Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle with the background of a region in turmoil

The involvement of the anarchists against the wall initiative (Shoulder to shoulder with the activists of Sheikhjarah solidarity net work) in the Joint struggle diminished a bit. The involvement in the Israeli uprising need attending to. Comrades are involved mainly in the Jaffa joint tent camp of Jews and Palestinian inhabitants and the Lewinsky camp of poor working class neighborhood. Though some "hold their breath" waiting for September UN activity, the local struggles intensify as state forces increase their efforts to put end to the joint struggle in Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Wallage, and Beit Ummar.

Beit Ummar

In Beit Ummar, Israeli soldiers accusing me of assaulting them… then arresting me.
By Miko Peled


Some 15 Israelis and 10 internationals joined the weekly Palestinian demonstration against the wall and occupation in Bil’in. The demonstrators marched to the Abu Lamun oak reserve, and set up new benches and trash cans in the resort. Then someone made a symbolic gesture of returning to the soldiers a single live gas canister, which had been shot at him in a previous demonstration. The soldiers, surprisingly, did not reciprocate with more gas canisters. Then some of the demonstrators marched along the fence to the gate and to the ledge overlooking the security road. There the army, unprovoked, attacked the demonstrators with a spray of skunk water from a truck that lurked below. The wind carried the stinking droplets farther than usual into the small crowd of protesters. A few boys threw stones at the skunk van, and the army shot a few gas canisters. As the exchange was taking place, a helium filled Dora balloon drifted over from the settlement, above the scene, carried by the putrid wind.
Rani Abdel Fatah pictures

Lod - Ramla

Demonstration 22/10/2010 - Four Years of Struggle
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. It took its time but the uprising initiated by few "middle class" youth in Tel Aviv protesting dwelling problems. Now it already include also low working class people of all over the country (about 80 locations including Israeli Palestinians) and include all the social hardship caused by the neo-liberal mode.

Nebi Saleh

In just over one year of nonviolent protests in the tiny West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, 155 of the 500 residents have been wounded (about 60 of them children); 35 homes have been damaged, dozens have been detained and the villagers has been regularly terrorized by occupation forces deliberately shooting high velocity tear gas canisters into their homes igniting curtains and furniture in the process - their exterior

‪planxtysumoud Nabi Saleh protest 5-8-2011‬‏ - YouTube


South 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 13, 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.

For details and registration: D.


In the past days dozens of olive trees were uprooted in al-Walaja and the army is resuming preparation work for the wall.
The case of the route of the fence in Walaja is still in the supreme court with a hearing coming soon, but in the meantime, the army is creating facts on the ground.

After a dozen of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists were arrested two demonstrations trying to prevent the uprooting of the trees, the popular comity of the village is preparing for a BIG demo this Wednesday, 8:00 Palestinian time 9:00 Israeli time.
Cars are needed.
please call: E.

Nine arrested in 10-8-11 demo in al-wallaje

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Jaffa tent camp

Jafa tents camp

Tel Aviv
Israel Puterman


Haaretz Editorial

The Israeli protest has turned into a revolution
Following decades in which the public has curled up in its indifference and allowed a handful of politicians to run the country as they wished, the rules of the political game have changed.
For more than three weeks Israeli society and polity have been shaken by waves of social protest of the sort that has never been seen here before. This protest reached a new peak on Saturday night with demonstrations that saw hundreds of thousands of Israelis take to the streets. Such a display of power is apparently far from being over.

The protest has already achieved much. It has stirred civil society to become involved, and to show solidarity following many years of complacency. It has also altered the social agenda in Israel, and political-security discourse has given way to a socioeconomic one, which has taken center stage in an unprecedented way.

The group of young protesters has also managed to instill an element of popular democracy, managing its affairs far away from politicians and political parties. The demonstrators have shown exemplary organizational abilities, which also peaked during the latest, incredibly orderly demonstration in Tel Aviv. The group of speakers during the demonstration was impressive for its diversity.

The themes of the protest have, to a certain extent, also managed to hit home. When the masses cry out throughout the country "the people demand social justice," it does not yet suggest an orderly and detailed socioeconomic theory or defined set of demands, but it is doubtful whether these are necessary at this stage, in the forging of a new movement.

We are in the midst of what is increasingly shaping up to be an Israeli revolution. Following decades in which the public has curled up in its indifference and allowed a handful of politicians to run the country as they wished, with no significant involvement from civil society, the rules of the political game have changed.

The public has realized that it has much more power and influence than it imagined. Henceforth, every prime minister in Israel will have to take into consideration this emerging force.

It is still hard to know where this protest will lead, and how it will end. For the time being, we can be impressed by its power and the direction in which it seeks to move. We must therefore praise the protesters for the changes in perception they have already instigated and hope that they will be able to continue their efforts in the future, in the same impressive way that has characterized them to date - and bring about genuine change.
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See also: Revolt in Israel - saying no to neoliberalism
Iyad Burnat on Bil'in's Resistance
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