Thursday, September 29, 2005

France: Video showing and debate with "Anarchists Against the Wall", Dijon 1-10-05 [fr] 29 Sep

As we have just learned that 2 militants from the Anarchists Against the Wall initiative (who do direct actions against the "Apartheid Wall" and the Israeli occupation in Palestine) will be passing through Dijon, the "Collectif PASSION & Affinités" invites you to a meeting at the Local Libertaire, 61 Rue Jeannin in Dijon on Saturday 1st October 2005. The evening will begin at 7.00pm with an aperitif and toast. Our two guests will then give a short history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and then provide us with an account of their direct experiences in the struggle against the separation wall, and give us an up-to-date acount of the situation, from their unique perspective.

They will also be showing a video documentary, which shows a direct action by the "Anarchists Against the Wall" against the separation barrier, during which the [Israeli] army shot at Israeli demonstrators with live ammunition for the first time ever, seriously injuring one.

Obviously, this evening will be an excellent opportunity to find out more and we hope there will be a lively debate!

A poster for the evening can be downloaded at:

archiving & documentation on libertarian struggles in Dijon


Translation by nmcn/ainfos

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The regular joint Friday demonstrations against the separation fence resumed 24 Sep

In spite of the declaration of the regional IOF army commander few weeks ago that there will not be any more joint demonstrations in Bil'in, and his efforts to enforce it, yesterday - 23-09-05 demonstration occurred, with great success. It seems that the bad publicity and political ferment related to the banning of the demonstration, and the struggles in the two weeks the ban was in power, that did the demonstration any way... forced the higher authorities to over rule the ban. (As a result both two last Friday demonstrations were not dispersed after few minutes of arrival to the roadblock preventing the advance to the building site of the separation fence - which was "improvement" of the policy applied .) Following the intensification of the efforts to block the arrival of Israelis to the joint Friday demonstration we took counter steps.

The obvious one was for few comrades to arrive already at Bil'in Thursday evening. In spite of roadblocks in all the roads leading to Bil'in to stop us, overcoming them ensured that at least few Israelis will be present at the joint demonstration that will be done in time.
The other step was starting the travel to Bil'in an hour earlier. This step which proved useful enabled most people to arrive in time in spite of the need to go by foot and climb step hills an hour or two in order to go around road blocks and time waste in police detention.

And indeed this Friday too, even the few of us who have white hairs could persist... and most of the people from Tel Aviv arrive early enough to have some rest before the demonstration. During the rest, reporters from Israeli printed and electronic media had time to interview us about the Anarchists Against The Wall role in the Bil'in joint demonstrations....

At the intended time - the end of the Friday noon prayer at the mosque, about 150 of us (third of internationals and Israelis and two thirds Palestinians of Bil'in and some out of village) started the march on the road to the construction site... And as usual, after singing and slogans shouting in the march with the weekly creative display structure at our head we were blocked at the fringe of the village built area.

As usual, the mass of soldiers and border police were standing behind the coiled barbed wire stretched on the road and its two sides. As if in a ritual, the commander of the force showed us a document declaring the area is a closed military zone and order all the Israelis to get out. He also declared that the time allocated for the demo is limited and he will disperse us if we will not comply.

As the time rolled on, the excitement ended. When the allotted time neared its end we decided to side step the state force and took a route back to the village through the olive groves in parallel to the route of the separation fence. As the land between the trees was freshly plowed, the soldiers who were going in parallel to us to ensure we will not "visit" the building site got weary and could not keep with us.... So, we found our self in front of an irresistible temptation to veer towards the building fence route.

Ten of the fastest of us - one Palestinian, three internationals and six Israelis, who also refused to get fast back, were detained by a border police persons who were rushed there by cars.

Other people stayed for a while in a confrontation area in which the usual youth stone throwing and police tear gas and rubber bullet shooting were not missing. However, as it was out of the built area of the village and with low intensity, none was seriously injured.

After more than an hour, the Israelis, and internationals and village activists regrouped to the "dream house" where the internationals who stay in the village are living, and where we assemble before and after the demonstration for talks. As the summing meeting was started, we were called for emergency activity. After a mysterious explosion occurred in the region of the demonstration road block (we already left an hour ago) the state forces started to interogate/harass people living in the near vicinity and we were called to confront the state forces. (It was suspected the state forces are vindictive and intend to take revenge for their trampled reputation as staunch protectors of the route of the fence.

After a short verbal confrontation with the state forces who stopped the interogations/harassment when we arrived, the retreated from the village, and shortly later released the Israelis and Palestinian detainees. The international detainees who refused to identify themselves were taken to Givat Ze'ev police station for processing.

Afterwards, weary but satisfied, the Israeli convoy of Anarchists Against The Wall and others from the coalition against the fence returned to Israel.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

PRESS ADVISORY - Three Cities Against the Wall announces final artists' roster, catalog pub date 21 Sep

“THREE CITIES” FINALIZES ROSTER OF ARTISTS, ANNOUNCES CATALOG PUBLICATION DATE Art exhibition to showcase work of Palestinian, Israeli, and American artists opposed to Israel's “Separation Wall”
NEW YORK - Organizers of Three Cities Against the Wall have finalized the list of artists participating in the show, the first of its kind in which Palestinian, Israeli, and American artists will be appearing together. The show, featuring 64 artists, many of them internationally known, will open on Nov. 9 in Ramallah, Palestine; Tel Aviv, Israel; and New York City. It will run for four weeks in all three cities.

