Palestine-Israel, The eleven years joint struggle in Bil'in as a seed for the third youth intifada.*
At the beginning, the joint struggle in Bil'in of the Israeli Anarchists Against The Wall with the local activists differed only with a consisted Fridays direct actions against the construction of the separation fence. The Israeli state response was a prolonged effort to block the participation of the Israeli activists that failed due to geographic conditions, persistence of the Israeli activists, and our ingenuity. One of the restricting factors on the suppression efforts of the state forces was wide spread sympathy for these demos in the Israeli media, and public. In a desperate efforts the army sent covert agents to initiate stone throwing from the demo on the state force. After a long while they succeeded. Youngsters of the village got into the stone throwing habit. For years it was all over the media and contributed to the stone throwing culture of the Palestinian youth. This was a significant contributor factor to the already 4 months old "Children Intifada".
Friday 19-2-16 Hundreds marched from the centre of the village to the gate of the new separation wall -celebrating 11 years of persistent struggle against the separation wall/fence, settlers, and occupation. The Bil'iners activists were joined by many villagers, activists from Ramallah and neighbouring villages. Participated also bout 70 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative - including 7 members of the anarchist-communist Ahdut (Unity), and dozens of international activists (including US anarchists). After the long march - including the usually forbidden road to the new separation wall we neared the gate in the wall. The Israeli state forces try to disperse us, but the northern wind and the courage of many demonstrators defied it.
Part of us retreated out of the range of the tear gas, but many confronted the state forces and stayed near the gate for a long long confrontation.
Gradually, we retreated and returned to the village.
* 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) Position paper about the Palestinian struggle
English - http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27019
Arabic - http://www.ahewar.org/debat/show.art.asp?aid=430180