Palestine-Israel, The third Intifada collect momentum - this week with prisoners at its center
In spite of the reluctant of the Palestinian ruling elite, the third Intifada collect momentum. In Hebron, the pictures of the Shuhada yearly joint action show a chain of Palestinian Authority soldiers blocking the Palestinian demonstrators from clashing with the Israeli state force. However, the general mounting tension, the long hunger striking prisoners, the initiatives of the popular comities... and the Israeli "punishments" together with settler colonialists terror actions feed the gradual escalation. It is not sure yet if it will explode like a powder keg which got a spark or just escalate gradually. The regular locations of joint week end struggle persist with some new ones not yet regular.
"Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli Army/border police are taking place in several locations across the West Bank including Jerusalem, Ofer concentration camp, Qalandiya, Hebron (Shuhada street), Bethlehem, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem, villages of popular resistance (Bil'in), Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Jayyus, Qaddum, Ma'asara) and other locations. Dozens of injuries and several arrests reported."
Ofer prison, Feb. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YLvsyh
Hebron - Al-Khalil
A crowd of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists is gathering at the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron, West Bank to start the demonstration "Open Shuhada Street"
Demonstrators march during a protest against the closure of the Shuhada street to Palestinians, in the West Bank city of Hebron February 22, 2013. Hundreds of demonstrators, including foreign and Israeli activists, gathered on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the closure of the street, which was closed by the Israeli army in 1994 following the Hebron mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, who went on a rampage inside Al Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 Palestinian worshipers.
Photo by: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/8497757740/lightbox/
After a long confrontation the PA police officers formed a line between the Israeli soldiers and the protestors, brining the demonstration to an end.
A number of Israeli and international activists participate in the protests of Hebron by blocking the Israeli army from reaching the Palestinian protesters.
israel putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXzFL_mvZgo
This Friday too many Bil'in activists went to demonstrate in Hebron and in front of Ofer prison. Thus, the demo was small, but even a peaceful march escorted by Hanna's lovely trumpet suffered several rounds of gas. In the meantime, further south, a handful of shabab was busy climbing the wall, and diverting the soldiers' attention with stones
Hamde abu rahma:
"Their will, be a demo this Friday at Izbat Tabib, for solidarity with the 200 day's hunger striker Samer Issawi. Let me know if you want to come and want more info... "
Jayyous Weekly Demonstration: Reclaiming the Dignity of the Land
"The people of Jayyous invite you to join our weekly demonstrations against the re-routing of the wall further into Jayyous land. The new rout of the wall is in violation of Israel's own supreme court, which in 2009 decided it should be moved to the so-called Green Line. The work on the new rout has already begun, and it will annex 300 Dunams of Jayyous land, uprooting over a 1000 olive trees. Additionally, settlers have placed 6 caravans, expanding the Tsofim settlement on our land. We are asking every one of you to come and be part of our popular resistance to reclaim our land and its dignity.
See you at the Jayyous main mosque, Friday after prayer."
Jayyous Youth Committee
Weekly demonstrations resume in Jayyous
Protesters were met with tear gas canisters at today's demonstration in Jayyous. One person was hit by a canister in the back.
Tear gas canisters being shot at the protest in Jayyous (Photo taken from Jayyous Weekly Demonstrations): http://www.popularstruggle.org/content/tear-gas-canisters-being-shot-jayyous-protest-photo-taken-jayyous-weekly-demonstrations
After midday prayer, around 150 residents from Jayyous, joined by a handful of Israeli and International activists, marched from the center of the village towards the fence located on the outskirts of Jayyous.
Soon after protesters reached the area, Israeli army and border police started to shoot tear gas canisters at the crowd. As clashes erupted, Israeli forces chased the demonstrators through the fields while shooting more tear gas canisters, making them run back and forward. One of the protesters was hit by a tear gas canister in his back and was taken away by an ambulance. Confrontations lasted until sunset.
Last Friday, Jayyous, a village located northeast of Qalqilya, began to hold weekly demonstrations against the re-routing of the Wall and expansion of the nearby Jewish-only settlement of Tsofim. Settlers from Tsofim have recently created an outpost of six caravans, expanding the settlement westward, on the village's land. Additionally, the new route of the Wall will annex 300 more dunums of Jayyous land.
Weekly demonstration, Feb. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/UTDloK
"Today's demonstration in NabiSaleh has begun, protesters started to march towards the spring. IOF have invaded the village, accompanied by skunk truck." "IOF are firing rubber coated steel bullets and teargas. IOF have also sprayed Bilal Tamimi with pepper spray." Activists in Nabi Saleh are reporting that the demo is over for the day but the IOF remain at the entrances/exits of the village. One person injured with rubber bullet to the leg, but is in okay condition. "The 14 year old boy who was injured by at least 3 rubber coated steel bullets and kidnapped by the IOF and taken to the check point tower has been evacuated to hospital in Ramallah." It is currently unclear how bad his injuries are.
