Monday, November 18, 2013

Palestine-Israel, The long long struggle of the Palestinians to resist the creeping transfer continue*

The state efforts to extinguish the struggle of grass root communities escalate lately using terror on the villages population in the hope they will put pressure on the activists to stop confronting the Israeli occupation forces. With one success of end to the weekly demonstrations in Beit Ummar they still hope for more. However, the escalation of the transfer efforts in few choice rural areas seems to have the opposite effect. The frustration of the Israeli state is expressed in the huge transfer of tens of thousands of Bedouins within Israel. The heroic Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South of Hebron Hills, and the coordination comity of the popular struggle, still adhere to the joint straggle with the Israeli anarchists against the wall and other Israeli activists.

Palestinians destroy separation barrier in two West Bank villages
During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in three Palestinian villages took part in a “direct action” to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of Route 443, Palestinians used hammers to break open a hole in the wall, while Palestinians in Rafat (near the Ofer Military Prison) cut through 20 meters of the security fence bordering their village.
The army did not arrive during the action, and no mainstream media outlet was invited.
In Bil'in the main gate in the wall was entirely removed, leaving a gaping hole as a surprise for the soldiers.

Palestinians use a hammer to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)
Palestinians in the West Bank village of Rafat cut through the separation fence near the Ofer Military Prison. (photo: Activestiils)
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14/11/2013 Bilin ,. A group of Palestinian youths organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements in Bilin ripping out the main gate of the Apartheid Israeli Wall in the Bilin tonight at 12:00 , and then moved to the village to remind the occupation that we are still refuse the occupation.
15.11.2013 A group of Palestinian activist demolish part of the concrete wall which insulates the city of Jerusalem and the village of Bir Nabala..
Haitham Khatib
Haitham Al Khatib
Palestine TV video report on the direct actions against the wall in Bil'in, Bir Naballa and Rafa'at

17/11/2013. New night raid in Bil'in village - six Israeli jeeps stormed the village tonight at 2:30 morning to get back the main gate of the apartheid wall "confiscated Friday before down.

Bedouins struggle

The creeping transfer of Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders of Israel continue.
Sunday, Sdeh Boker commune, Government special meeting of ministers decided to evict the Um Hiran tribe 500 people in order to replace them with national religious town-let.
The same tribe was evicted from its ancestors land near Shoval settlers commune 1956. A joint demo in front of the commune resulted with arrest of two and detention of a Palestinian member of Parliament.
At least three activists have been arrested in a protest against the displacement of two Bedouin villages in the Negev. The Israeli cabinet is holding a special meeting at Kibbutz Sde Boker, where Ben-Gurion retired and is buried, to approve the plan. The activists are protesting outside the kibbutz as they meet. After the Bedouin are forcibly relocated to one of Israel's poorest municipalities, the government plans to build a Jewish settlement on ruins where their homes once stood. Even worse, the Bedouin of Umm el-Hiran were actually ordered to live in their current location by the IDF after the state displaced them in 1948. Read more about the decision:

Yaffa demonstration against the Prawer Plan, 16.11.2013
In anticipation of the nationwide "day of rage" on 30.11.2013, Yaffa-based activists, both Palestinians and Jewish, protested at the historical clock tower square against the Prawer plan which threatens to displace at least 30,000 Bedouins from their home in "unrecognized villages" in the Naqab / Negev, in southern Palestine. Even before the plan has been brought to a vote at the Knesset, the Israeli government already decided to demolish Umm al-Hiran and 'Atir, two Bedouin villages, in order to build a Jewish-only settlement, Hiran.