A complete list of artist participating in Three Cities Against the Wall appears below. The show brings together brings together 64 painters, sculptors, film/videomakers, photographers, installation and graphic artists. Some artists from each of the three communities are also available to speak about the show, their work, and their opposition to the “Separation Wall” that Israel is building in the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Please contact Eric Laursen, above, to arrange interviews.

A full-color catalog of Three Cities Against the Wall, including essays by writers, critics, and activists from all three communities, is to be be published by Vox Pop Press in November. Please contact for information and to receive review copies, or call Vox Pop at (718) 940-2084. Writers contributing essays to the catalog of Three Cities Against the Wall include:

* Terry Boulata is headmistress of a primary school in Abu Dis, a suburb of Jerusalem in the West Bank. She is a founder of he Palestinian Campaign for Freedom and Peace and a leading anti-Wall activist.

* Grace Paley, fiction writer, poet, and lifelong peace activist, is the author of the celebrated short story collections The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), and Later the Same Day (1985) as well as three collections of poetry.

* Steven Zunes is an associate professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He also serves as senior policy analyst and Middle East editor of the Foreign Policy in Focus project.

In New York, Three Cities Against the Wall is organized through ABC No Rio, a community center for the arts on the Lower East Side, by a committee of artists and activists; in Ramallah, through Gallery Barakat; and in Tel Aviv, by a group of artists and activists associated with the Israeli Coalition Against the Wall, Ta'ayush, and Anarchists Against the Wall.

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From New York:

* Mumia Abu-Jamal, author, award-winning journalist, political activist, and now cartoonist, is currently on death row in Pennsylvania. He has written three books, Live from Death Row, Death Blossoms, and We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party, and has produced radio commentaries for National Public Radio and the Pacifica Radio Network.

* Yacoub Al-Kurd's architectural ceramic mosaic projects include the exterior mosaics on the Alezariah Village Mosque and the Shufat Mosque in Jerusalem. He has exhibited in Palestine and internationally since 1991, and his residencies have included the Arkansas Children's Museum, Little Rock, and Studio Im Hochhaus, Berlin. He teaches at the Arts and Crafts Center in Abu Ghosh, West Bank.

* Terry Berkowitz has created installations and video that deal with political and social issues since 1975. Works include “A Rock and a Hard Place” (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1992), which explored the lives of Palestinians under occupation; “Backseat” (Sculpture Center, New York, 1994), which investigated rape; and “Chant for the Unsettled” (Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, 1996), which concerned forced expulsion. In 1997, a public action, “The Same Land/La Misma Tierra,” was executed in the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Artists Public Service Program grant, and two Jerome Foundation production grants and is a Fulbright Scholar.

* Christopher Cardinale has created large-scale murals both individually and in collaboration and has participated in solo and two-person shows in New Mexico, New York, Mexico, Italy, and Greece. He contributes frequently to World War 3 Illustrated. Other work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, and the New York Press.

* Orly Dahan is an Israeli artist now living and working in Paris. Her work has appeared in exhibitions including “Mois de la photo” and “Nuit blanche” at Hypegallery palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Festival du cinéma d'art et d'essai, Marseille; the 48th Salon d'art contemporain, Montrouge; and Les Rencontres d'Arles. She is a member of Mémoire de l'avenir, an association that allows Palestinian, French, and Israeli artists to create dialogue between people and promote better arts education in Paris schools.

* Ronit Davrat, an Israeli artist now living in Italy, founded Ehad Haam 90, an experimental contemporary art gallery in Tel Aviv and cofounded Zeit U Za'tar, a museum in Italy addressing the Palestinian catastrophe. She has shown work addressing the Occupation in many group exhibitions including the Biennale of Young Artists at the Haifa Museum and exhibits at the Kibbutz Gallery, Tel-Aviv; Portogruaro, Venice; Grand Palais, Paris; and Pinta Gallery, Milan. Her solo exhibitions include: Gallery of the City of Siena; Radius Gallery, Tel-Aviv; Cité des Arts, Paris; and Pinta Gallery, Milan.

* Eric Drooker is a painter and graphic novelist. His paintings frequently appear on the covers of the New Yorker and many other magazines. His published books include Flood! A Novel in Pictures (American Book Award, 1994), Illuminated Poems (with Allen Ginsberg), and Blood Song: A Silent Ballad.

* Mike Estabrook's work, which encompasses video, painting, drawing, and photography, approaches political topics through a deconstruction of the conventions of their representation. His work has been shown at a wide variety of venues including White Box Gallery, ABC No Rio, the Queens Museum, the Dumbo Short Film Festival, all in New York City, and Prenelle Gallery in London. He is a recipient of the Leopold Schepp Foundation Award.

* Kate Evans is a British activist and cartoonist. As part of her work in defense of the environment, she authored Copse: The Cartoon Book of Tree Protesting, and Funny Weather We're Having at the Moment: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Climate Change But Probably Should Find Out.