Photograph of Palestinian ambulance arriving to evacuate the boy: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=511618975556619
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-fZwYL1Qg
February, 22,2013 Demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners and huger strikers and commemorate the 19th anniversary of Al Khalil Massacre.
Saeed Amireh http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151750812954447.643484.575279446
Friday. Over 100 residents from Kufr Qaddum, together with Israeli activists, participated in today’s demonstration, dedicated to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. After midday prayers, protesters marched from the center of the village up the main road leading to Qedumim settlement. Confrontations erupted between demonstrators and Israeli forces, which shot large quantities of tear gas canisters, resulting in dozens of protesters suffering from suffocation. The demonstration finished at around 2pm, when Palestinian protesters marched down the road back to the village.
Since 2011, residents of Kufr Qaddum have been resisting the land grab and the road closure by holding weekly demonstrations. The Israeli army often violently suppresses the protests shooting tear gas canisters and stun grenades.
Photo by AlMasira:
Residents of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem call on you to sleep over at the protest tent set up nar the house of the Shamsaneh family on Thursday, 28 Feburary, 2013. The Shamsneh family members face an eviction under the pretext that they are unprotected tenants despite the fact that they have been living and paying rent for almost 50 years. The eviction threat that hovers over the heads of the Shamsnehs is part of a a clear Zionist plan to displace Sheikh Jarrah Palestinians and to judaize Jerusalem. And the Shamsna family is not the first Palestinian family to face such a threat nor would it be the last, as tens of Palesitnian families in Jerusalem face threats of eviction or house demolition. The open sit-in at the Shamsaneh protest tent begins on Thursday at 4pm, and the evening will include several cultural and art exhibitions that will be announced later.
Feb. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/XKZ8NQ
Tel Aviv Jaffa
This Saturday evening February 23, 2013 in Jaffa - at the foot of the clock tower, like every other evening, activists continue to show solidarity with Samer Issawi and other Palestinian political prisoners. Oren Ziv/Activestills.org https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151296528077073&set=a.10150851802582073.411001.286357017072&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf)
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On Saturday night, 9th February, 2013, at about 9:00pm, settlers came from the direction of the settlements Karnei Shomron and Ganei Shomron to the eastern end of the Palestinian village 'Azzun, and threw stones at village homes. Villagers tried to get rid of them. IDF soldiers who came managed to get the settlers out. Then, soldiers arrived in the village from the north and attacked some villagers. Those soldiers then blocked the entrance to the village with a checkpoint. Ever since, entry to and exit from the village has only been allowed on foot. Five people going through the checkpoint have been arrested.
On Tuesday, 12th February, 2013, government representatives accompanied by the Green Patrol and police came and destroyed cereals in Umm Batin, Khirbet ElWatan and Laqia, all Bedouin neighbourhoods in the Negev.
That same day, government representatives escorted by police came and again demolished the Bedouin village El'Araqib. They continued and demolished part of a home belonging to the El'Uqbi family in El'Araqib.
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A week in pictures: February 18-24
Israel demolishes house in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/132rR17
Protest in support of prisoners, route 60, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/12CwWlq
Protest in support of prisoners, Hebron, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/VqLfFa
Protest in support of prisoners, Nablus, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/151IQDI
Protest tent in support of prisoners, Gaza City, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/XJ8pmM
Clashes in Hebron, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/151A9JC
Clashes near Huwwara Checkpoint, Nablus, Feb. 18, 2013: http://on.fb.me/UzcIoW
Protest in support of prisoners, Ofer prison, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Y2yDop
Protest in support of prisoners, Gaza City, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YwJCo5
Protest tent for prisoners, Ramallah, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/XKJmjb
Samer Issawi's court hearing, Jerusalem, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Y6gsMI
Protest in support of prisoners, Hebron university, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/UDqKG9
Protest in support of prisoners, Birzeit uni, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/XKPJDa
Protest in support of prisoners, Tulkarem, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YEd5LG
Life in the Gaza Strip, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/VF9h1C
Clashes at Huwwara Checkpoint, Nablus, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/12Mgm2t
Protest in support of Samer Issawi, Jaffa, Feb. 19, 2013: http://on.fb.me/134owDa
Journalists Protest Israeli Arrest of Reporters, Ofer prison, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/VJyQyx
Journalists Protest Israeli Arrest of Reporters, Hebron, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YzYBxm
Protest tent for prisoners, Ramallah, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/ZrlzMa
Protest in support of prisoners, Jerusalem, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Y8iPAt
Clashes at Huwwara Checkpoint, Nablus, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WWYtuo
Man dies of wounds sustained in intifada, Feb. 20, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Y8vJhR
Protest in support of prisoners, Ofer prison, Feb. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/11Xj9q8
Settlers torch 6 cars, Qusra, West Bank, Feb. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YoMi5g
Samer Issawi's court hearing, Jerusalem, Feb. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YcFFqF
Clashes near Huwwara Checkpoint, Nablus, Feb. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YprsTa