Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle may be the model of the third unarmed Intifada

The Israeli state forces harassed the Nebi Saleh harsher than the neighboring villages who demonstrated against the separation fence. Beit Ummar who is too bordering the separation fence but the joint demos there were against the neighboring colonial settlement got harsher treatment than the not far Ma'asarah or far ones of Bil'in and Ni'ilin. The three new locations of joint struggle: A-Dic, Kufr Qaddum, and Qaryout which are deeper in the occupied west bank get an out of proportion repression. It seems the Israeli authorities are afraid the "bad example" will catch momentum and developed into an unarmed Intifada to which it do not have means for neutralize it. (For years they tried to put end to the demonstrations in Bil'in and Ni'ilin, but failed as they could not justify the harsher means needed.)

Beit Ummar

Saturday, February 11, 2012
"Our protest today was in solidarity with the prisoner Khader Adnan who is on hunger strike for 56 days asking to stop the administrative detention and to release all the Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli jails.

When we arrived adjacent to Carmi Tsur settlers colony, more than 20 heavily equipped Israeli soldiers attacked us with sound bombs, then they tried to push us out of the area, but we resisted them and stayed, then they arrested Saqer Abu Mariya violently and hit him in front of us before taking him away. After that, they declared the area as a closed military zone and showed us a very old military order dated back to April 2011, but we refused and carried on and marched adjacent to the so called security fence built around the colony in 2006, and again they attacked us and arrested Yousef Abu Mariya 38 years old, who is a father to three kids, arrested 18 times before and who is a popular committee member, while they arrested him, they hit him with the gun butt on the forehead and was bleeding, in addition, they arrested two of the Israeli activists: John Brown 32 years old and Mekhal Rotem 25 years old, by the end of the protest they have thrown 10s of tear gas canisters and most of the participants suffered from inhealing gas.
Our Main Messages were:
1. To free Khader Adnan immediately due to the risk on his life.
2. To free all Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli jails.
3. To stop stealing the farmers land in Beit Ommar, last week they have built extra caravans on Mohamad Motlak Za’akik inside the so called security fence.
4. Allowing the farmers to access their land freely, mainly those adjacent to the Israeli colonies in Beit Ommar.
5. Freedom of movement on our roads.
Both Israelis who were arrested have been released. Two Palestinian members of the Beit Umar Popular Committee have yet to go into investigation."

Another take:

"The Israeli occupation forces accompanied by survey workers started since this morning to put marks on (Route 60 connecting Hebron and Jerusalem). The marking process started from the entrance of Al Aroub refugee camp along the way to Beit Ommar in order to put a four meters high fence to isolate the town and the camp from the main street, to restrict the movement of Palestinian citizens in these areas, to prevent them from exercising their normal lives and put them in ghettos and cantons. This terrorist act is part of the collective punishment policy pursued by the Israeli apartheid occupation, in light of the increasing peaceful popular resistance activities in these areas. Note that the Israeli occupation authorities have finished the plans and maintained the approvals necessary to construct a new apartheid road (bypass road) on Beit Ommar farmers land, the length of this road will be 8km and 80 meters wide, it will annex more than 1200 donums of Beit Ommar and Halhoul agricultural land (one donum = 10002m. This road will serve only the Israeli colonists and army, and will enable them to avoid driving through the Palestinian localities in the area."


Over 10 Israelis and almost 10 internationals joined the weekly demo against Israeli oppression in Bil'in. Due to the drizzle, demonstrators took their cars to the wall, where the shabab was already spread along the south stretch of the fence. The demonstrators marched with Khader Adnan posters. One of them crossed the barbed wire that protects the other barbed wire, ditch and wall behind it, and was immediately shot in his leg with a rubber coated metal bullet. The shabab showered stones at the two soldiers who peered over the wall, protected by another net of wire, who did not respond for a while, other than by taking puctures. Then a big round of gas canisters, creating a clowd of gas the wind blew towards the demonstrators' faces. This and the cold led the demonstrators to call it a day.
Rani Abdel Fatah http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3325976511378.306106.1327358013
Hamde Abu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1827687827504.52418.1699580860
haithmkatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uO64sA0xbk ( My back and white hairs at seconds O:15-0:17 of the video at http://t.co/ME8fvmTy )


Freday at Kufr A-Dik: We Refuse to Become an Enclave
The village of Kufr a-Dik, near Nablus, has recently joined the wave of weekly popular demonstrations taking place across the West Bank. In recent years, the village has slowly become an enclave surrounded by settlements and roadblocks. Now, it is going to be besieged also by the new "Eastern Wall".

