Palestine-Israel, February 20th - Ten years of struggle in Bil'in - inspiration to organized popular non armed struggle
The activists of Bil'in were not the first to join the popular unarmed struggle against the separation fence, occupation, and settlers encroachment. However, the Bil'in activists together with the anarchists against the wall were the first to start a persistent struggle with a non stop week after week of activities. Activists from near and far villages came to Bil'in to support and to be inspired, and together started to struggle in their own villages. Ni'ilin, Ma'asare, Beit Umar for few years... and later villages that struggle against the the encroachment of settlers and occupation blocks - Nabi Saleh and Qaddum. Higher levels of organization and activities of the coordination comity of the local popular struggle comity and just lately a coordination comity of a group of villages in the south of the occupied west bank.
Friday 1/23/2015 Today in Bil'in we were dozen Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, about dozen internationals and dozens of Bil'iners. When we started to march from the village to the areas of the returned lands, the Israeli armed forces did not wait and started to fire tear gas grenades. As the wind was friendly they failed to disperse us and even shooting bullets did not do more than make us to retreated a bit.
After more than an hour of confrontation the state forces went away.
A young Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Rahma was seriously injured in his head by an Israeli rubber bullet. Three other Palestinians including a journalist were also hit and wounded by rubber bullets during today's weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation in Bil'in.
Hamde Abu Rahma:
"After this young boy was shot in his head, the Israeli army followed him, as he could not run too well. They were trying to arrest him but I grabbed him and held him in my arms and ran with him to the safety of the ambulance. The Israeli army kept shooting at us from very close range. My duty is to take photos to document life under the occupation, but when we see someone in trouble, our humanity must act first and we must always come to each other's aid."
Bil'in - 30-1-15, three weeks to the ten years anniversary. At Friday noon, 13 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, and many international activists joined the Bil'iners in the weekly demonstration against the separation wall and occupation and in solidarity with the 14 years old Malak incarcerated after falsely blaming her that she threw stones on soldiers. Though the western wind carried the tear gas showered toward us, few participants succeeded to find a round about rote and arrived behind the soldiers where they could not sower them with tear gas. After a long while when the tear gas reach the village most of us dispersed.
Taki Bornat https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=865300783491816
Haitham Al Khatib https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204973459189175
Friday 30-1-2015, One more time, villagers and international supporters gathered to stop settlements in Ma'asara, with the slogan “Stop the theft of Palestinian land”. And also one more time, the IOF waited the participants and threw them hundreds of tear gas canister followed by sound grenades and rubber coated bullets to stop and suppress the march. The participants suffered for the tear gas inhalation again.
Friday 1/23/2015 - The weekly march began from Martyrs' Square in Nabi Saleh, raising the Palestinian and Egyptian flags and frequency slogans against the occupation in all its forms and expressions, and its presence in our land. In an attempt to gain access to confiscated land and before approaching the checkpoint, the occupation forces threw the demonstrators heavy tens of poison gas bombs, rubber bullets and live ammunition (TOTO) knowing that the village is exposed to continued attacks during week closure of the iron gate at the entrance of the village and to incursions with the next inspection houses and arrests. Moreover, yesterday, they used a new type of long-range bombs.
The weekly protest in Nabi Saleh followed a week of IDF raids in the village and arrests of residents, as well as what seems like the introduction of a new weapon that contains an unknown orange-colored chemical.
Bilal Tamimi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F0DD66Hg94
Dvid Reeb http://youtu.be/RDdqrINMM-M
Today 30-1-15 Protesting the systematic detention of children and minors by the IDF, residents of Nabi Saleh and solidarity activists marched today, demonstrating against the recent prison sentence given to 14 years old Malak al-Khatib. Malak was accused of stone throwing, and was pressured into signing a plea deal which handed her a two-months prison term and 6000NIS fine. She is currently held in Hasharon prison, with other female Palestinian political prisoners. The IDF attempted to disperse the marchers by using tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition (“tutu”). One child was injured from a live bullet and was taken to Salfit for medical treatment.
