Palestine-Israel, New people join, some veterans left, pressures intensify... but the joint struggle continue kicking.
Last Friday (1.4) lot of anarchist flags again in Bil'in challenging the new efforts to put end to the Friday demos in the village. The long range tear gas cannisters prevent any interaction with the Israeli soldiers and stoped the demonstrators from exiting the village - like in the demonstrations in Bil'in eleven years ago before the intense efforts to put end to the demonstrations was replace with the contention of them; and like in the other locations - Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, and Qaddum where the efforts to put end to the demonstrations intensify. (So are with out the success the intense efforts to strangle the south of Hebron hills activities with other means.) People with keen ears can already hear the beginning of the countdown towards the end of the imperial settler colonial project in the East of the Mediterranean sea. May be the acceleration of the process is the result of the accumulation of the fiascos of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya...
18-3-16 577th Friday demo... 5 Israeli and about two dozens of internationals joined the villagers in the march towards the separation wall dedicated to the memory of the internationalist shahida Rachel Corrie.
Before even reaching the bottom of the hill the village is on the Israeli state forces started to shoot both the short range and the long range canisters of tear gas. As the tear gas was spread also at the fringe of the village we had to retreat much more than usual... but did not disperse till the state forces went away.
25-3-16 BIL'IN, Friday 25-3-16, 5 Israelis of the anarchists against the wall and dozen internationals joined the village activists in the weekly demo. Just as we started to march down the hill at the fringe of the village, the enforced Israeli state forces started to shoot the long range tear gas grenades. Few activists succeeded to pass the tear gas barrier and most of us retreated to the fringe of the range of the of the grenades - using the friendly wind help.
The advance of the soldiers and adding the rubber bullets and big amount of short range grenades failed to disperse us.
After about half an hour, most of the state force went away and only one armed car advanced to us with last salvo of shooting that still failed to disperse us.....
The last care went away. We declared an additional victory and went to drink the after demo tea at Waji veranda.
1.4.16 About 22 Israeli activists with the anarchists against the wall initiative - half of them members of the anarchist communist Ahdut (Unity) joined dozen internationals and the village activists in the demo against settlers and occupation. Just as we started to march the Israeli state force started to shower us with the long range tear gas grenades. As this was not powerful enough one armoured car came near us to shoot us from short range. After 15 minutes of evading the tear-gas the state force went away and we declared another victory.
In Ni’lin village, also west of Ramallah, as in Bil’in, the protesters were marking the anniversary of the death Rachel Corrie.
They marched carrying posters of her and pictures of Tristan Anderson, an American peace activist who was seriously injured after a high-velocity Israeli gas bomb struck him in the forehead, on March 13 2009, causing cognitive impairment and physical disability.
The Ni’lin Popular Committee stated that the Israeli soldiers assaulted dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists with tear gas bombs that can reach more than 1000 meters away.
"Many of those gas bombs struck homes, causing many Palestinians, including children, to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation," he said, "This is the second week the soldiers use this type of gas bombs in the village," Mohammad Amira, member of the Popular Committee said to local reporters.
25-3-16 On Friday, soldiers fired sponge headed bullets on the vehicles parked on the outskirts of the village, just for fun. Then they fired on water tank and dis-functioned it regardless they already dispersed the demonstration. Then they threw several stun grenades toward a house locked in it a family with five small children. Every time someone came to the window they threw a stun grenade. They also fired tear gas between the houses and tried to kill children who run away from them. Of course it does not end there. Afterwards we warned the children not to pick up the orange shock grenades lying between the tear gas cartridges. The kids collect them for recycling at the end of each demonstration. The fear was that like two weeks ago the soldiers will trap stun grenades where children go. The objective is to cause injury or killing of children that collect these grenades. We saw two weeks ago a grenade a soldier wired and one of the adults rushed to kick the grenade to explode it before children will try to pick it and hurt. This week we went back and asked the children not to pick up the orange grenades.
David Reeb https://youtu.be/Xuyrjrwg1Us
25-3-16 Residents of the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to protest the occupation and the ongoing violent repression of Palestinians by the Israeli army. This time, protesters were accompanied by a large contingent of foreign solidarity activists, who came to participate in the demonstration and witness the brutality. The Israeli soldiers fired many rounds of tear gas canisters, including the new long-range variety that is undetectable while in motion, and that may cause serious injuries or worse. The soldiers also used stun grenades to disperse protesters. No major injuries reported.
1.4.16 David Reeb https://youtu.be/wVUUlpLQWII
israel pnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbT0DHbWOlQ
Don't say we did not know #493
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the Civil Administration official responsible for government property proclaimed 2342 dunums (i.e. 2.342 square kilometres) in the West Bank as state land. Some of this area has served settlers' businesses for years. The UN and US condemned this proclamation. We almost have not heard anything in the media about this aggressive action.
* 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