Palestine-Israel - One apartheid state nearing 50th birthday and the tension rise*
The focus on the Israel-Palestine one apartheid state is more and more in the world media. The fear of Europe - mainly from the extreme Muslim terror, combined with the B.D.S. movement, increase the pressure on Israel. Even US call for at least partial retreat from 1967 conquest of the remaining Palestinian region. The sham excuse Israel will retreat only with final peace agreement in which the Palestinians renounce the right of return of the 1948 refugees is exposed when even the Hamas agree on 1967 borders. Frustrated from the Palestinian Authority yielding to the Israeli needs the Fatah opposition initiated the prisoners hunger strike of 1700 inmates which may ignite a mass revolt of the Palestinians of the west bank. Meanwhile, the harassment of the non-armed joint struggle of grass root village activists and the Israeli anarchists against the wall, that was a bit dormant seems to be ignited again marked with the use live ammunition in Nabi Saleh (taking advantage of the absent of Israelis).
The big anniversary demo of 17-2-17
24-2-17, The first Friday demo of the 13th year of struggle. 3 Israelis of the anarchists against the wall (and 2 additional Israelis), 5 volunteers of the red crescent from Ramalla, and 10 internationals joined the village activists and kids. We marched chanting from the Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the wall. We knocked on the gate, kids climbed on the wall and tried in vain to force open the gate. The Israeli state forces refused to respond to the challenge for a long while. We returned to the village with mixed feelings.
3-3-17, 7 Israelis, 10 internationals, and village activists marched in the Friday demo from Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the separation wall. Chanting all the way there and knocking intensely on the gate when we arrived... but no Israeli state forces came to meet us. After a long while and a short sightseeing for the internationals we returned to the village.
10-3-17 Friday, 7 Israelis were blocked from reaching the joint demo by 10 army and police cars who road-blocked the three roads leading to the village. The demo was as usual without the participation of the Israeli state forces....but only Bil'iners and internationals could participate. Israeli forces closed the roads to the village of Bil'in from all directions to prevent the 7 Israelis who tried to participate.
Rumours say it was a kind of weird reprisal act for the previous night action (of people not related to the joint struggle) who tried to force open the gate of the separation wall.
After failing to cross the road blocks we could only look from the near by hill the clashes between Bil'iners and the soldiers of the road block between Kharbata and Bil'in. A 14 year old youth from Bil'in was arrested in the classes near the road block on the way from 433 high way and Bil'in.
Bil'in, Friday 17-3-17. 7 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall, more than 20 internationals, and 15 from Ramalla joined the village activists in the weekly demo against the occupation and the settlers dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie (ISM activist martyred in Rafa).
After converging at the Abu Lamun oak orchard we marched chanting to the near by separation wall. There we declare our opinions to the near by settlement of Modi'in Elit.
After a while we marched along the wall to the closed gate there we continue the demo for a long while before returning to the village.
24-3-17 Friday demo. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative and 10 internationals joined the village activists. We converged at the Abu Lamun oak wood at noon and marched chanting to the gate in the wall. After long knocking on the gate trying to summon the Israeli force guarding the wall and the gate - getting no response we gave up. After socialising with the internationals we returned to the village.
30/3/17, Friday, The Day Of the Land demonstration. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative joined 10 Internationals and dozen and a half Palestinians marched from the Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the wall - chanting and holding flags. The Israeli state forces were absent as usual lately. Still hard to get used to be the only village permitted a free from suppression demonstration against the occupation and the settlers.
Bil'in, Friday 7-4-17. 9 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, about 20 international activists, and 20 villagers marched along the separation wall chanting against the occupation, the separation wall, and the settlers. Only one soldier looked on us for few minutes and a drone hovering above represented the Israeli armed forces. After a long gathering, hanging flags on the wall, and burning tiers in front of the gate we returned to the village.
14-4-17 The 632th Friday demo against the separation fence/wall in the chain the Israeli state failed to tear. 11 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative' joined more than a dozen internationals, and the village people in the march towards the gate in the wall. A huge bonfire of old tires in front of the gate was a background for a long gathering and picture taking. A lone armed car of the army passed on the road behind the wall - activating its siren in a weird announcing of their unseen passing presence.