David Reeb http://youtu.be/29f30wRcrjA
An Israeli soldier dancing on Palestinian warrior song during the protest against the Apartheid wall in the west bank village of Ni'lin 23.01.2015
A Palestinian guy was shot in the head with a tear gas bomb in Kufr Qaddoum in the Weakly nonviolence demonstration that aims to open the closed road in the village. The soldiers shot protesters with rubber bullets and threw tear gas bombs leaving tens wounded. But, in spite of this, the demonstration continued shouting for stopping the violence, collective punishment and terror against humanity which Israel practice every day against Palestinians. The governor of Qalqilia Rafi Rawajbeh participated in the demonstration with some of representatives of Fateh party and the colonization and wall resistance commission. watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHaJb7HoceQ
30-1-15 - At least one unarmed protester was shot in the head by the Israeli army with rubber coated steel bullets! Miraculously its only screeched him.
In the weekly demo against the occupation in kufr Qaddum,
Over the hundred local participants!
The Israeli army again invades the center of the village, spraying skunk juice over houses of people and a television team s van that was parked next to their path!
Friday 30/1/2015 - 5 years ago I earned here some important lessons on political struggle, thanks to the amazing people of this neighborhood and the Israeli police. Now everything is much more quiet, which is not necessary a good thing in our parts.
South Hebron Hills
2015 01 23 Four Palestinians arrested during an action in the South Hebron Hills (Susia village)
Younes Arar: "30 January 2015. South West Bank popular Committees organized today an olive trees planting activity for private Palestinian land adjacent to the illegal Zionist occupation Nekodim colony where the terrorist Zionist occupation minister of External Affairs Avigdor Liberman is living, to the east of Bethlehem. We were intercepted by 10s of heavily armed Zionist occupation forces and colonists while we were on the way to that area, attacked us and tried to force us back, but we insisted to reach the targeted area and plant our trees. The land owner was not allowed to enter and plant his land for the last 15 years. After about an hour they allowed us to plant the trees but to leave the land after 15 minutes, which means we have to do the planting in just 15 minutes. So, we reached the land took our time planting the trees under the guns of the Zionist soldiers and colonists, but we planted our olive trees, they tried to stop us, to terrorize us, but we planted our trees, 30 January 2015."
"Freedom is to see the smile back on the faces of every single person in the village today! finally after so much Israeli mid-night raids and arrests in the village which cause arrests of over 45 youth from Ni'lin village,today Ni'lin village celebrate the release of 3 of its youth from Israeli military jails with a great joy and happiness!.
my cousin Khamis Amireh 39 years old. spent 7 months in jail.
Khalil Amireh 22 years old ,spent 22 months in jail.
Abed alqader Nafi 23, spent 15 months in jail.
may we celebrate the freedom of Palestine soon inshallah grin emoticon"
Thursday 29-1-15 demo in solidarity with Malak. We were about 100 - Israeli and Palestinian Israelis. With placards and chants. In front of the Israeli central military compound.
Israeli Court sentenced 14-Year-Old to two months in prison and $1523 fine.
Malak is considered the youngest prisoner currently serving a sentence in Israeli jails. She is one of 7000 Palestinian children who were arrested since the start of the second Intifada in September 2000, many of whom are still serving sentences.
Shackled and in tears, 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib from the village of Beitin, in the Ramallah district, was taken from the Israeli military court Ofer to begin serving her two months sentence in prison and for alleged rock throwing and the possession of a knife.
After being detained for 23 days, Malak was sentenced to two months in prison and a fine of 6000 shekels ($1523), even though she had hopes of being released to reunite with her family who has been living in distress ever since Malak was detained on December 31, 2014.
Don't say we didn’t know #439
On Tuesday, 20th January, 2015, IDF soldiers arrived at Rifa'iyya, a Palestinian village between Dirat and Zif in the South Hebron Hills and demolished three homes and a sheepfold. 28 people were left without a roof over their heads.
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* 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: Stories from the year 2100 - 50 years after the revolution
Ahdut (Unity) blog: http://unityispa.wordpress.com/
Ahdut (Unity) Position paper about the Palestinian struggle
English - http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27019
Arabic - http://www.ahewar.org/debat/show.art.asp?aid=430180