The village of Kufr a-Dik refuses to become an isolated enclave: The road connecting the village to the closest highway has been blocked by the army for years. On the other side of this road, two settlements overlook the village's agricultural lands, which have been long confiscated and registered as state lands. On these lands a new settlement is currently being built. The settlement is portrayed as a neighborhood of Aley Zahav, but is located in significant distance from it. The new settlement would take over the remains of the village's agricultural lands, and create territorial continuity between the Jewish settlements.

Settlement expansion is congruent with the route of the Wall planned to be constructed in the area. The approved construction plan, deep inside the West Bank, is part of what has been known as the "Ariel Finger" segment of the Wall. The plan has met strongly opposition, even by the US administration. Nevertheless it has been promoted, bit by bit, as a kind of "second" separation Wall, East of the already existing fence. Construction works are scheduled to commence this year, and are due to ultimately detach A-Dik from the road and lands.

Some 150 residents, joined by international and Israeli activists, joined the protest this week. They marched from the center of the village towards the roadblock, waving flags and chanting slogans. After about twenty minutes of marching, they reached the block, where a unit of Border Police was already awaiting. Two spools of barbed wire were placed on the road before the roadblock. The protesters made an attempt to cut off the wire, and detach it from the stones on which it was places, finally succeeding to move it to the side of the road. The soldiers then proceeded to throw stun grenades and tear-gas canisters into the crowd and arrested an Israeli activist. Tear-gas canisters continued being shot at protesters even as they were retreating, and despite of the fact that not one stone was thrown at the soldiers.

After a short recess, some of the younger residents of the village marched towards the route of the planned Wall, where they found another army unit. Some short clashes then erupted in this area.

The arrestee was taken to the police station in Ariel where he remains in custody and released only Saturday night after court hearing.

Photos by Abir Kopty http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.367382199938757.95537.136633479680298

West Bank village A-Dik joins anti-occupation protests By Haggai Mattar http://972mag.com/west-bank-village-a-dik-holds-first-anti-occupation-demo/35179/

Jerusalem Friday

Occupied East Jerusalem neigborhood near Issawia, where lands of these two are confiscated for "national park", 100 Palestinians and Israeli activists marched from the Hebrew university hill into A-Tur in protest of the confiscation plan.

Sheik Jerrah

Weekly demonstration in the center of neighborhood.
Photos by Afif Amira http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.367548866588757.95569.136633479680298

Nabi Saleh

Weekly Demonstration in Support of Hunger-Striking Prisoner Khader Adnanfor Khader Adnan, and against the Israeli occupation and settlements on February 10, 2012.
Khader Adnan, an imprisoned Palestinian activist held under administrative detention, hasn't eaten since December 17, 2012 to protest "secret evidence" based detentions. Nabi Saleh residents and other Palestinians joined Adnan this Friday in protesting repressive Israeli military justice system. Posters in support of Adnan were held by demonstrators upon leaving the center of the village.

The demonstration started 12:30PM under an heavy fog, which did not stop the Israeli occupation forces from further endangering the lives of demonstrators, shooting untraceable tear gas canisters, sometimes directly at people. The Israeli border police “skunk” truck, spraying foul smelling water, was also fast to launch its assault. After this initial attack, several people placed a rocks-made road block to prevent a deeper Israeli incursion into the village. Others went to the hilltops, overlooking the spring taken by Halamish settlers. Israeli soldiers went up the hills, throwing sound bombs, shooting tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets directly at people and into the village's houses. Some youths threw stones to ward off this Israeli incursions. Once the soldiers were retreating they shot few live bullets above the heads of civilians.

