Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Palestine-Israel, The expanding of the joint struggle is less than welcome by Israeli state forces

It was a second Friday with Israeli activist of the anarchists against the wall initiative seriously wounded. Last week demo it was a metal bullet rubbed by rubber that hit the nap of the neck of one of our group in Naby Saleh. The previous Friday it was a tear gas canister that broke the leg of another comrade. It seems the state force stop to discriminate between us and the Palestinians in the demonstrations. They need may be another scandal in the Israeli media following a serious assault on an Israeli activist documented by us. Though it is not easy, the new persistent villages struggles are slowly absorbed by our initiative. Bil'in and Ni'ilin who were in the front of the struggle and repression are receding to the background, Naby Saleh draw most of the pressure, and we still have to see how it will be in Qaddum and A-Dic.

Beit Ommar

Saturday weekly protest, Mar. 17, 2012
The Beit Ommar popular committee organized today's weekly peaceful protest adjacent to (Carmi Zsur) settlers colony built on the stolen land from Beit Ommar farmers. When we arrived next to the so called security fence surrounding the colony, more than 60 heavily armed Israeli occupation soldiers Intercepted our way and tried with force to force us back, but we resisted their violence and carried on our protest program. This protest was in solidarity with Hana Shalabi who is on hunger strike for the last 31 days in the Israeli occupation jails, and in memory of the ninth anniversary of the martyrdom of RACHEL CORRIE who was bulldozed 9 years ago by an Israeli occupation military bulldozer while she was trying to stop the bulldozer from bulldozing a Palestinian house in Rafah in Gaza Strip. It’s important to note that the popular committee of Beit Ommar is on hunger strike for the last two days in solidarity with Hana Shalabi Justice and Freedom for Hana Shalabi, Long live the memory of Rachel Corrie LONG LIVE PALESTINE


Friday 16-3-12. About 50 activists: 10 Israelis, 10 internationals and about 30 Palestinians - most drove at this rainy noon from the center of the village towards the Abu Lamun park which border the separation wall. Few, insisted on doing the not too short pilgrimage by foot.
Upon the arrival to Abu Lemon area participants raised Palestinian flags and posters of prisoner Hana Shalabi; we chanted slogans calling for national unity, the departure of the occupation, destruction of the apartheid wall, and for freedom for Palestinian prisoners... We called the usual slogans too. Few protesters dared the soldiers by entering between the barbed wire fences "protecting" the wall. Some were able to remove additional part of the barbed wire fence. Some young demonstrators threw rotten eggs at the soldiers. Then the soldiers who were situated behind the concrete wall shot a sound bomb, rubber bullets, and tear gas canisters toward the participants. There was also a truck spraying skunk water at the demonstrators.
On the other side of the concrete wall, under the army's protection, some settlers shouted obscenities against the participants in the march... and got response in kind.
Due to the strong northern wind and the lack of militancy of the state forces, I missed for the second time in a row the smell of the tear gas.


Friday protests in Sheikh Jarrah

"It’s been nearly three years since demonstrations against evictions in Sheikh Jarrah began, and no one has heard a thing about the neighborhood in months. I went to check out the situation there on Friday – and found a shell of what it used to be." [At the beginning, the radical Zionist left mobilized combined with more radicals and even the AAtW activists hundreds to whom many of the radicals of the non-Zionists joined. Now, the remnants of the radical Zionist left and some real radicals concentrate their activity in the Silwan neighborhood that face mass confiscation of lands and transfer. I.S.]
"Handful of people stand in Sheikh Jarrah Park (Photo: Mya Guarnieri http://972mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC07981.jpg) Nearly 30 protesters gathered in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Friday to demonstrate against the appropriation of Palestinian houses for Israeli settlers. An overwhelming majority of the protesters were Israeli; six Palestinians were present.
It was a far cry from the protests that put Sheikh Jarrah and the Israeli Solidarity movement on the map. Those spirited weekly gatherings attracted hundreds who chanted, held signs, and made music in the name of ending the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion.
Friday’s demonstration had no signs, no chants, and no music. A few people waved Palestinian flags. Most milled about and chatted.
A jeep full of border police blew past, uninterested by the small group.
Speaking about the nature of the joint struggle, an elderly Palestinian man whose neighbors lost their home to Israeli settlers remarked that it didn’t matter to him whether protesters were Jewish or Arab. “Anyone who supports [the struggle] against the occupation, he can protest.”
He added that his neighbors’ home is like his home and that joining the demonstration is about the collective, not “something individual.”
Amira Salamon Abdl Aziz expressed a similar sentiment. She lives in A-Ram, a Palestinian village located between Ramallah and Jerusalem. If the separation barrier is constructed as Israeli authorities plan, the village will be hemmed in from three sides.