8.11.13 "Bil'in revisited: The small changes in life under occupation
Joining Bil’in’s weekly demonstration against the wall after not attending for a while exposes the little differences in the routine of occupation and resistance.
It’s been a couple of months since my last visit to Bil’in. Not too long, but long enough to suddenly notice those small changes that occur in every living environment, the changes that people can sometimes miss if you’re watching from within.
It started on the way from Tel Aviv. Passing by the settlement of Hashmonaim I was surprised to suddenly realize that there was one less fence in sight – and this in a region where fences and walls tend to multiply, not disappear. The fence in question used to separate olive groves belonging to the nearby village of Ni’ilin from the main highway that serves mostly settlers. After several years of construction, the separation wall in Ni’ilin has been completed and these groves are now unreachable for most villagers; someone must have realized that the fence was no longer needed to protect the highway. The view, naturally, is much nicer when not seen through a metal net, but realizing that the rational behind its removal was linking Palestinian land to settler roads and continuing its detachment from the village made things a bit grimmer.
Next we got to the Ni’ilin checkpoint, or I should say, the place formally known as Ni’ilin checkpoint. Apparently, the entire army base that comprised the checkpoint was recently privatized and is now run by a security company (the name of which was nowhere to be found) and its name changed to the much easier-on-the-ear, “Hashmonaim Crossing.” Not a border crossing, mind you, as it isn’t located on the internationally recognized border and there are still settlers and the army on the other side of it. It’s just a “crossing.”
The soldiers were quick to open fire on the demonstration but seeing as the wind was working against them, their tear gas had little effect. After about two hours of protest, with the occasional dodging of another tear gas canister (or a dozen) and with several local youth throwing stones at the soldiers behind the wall, we made our way back to the village.

Just returned from the flag holding Bil'in Friday 455 (8/11/2013) demo.
Me, another 5 Israelis, dozens of Bil'iners and dozens of international defied the massive teargas shooting for more than an hour near the gate in the wall but most of us out of the range of state force shooting.
Rani Abdel Fatah
Mohammed Basman Yasin

Bil'in Weekly Demo ..15.11.2013

The protest started with a prayer at the Abu Lamoun Oak grove, which was attended by many locals and guests. The protesters then went on to march toward the hole in the wall. A 100 meters from the wall protesters gathered for speeches featuring Jibril Rajoub, who was lightly sprayed with gas as he was speaking. Then, as protesters cautiously and peacefully advanced toward the soldiers, with the shabab heeding the organizers' request not to go a-stoning, the soldiers started filling the air with gas. Protesters were forced to retreat, a TV car was hit and started catching fire (which, luckily, was quickly put out), and the shabab started fighting back. Some protesters proceeded to paint graffiti on the wall, chased by soldiers. The ambulance was kept busy, but as far as I know all injuries were treated on site. The soldiers continued advancing, shooting gas and bullets for a long time.

Haitham Al Khatib
Haitham Al Khatib Activists "paint" the separation wall while the state forces concentrate their fire on the main demo.
Basel Mansour


The march came in the 9th anniversary assassination the leader Yasser Arafat.
It came against the negotiation and condemned the killing of young people at Israeli check points in the west bank.
It is organized by the popular resistance against the apartheid wall. After the Friday prayer the nonviolent march started from Al-Shomou’ center at Ma’sara village with the participation for dozens of locals and international solidarity, at that time, the protesters have raised the Palestinian flags, the prisoners posters then called for their freedom and ending the Israeli occupation.
As soon as the march has reached Al- Ma’sara’s entrance towards the confiscated lands
where internationals and locals protesters who have surprised the Israeli occupation forces by organizing a football game while they were deeply spread out with their vehicles, and declared it a military closed zone.

At that time, the Israeli army arrested a French activist they were attacked by plastic shields.
In that case, Mahmoud Zawahrah coordinator of the popular resistance against the apartheid wall & settlements condemned Palestinian youngsters killing on the Israeli checkpoints, affirmed that the resistance will go on until the Israeli Zionist occupation will vanish and finally requested the international community to move and end the Israeli occupation.