Bil'in Friday demo, by its unique place where Palestinians can demonstrate without Israeli state interference and suppression direct a virtual powerful projector to all the other places and activities of suppressed protests.
21-4-17 Friday, the 633th demo against the occupation, the separation fence/wall, and the settlers in the chain the Israeli state failed to tear. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, joined about a dozen of international activists, and the village people in the march towards the gate in the wall. The theme of the day was solidarity with hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners. We marched to the gate in the wall chanting holding a banner and flags of Marwan Burguty. When we arrived at the gate only few soldiers were hiding beyond the wall - seen only by youth who climbed on the wall. A black cloud from a bonfire of old tires in front of the gate was carried to the near by settlement. After a long vigil we returned to the village.
28-4-17 Bil'in Friday 28-4-17 demo. 8 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall joined two dozen Palestinians in the 634th demonstration against occupation, separation wall and settlers. The theme of the day was solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners. The Israeli soldiers which were murderous in the other demos of the day were were very few and hide behind the wall so we could not even see them. We marched from the Abu Lamun oak wood towards the gate in the wall chanting. At the gate a big bonfire of old tiers was lit hoping the wind will blow the smoke towards the orthodox settlement. Kids climbed the wall and hanged the Palestinian flag on it. After a long convergence and photographing with the young children we returned to the village.
Bil'in, Friday 5-5-17 demonstration. 3 Israeli anarchists, and two international activists joined about 10 activists of the village in the 635th demo against the wall, the occupation and the settlers. The Israeli forces intended to capture the stone thrower kids so they left a notice about a closed military zone along the road to the wall and spread groups of soldiers and border police in the fields between the wall and the route of the dismantled fence near the village. We marched chanting towards the gate in the wall but before reaching it we started to return and confronted the invading soldiers in the field. As there were no throwing stones kids the state force just harassed us threatened us with arrests because we were in a closed military zone... and detained two of the village activists.
24-2-17 Hundreds marched today for the annual “Open Shuhadaa Street” protest in the occupied city of Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshippers at the Ibrahimi mosque in the early hours of 25 February, 1994, killing 29 of them and wounding another 125. In the wake of subsequent violence, the Israeli military closed Shuhadaa street to Palestinians, shuttering stores and forcing residents off public spaces. Today, only Jewish settlers and their guests are allowed to move through the bulk of Shuhadaa street. Protesters chanted against the ongoing closure, against the ghettoization of Hebron and the continued settlement project that disrupt the daily lives of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli army dispersed protesters with barrages of tear gas. No serious injuries or arrests reported.
For more photos, Please click on the link: https://schwarczenberg.com/open-shuhadaa-street-hebron-2017
3-3-17 Friday demo, Update from Manal (from approx 5 hours ago): "Clashes are still going on #Nabi_Saleh and soldiers keep shooting live bullets and tear gas canisters".
IOF attack Palestinian, Israeli and international activists who marched to the fresh water spring located on land belonging to residents of Nabi Saleh, which has been stolen by settlers from the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish.....we will continue to take our wright's and end the suffering of our population to make Palestine free of occupation
21-4-17 In solidarity with the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh marched and confronted the Israeli army. The strike was launched on Prisoner’s Day, 17 April, and included thousands of political prisoners of different factions. The prisoners demand immediate improvement to the conditions of their incarceration, such as access to education, phones, family visits etc. The Israeli state retaliated against the leadership of the prisoners, especially against Marwan Barghouti, by relocating them to different jails and placing them in solitary confinement. Marchers waved the Fatah flags, chanted against administrative detention, and call for the release of political prisoners and against the ongoing occupation and land confiscations. The Israeli army attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas, rubber- and sponge-encased steel bullets. No major injuries or arrests reported.