Amira Salamon Abdl Aziz in Sheikh Jarrah
Speaking of Sheikh Jarrah, Abdl Aziz reflects, “Today it’s their houses. I never know tomorrow if it’s going to be our house. God knows. God knows.”
She has been attending the weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah after she goes to Friday prayers at Al Aqsa mosque since the demonstrations began. She takes heart in the peaceful nature of the protest and the fact that both Israelis and Palestinians attend it.
Abdl Aziz, who lived in New York City for 11 years, elaborates, “Over there [in New York], they have Jewish people and Arabic people. There is a chance that we can get along…because over there, our neighbors, we go [to them and] they come to us.”
Even though “things have changed,” Abdl Aziz says regarding the small size of the protest, she keeps coming because of the communal spirit.
Speaking of home evictions, in general, she adds. “You’re sitting there and some [people]—don’t say the Israelis—say aliens came from outer space and they told [you] get out, this house is ours. How [would you] feel?
“That’s the one question I want to ask the world.”


Extreme violence by the IOF and four arrests in al Ma'sara
Ahmad Mezher http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.391724294189159.104233.100000547767951
The weekly demo of Al-Ma'sara under the heavy rain 10's of Palestinians and Israelis demonstrate today against the wall in solidarity with Hana Shalabi . IOF first attack Mahmoud Zawahre the coordinator Of Al-Ma'sara popular committee tearing his clothes before he manage to escape from them. after that they start attacking people by their sticks and they arrest 4 Israeli activist and later they release them, also they broke the camera of a journalist Musa Alshaer, after that they broke the glass of one Palestinian car.
shaheenhodhod http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVzh-OGZejo
mariosavio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1qbBs2vDlA

Nabi Saleh

March 16, 2012 Nabi Saleh Stands by Hunger-Striking Prisoner Hana Al-Shalabi; Israeli Protester Shot in the Head
Hana Al-Shalabi, an imprisoned Palestinian woman held under administrative detention after she was released by Israel as part of the last prisoners swap, is on hunger strike for an entire month now to protest her treatment and bring about her release. Nabi Saleh residents and other Palestinians joined Al-Shalabi this Friday, carrying posters, as the weekly procession left the center of the village.
The demonstration was immediately attacked by Israeli occupation forces “skunk” truck, spraying foul smelling water. This was shortly followed by volleys of tear gas canisters shot from a military jeep with an automated cannon. Israeli soldiers also approached the village's built area on foot, until they raided the village and its surroundings entirely, targeting protesters by shooting tear gas and bullets directly at them. In one such attack an Israeli protester was shot in the back of her head by tear gas canister or some other kind of “less-lethal” bullet. She was rushed to a hospital in Ramallah and released after she received initial treatment. At least two more protesters were also injured by Israeli fire. Todays demo followed a week of heavy repression by Israeli forces, who raided Nabi Saleh four nights, entering and searching houses and arresting youths at gunpoint.

PNN: Israeli Forces Raid Nabi Saleh Village, Break into Houses
Details Published on Friday, 16 March 2012 13:20

On Friday March 16, Israeli forces continued its attacks on Nabi Saleh village, north of Ramallah for the fourth consecutive day.
Israeli forces raided the village and broke into several houses, searching them and their contents.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces brought along pictures of the people who participated in the anti-wall and anti-settlement weekly activities, so they could arrest them.
Confrontations between the Israeli forces and the village's citizens began when dozens of youths faced the Israeli jeeps at the entrance to the village. The Palestinian popular
Photo: Israeli occupation soldiers stand over Naomi Laet, 22, an Israeli activist of the anarchists against the wall initiative, after she was shot in the head with a rubber coated steel bullet during a protest in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, on March 16, 2012 against land confiscation to build the Jewish settlement Hallamish nearby.
She was treated in Ramalla hospital and now back home).