* Danielle Sara Frank spent six months in the West Bank in 2003, documenting the effects of the Occupation and engaging in nonviolent direct action with solidarity groups and Palestinian people. Her sculpture and video work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia.

* Leon Golub, who died last year, was one of the most accomplished American figurative painters of the second half of the 20th century. He was also a leading political artist, known for his “Assassins” series (1972-73) commenting on the Vietnam War. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Gallery (London), among others.

* Susan Greene is an artist and clinical psychologist. In 1989, with three other American Jewish women artists, she co-founded the Break the Silence Mural Project, the goal of which is to bring the images and stories of Palestinians back to the US to raise awareness and inspire action. For more than two decades, Break the Silence has painted murals in Palestine and exhibited documentation from this work in the US. Greene's work has been included in numerous surveys of muralism. She directs the learning center at the San Francisco Art Institute.

* Brian Higbee is the founder of Associated Artists for Propaganda Research, a member of Art Codex, a member of the Pavilion of the American Resistance, and director of the Lost Estate of Ed “Johnson” Shepard. He has recently exhibited at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; ABC No Rio in New York City; and the Islip Art Museum on Long Island, New York. He has received two grants from the Puffin Foundation.

* Suzanne Klotz, painter and multimedia artist, has shown internationally in more than 300 exhibitions. Her work is in collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Palestine Costume Archive Museum. She has mounted multicultural collaborative exhibitions in Australia, West Africa, Mexico, Taiwan, the US, and in Palestine and Israel as a guest artist of Mishkenot Sha'ananim, a nongovernmental cultural center in Jerusalem. Her 2004 awards included a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a Puffin Foundation grant in support of a collaborative project about the Wall with Yacoub Al-Kurd. One of her most recent works is a digital 'zine, A Pocket Guide to the Other Holy Land.

* Tom Lewis was a founding member of Artists Against the War during the Vietnam War and served a three-year prison term during that period for destroying draft files. He teaches nontoxic printmaking at Anna Maria College and the Worcester Art Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Art Museum and the Peace Museum. He has won prizes at the Fitzburg Museum of Art and the Peal Museum, among others.

* Alice Hailey Proskauer studied painting at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and the Art Students League in New York. Her work has been exhibited frequently in New York City and also in Buenos Aires.

* Fawzia Reda has designed costumes and sets for the American University in Cairo; the Egyptian Opera and Ballet House; La Scala, Milan; and Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis. She is the founding and creative director of Cultural Connexion, a US-based nonprofit organization with affiliates in Jerusalem and Paris that promotes Arabic arts and culture and fosters dialogue in the West with Arab communities. She has received grants from the Rockefeller and Henry Luce Foundations.

* Joe Sacco is a cartoonist and journalist. He is best known for Palestine (National Book Award, 1996), a comic book that combines the techniques of eyewitness reporting and comics storytelling. Sacco has contributed work to a wide range of comics magazines including Drawn & Quarterly, Prime Cuts, Real Stuff, Buzzard, and R. Crumb's Weirdo. His recent work includes Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 (2002).

* Nicole Schulman, cartoonist and graphic artist, is a frequent contributor to and occasional editor of World War 3 Illustrated. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in such publications as the New York Times and the Progressive, and she is the co-editor of Wobblies: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World (2005). Her work has been exhibited across the US as well as in Europe and South Korea and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.

* Nancy Spero has concentrated on social and political themes in her work, producing the War Series, 1966-70; the Codex Artaud, 1971-72; and Torture of Women, 1974-76. Since 1974, she has focused exclusively on images of women. Solo exhibitions include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; the University of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and a major retrospective at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 2004. Spero and her husband Leon Golub were jointly awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1995. Spero's mosaic “Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers” can be seen at the Lincoln Center subway station in New York.

* Seth Tobocman started the radical comic book World War 3 Illustrated with Peter Kuper in 1979 and has been involved in publishing the magazine ever since. His illustrations have been published in the New York Times, the Shadow, and many other periodicals. His work has been exhibited at Exit Art and ABC No Rio in New York among other spaces. He is the author of three books of his artwork: You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive (Soft Skull Press), War in the Neighborhood (Autonomedia), and Portraits of Israelis and Palestinians (Soft Skull Press). He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons Institute of Design in New York.

From Ramallah:

* Khalil Abu Arafeh, architect and cartoonist, has had solo exhibitions in Baltimore and in Oslo, Norway. He has published two books on “forbidden cartoons” and a children's storybook and is an editorial cartoonist for Al-Quds daily newspaper.

* Iman Abu Hmeid, participated in the group installations “Read 1” in Belgium and “Read 2&3” in Biala, Italy, in 2003. She was a finalist in the A.M. Qatan Foundation competition for young artists with her installation “Paper Kite.”

* Jawad Almalhi, has participated in many group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad and held several solo exhibitions in Jerusalem and Paris. He has been awarded residencies in the UK, Sweden, and France.

* Ibrahim Almuzayan's solo exhibitions and installations include “Optical Section of the Rose Stone” at Tell Alfukhar Theatre in Akka in 1993 in association with the late poet Husein Albarghouti, and “Call them Icons” at the Rashad Alshawa Center in Gaza in association with the poet Muhamad Alqaisi in 1998. He created several installation on Gaza Beach in 2001, including “Nets on Gaza Beach,” “Dinner in Honour of Her Majesty,”and “When Earth Is Rocked With Her Last Convulsion.”

