Palestine-Israel, The popular struggle continue with the still significant contribution of the joint struggle*
The weekly joint actions continue at Bil'in, Al Masara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin,Qaddum, Sabatia, South Hebron Hills, Beit Ommar, Sheikh Jarakh, Jaffa continue in addition to the less persistent locations of joint struggle and the expanding popular struggles Israeli activist or internationals are not involved. Spring time bring more and more internationals to the joint struggle its focus on the separation fence shift to other aspects of the occupation.
423rd Weekly Demo Friday (29/3/2013)(land day ) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.430083743750904.1073741829.387324478026831
Guy Hircefeld http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151511727103329.1073741828.744388328
Today in Nabi Saleh: Palestinian activists, with international and Israelis, chant slogans during the weekly demonstration against the occupation and Israeli settlements, West Bank, March 29, 2013.
The weekly Friday demonstration marked Land Day, which commemorates martyrs of the first Land Day (1976) and the ongoing Israeli colonization and land expropriation. Villagers marched with international and Israeli solidarity activists from Nabi Saleh's main square and towards the stolen spring. The IOF attacked the unarmed marchers with skunk water, rubber-coated steel bullets and barrages of tear gas. One Irish journalist was shot by a rubber bullet to his soldier and needs medical attention. He was treated in the field.
If you are interested in joining the weekly demonstrations, please contact me privately. Haim Schwarzeneberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.348142321972135.1073741839.202358256550543
David Reeb http://youtu.be/XOUOv555eXA
Friday weekly demonstration, Mar. 29, 2013
The demonstration in Qadum this week was a strange and unexpected. The regular ritual of tear gas fire - escape - and returning back, "ping pong" was absent.
Two hundred fifty Palestinians, four Israeli and one international participated in the demonstration that marked the Land Day of March 30.
Early morning checkpoint of the army blocked with massive dirt mound the path leading to the demonstration. The barrier was placed in the middle of the trail which is actually also the middle of the village. We walked in procession to the barrier while chanting slogans that included the commemoration of the earth day. The Shabab who did not surrendered
road block burned tires near the checkpoint and began to climb along the paths up the hills towards the army and gave fight as the Shabab of Qaddum know. The soldiers respond was
uncharacteristic calm and only occasionally got down to meet them - mainly to threaten and to clarify who is boss here. Here and there tear gas grenades were thrown but really few only. The whole conduct seemed like a dance of moths around a candle flame.
The demo ended uneventful except for the injury of Kamel Qaddoumi, 22 years old - the guy who usually documenting the demonstrations. He was slightly injured in his waist and hand by a direct shot of tear gas. He was treated there, and returned to the demo.
This Friday Palestinians demonstrate against sewage settlers spill onto their land. Pictures of Haggai Matar at http://972mag.com/palestinians-demonstrate-against-sewage-settlers-spill-onto-their-land/68384/
About 100 Palestinians from the ancient village of Sebastia and their supporters held a demonstration today to protest against settlers spilling their sewage onto the village’s agricultural lands. This was the third demonstration in two months, and villagers are also starting weekly demonstrations, much like the ones against the wall and settlements that take place every Friday in Bil’in, Ni’ilin, Ma’asara, Nabi Saleh and Qaddum. Demonstrations took place in all of those villages, each Friday. some of them with violent confrontations with army forces. In addition, activists in the newly formed popular committee say they are planning to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
Demonstrators convened in the center of the village around noon and were joined by Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouti (of the Mubadara party), activists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, some from popular committees in other villages and Israeli and international solidarity activists. Several speakers talked about the sewage that has since December, been flowing into their fields from the nearby settlement of Shavei Shomron, but also stated that the sewage was only one symptom of the occupation alongside land grabs, uproot of tress, limitations on freedom of movement and they stressed that the protest was against the occupation as a whole.
“Settlers offered [to] avoid spilling the sewage onto our lands if we let them connect to our sewage system,” explained Ahmed Qaid, a computer engineer, football trainer and activist in the popular committee. “We refused because they are sitting on lands that were stolen from us and four neighboring villages, and we want them out of our lands – not to welcome them and offer them use of our infrastructure.”
After marching and chanting for about 15 minutes, demonstrators arrived at the field where the small stream of sewage water was running and the settlement was visible. They were met by some 20 soldiers who declared the area a closed military zone and said the demonstration had 25 minutes to disperse. After praying on the land demonstrators started marching forward towards the settlement and were met with tear gas grenades that were soon after answered by stones from the village youth. It seemed however that both sides were trying to prevent things from escalating, and within about half an hour the demonstration ended with one teen slightly injured from a rubber bullet and one international being captured by soldier, later “de-arrested” by his friends. The demonstration also commemorated Palestinian Land Day (March 30), a national day of struggle against land expropriations.
Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4455144987753.1073741826.1563442697
israel putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L2EOUizxE8
South Hebron Hills
Freedom Bus on its last day marching to fire zone 918
The Freedom bus after passing through the West Bank arrived at the South Hebron Hills. On its last day they marched with palestinians, Israelis and other internationals to fire zone 918 which 8 villages within its area are under demolition threat, one American artist from the freedom bus was arrested and two injured by the border police violence that tried to stop the peaceful march.
Tal King http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.176249652526645.1073741826.113760382108906
Friday, Israeli soldiers arrest an International activist during a solidarity march organized by the local communities and The Freedom Bus, March 29, 2013. The march passed through villages located in "Firing Zone 918" facing house demolition threat.
The weekly protest marking Land Day,
Beit Ommar popular movement organized today 30/03/2013 its weekly protest to commemorate Land Day. Protesters marched towards Carmi Tsur Colony built on stolen land of Beit Ommar farmers. 10s of heavily armed Israeli occupation soldiers attacked the defenseless protesters with platoons and tear gas to force them out of the area. Many protesters suffered tear gas suffocation including Obai Abu Maria (7 years), Younes Arar (committee coordinator), Yousef abu Maria (committee Spokesman), Ahmad Abu Hashem (46 years) was physically among other participants, in addition to arresting the Journalist Abed Hashlamoon (Camera man of EPA).
Tel Aviv - Jaffa
The joint vigils in support of hunger strikers and all Palestinian political prisoners continue now with weekly vigils. "Please join us every Thursday at 6p, Jaffa's clock tower square for a vigil in solidarity with Samer 'Issawi and the Palestinian political prisoners. Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.347529322033435.1073741838.202358256550543
* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See Previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in at the blog
See also: http://awalls.org http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses.html