Palestine-Israel, The joint grass root social struggle continue in the cracks of the ruling elites*.
The tension in the air is high - waiting to see if the increased international pressure on Israel will yield some results. The contribution of Israel to the imperial powers is shrinking due to the compromises in Syria and Iran, and due to the diminishing dependency of US on the Mediterranean oil. The expected retreat of Israel from at least parts of the west bank increase the efforts of both the settlers and the state force to hasten the creeping transfer of the Palestinian peasants and shepherds from the Jordan valley and the Hebron hills. Israeli activists join (mainly on weekends) the Palestinian farmers to deter part of the harassments of settlers supported by state forces. The joint struggle in the usual locations the anarchists against the wall participate in continue. Bil'in**, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, and even Sheikh Jarakh also draw lot of internationals.
Reluctantly the Palestinian elite find itself involved with the popular struggle of Bil'in mainly. Coming from time to time to collect coupons - like in the yearly conference.
"In the wake of the recent massive wave of arrests of Palestinian activists, it is vital that we continue to resist against the Israeli occupation. Last 20th February had marked the eighth anniversary of the weekly non-violent protests against the construction of the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in.
Bil’in has become a symbol of the power of non-violent grassroots movements in building local and international resistance to Occupation. After six years of continuous resistance, Bil’in succeeded in regaining a part of its seized land. But the struggle is not over as long as Palestinians have not recovered all their legitimate rights.
The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee and the Bil'in Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements kindly invite you to the 8th International Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle from Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th October 2013"
We participated as welcomed guests.
Weekly march where the suppression of the occupation soldiers fiercely demonstration and resistance will continue
David Reeb http://youtu.be/jHZx6MnKNXA
Ten Israelis with the anarchists against the wall about 20 international and less than the usual villagers as the olive picking season started participated in the demo this Friday. When we reached the gate in the wall it was partly opened but the state forces stayed behind the wall and were holding fire. After a while they threw few tear gas grenades signaling to the shabab to start their stone throwing. For nearly half an hour the soldiers shoot tear gas only on the shabab and only at the end when we were starting to return to the village they flooded the area with tear gas and crossed the wall with armored jeeps in a long pursuit after the shabab.
israel putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZnA-YjET5U (You can see me in the first half with my protecting goggles, red shirt, and black trousers.)
Activists report that the Children of Nabi Saleh were on the hills around the village and the Israeli Occupation forces opened fire with rubber coated steel bullets and teargas. Several IOF jeeps have also entered the village and the IOF have surrounded at least one home and are firing sound/shock grenades and rubber coated steel bullets at the people outside.
Friday demonstration 4.10.2013
Friday demonstration 11.10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4M7M4YMT-s
Ni'lin activists report that the village was recently invaded by a large Israeli army unit that kidnapped Mohammed Hatem Ben age 21 from his home. Last weekend, in a similar invasion the army kidnapped his cousin Mohammed Hazem, age 18. Hazm is a student at the university and his detention will probably make him lost a year. Last few months alone 35 people kidnapped from Ni'lin, which neither of them was released so far. They got (by military court) prison sentences ranging from eight to 30 months. Most of them on charges of participating in demonstrations against the separation wall which robbed about 30% of the remaining land of the village.
Since 2008 the village of Ni'lin subjected to violent repression of demonstrations and arrests. Four protesters were murdered with live ammunition shot at them: Aqil Srour (36), Arafat Khawaja (22), Mohammad Khawaja (20), and Ahmad Moussa, aged 10. Another protester, Yusef Amira (17) was killed by rubber bullet. American solidarity activist, Tristan Anderson was critically wounded by tear gas canister launcher.
"I do not know what was the rain the weatherman meant in his forecast..., but heavy rain of tear gas was shot on the last Friday demonstration.
Due to the olive harvest season yesterday demonstration was attended by fewer people than usual, but only slightly. They will not let even the olive Harvest to weaken their persistent struggle.
Dozens of soldiers outflanked the village from all sides and continued with familiar strategy of confusing the enemy. But not the Qaddum shabab would be trapped. They were divided into three groups and were ready for any scenario.
The amount of tear gas shot yesterday was just scandalous. Bulldozer moved aside the barricades the shabab prepared beforehand, in order to enable the occupation army easy access to the village. (Needless to say that the focus of the struggle is the blocked access to the county town of Nablus in despite the High Court ruling.) And indeed the Israeli state forces entered the village. Huge amount of tear gas was shot into the houses and yards from every direction. Few people were suffocated but the demonstration ended without injuries and without arrests of participants thanks to the skill and alacrity of the shabab who succeeded to evade the soldiers despite their intention to make arrests.
A victory parade? For surely it was."
Protest, October, 4,2013attitude
Odai Qaddomi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ3B0SBx68E
Strange and confusing demonstration was last Friday.
The army set up a manned checkpoint and closed the entrance to the village. Crew of the Palestinian television were detained at the checkpoint
where. They were told that they are forbidden from entering the village until March.
They tried to detain us too but one of us had a vivid imagination and resourcefulness said we had lost our way and are looking for the road to Karbey Shomron settlement. Though skeptical they let us go.
In the village it was a quiet alert. On the route of the road the soldiers of the occupation army were absent - only four soldiers
were located on the hill on the left. It was tense and we were watching for surprises. After a while, a bulldozer descended to clear the
barricades set by the shabab each week. The soldiers got off the mountain and went behind one of the houses, shot tear gas and stun grenades and the shabab confront them as usual. It was still confusing but the protesters succeeded to shield the shabab. When the soldiers retreated the demo ended tradition triumph march.
Odai Qaddomi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO9UCG8Yaes
Sheikh Jarrah 11.10
The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are continuing their protest vigils in the neighborhood every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes,
the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem.
They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them.
Southern West bank
Joint activities to resist the crawling transfer efforts of the area C villagers:
This week we will accompany Palestinians farmers and shepherds to their lands in several locations in South Hebron hills to frustrate harassment of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area by both settlers and the army continues.
Watch the video from last Saturday's activity http://www.taayush.org/?p=3479
This coming Saturday, as usual, we need as many activists as possible to accompany them and stand up for their rights. There is a direct link between the number of activists who come to accompany the farmers and their ability to harvest and work their lands.
Please bring an ID/passport, hat and water and don’t forget to dress modestly (no shorts or sleeveless shirts).
On Wednesday 9.10 evening members of Ahdut joined an active vigil at the entrance of the Tel Aviv municipality theater "The Kamery" in solidarity with workers lied off for trying to organize the workers.**
On Sunday 13.10 evening, Power to the community initiative of the poor and neglected south of Tel Aviv (where the refugees are centered) organized a demo to protest the municipality neglect. About 100 participated in the meeting and the march. Among the people were about dozen refugees, activists from the neighborhood, and activists from the city at large who came in solidarity - among them about 30 anarchists including a dozen members of the anarcho-communis organization Ahdut with our redNblack flags.
* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See at the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
See also: http://awalls.org http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses.html
** I missed the previous weekly demo in Bil'in and the weekly report due to activities of "Ahdut" (Unity) - the emerging first Anarchist Communist organization of Israel (Palestine) I just joined. (It was a kind of small affinity group in the Russian immigrant community till about few months ago but lately expand to nearly two dozens - joined by members from the general anarchist scene.