* Nabil Anani, head of the League of Palestinian Artists since 1996, is co-author of several books about Palestinian art and culture. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad and has held many solo exhibitions in Palestine.

* Asad Azi's group exhibitions include “Arab Painters in Israel” in Akka in1984, Haifa Contemporary Arts Museum in 1986, and the 48th Venice Biennale in 1986. His solo shows include the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem (1987), the Nazareth Municipal Cultural Center (1991), and “Bypass Your Limits” at the Ashdod Museum in 1996.

* Tayseer Barakat, director of Zyriab Gallery in Ramallah, is a leading member of the “New Vision” group of Palestinian artists who use local media such as straw, clay, henna, and leather in their work. He participated in the 1996 Sao Paulo Biennial and in the French Palestinian Spring Exhibit at the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe.

* Maysara Baroud graduated from Al-Najah University in Nablus in 1998 and has participated in many group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad.

* Aamer Dirbas, an art teacher in Jaffa, has participated in several group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad and has been featured in one solo exhibition in Jerusalem.

* Hanadi Hijazi, an art teacher in the Hebron schools, graduated from Al-Najah University and has participated in several group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad.

* Hanan Hirzallah works in the Art Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and has participated in many group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad.

* Khaled Hourani is manager of the Plastic Arts Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture. He has participated in international workshops and residencies in Geneva, Switzerland and Alexandria, Egypt as well as the Braziers Workshop (Braziers College, Oxford) and the Spike Island center (Bristol), and has curated Palestinian participants in many international exhibitions.

* Ahmad Kanaan, sculptor, has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Israel and abroad as well as international sculpture workshops in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the UK, Poland, and Germany.

* Yusef Katalo is a photographer and graphic designer who has participated in several group exhibitions in Palestine and abroad.

* Sliman Mansour was one of the first Palestinian artists to move away from painting and start experimenting with non-traditional materials such as mud. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Japan, Russia, Norway, the US, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Egypt, where he won the grand prize at the 1998 Cairo Biennial for his works I Ismail. He is director and a co-founder of the Al-Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem.

* Hisham Muhsen, head of the Art Department at Al-Quds University, has participated in many exhibitions in Palestine and abroad, including 35 Artists/35 Years of Occupation.

* Muhammad Musallam, a graduate of Al-Najah University in Nablus, has made several solo exhibitions in Palestine and participated in many group shows in Palestine and abroad.

* Husni Radwan, a graphic designer in Ramallah, has participated in many group exhibitions and held several solo shows in Palestine and abroad.

* Khalil Rayyan, a bronze sculptor and art teacher in Tamra, Galilee, has participated in many group exhibitions in Israel, Palestine, and abroad and held seven solo exhibitions in Jerusalem and Galilee.

* Samir Salameh has taught art in Damascus and Paris and worked in the Art Division of UNESCO in Paris. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and held several solo exhibitions in the Arab world and abroad.

* Ariej Zahdeh is an art instructor at the Polytechnic University in Hebron. She has participated in several group exhibitions in Palestine and Egypt.

From Tel Aviv:

* Tal Adler, conceptual artist, has had group and solo shows in Israel and throughout Europe. Artists Without Walls, video of (art) action, is a group of Israeli and Palestinian artists who have come together to create a permanent forum for dialogue between individuals engaged in all fields of art and culture.

* Lary Avramsson, painter, is an organizer of Three Cities Against the Wall in Tel Aviv.

* Yael Bartana, video and installation artist, this year was awarded the Dorothea von Stetten-Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn and is a nominee for the Prix de Rome.

* Adva Drori, performance and installation artist, has created numerous projects in Israel and received several prizes including the 2003 Yehoshua Rabinovitch Fund, Tel Aviv Minicipality.

* Emanuel Faychevitz, a painter, digital and mixed media artist, and watercolorist, has exhibited at the Tal Esther Gallery in Tel Aviv as well as in Berlin and Stockholm.

* Ravit Gat and Moshe (Chicko) Gerstel, installation.

* Dan Geva, graffiti book.

* Dudu Geva, animator, cartoonist, painter, and social satirist, died early this year. One of Israel's best-known illustrators, he has been called “the godfather and inspiration for all Israeli alternative comics.” A cartoonist for the newspapers Ha'aretz, Ma'ariv, and Ha'ir, his masterpiece, “Mighty Sha'anan Against the Son of Godzilla,” a comicbook parody of science fiction literature and much else, appeared in 1993.

* Hagar Goren, sound installation. Her latest work includes “Bagcheck & Bodysearch,” a video installation that treats the excesses in penetration of privacy during security and medical inspections.

* Hadas Kedar, video art.

* Shula Keshet, adapted photography, in 2003 launched an ongoing series of exhibitions in which her own installation art fuses with the work of individuals from Mizrahi (Middle Eastern/North African Jewish), Ethiopian, and Arab communities in Israel.

* Dana Levi, photography.