Nabi Saleh

The weekly 08/11/2013 Friday demonstration against Israeli occupation and land theft commemorated former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, whose remained were exhumed and analyzed. Autopsy results published this week indicated chairman Arafat died of unnatural causes, presumably polonium poisoning. Villagers held photos of the former chairman to protest his assassination. The villagers were joined by Israeli and international solidarity activists. As demonstrators proceeded down a street towards the locked gate near the military watch tower, IOF soldiers dispersed the march with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets.
israel putermam

15-11-13 The weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh commemorated Rushdi Tamimi, a local young man, and father of a toddler, who, a year ago was shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest against the war on Gaza. Tamimi died from his injuries two days later and was buried in the village's cemetery, where today's march started. Villagers, including Rushdi Tamimi's family members, marched from the cemetery to the site of the shooting, carrying banners with his image and the Palestinian flag, in defiance of the Israeli soldiers who attempted to suppress the demonstration. IOF soldiers fired tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets at the villagers and Israeli and international solidarity activists who joined the demonstration.
By: Haim Schwarczenberg
David Reeb





Kids with no childhood:
Today in Qaddum: 11/15/2013 9:00 AM Israeli occupation forces invaded the village of Qadum threw stun grenades at the houses and then arrested 4 children:
1 - Ahmed Abd Salam 5 years old - Ahmad said: "They hit me in my right leg"
2 - Tariq Hcamt 9 year old Tariq indicates "They tied my hands"
3 - Malik Hacamt 8 years old.
4 - 8 year old Hussam Khaldun.
The soldiers released the kids after hours of detention
info-graphic that explain show apartheid works when it comes to children rights:

Visualizing Occupation: Children under Israel’s legal regime | +972 Magazine
The different legal systems under which Israelis and Palestinians are tried apply to children as well. As +972 has consistently documented, Palestinian children arrested by the arm
"Just see the video - no one wounded, no one arrested, Qaddum won again".
Odai Qaddomi

Qaddum, November 15, 2013

Shaykh Jarrah
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.

Please make the effort and join them
this Friday, November 15th,
for a vigil in support of their struggle.
the vigils will start at

3:00 PM

We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.

South Hebron Hills

This week we will accompany Palestinians farmers and
shepherds to their lands in several locations in South
Hebron hills.
Harassment of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area
by both settlers and the army continues.


Saturday 16-11-13 At noon Jaffa Palestinian activists with Tel Aviv activists - we held a vigil at the clock tower of Jaffa protesting the Praver transfer plan for the 30,000 Bedouins.
"In anticipation of the nationwide "day of rage" on 30.11.2013, Yaffa-based activists, both Palestinians and Jewish, protested at the historical clock tower square against the Prawer plan which threatens to displace at least 30,000 Bedouins from their home in "unrecognized villages" in the Naqab / Negev, in southern Palestine. Even before the plan has been brought to a vote at the Knesset, the Israeli government already decided to demolish Umm al-Hiran and 'Atir, two Bedouin villages, in order to build a Jewish-only settlement, Hiran."

Saturday evening 3 dozen social struggle activists - including half a dozen of the anarcho-communist Ahdut (Unity) and half a dozen other anarchists, converged in front of the home of the law minister in protest of the police violence and failure of the police internal affair investigation to indite violent police officers. After a long while we marched in the neighborhood. (See clearly at 1:04 - 1:08)


Since more than a decade the village of Burqa near Ramallah is isolated from the city which used to be so close. The road that connected the village to the city, on which it is depended economically, as well as for medical services etc., was blocked by an arbitrary decision of the military and since then it is blocked.
The people of Burqa are subjects to daily settler violence that menaces their everyday life and had peaked in burning of the mosque in the village along with few cars last year and another incident of three cars that were burned and hostile graphite that was sprayed on the rebuilt mosque’s front wall.
1000 dunam of Burqa privately held lands were stolen by the outposts of Givat Assaf and Migron. The outskirts of Burqa that are controlled by lawless armed settlers had become a dangerous zone for the villagers, which forced the village shepherds to abandon the life they knew and source of income. And the military actively oversees all this and shelters the settlers’ actions.
Burqa stands defenseless and has no one to hear its cry.
Burqa people retained themselves for such a long time. They kept hope that their peaceful approach will be seen by the ruler that will, if will not redress the injustices, at least will stop them from getting worse.
Tomorrow (18-11-13) at 3pm there will be a meeting at Burqa on this issue with representatives from the nearing villages of Dir Dibwan, Ein Yabrud and Bitin. They invited us (AAtW) to come and join their meeting.

* From my blog at:
See at the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
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