Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle persist in spite of burn-out of veteran activists.
Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nebi Saleh, Qaddum, Shikh Jarrah and the South of Hebron Hills Deir Istiya
The first years of the joint struggle against the wall had some gains that drew activists to the struggle. However, for years the continuous joint struggle have much more gains, but not on the ground for people to see with their eyes. Gradually both Palestinians and Israeli activists dropped out with not so many to replace them. Still, on the weekly demonstrations the participants - Israelis, internationals, and Palestinians are far from any thought on quitting. We see the changes in the international arena. Taste of it is brought to us by the international activists who keep coming. If the weekly demos reminded activists the activity of Sisyphus of rolling a heavy rock uphill to the summit just to have it down again, it is clear to any one who see the whole picture that the rolling of the rock uphill again and again is decimating the hill and may be we are not so far from the last rolling of the rock up the hill.
6-4-16 Friday demo. 9 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall and dozen international activists joined the villagers and some guests. Just as we started to march down the hill - still in the village, the Israeli state forces started to shoot us with their long range tear gas canisters. Retreating a bit and malingering to evade the tear gas we prevailed. After the end of the first encounter we started again to march and got in response much more intense barrage of tear gas we prevailed it too - till the state forces went away and we scored another victory.
22-4-16, 7 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall and 10 internationals - mostly from Spain, joined the villagers in the 581st weekly demo against the occupation, the settlers, and the wall. The Israeli state forces tried to disperse us but we only retreated few hundred meters.
After their third intrusion the state forces went away and we declared another victory.
29-4-16 Friday demo. New army commander and new regulations. 10 Israelis, and about dozen internationals joined the Bil'iners in the weekly demo. The Israeli state forces "allowed" us to exit from the village and even to cross to the foot of the hill before they started to shoot tear gas. As the northern wind was friendly some activists persist there all along the demo while others retreated and advanced in response to the state forces intrusions and retreats. After longer than usual the state forces went away and we declared another victory.
6-4-16 Friday demo, report by Murad Shtaiwi: a young man was injured by a rubber bullet and dozens poisoned by tear gas during the march in the memory of the Palestinian child day - for those wounded, arrested and often killed by the Israelis. -
29-4-16 3 youths injured with rubber bullets during KAFR QUDOUM march today
hot clashes between the Palestinians and dozens of Israeli occupation army during the suppression of Kafr Qudoum march today, this caused 3 injuries two with rubber bullets in back and stomach the third burned hand with tear gas canister.
The march today began at 1 bm as usual toward the closed street at the beginning there were no soldiers but after about half an hour the army and the border police came with huge bulldozer which chased the youths while removing the rocks from the road to allow the Jeeps chasing.
then it was unequal battle between us and the army who shot rubber bullets and tear gas canisters in all directions causing 43 suffocated cases according to PRCS.
The march finished at 3 pm.
6-4-16 Friday demo
29-4-16 In the West Bank village of Ni’lin, Israeli forces this week, unlike before, did not invade the village before the start of the demonstration. The demonstrators therefore marched up to the soldiers. Surprisingly – and in contrast to years of demonstrations, Israeli forces last Friday did not target civilian homes with tear gas or use any other means of supposedly ‘less-lethal’ ‘crowd-control’ weapons. Israeli forces did shoot some tear gas, but not the amounts the villagers have become used to in the years of struggle against the illegal apartheid wall separating them from the majority of their farming land. The villagers are now hoping, that the collective punishment of the whole village, the targeting of civilians and the use of excessive force has come to an end.
8-4-16 Commemorating the battle of al-Qastel, Palestinians from the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army protesting the continued colonial violence and land expropriations. Villagers commemorated the battle of al-Qastel of 1948, famous for the steadfastness and heroism of Palestinian resistance fighters led by 'Abd al-Qader al-Husseini against Zionist militias.
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29/04/2016 After several of the village’s young men were released from Israeli prison, residents of Nabi Saleh confronted the occupying army, defying the army’s expropriation of their water spring. The soldiers fired barrages of tear gas on demonstrators, including the new and improved-range kind. No major injuries reported.