* David Reev, painting

* Roee Rosen, multimedia artist, is one of a group of artists who address the political by constructing new “historical” figures and identities. His work was featured in the Jewish Museum's controversial show, “Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art,” in 2002. Another recent creation is “Justine Frank,” a Belgian-Jewish, lesbian artist of the first half of the 20th century. Her fictive life and her entire oeuvre of painting (created by Rosen) stand for an outsider position that was doomed to failure between the Holocaust and Zionism.

* Amitai Sandy, posters, co-published the influential Israeli alternative comix magazine Penguins' Perversions for four years. He is a member of the Dimona comix group, which publishes collective anthologies, participates in European comic festivals and is featured in several exhibitions.

* Shual, Net art.

* Meirav Shaul, painting, is an illustrator and comics artist. She has published three comics books with the Israeli comics group Dimona. Her work has also appeared in the French comics anthology Ferraille Illustre, the Scandinavian anthology Glump, and the German Jungle World and in Israeli newspapers and magazines and on album covers.

* Naama Tzabar, sculpture.

* Carmela Volk, adapted photography.

* Nevet Itzhak and Lior Friedman, video art.

* Naama Yuria, adapted photography.

THREE CITIES AGAINST THE WALL Contact: Eric Laursen, (917) 806-6452,

Friday, September 16, 2005

Israel-Palestine, The joint struggle in Bil'in in the eye of the storm 16 Sep

This Friday demonstration and the surrounding activities reflected the the increase of struggle within the Israeli ruling elite. The focal point in the Bil'in struggle against the separation fence is that in addition to robbing lands of Bil'in villagers for the building of a settlement and then robing some more in the name of security of the Israeli settlement, it is the much bigger robbery of lands for future expansion of the settlement. Yesterday verdict of the highest Israeli "justice" court, moved a bit from full support for the settler colonialist and decreed that the security claim will not justify the expanding of the separation fence to include options for expansion. This, in addition of latest verdicts in the regional military court that claimed that the banning of the friday demonstrations by the local army commander is illegal... forced that commander from continue with the ban of the joint friday demonstration.

However, the change was not complete.

Thursday evening, the army put road blocks to prevent the arrival of Israelis who took it as counter measure for probable roadblocks and curfew on Friday. 15 israelis of the anarchists against the wall and others succeeded to find their way around the road blocks.

Early in the morning, the change in the army behavior was observed. The night harassment stopped, and instead of the curfew as the previous Friday, they left the village. Later few hours, the first Friday activity - the piano concert was not disturbed, though the road blocks of the army continued to make the arrival of Israelis hard to achieve.

Till the early afternoon demonstration only additional 20 Israelis succeeded to overcome the road block. And the demonstration started as scheduled though 50 additional Israelis were detained within the buss that brought them to the region.... only four of us succeeded to get out of the bus and took the road and the goat paths on the step hill around the road block and three even arrived in time for the demonstration.

And surprise surprise, the commander of the region who got scolded from his superiors, did not try to prevent the demonstration nor tried to disperse it before we decided to end it. He just forced on it the limit not to go beyond the outskirts of the village. The response of the army to an act of defiance of us to go around them in the direction of the building route of the fence, did not bring the shooting of tear gas and shock grenades or rubber bullets... just pushing with their hands and the arrest of two internationals activists.

All that time, the 46 comrades were held for nearly an hour within the bus, and when released, continue the way to Bil'in... and when nearing the village they had to go around the road block and climb the hill out maneuvering the soldiers who tried to stop them. % of them where detained and the rest arrived... but after the demonstration was finished.

Nearly before returning home, there was a call for action. As usual, the youngsters of the village started a stone throwing attrition war with the soldiers. This Friday they were restrained and did not start it before the end of demo.. and did not supply any excuse for repressing the demo... However, the angry soldiers were with bad mood as one of them fell to a water hole while pursuing after stone throwing youngsters, invaded the village in pursuing them.

So we were called by the villagers to confront the invading soldiers... and we did it. And the soldiers retreated from the village to the fence route.

This was an opportunity for a second demonstration about 150 of us - israelis and palestinians marched up to hundred meters from the fence rote. The army blocked us with few tear gas grenades, and after a while we decided to go home.

The people detained on their way around the road block were released and one of the internationals was taken to Givat Zeev police station.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Israel, Media, Anarchists Against The Wall: Decision of Highest court of justice is strengthening apartheid 15 Sep

"The Anarchists Against The Wall" movement denounce the latest verdict of the Israeli highest court of justice regarding the separation fence. "By permitting the construction of the fence on Palestinian lands, the HCJ prove again that it is the a court that belongs to the occupation, and that the only relevant judicial arena remained for stopping the war crimes of Israel is the international arena." Said Jonathan Polak, of the activists of the movement. "He added: the decision* is additional item in the shame list of the state of Israel, and additional step of strengthening the apartheid"
* [Ed. Note: This morning the Israeli highest court of justice in a quorum of 9 members deliberations, decreed that the decree of the International court in Hague that outlaws the building of the separation fence of Israel on the lands of the Palestinian West bank is not valid.... because it did not take into consideration the security needs of the Israelis in the occupied territories. The HCJ claimed that his verdict is within the International law, and thus decreed that the route of the separation fence must follow valid and reasonable security needs only. Thus, it also decreed that a specific part of the fence which was the focus of the deliberation must be moved as without security justification it is enclosing 5 Palestinian villages in the fence around Alfey Menashe....