Media: In another case today, the demonstration in Nabi Saleh, three demonstrators were injured; young Israeli woman was hit by a rubber bullet in her head, resident Palestinians who were injured by rubber bullets, too, and another resident was hit by a tear gas. In addition to the soldiers used skunk - smelly liquid sprayed by water cannon.
Photos by Tamimi Press, Elyakim Nitzany http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.391121704231473.99765.136633479680298
yisraelpnm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB2-89hsy88
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi8Hlw8ZN1o


Weekly demonstration


Israeli comrade: "Four Israelis, ten international and two hundred Palestinians demonstrated this week in Qaddom. The demonstration began as usual in a procession accompanied by music to the road which was blocked for Palestinians. This block significantly interfere with the right of movement, and their way of life, increases the cost and prolongs the arrival to the district town of Nablus.
A few minutes after we arrived, the army began to fire volleys of gas and then happened what in my opinion is rare:
Army released a German Shepherd and launched it at the protesters. The dog grabbed one of the protesters, Ahmed, knocking him down and not let go for very long minutes. The guy's uncle and an Israeli activist tried to approach to help him but were not allowed and even had their face sprayed with pepper gas.
During the demonstration, three people were injured by gas canisters, two in foot and another wounded in the shoulder.
After the demonstration we sat with the villagers to be informed about Ahmed's condition, to meet, and comfort Ahmed's family who was really worried. As well as to provide legal assistance to detainees. For the first time people arrested during the protest in Qaddom.
I think they think that if we were more than we were we could help more. Along with this it seems to me there was an understanding of the importance of providing aid and influence the Israeli state forces response. I of course thank our partners.
If you can, please, come to Qaddum so our visibility there will be more noticeable."


During a routine demonstration Palestinians protestors today carried an ancient village, an unusual event occurred when the soldiers arrived they let a dog who bit one of the protesters, Ahmed lust, his arm for several minutes, causing minor injury. According to the demonstrators, and as seen in pictures of the event, including military dog ​​handler, running dog, could not get him to release the jaws. Another demonstrator, a rebel lust, asked to speak with an officer to help rescue dogs from Ahmed's arm, but he was arrested while soldiers doused in pepper spray.

The incident occurred shortly after the weekly demonstration in the village, when young men began throwing stones at Border Police sent a dog into a group of protesters to Lfzra. Demonstrators fled but the dog caught one of them, knocking him and bit his arm. Said Jonathan Pollack, a spokesman for the popular committees in the villages West, the soldiers used dogs in the past, but so far has never bitten by a dog exhibits.

View the event of an ancient village dog attack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCyWyIEtr70

IDF spokesman said in response that "during a riot and unlawful held ancients, west of Nablus, gathered about 100 Palestinians had rolled burning tires and threw stones at security forces, who responded to them the means to disperse demonstrations. One of the Palestinians was arrested for physically assaulting the forces there. Palestinians Also arrested was bitten during his arrest by a dog belonging to the force. Instead he was treated by military medical force and did not need to evacuate. The two were taken for further treatment security forces. "

Weekly demonstrations of an ancient village, near the settlement of Kedumim, are held regularly for ten months to protest the takeover of village land. The demonstration today was dedicated to the memory of American protester, Rachel Corrie, who died 9 years ago just hit by an IDF bulldozer in Rafah."

From the weekly demonstration against Israeli apartheid. Terrifying, appalling, incomprehensible.... watch it nonetheless:
Video of Israeli forces cracking down on unarmed Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddoum, including the use of an Israeli attack dog that bit and seriously wounded one protester. Video credit: Odai Qaddomi/B'Tselem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCyWyIEtr70

Tel Aviv

Video of demo against the March 2012 attack of Gaza and naZionist counter demo in front of the war compound (Me on 0:54) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded
Israel Putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kzQkb_nnfU

Social Struggle

Early evening time-marker on the Jaffa street in Jerusalem. The weather is warm and 150 protesters walking up the street battle spirit energy indoors are marching with the megaphones, large signs, especially with their vocal cords. "The people" are public housing requires shouting hoarsely. This demonstration that the noise much more than usual thanks to late evening audience, as well as the acoustics that helps street protesters.

No, this is not the summer of 2011. This demonstration was held the week of March 2012. Passersby on the street, which seemed a little way surprised, may think that it was the tail of summer's protest, but the truth is that it is more a protest of the future.

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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