Palestine-Israel, Solidarity protests with the Hunger Striking Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails is every where*
This week the joint struggle was intensify with the protesting of the Death of Mohammad Asfour who died after being shot before 2 weeks in the head By Israeli Troops during Clashes supporting Palestinian prisoners. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.512439088802914.1073741828.251098394936986 As the struggle expand the invitation for Israeli and international activists to join additional actions surpass the numbers available. Though the media was flooded by the Oscar candidacy of 5 broken cameras about the joint struggle against the separation fence in Bil'in, still no flood of new activist happened. In Jaffa (Tel Aviv) the daily joint vigil at the clock tower in solidarity with the hunger strikers persist.
South West Bank
Today (Mar 8 2013) protests marched in several areas in south Palestine including Fawar refugee camp, Ma'asara and Beit Ommar. These protest were organized by South West Bank Committee against Colonization and Apartheid wall to mark the International Women’s Day, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails, to condemn the Israeli occupation ongoing attacks against our sanctities and mainly Al Aqsa Mosque, to honor Martyr Mohammad asfour who was killed in cold blood in Aboud Village northwest of Ramallah by Israeli occupation army and to honor the great hero President Hugo Chavez.
All three protests were severely suppressed by Israeli occupation forces who used Stun grenades, tear gas canisters, stunk water and physical attack against the peaceful protesters.
Fawar Refugee camp (Adjacent to Hagai settlers colony) protest against the closure of the main south-west entrance to Hebron and from Hebron
South West Bank Committee against Colonization and Apartheid Wall organized a protest at the Israeli occupation military block adjacent to Hagai colony. This block was established about 10 years ago and divided south Hebron villages and towns (150 thousand residents) from Hebron city. This block has resulted in addition to restrictions of movement it imposed, it prolonged the way of travel from residents, so instead of driving for six kilometers, now they have to go all around and drive for an average of 20 kilometers. This block has caused a lot of misery for people, mainly for sick and urgent sickness cases, many women have delivered babies at this block and many people died due to the long distance resulted from the block.
The main goal of this protest is to remove this military imposed block, but when we arrived to the block, 10s of heavily armed Israeli occupation soldiers stopped us and attacked the protesters physically, when we refused to leave they started using tear gas canisters, stun grenades and stunk water against the protesters. About 200 protesters started the protest waving Palestinian flags, prisoners’ photos and banners condemning the occupation, occupation attacks against Palestinians and the assassination of Martyr Mphammad Asfour who was killed by Israeli occupation forces, in addition to honoring WOMEN celebrating their day (international women’s day) which marks today.
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Protesters in Bil'in, Palestinian, Israeli and international, marched together towards the separation wall, to commemorate the death of Muhammad 'Asfour from the village of 'Aboud, killed by rubber bullets fire by the IOF. They also paid homage to Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela who passed away earlier this week. The IOF responded with barrages of tear gas and local youth responded in kind with stones.
Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.338075812978786.1073741828.202358256550543
The 15 Israelis and bunch of internationals who joined the Palestinian demo in Bil'in were welcomed by a dune buggy, a trumpet, a Venezuelan flag, posters of the shahid Muhammad Asfour, and, most importantly, a friendly wind, which fed the soldiers some of their own gas as well as returned canisters that had failed to explode when they landed among the demonstrators. The soldiers were forced to abandon their post overlooking the path to the wall, and tried in vain to get the shabab to give up their stance, until the shabab decided to end the demo.
"Weekly Demo 08.03.2013 On women's day, just like any other day, Israeli soldiers are shooting tear gas and stun grenades at unarmed protestors in Bilin."
Haitham Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O05UZNB1nA
Daily vigils every evening at the clock tower square:
"Love in the Time of Israeli Apartheid" Action on 09.03.2013 as part of the apartheid day.
Israel broke up checkpoint symbolic wedding. The wedding procession organized at a West Bank checkpoint to challenge Israeli laws preventing Palestinians in the West Bank from living with their spouses in Israel. Two buses left from Jaffa and Ramallah to meet at opposite sides of Hizma checkpoint, northeast of Jerusalem, for the wedding of Hazim, from Abu Dis and his bride, who is from Nazareth. Both buses were stopped by Israeli forces before reaching the checkpoint and Israeli forces fired sound bombs at guests who had begun singing and dancing on the West Bank side of Hizma and push people back. They then fired tear gas, forcing people to run away."
Over 200 people participated in the wedding, including founder of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouthi and Palestinian author Rima Nazzal Kitana.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "100 rioters at Hizma threw stones at security services, who used riot dispersal means, including tear gas, to disperse the riot."
The wedding was organized by the "Love in the Time of Apartheid" campaign, a grassroots initiative set up by Palestinian youth to challenge the Citizenship and Entry into Israel law, which denies residency status in Israel for West Bank Palestinians married to Israeli-Palestinians.
"This Israeli law challenges Palestinian national unity and prevents Palestinians from even considering marrying another Palestinian from the other side,".
The Citizenship and Entry into Israel law was enacted by the Israeli Knesset in 2003, and prohibits granting residency or citizenship to Palestinians from the occupied territories who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel.
(Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151322529747073
Haitham Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIMhE6Yt28I
Demonstrations Against Settlement Today after Friday prayer started a new demonstration in Kufr Qaddoum village near Nablus , tenths of soldiers from many Israel army units attacked the people trying to arrest anyone from them but thanks God they are failed.
While we are trying to tell them in the mike about our claims six soldiers from the police border crawl on the ground slowly and quietly trying to arrest some demonstrators, our friends discovered them and warning all the people to take care ,in this moment the jeeps began to shot tear gas and the soldiers from the hill began to run also trying to make circle around the people so they can catch them .
Also they followed us between olive fields and inside the village using sound bombs and tear gas toward us.
Demonstration against the occupation and settlements, 8.3.2013
Everyday in Clock square in Jaffa at 18:00 we stand to support political prisoners in strike hunger so long months and demanding to release them immediately. be with us every day at 18:00
Samer al-Issawi is a Palestinian political prisoner from 'Issawiyeh (Jerusalem), who has been on a hunger strike in Israel's prison for more then 200 days. Although released in a prisoner-swap deal in October 2011, Israel re-arrested Samer claiming he violated the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem even though the place of his arrest was Hizmeh, which is within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries. Samer has been hunger striking since July 29, 2012, and according to recent reports his health has been fast deteriorating, putting his life in danger. Joining solidarity demonstrations in Palestine and all over the world, a group of Jaffa-based activists began a daily vigil in solidarity with Samer 'Issawi and all political prisoners at clock tower square, a famed local landmark. Protesters, both Palestinian and Jews, attended the second vigil, calling for the release of 'Issawi and all political prisoners, as well as putting an end to administrative detention as an illegal punitive measure by the state.
Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.338511672935200.1073741829.202358256550543
* 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