For more photos, Please click on the link: https://schwarczenberg.com/nabi-saleh-21042017
Friday demo. The theme of the day was solidarity with hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=825314100942618
26-4-17 A strong clashes taking a place this Friday demo in #Nabi_Saleh and one injury with live ammunition. Soldiers attack the demonstration and shots a lot of tear gas cannister and live ammunition four youths shots by life bullets in there legs and one by tear gas cannister in the head they are in hospital for treatment after the army stopped the ambulance for one hour
5-5-17 Israeli soldiers shot and injured, Friday, eight Palestinians, including five with live fire, and caused scores to suffer the effects of tear-gas inhalation, in Nabi Saleh village, north of Ramallah, in central West Bank.
3-3-17 Friday demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4d0i4GQ1k
24-3-27 Friday demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8NqBEO1deY
14-4-2017 Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HKsPqowAGo
3-3-17 Friday demo
24-3-27 Friday demo David Reeb https://youtu.be/SXZRMVGotko
31.3.2017 Israel Puterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yKuNBEqLkE
Yaron ben-haim https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/04/02/%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86-nilin-31-3-2017/
7-4-17 israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0KPwDryzoo
Yaron ben-haim https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/04/11/%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%86-nilin-7-4-2017/
14-4-17 The IOF shot and arrested our friend Muhamed Ameera at Ni'lin weekly demo he in the hospital now . Inshallah he recover soon and back to his children and family
04/21/2017 israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEc9gQZhB_k
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Settlers from the illegal outpost Havat Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills habitually assault Palestinian children of the cave-dweller hamlets in the area who are forced to walk close to the outpost on their way to school in Tawane and back. In 2004 the assailants seriously wounded two international accompanists. Ever since then, the Israeli army has been escorting the children. All these years the Israeli police, West Bank region, ‘manages’ not to know of the assaults, nor to arrest the assailants.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the escorting army Jeep did not arrive to do its work and accompany the children on their way from their school in Tawane back to their hamlets. The children chose to take the longer way in order to avoid passing by Havat Ma’on. In spite of their efforts not to run into colonists, these lay in wait for them and attacked.
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, government agents escorted by police arrived at Bedouin villages in the Negev, and ploughed grain fields belonging to the Bedouins, in order to destroy their future crops: In Rahma near Yeruham, and at Al Sadir, west of Ar’ara. They also demolished a home in Abu Grinat, south of road 25.
every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes,the taking over of the neighbourhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem.They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them. Please make an effort and join them this April 28for a vigil in support of their struggle.Attention: The vigil will start at 4:00 Pm We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, on the new side-walk, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.
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Until recently Israeli soldiers were the ones acting to expel Palestinians from the Jordan Valley. In the past few months, settler-colonists have joined this activity, now living in new ‘illegal’ outposts erected at Al Hema and Umm Zuka, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley.
On Wednesday March 1, 2017, settler-colonists from Umm Zuka stole four donkeys from Palestinian shepherds of Al Malih. When required to return them, they admitted that they had handed over the donkeys to the Civil Administration. Naturally, none of the robbers has been arrested nor would be brought to court. The Palestinians are required to pay to get their donkeys back.
On Saturday, March 4, settlers-colonists of the outpost at Al Hema attacked Palestinian shepherds. Soldiers who arrived late at the scene, arrested a Palestinian instead of the assailants.
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, government agents escorted by police demolished Bedouin homes in the Negev: one near Kseifa, one in Abu Tlul near road 35, and one at Hashem Zana near Moshav Nevatim.
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Settler colonists from the new outpost above the hamlet of Al Hema in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley keep threatening and assaulting their Palestinian neighbours. None of the assailants has been arrested.
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, settler-colonists from the outpost assaulted Palestinian shepherds of Al Hema..
On Tuesday, March 7, two armed settler-colonists entered Al Hema itself and threatened its inhabitants. Later they attacked shepherds.
On Friday March 10, settler-colonists came riding on mini-tractors with dogs and chased shepherds away from their grazing area. This time the shepherds were not escorted by Israeli or international human rights activists.
On Sunday through Tuesday, March 5-7, Israeli government agents escorted by police destroyed grain crops in Bedouin villages in the Negev: at Umm Batin near road 60, at Al Fura'a near road 31, and at Rahma near Yeruham and in Wadi Al Na'am south of Beer Sheva.