Friday, September 9, 2005

Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The joint struggle at Friday 09/09 defeated the army and border police 09 Sep

At Thursday night the first half dozen peep of the anarchists against the wall initiative and others of the coalition against the fence, arrived in Bil'in as a measure against the threat of the regional commander that "there will not be any more Friday demonstrations against the fence in Bil'in". The road blocks and intensive repression in the previous Friday endangered absence of Israelis - the only restrain of harsh suppression. Even today we heard many times army commanders warn their soldiers not to shoot as there are Israelis there. Friday started at 5:00 when lot of soldiers entered the village declaring curfew and a military zone Israelis must get out. Not long afterwards the came to the House where the International volunteers dwell and the Israelis use when staying at the village.

They refrained from entering the ISM house as the owner Abdallah of the village comity locked it and dared the state force to break entry - which could result in big scandal. Thus, they enter the neighbor house where half of the Israelis and Internationals stayed for the night as a measure against "night visit" and night arrests. They ordered them to get out of the village. As deceit, they say they agree and just needed 10 minutes to take their papers and things from the ISM apartment... So, the state force brought them to the house with the ISM apartment... and got huge disappointment when they refused to get out...

They threatened us that they will break in 10 minutes time if... and did it about 20 times. During these 3 hours or so, we did as we promised - if prevented from marching, we will do the demonstrations at our houses. We hanged from the roof big canvases with graphics and slogans and placard comrades prepared at night. With the whole pack of media anxious not to miss the scene of the promised breaking in and arrest of 20 activists, it was a real demonstration.

This continued till we got out of the house and the courtyard in an effort to unarrest a Palestinian involved with the struggle who was held near by.

This was an opportunity for the state force to jump on the six Israelis who stayed the night... and only one of us was unarested by the Palestinian comrades.

These 5 Israelis were the first to be arrested (together with three Internationals suspected as being Israelis. These five were also the first to be released (with bail and restriction from visiting Bil'in for two weeks) as they were taken in late morning to the Givat Zeev police station.

About 12:00, 200 Israelis From Israel three main regions - Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, who responded to the call for special efforts against the state harassment of Bil'in demonstrations, tried to enter the region, they found al roads blocked. Most of them, including oldies of 80+ were forced to go about two hours by foot through the hills surrounding Bil'in in order to arrive in the village center.

Around noon, a big group of activists forced their way into the mosque in spite of the physical objection of the soldiers - who saw it as part of the preparation to the Friday demonstration.

Till 14:00 the state forces already detained Abdallah - a member of the village fence comity, as revenge for refusing them the entry to his house the ISM apartment is in, and also additional 20 Israelis - these were people who arrived to Bil'in infiltrating around or through the road blocks.

Late morning, the village was flooded with tear gas from confrontations between the state force and the village youngsters who responded with stone throwing to the invading forces trying to enforce curfew and catching Israelis. Along the morning struggle the state forces injured seriously a Palestinian. They allowed a Palestinian comrade to take him to hospital in Ramalla, but when the driver returned to the village, on pretense of curfew they forced out of his car and smashed the car widows.

When the mass of Israelis arrived, the hunt after and arrests of incoming Israelis ended and they just forced us to stay near and within the mosque compound.

There people stayed doing the forbidden demonstration and from time to time giving some support to the village youngsters that continued to confront the forces till evening. At some stage of the long afternoon, the border police and the army left the center of the village, following the stone throwing youngsters along the road the usual demonstration was marching the previous Fridays.

It was about 16:30, and the Israelis who retreated tear gas flood to a near by courtyard held a meeting to decide what to do. Some were satisfied with the success of arriving to Bil'in in spite of curfew and the demo near the mosque. Some wanted to intervene in the struggle of the youngsters against the state force as photographers and observers to prevent murderous shooting by the soldiers. The majority decided to take advantage of the absence of state forces from the south part of the village and do the demonstration march to the route of the fence - hundreds of the state forces made the whole day efforts to prevent....

And surprise surprise, the first time for months of Friday demonstrations blocked on the way to the fence building route, about 100 of us - Israelis and Palestinians succeeded to arrive to the fence route with no one harassing us on the way. Just as we arrived there, the army commander of the region arrived with 10 soldiers in two cars... too small power to restrain us.

We marched for a while along the route accompanying for a while the two army cars, after they failed to arrest Mohammed of the village comity who was with us.

Then, we returned to the village center for another short confrontation with the state force who still could not subdue the stone throwers.

We learned there that about additional 10 were detained for a while during the afternoon but were not taken to the detention point.

At that late afternoon, the state force released a dozen or so of the detainees taking to the Givat Zeev police station Abdallah and half a dozen Israelis.

After processing them at the police station, the police decided to hold Abdallah and one Israeli for the night, and the other five were contemplating to stay with them in solidarity. At the end of the day, all the Israelis were released while Abdallah was taken to Ofer - the Israeli concentration camp for Palestinians.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Israel-Palestine, Media, the main procapitalist daily protest settler colonialism 06 Sep

The weekly Friday noon demonstration against the separation fence draw lot of attention to the use of the separation fence in the service of annexing more Palestinian lands. The regular participation of Israelis from the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative and the coalition against the fence, prevent the harsh repression of the Palestinian villagers. As a desperate step, the army tried last Friday to escalate its harassment both against the Bil'in villagers and the Israelis - testing the israeli public opinion tolerance for infringement of "democracy for Israeli Jews". The following editorial is in the context of widespread distribution of the reports from Bil'in in the Israeli media and the escalation of conflicts within the ruling elite between the pro globalization and the pro settler colonialism.

