south of Bethlehem in their homes, and only eight Palestinians, a similar number of international activists, and five Israelis marched from the village center towards the land expropriated by the barrier (those who do not know, here [link] can be found in the story of the struggle of the village).
Perhaps because of the small number of demonstrators that was also one of the most successful demonstrations instead, as he said at the end Mahmoud Zoara, operators of the village People's Committee. This time the soldiers were waiting for us right next to the last houses of the village, and prevented the march forward toward the tiny road leading to the lands now to be confiscated in the future by the fence, was built in yet, but planned to move 12 km from the Green Line, and many agricultural lands to annex the region. Unlike other times This time there was room for negotiation with the soldiers, who refused to stubborn to make up their mouths even once since the beginning of the demonstration to end. contrary to normal procedure, they did not even declared a closed military area, or gave any other reason to stop the march. just stood there, a row , armed from head to toe, and pushed back all the shows he tried to pass them.
Too few to encompass thirty soldiers, and weak leadership because of the fast and the heat, we spent most of demonstration speeches, one-third, mainly for soldiers evacuated. The first stage they were told, in several languages, nothing like the murderous terrorist attacks in the south the past two days and the popular protest - they are violent in front of her. "This is our message and our strength is the idea, not weapons," he said Zoara soldiers. And this idea, as presented to soldiers today, was that the Palestinians demand social justice.
The speeches lasted about an hour, during which referred to the speakers types of injustice Various sustained by Palestinians due to the occupation, including military regime is contrary to democracy, the expropriation of land, water and natural resources for the growth of settlements, a separation racist gives privileges far-reaching Jews over Arabs, destruction of homes, and of course the construction of the Separation heart of Palestinian territory, and not on the '67 borders.
During the demonstration was called to the soldiers that they should cease to oppress others, and join the liberation struggle in their own tents throughout the country. Others said the social struggle in Israel is the same struggle as the struggle against Palestinians, and ordered the soldiers to take off their uniforms and set up a joint encampment for freedom and against the government right away, at the entrance Ma'asara. Hassan Reggie, also of the Popular Committee, said a large demonstration in Tel Aviv and the rest of the country was first taught him not only the Palestinians have Israeli government policy, but also the Israelis themselves, and asked the soldiers what they continue to serve in government that affects them.
All this time the soldiers were silent. Each of them tried to make conversation with the protesters was reprimanded by the commander at the scene. Short speech I gave myself, I told the soldiers at the other things they see and hear around them, they should think about why forbid them to talk to us. I told them that Ma'asara fascinating people, who can teach them quite a bit, and I am sure that they themselves have thoughts and questions relevant to their situation, and we were happy to hear them and answer them on. Zoara repeated his weekly statement that the soldiers are not welcome in the village as long as they are armed and in uniform, but gladly accepted a peace-loving citizens.
Agreed in the latest demonstration of the village People's Committee, stating that the Ma'sara express full solidarity with the Israeli struggle for social justice, and solidarity in this struggle beating - next week will bring a show Friday tents. After the statement back to the village, from where the various homes. The soldiers gathered wrap up the tour with the commander. One can only hope that despite everything, some will take some of the things they heard in the demonstration home with them. Or tent.
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cYRg0oYsyM
South of Hebron Hills
This week we will accompany Palestinians farmers and shepherds to their lands in several locations in South Hebron hills. Harassment of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area by both settlers and the army continues.
This coming Saturday, August 20, we need as many activists as possible to accompany them and stand up for their rights. There is a direct link between the number of activists who come to accompany the farmers and their ability to harvest and work their lands.
Tel Aviv and all Israel too
http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/ - 20-8-11
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rifO6k-XGqM
There will be a demonstration/workday in Al-Walaja tomorrow, Saturday 20-8-11, at 10 am. Please call K. if you can make it.
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com