Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle is still kicking even if on lower level
The joint non armed struggle of the Israeli anarchists against the wall with local activists which confronted the Israeli state forces was unique at the beginning and drew to it less radical Israelis. Along the years were efforts to unite the local struggles and rise the level of activity but both Palestinian and Israeli authorities thwarted it. Alternative projects in the less radical Israeli circles diminish the pool the AAtW recruit. In the Palestinian side some of the successes and softening of the Israeli suppression contributed its share for dropping out of the on going joint struggle. The radical change of suppression of the Friday demos in Bil'in - mainly not shooting us any more with bullets and tear gas grenades, and the Ramadan rose some second thoughts even in the most persistent activists. But, the Tsumud (persistent) moral was regained in the relative big demo of 8 July.
10-6-16 "our Bil'in weekly Friday Occupation Protest Demonstration was quiet for the 3rd week running! We were only 25 in number for Bil'in this week but we showed up! So did 50 Israeli Occupation soldiers! We delivered our message in Peace! Again, we know the occupation wants to tell us we are guests in our own land and we are their prisoners but we are not clear why they show up with 50 combat armed soldiers! There is no threat from our farming village!"
24-6-16 The 590th Friday demo. Bil'in is persisting and will never yield!!! 10 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall and half a dozen internationals joined a dozen of Bil'iners in the never breaking chain of Friday demos. In spite of the state force threatening with arrests we nearly reached the route of the dismantled separation fence and the memorial structure of Bassem (phil).
After a prolonged "communication" with the soldiers we returned to the village.
1.7 Bil'in Friday demo brought us a small victory. About 8 Israeli anarchists and few internationals joined a dozen Bil'iners in the last ramadan Friday demo. The theme of the demo was the commemoration of the second anniversary of the murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian child of occupied east Jerusalem who was kidnapped by Israeli fanatics, who tortured him, and burnt him. This was the forth demo without the state forces shooting. From demo to demo we got nearer to the soldiers. .This Friday we were "quarrelling" with them only few meters separating between us. After a long while they force us to retreat about 20 meters by threatening with arrests, got so satisfied that most of them went away leaving few to keep us from going to Bassem memorial. We regrouped a bit back to a shade of an olive tree discussing the future demonstrations and in parallel few kids attacked the remaining soldiers with stones. The soldiers preferred to go away so we took advantage of it and converged at the memorial of Bassem where the soldiers car usually park.
8-7-16 Friday 8-7-16. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, and about 20 international solidarity activists from various countries joined about 20 bil'iners. As is the ritual the last month the Israeli state forces positioned near the route of the dismantled separation fence "allowed" us to come up to few meters from their position - blocking our way to the new separation wall one kilometre to the west. The soldiers declared the area as closed military zone forbidden to us... even showed the activists that demanded that the document signed by the general commanding the region.
After a long quarrel with the most daring activists they declared they are starting to arrest these too near to them and we started to retreat few meters to be on the safe side. few kids throw few stones tried to provoke the soldiers... but these were not in the mood to use it as a pretext to start shooting us.
Gradually we started to return to the village as we have seen the soldiers will not go away and will not let us have a victory group picture at the memorial of Bassem abu Rahme located near the old route as in the previous Friday.
25-6 israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggQYVH0g4Zw
1 Jul israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg-Mk97n6UU
David Reeb https://youtu.be/4XrAXCnzKiM
Don't say we did not know #506
Settlers from the outposts Ahiya and Esh Kodesh never stop harassing the Palestinian farmers of Jalud, whose lands are next to those outposts.
On Sunday, 5th June, 2016, after co-ordinating with the IDF, Jalud farmers went to harvest their crops on fields between the two outposts. Settlers tried to prevent the harvest. This time, the police restrained the settlers, enabling the farmers to complete their harvest (256 dunums).
It should be noted that a settler squatted on the land of a farmer from Jalud – a trespass that was ruled illegal by the court. That settler squatting there has to vacate the land only at the beginning of next year. He won a stay in court - that same court that termed his trespass illegal – so his eviction has been postponed.
On Thursday, 9th June, 2016, government representatives escorted by the police came to demolish El-Araqib, yet again.
Don't say we did not know #507
Recently, Mekorot (the Israeli water carrier) has cut back the amount of water it supplies to Palestinian areas in the northern West Bank. Salem village (east of Nablus), as an example, receives a water supply once a week to each household. The villagers have been informed that from Thursday, 9th June, 2016, Mekorot would be cutting that amount by a further half.
In Umm Jamal, in the north Jordan Valley, there's a spring used by shepherds to water their flocks. The land belongs to the church. On Tuesday, 14th June, 2016, the IDF told the shepherds, via a note posted at the site, that they must appear before a court in Beit El settlement three days later and if they did not present themselves in court, they would be denied access to the spring.
On 14th June, 2016, IDF soldiers confiscated a tractor and a water tank from a Palestinian resident of Samara in the north Jordan Valley.
Don't say we did not know #508
We frequently hear in the media about water supply problems in the Occupied Territories. Here's yet another testimony of harassment of Palestinian farmers:
On Thursday, 23rd June, 2016, Mekorot workers (from the Israeli water company), together with representatives of the Civil Administration, came to the Palestinian village Baq'a (east of Hebron), escorted by soldiers, and destroyed both their agricultural drip irrigation system and fertiliser containers. These were in use for cultivation of an area of nearly 10 dunums of tomatoes (dunum=1000 sq.m.).
We should emphasise the following: all attempts by the villagers to negotiate a water supply with the authorities have failed.
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Don't say we did not know #509
Herding communities in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley suffer from extreme water restrictions.
A Palestinian from Hadidiyya (near Roee settlement) put in place a water pipe from Tamun village to his village (8 kms) so as to solve the village’s water supply problem. The Israeli Civil Administration cut off the pipe 200 metres from the village. All attempts by Palestinians from the village to reconnect the pipe were blocked by IDF soldiers.
On Thursday, 30th June, 2016, Israeli activists tried to reconnect the pipe but were prevented by soldiers.
On Wednesday, 29th June, 2016, government representatives, escorted by the police, arrived in El-Araqib to demolish it, yet again. For the 100th time!
This was the second time that government representatives have demolished it during this Ramadan.
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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.
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
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