As is traditionally the case in Nabi Saleh, the demonstration kept going for a few hours. Around 4PM an Israeli military jeep carrying a multiple-barrels cannon shot massive amounts of tear gas that covered a large part of the village. This was also joined by another “round” for the “skunk” truck. Many suffered from gas inhalation and a few were injured from direct hit by tear gas canisters, among them a Turkish cameraman who was evacuated to a hospital with a suspected fracture to his shoulder.
Activists report 3 journalists were injured in NabiSaleh today, as well as one protestor while several others suffocated from the tear gas

Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnSurjs1qvQ
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viqIPOfrgRY


As usual on Fridays the villagers on Ni’lin came out this this friday, to protest against the apartheid wall being built in their community. This week the demonstration was held in solidarity with the political Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who this Friday was on his 56th day of hungerstriking. Adnan, a representative of the group Islamic Jihad went on an open ended hungerstrike almost two months ago to protest against the Israeli system of administrative detention, a system that makes it possible for Israel to hold Palestinians without charges for six months at a time. At present Adnan is being held in a medical facility where he is forced liquids.
The protestors who gathered by the apartheid wall in Ni’lin this friday was demanding justice for Khader Adnan and wished to call on the attention on the rest of the world to Adnans case. International actions need to be taken instantly if Adnans life is to be saved. Together with international and israeli peace activists joining in solidarity the Palestinian protestors held up posters of Adnan alongside with Palestinian flags.
When the demonstration reached the gate of the apartheid wall they managed to pry it open and therefore tried to reach their land on the other side. The Israeli soldiers however pushed the crowd back with tear gas and sound bombs causing suffocation from tear gas inhalation in many protesters to the point where one of them fainted. Some of the demonstrators managed to reach the electronic fence on the other side of the wall and started cutting it but were met with stern force from the Israeli soldiers and one of them where hurt.
After about 30 minutes of shooting tear gas the soldiers had pushed the crowd back far enough to close the gate again while they continued to shoot tear gas at the crowd from behind the security of the gate. Finally the demonstration dispersed at 3.00pm. The protests will continue until the wall is no more.
Hassan Daboos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEkl7JBO8zw
Nilinvillage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZfUi3nCCQA

Kufr Qaddum

weekly demonstration Feb. 10, 2012 Protest against the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.367544983255812.95567.136633479680298
Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3327812393442.2162140.1212414101


In Qaryout, settlers threw stones at Palestinian peaceful demonstrators, then Israeli army responded by attacking and gassing Palestinians.

The palestinians youth responded now with stone throwing after the settlers started.
Demonstrators retreating when settlers started throwing stones at them. Soldiers then commenced with shooting tear-gas and stun grenades.
Demonstrators in Qaryout attempted to plant olive trees to resist land grab. On the way, they were attacked by settlers and the army.
Approximately 100 residents of the Qaryout joined the weekly protest against the occupation this week, aiming to plant olive trees on their lands, as an action against confiscation of lands by neighboring settlements. One of main legal mechanisms used by Israel to expropriate Palestinian land is the Ottoman Land Law of 1858, which was in force on the eve of the occupation. According to this law, if privately owned agricultural land is not cultivated for three years it may be declared as “abandoned property" and seized by the state.
Residents and their supporters marched towards the roadblock, which they have managed to open last week, and which currently remains open. As they were proceeding, settlement private security guards approached the demonstration, shooting live ammunition in the air. The protesters continued marching, finally reaching a line of soldiers. After proceeding some more, the march was effectively trapped in between two groups of settlers – one from the front and one from the back, as well as the army. Nonetheless, they managed to plant a number of trees. As demonstrators were heading back towards the village, settlers "accompanied" them from the hilltop and threw stones directly at protesters. As a result, some clashes erupted between the local youth and the settlers. The army intervened by shooting massive amounts of tear-gas canisters at the protesters. Two injuries were reported.

The village of Qaryout is located in the Northern West Bank, near the city of Nablus. It is home for approximately 2500 residents whose lives have become unbearable due to continuous land confiscations, obstruction of movement and settler violence.

South Hebron Hills

weekly protest (Saturday February 11, 2012)

Tel Aviv

Wednesday, demo against the Israel Eternity Fundation KKL used as tool to rob the Beduins land and plant trees on their ruins. On its 110 aniversary ceremony in the sinimateque.
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8m4oxXl1cE
See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports about the joint struggles of the Anarchists Against the Wall at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

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