In Deir Istiya, near Nablus in northern occupied West Bank, farmers continued their Friday protests started few weeks ago, against the closure of agricultural roads that are essential for them to reach their land and thus ensure their own and their families income. The protest, as during the last few weeks, started with a prayer close to the settler road that cuts the farmers off from their land and prevents their access.
Don't say we did not know #495
In 1982 the IDF proclaimed as state land some 100 dunums (dunum = 1000 sq.m.) belonging to a Palestinian family of the village of Tafuh, west of Hebron, south of the settlement Adora. In 2000 a quarry was established there by an Israeli company, Elyakim Ben Ari.
On March 23, 2016, bulldozers of the IDF cleared some 30 dunums, belonging to the same family, to expand the quarry.
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Don’t say we did not know #496
On Sunday, April 3, 2016 two shepherds from the Palestinian village Mnezel (situated in the South Hebron Hills) – near the settlement Metsudat Yehuda crossed with their herd into Israel (around Jinbeh). Green Patrol inspectors could not stand this horrible violation and confiscated the herd – 150 sheep and goats were locked up in a sheepfold near Jericho. Now the sum of NIS 17,000 is demanded of the shepherds in order to get back their herd.
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On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, govt. agents escorted by police arrived and demolished El-Araqib yet again.
Don't say we did not know #497
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Israeli soldiers arrived at the Palestinian village Umm El-Kheir, in the south Hebron hills region, near the expansion of the settlement Carmel, and demolished six homes. 35 people were made homeless. The inhabitants are Bedouins, the Hadlin family, of the Jahalin tribe. They purchased the land where they live in the 1950s after being expelled from Israel.
On Wednesday, 06/04/16, government agents escorted by police, arrived and demolished a home in El-Bat, near road 31, in front of Nevatim junction. In El-Sayyed, near Hura, they demolished a wall under construction.
Don't Say We Didn't Know 499
In November 2015, the Israeli army began to widen the road leading from Hares Junction towards the settlements of Immanuel, Yakir and Nofim. The wider road will now block passage (of five roads) to 20,000 dunams of farm lands belonging to the Palestinian villagers of Deir Istiya. On Friday, April 15, 2016, the villagers held a peaceful demonstration protesting the blockage of their access to their own lands. A settler passing by stopped his vehicle and began shouting at the demonstrators. Soldiers arriving on the spot protected him and fired tear-gas at the demonstrators. Four of them were taken to hospital and seven treated on site.
On Tuesday (April 19), government agents escorted by police demolished yet again the Negev Bedouin village of Al Arakib.
Don't say we did not know #498
For years now, inhabitants of the Palestinian village Ni'ilin have demonstrated against the separation fence, with support of Israelis and peace activists from around the world. The fence separated 2,500 dunums (dunum = 1000 sq.m.) of the village land from the village itself, leaving the land on the western side.
During the demonstration that took place on Friday, April 8, 2016, the demonstrators reached soldiers standing in the fields of the village. The demonstrators argued with the soldiers. The soldiers declared the area a closed military zone. The demonstrators retreated into the village. The soldiers began firing tear gas and rubber coated bullets. The gas grenades were fired into the village as collective punishment. For the last two months they have extended their firing range.
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Don't say we did not know #500
In the beginning of October 2015, an Israeli army force entered the village of Beit Umar, south of Bethlehem. In the turmoil caused by the army's entry, Ibrahim 'Awwad was shot in his head. Ibrahim was a father of two, with a pregnant wife. He died a few days later.
In the early morning of Monday, April 25, 2016, Israeli soldiers entered the home of Ibrahim's parents, and searched the place. A female soldier demanded Ibrahim's mother to strip, twice. The soldiers wreaked havoc in the house and took a large quantity of money and jewellery (3000 NIS and 150 Jordanian Dinars).
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1st of May demo in Haifa organized by the anarchist communist Ahdut (Unity) + radicals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glgST5J6QVY
* 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.
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