Where's the restraint in Bil'in? By Haaretz Editorial

After proving their sensitivity and intelligence in dispersing the demonstrations in Gush Katif, the Israel Defense Forces and police could have been expected to apply the same policy in handling the demonstrators against the separation fence in the village of Bil'in. The IDF and police did not fire at the protesters on the roof in Kfar Darom, even when the latter threw dangerous substances at them, and they refrained from using force even against violent protesters. Similarly, it could have been hoped that the soldiers would hold their fire when facing left-wing and Palestinian protesters.

Instead, outrageous images are published week after week of soldiers kicking left-wing demonstrators and firing salt or rubber-coated bullets - showing their general contempt for the right to legitimate protest.

Three different judges have recently castigated the defense forces for the excessive use of force in Bil'in. Despite this, they once again fired at the demonstrators, this time - last Friday - even before they had left the village area toward the fence.

The demonstrations of the West Bank villagers, whose lands have been confiscated for the construction of the separation fence, have been taking place for the past two years. Together with the petitions to the High Court of Justice, they are a legitimate and sometimes effective means of protest against the annexation of land intended to expand settlements, under the pretense of building the fence. The lands taken from the residents of Bil'in, some of which are privately owned, are mostly intended to expand existing settlements, but also to build a new settlement called Nahlat Heftziba.

Expropriating more than half the village's lands for nonsecurity purposes arouses unnecessary anger, and it is doubtful whether such measures are necessary or wise. The flexible building plans of the settlements are in dispute. In Bil'in's case, it is doubtful whether there are even confirmed plans.

Demonstrations that took place in other villages have been effective in getting the fence line moved closer to the Green Line. In Bil'in, the residents still hope their protest will reduce the scope of the disaster.

The demonstrations in Bil'in and the adjacent villages have become the Palestinians' main protest against the continued expansion of the settlements, and they are even dubbed the "fence intifada." If the authorities are thinking of putting an end to these demonstrations forcibly, and taking protesters into preventive detention, they should also consider the alternative. There is a fear that the suppression of the legitimate and very restricted "fence intifada" will lead to the eruption of another armed intifada.

The separation fence is a means to stop terror, but all the sides know that its line marks, to a large extent, the future border between Israel and the Palestinian state. The attempt to annex more territories, to build more settlements and to arouse more hatred among those whose land is confiscated is superfluous.

The most obvious lesson from the dismantling of the Gaza settlements is that they should never have been set up in the first place. One day's settlement success became another day's political and security millstone. The injustice imposed on Bil'in residents could still be fixed. But, in any case, the village's legitimate right to protest must not be tampered with.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Israel, [againstwall], Mass demo this Friday in Bil'i 05 Sepn

Last Friday, as many of you know, the army tried to crack down on the resistance at Bil'in by brute force. One hour before the beginning of the weekly demonstration, a squad of roughly 100 soldiers invaded the village and proceeded to take over. In an unprecedented move, snipers set up posts on rooftops, jeeps and hummers patrolled the streets as a large group of soldiers positioned themselves outside of the mosque, where the demonstration was scheduled to begin. Once the prayer was over, the people leaving the mosque were violently dispersed, without even one stone having been thrown. A curfew was imposed immediately, and one of the commanders went on to announce that "there will be no more demonstrations in Bil'in".

The intense violence of the military resulted in the use of live fire against protestors in at least two cases. Some time into this, and despite the use of excessive violence against us, a group of Palestinians, internationals and Israelis managed to regroup and proceed together towards the construction site. The procession was halted as it reached the last home in the village by a massive bombardment of rubber bullets, tear gas and concussion grenades. By the end of the day 12 people were wounded and 14 arrested. 12 of the arrested people were released hours later, with no restraining orders; two others remained in custody and were released by the judge the next day (Saturday) on condition that they not enter the occupied territories for six days.

The village of Bil'in rises as a proud symbol of resistance for the people of Palestine and for all oppressed people worldwide, for its resistance to the wall. But its struggle symbolizes much more. It reveals the purpose of the wall - annexation and dispossession. The trajectory in the area proves that the purpose behind it is the expansion of Modi'in Elit and Matityahu settlements, at the expense of the area's villages' stolen lands.

We, Palestinians and Israelis, view the recent measures taken by the military as a substantial escalation in violent repression and as an additional infringement on our progressively eroding right to protest and resist the stealing of our lands and the denial of basic human rights. We will be holding a massive demonstration this coming Friday (Sept 9), and we call on you all to step up your efforts, spread the word widely, and join us in Bil'in as we deliver our message that the popular resistance to the wall and the occupation will not be crushed, that the protest against the crimes of occupation will not be silenced. Especially now, as the military is denying, through brute force, our right to protest, we urge you all to come out and raise your voice against the ongoing dispossession and violation of the basic human rights of the people of Bil'in and Palestine in general.

The demonstration will begin at the Mosque in Bil'in at 13:00. Transportation details to follow shortly.

