Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continue both in the occupied west bank and within Israel

Day after day, year after year, the struggle against the Israeli advanced expansion, suppression and pressures on the Palestinians to transferred out of the region continue all the time. The efforts of persistence - Tsumud in Arabic continue all the years with scant portion of the Jewish community members join that struggle. Some of them join specific aspects of the struggles only. Only very few join the struggle whole heartedly with out reservation. The struggle against the separation fence initiated by grass root activists of villages along the route which was joined by the Israeli anarchists against the wall (AAtW) 2003 brought the non violent direct action mode of the struggle to the focus of the media - to a large extent thanks for the video photographers of the AAtW and the active steal collective. Last years more and more Israeli radicals join us or initiate their own projects.

Al Arkib

The focus of the struggle of the Southern Israel Bedouins again the renewed transfer measures, moved from the Arkib village to the whole "unrecognized" villages. Monday 19th September 18:30, at the government compound on the thous-west corner of the intersection of Begin and Caplan streets, vigil against the government decision to uproot 30,000 Bedouins from their lands and relocate them in few urban locations.
Demo from Habima/Rothschild 18:30 to the government compound
Many activists will meet half an hour earlier near the tent camp of the social struggle and march from there to the vigil.
We met near the adjacent tent camp of the social struggle for justice. About 200 activists including a contingent of Bedouins from the south.


Another location of joint struggle in the occupied Palestinian west bank.

Beit Ummar

Palestinian farmers from Beit Ummar and Halhul are suffering constant sabotage on their agricultural lands by settlers, and are prevented from accessing it by the military:
On August 28, approximately 100 fruit tress in Wad Abu Rish between the Palestinian village of Saffa and the settlement of Bat Ayn were vandalized.

Last Saturday (September 10), soldiers drove away a group of farmers who came to work at a vineyard near the settlement near the settlement of Karmi Tsur. The soldiers broke the arm of one of the farmers, and arrested an international who was accompanying the farmers.
On Sunday (September 11), settlers vandalized over 170 vines belonging to farmers from Halhul.

In response to this continuing damage to the livelihood of the farmers and their families, we will accompany farmers from Beit Ummar and Halhul in the area this Friday September 16. For details and registration: D

Beit Ummar Saturday Demo 17/9/11
"The weekly peaceful demonstration set off in Beit-Ummar from the village center outside through the dirt track to the agriculture area in front of the settlement Carmei-Zur. In the demo took part approx 50 Palestinians, 15 internationals and 5 Israelis (from Tel-Aviv and Beer-Sheva), the protestors raised signs drawn by children promoting Palestinian state and justice, some Palestinians flags, including a huge flag carried away by some participants, and flags of countries that supported the Palestinian independence. When we arrived closer to the "security zone" surrounded the settlement and the settlers about 20-25 IOF soldiers were waited for us and closed the road so we could not went further up to the settlement fence. After some speeches we came closer to the soldiers and protested with some slogans promoting justice and end of the occupation (in Arabic and English). 20 minutes later we felt that the message delivered and we went back into the village, leaving behind the fully armed soldiers."


there will be a demo at Biddu tomorrow [Sunday] afternoon. If you can make it please let me know. k.


About 20 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall and a dozen of international activists joined the Bil'iners in the march towards the new separation wall. The wall is a new replacement of the separation fence moved to the west after years of struggle - returning half of the robbed lands of the village.
After a long verbal confrontation with the Israeli state force stationed there who pipped behind the wall, they lost their patience and stormed us with tear gas. As the norther wind was strong, I evaded the cloud of tear gas and missed my weekly dose.

Rani Abdel Fatah http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2451689334745.286796.1327358013 & type=1 [Me with white "cook" hat, pale blue shirt, and black pouch]


We were invited to participate in an event of renaming the Shuhada street as the Apartheid street tomorrow at 14:00 in Hebron.
If you can come, call A.

Qalandia Checkpoint

Israeli women organize Palestinian statehood demonstration - Qalandia 17th September 2011
The rally, organized by left-wing Israeli women, was joined by Palestinian women at the Qalandia Checkpoint, to help to bring awareness to the upcoming UN Vote on Palestinian Statehood. Qalandia, Israel.
Israeli and Palestinian Women Demonstrate Together On both sides of the Qalandia Checkpoint (near Jerusalem).

Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1930293348040.131727.1563442697
From the Palestinian side http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=248720981835966 & set=a.232242786817119.52818.100000941981923
ABCH4531 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQFjl1UI7S0


Amir Bitan http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=287643314584024
Mario Savio http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.261797137188266.70784.100000739446057
Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1928181175237.131644.1563442697

Nabi Saleh

Protest against the Israeli occupation, Nabi Salih, 16/9/2011.
Palestinians, Israelis and international activists protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Salih, on the 16th of September.