On Thursday, March 9, they demolished Al Arakib yet again.
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On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Palestinians were working, paving an access road to the fields of Turmus Aya village, located in Area B. Israeli soldiers fired teargas grenades and 'rubber bullets' (metal covered in rubber) without any warning. The workers left. Only after intervention by the DCO did the soldiers leave and the Palestinians resumed their work.
On Monday and Tuesday, March 13-14, government agents escorted by police came to Bedouins' fields in the Negev and destroyed their crops - near Nevatim Junction, near Al Sara, Tel Al Milh (all close to the army base at Nevatim) and at Kseife. On Thursday, March 16, they destroyed dams with which the Bedouins store rainwater that enables them to cultivate summer crops- at Tel Arashid, east of the town of Hura, at Um Batin, near Omer, and in Hura.
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On Wednesday March 22, 2017, Palestinian farmers of the village Bourin went out to cultivate their lands. Note: this was in coordination with with the Israeli army. Settler-colonists who came from Yitzhar attacked them. The soldiers did not arrest the attackers. An army officer demanded of the farmers to leave the area.
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On Monday, March 28, 2017, Israeli soldiers came to the Palestinian village of Al-Rifa'iya (near the town of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills) and demolished a greenhouse, as well as confiscating the tree saplings that were growing in the nursery.
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Settler colonists of Yitzhar, Beracha and their outposts frequently attack the Palestinian villagers of Bourin.
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, settler colonists from the illegal outpost of Seneh Yaacov (near Beracha) descended towards the Palestinian village of Bourin. They threw stones at homes in the village. Soldiers who were present did not prevent the assault nor arrest them. When youngsters of the village began to throw stones back at them, the soldiers fired rubber (rubber coated steel pellets) ammunition and teargas and stun grenades at the Palestinians. The soldiers also grabbed a donkey from Bourin and passed it on to the settler colonists
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On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Israeli government agents escorted by police once more demolished the Negev Bedouin village of Al Arakib.
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On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Israeli soldiers came to the Palestinian village of Umm Al Uber, near Zubeidat, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, and uproot 540 date palm saplings, just one year old, and destroyed 30 dunams of melons. A week earlier they uprooted date palm saplings near Jericho.
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In violation of international law, ten Israeli quarries operate inside the West Bank, and another is about to be opened.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, agents of the Civil Administration escorted by soldiers handed orders to cease work to a Palestinian quarry owner south of the Palestinian village of Beit Umar, and confiscated a bulldozer and bugger which they transported to nearby Israeli settler-colony of Karmei Tzur.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Israeli government agents escorted by police came to Bedouin villages in the Negev for a day of home demolitions. They destroyed two houses at Al Sayed, near the town of Hura, two homes at at Al Za'arura, east of Kseife, and a house in Al Fur'a near the Israeli town of Arad.
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Here is a testimony given by a member of the Jahalin tribe living in Ujja (north of Jericho), to visitors on tour of the peace movements in the Palestinian Jordan Valley (Friday, April 28, 2017) as noted by Nurit Popper.
“We have been living in Ujja for 30 years with our sheep and goat flocks. We were living quietly until 2008. Then trouble began. Settler-colonists from the hilltop outposts above Ujja began to descend to our grazing areas and threaten and assault us.
In 2008 they stol 75 of our goats and sheep. We complained to the police but in vain.
3 years ago 90 goats and sheep were stolen. Some were taken to the settler-colony and others to further locations. In spite of the fact that we know who the thieves are and even lodged a complaint, the police never intervened and the stolen livestock was never returned to us.
Because of the repeated assaults and thefts by the settler-colonists we have lost our grazing area. We have had to close our livestock in corrals and feed it with purchased feed. We have been compelled to take other types of work, our lives have become impossible in this area. Lately, volunteers from the peace movements such as Guy and Arik who accompanied us to our grazing area were beaten up, paying a steep price for their will to prevent injustice.”
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, government agents escorted by police demolished Al Arakib (Negev Bedouin village) yet again.
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* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See in 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