The Popular Committees against the Wall and Settlement Expansion

Gush Shalom


Coalition of Women for Peace

The Committee against House Demolitions

Anarchists against the Wall

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Israel, Draft of libertarian communist* statement 03 Sep

Evacuation of colonial settlements from the Gaza strip and the north of the west bank, building separation walls and annexation fences, and the racist policy for defense of the "Jewish majority" - are not steps towards peace, but attempt to disregard reality. The basic facts of the reality of the Mediterranean East have not changed since 5th of July 1967, when the following was written in a declaration of the Socialist Organization In Israel - Matspen, a month after the big victory of Zionism:
The Zionism is essential a movement of colonization - settlement of settlers who came to Palestine from abroad influenced by chauvinistic ideas. The action mode was always the same: create irreversible facts - if needed by physical acts - on the expense of the Palestinians and against them.

As result of the present international situation, the overwhelming majority of the Israeli public adopted the opinion that the military victory enable Israel to enforce a settlement, and this way to arrive into a solution of the Israeli-Arab dispute. This approach is mistaken from its essence, and all the formulas based on it cannot solve the problem.

In spite of the unequal military power balance of the present, Israel remain a small island in the Arab region. Every "settlement" which will be arrived at from the position of power, will be only temporary - and thus pseudo settlement.

We said in the past, and we repeat it now, that the Palestinian Arabs are entitled to decide their political destiny by themselves with out external coercion. However, we warn against the dangerous illusion born in the mind of part of the Israeli public, that now - when Israel rule by force of arms all the area of Palestine in the borders of the British colonial mandate, there created the opportunity to materialize that right for self determination.

The truth is the opposite. These occupations themselves, destroy the base for free choice self determination. The most that can be expected from a Palestinian state which will be built on the base of occupation is that it will be a narrow Geto - a caricature of an independent state.

From the point of principal objection to the Zionist policy of unilaterally establishing facts and forcing them on the Arabs, we hold the opinion that it is an obligation to call the Israeli government to retreat from the occupied territories and the intention to enforce a settlement by brute power.

This call is a test for every progressive organization and individual.

We nurture no illusion that the return to the lines of armistice ("green line" preceding 1967 conquests) will be by itself a solution to the Palestinian problem and the Israeli-Arab relations. This is only essential step without which no advance what so ever towards a real solution will be able. To all these nourishing the illusion we say: no solution is possible for political problems between nations using - openly or in subtle ways - means of economic, social, or political dominance of one group of people over another.
* Revolutionary antiauthoritarian anticapitalist organization in Israel. Mainly active in the 60s to the 80s.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Greece, Crete, Anarchists solidarity with the struggle AGAINST THE APARTHEID WALL in Palestin 02 Sep

A brief communique about the event we'll organize here in a few days:


Palestine-Israel, Army failed in efforts to prevent the joint Friday demo in Bil'in 02 Sep

Soldiers have launched a siege on Bil'in this Friday noon in a futile effort to prevent the joint Israeli-Palestinian Friday demonstration on going for the last few months. The army declared the whole Bil'in village a closed military zone for Israelis, blocked all the roads leading to Bil'in to prevent the Israeli anarchists against the wall and others from arriving to participate in the joint demo. In addition, they invaded the main street of the village throwing shock grenades, firing tear gas rubber bullets and attempting to impose a curfew on residents. mainly near the Mosque where the demonstrations are started. As direct result from the invasion, a protracted battle started between the invading soldiers and stone throwing villagers (mostly young ones).

About 12 o'clock when we were nearing the Bil'in - 50 Israelis from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, we were warned about the army block. Thus, we left the cabs and started to find our round about way among the olive orchards and the rocks of the step hill.

When we finally arrived in the village we were warned that the main street is dense with soldiers waiting for us... So we went between houses passing through the "war zone" with the tear gas clouds till we arrived in our safe house - where the international activists stay near the center of village.

There we confronted the soldiers who were shooting tear gas and shock grenades mainly, who found that our addition to the stone throwers - who responded in kind to the tear gas and shock grenades of the army, was too much for them and they gradually left the main street.

Though a bit late, and after two hours of confrontation with the army, we started the Friday demonstration as usually, marching to the end of the village, on the road leading to the fence building site.

When we arrived there, we sat down... but the soldier soon started to push us roughly with their hands back to the village... As we were resisting, they used plenty of tear gas and shock grenades and even some shooting, and detained 14 of us including Mohammed - member of the village comity against the fence, whom they often detain or even arrest in our demos.

At the end of the confrontation some of the local activists, the internationals and the Israelis who were not detained regrouped to the safe house to a meeting and discussions.

As usual during discussion and waiting for the release of most of the detainees, the comrades responsible to media prepared the material for the main TV channels evening news. (Announcements about the Friday struggle in Bil'in was broadcasted during the afternoon by the main radio station. A short video clip Including a picture of the demonstration was already screened in the channel one friday evening news...)

During the confrontation 12 of us were injured - most not seriously by rubber bullets. Two were taken to hospital. (One soldier too was hit hard in his leg by a stone and was carried away by his mates...)

12 of the detainees were released as usual after few hours, and as usual two were arrested and taken to the Pisgat Zeev police station...