The protest was in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood to be voted in the UN on the 19th of September.

The usual participants of the Friday demo - local villagers, anarchists against the wall activists, and Ramalla activists were reinforced by activists from Bil'in and other neighboring villages.

International communities http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.282426991767612.79808.136633479680298
Oren Ziv http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/6152962916/in/photostream/

haithmkatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWuOzVTR7u8
israelpnm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpI4glcPzR0
planxtysumoud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoXLT4vzLrY
tamimi1966 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0yLxGUuJVg


Sheikh Jarrah

This week settlers burned the internationals’ tent in the yard of the Al-Kurd family, whose been partly taken over by settlers in November 2009. The residents need you support more then ever. Please make an effort to come and support them. Please make a special effort to join them tomorrow, September 16 at 4:00 Pm For a vigil in support of their struggle.

The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are continuing their protest vigils in the neighborhood on Fridays, protesting their violent evictions form their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them. In spite of the sectarian desertion of the less radical "Solidarity Sheikh Jarrakh" from the Friday demonstrations, more than a hundred Israeli and Palestinians participated this Friday - including 10 with the anarchists against the wall who came after the Bil'in demo.

South of Hebron Hills


"hi all, we are having a a demonstration on this Friday after the prayer at 13:00 in Al walajeh, the gathering point is the mosque at the entrance of the village. can you please spread the word and invite more people, this is especially important because we are trying to get more attention before the coming supreme court which will be on the 27-09"
“This village is a microcosm of Palestine” – al-Walaja fights the Separation Wall BY STEFFI UNSLEBER – SEPTEMBER 15, 2011http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=1805

The trees stood in the path of the Israeli Ministry of Defence’s planned extension to the controversial Separation Wall.
The machines work noisily in the background, clearing a path through the village’s traditional farmland. On both sides of the path lie recently uprooted trees. Al-Walaja residents claim over 100 were uprooted when Israeli workers entered the village in the early hours of Monday morning.

Al-Walaja is located four kilometers northwest of Bethlehem. Following the Six-Day War and the occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, the Israeli government expanded Jerusalem Municipality’s boundaries to include some of al-Walaja’s land. The settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo neighborhoods of Jerusalem were established nearby in 1971 and 1972, respectively.

Sheerin Al-Araj, born and raised in al-Walaja, was visibly upset at the sight of the destruction and ignored the warnings of armed security personnel by moving to the lead machine. Followed by international activists, media and security personnel, her presence forced the construction work to stop.

After an hour-long standoff, several trucks arrived carrying Israeli defense personnel and protestors were told they had five minutes to clear the area or face arrest. Three female activists huddled together next to the digger and sang, “we shall overcome.” A female Japanese protester jumped in front of soldiers, raising a piece of paper, which said “No!”

Sheerin throws her hands into the air and looks skyward. “This village is a microcosm of Palestine,” she says. “Traditionally its lands were 18,000 dunams. In 1948, after Israel’s "independence" war we lost 11,000 dunams. Following the 1967 war we have had two settlements built, a by-pass road and now the Wall. We will be left with 2,200 dunams.”

According to a report in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Supreme Court of Israel decided that the construction of the wall was legal as long as al-Walaja residents maintained access to their land through two gates.

The court decided that the fence provides Israel with protection from terrorism and that its path should not be changed. Villagers object the decision and say that there have been no terrorist attacks emanating from al-Walaja and have appealed the ruling. A decision is scheduled for September 27.

Sheerin believes the continued construction – despite the pending court ruling – is a deliberate tactic to ensure the position of the wall.
“They are doing this now because they know that if the Supreme Court finds in our favor it will be deemed too expensive for them to alter the Wall’s path,” she said. “The village was able to prevent the Wall’s construction from 2007 until 2010 but work began again in April.”

The protestors were dispersed, forced by the Israeli soldiers to run away. They scramble up a steep hill covered in thorny bushes, as the nearby construction machinery resumed its dusty and noisy work.

Don't say we did not know newsletter #279* Tue, 13 Sep 2011

The mercy of the holy month of Ramadan has passed and there are demolitions again!
On Thursday 8th September, 2011 government representatives, accompanied by the police,
came to the Bedouin village El'Araqib and demolished it. They continued to El-Ghara (south of Hura) and demolished four homes and a barley warehouse. Thirty five folk were made homeless.
On Thursday morning, IDF forces arrived at the South Hebron Hills Bedouin village Umm
El-Kheir and demolished three homes and an outside toilet. Thirty people were left without a roof over their heads.
Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il
* A project of an Israeli anarchist activist

See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

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