Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Israel-Palestine, the Geeni is out of the bottle, there is no return after the Arabic Spring

It seems the regional uprising of the people in the Arab countries injected rebellion energy all over the world. It is felt in the villages struggling against the separation fence, robbery of lands by colonialist settlers and the occupation. It ignited within Israel a successful consumer strike after a step rise in price of "cottage" cheese. It made the hospital internist doctors to resist a compromise in agreement after a hundred days plus partial strike and starting some direct actions and demos... forcing already the retreat of the medical doctors association from the compromise. It also started a wide spread rebellion focused mainly on dwelling but with wider spectrum from the beginning. In nine days from a start of dozen tents in center TA to 2000 tent camp there and many other locals in the country, and from few hesitant direct actions to a huge 200000 march. (Last two days - in spite of proposed state compromises both the dwelling struggle and the intern doctors' expand and intensify.)


After 25 demolition of the village in the last year, the joint struggle persist.


Saturday demonstration 23/7/11 The weekly peaceful demonstration in Beit-Ummar set off outside the village next to the agriculture lands and Carmei-Tzure settlement. We were about 40 people, Palestinians, internationals and Israelis and we started walking up the hill through the walkway and then we turned into the vineyard and walked fast trying to get as close as possible to the settlement fence. We were stopped by dozen of soldiers that use a lot of violent to push us away. After few minutes many more IOF soldiers joined and use violent to bump us far from the settlement houses, they also arrested two Israelis, Some soldiers including the commander cursed us using sexist and homophobic words in addition to the regular derogatory names.
After half an hour we left the area, still violently pushed by some soldiers. The demonstrators who arrested earlier were realest later but one of them was taken to the police station in Kiryat Arba.

A comrade on facebook: "I went to a demo in Beit Ommar. Got the bruise on my ass to prove it".


Some 15 Israelis and about 100 international activists of several European groups joined the Palestinian demonstration against the wall, the land grab in Bil'in and occupation. The protesters marched from the village center to the Abu Lamun oak reserve, and from there along the new wall, while those who remained at the reserve suffered a brief shock and gas canisters attack. The marchers demanded that the soldiers open the gate leading to their lands (now covered with real estate instead of olive trees), and symbolically dismantled part of the wire fence protecting the concrete wall. An army jeep drove toward the protesters, shot tear gas canisters, and was answered with stones. The gas canisters also started some bush fires, which, together with the gas and scorching heat, forced the demonstrators away.


there will be a demonstration in Budrus tomorrow (Monday 25-7-11)

Hebron region

Hebron district has seen a wave of soldiers violence in the past few months. Palestinian residents are being taken into military watch towers and beaten inside. Some needed medical attention and had their arms broken. Others had rifles pointed to their heads and stun grenades thrown between their legs. We also know of a Palestinian who was injured this Monday in his leg by rubber coated steel fired by an army officer in the entrance to his village.
For a video from one of incidents Israeli activists participated click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plnA68_ZSAQ

Friday 22 July, Protest Against Army Violence in Hebron district

Nabi Saleh

Friday, Activists reporting around 25 people detained today in Nabi Saleh by Israeli Occupation Forces.
"Five Palestinians were arrested inside houses this afternoon in Nabi Saleh by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint". Live ammunition has been fired by Israeli Occupation Forces today in Nabi Saleh. Fortunately, no-one has been hurt.

‎25 of those arrested were released. 2 Palestinians are kept in custody.
Pictures By International communities against Israel http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254681431208835.74988.136633479680298

Friday, July 22, 2011 Nabi Saleh - Affidavit
"Around 12:00 I heard the soldiers shouting "Stop". I stopped and sat down. The soldiers asked me then, where are my friends. I said I do not know. They asked more questions and answered them. They ordered me to come with them and when I answered I refuse they cuffed me and dragged me along.
As I was dragged I twisted loose the cuffs. I tried to get handcuffs of as I did not think it is justified to put them on me. I was not violent towards them and my resistance was passive. As I was dragged my camera was broken.

After the questioning even 4 soldiers could not drag me. One soldier carried me as he bent over me and twisted my head. They took me to the check-post at the entrance to the village and put cuffs on my legs. Because I twisted myself around even in with these cuffs, they handcuffed me stronger.

I stayed about two hours with handcuffs and felt that they stop the blood circulation.
The handcuffs really hurt and I was afraid I'd get gangrene. Then an Ethiopian soldier named Shlo loosened the handcuffs. I stayed with them for another 3-4 hours.

The soldiers gave me a bottle of water. They took my ID and my sandals. I argued that in fact I did not break them closed military zone order since I stopped according to their order.

I tried to release the handcuffs with a lighter and when noticed it they threatened they would take the rest of the content of my hand bag.

The experience was humiliating for me and I felt that that forcing me to ask soldiers to ease the leg cuffs, to enable me for going to the bathroom or to loosen the handcuffs was an act to strengthen their sense of control. For me it was my honor to keep to myself.

I did not feel comfortable going to the bathroom with five men when my legs were cuffed.
I did not respond to the soldiers when they talk to me. Now and then I heard a series of gunshots and explosions from the village.

Three times the soldier Shlo told me I would be released within an hour but it did not happen ...

Between five and six o'clock I have seen two military vehicles in which two Palestinians were bound and blindfolded. The soldiers put them down faces to a rock and hit or pushed them with the barrel of a gun to their head.

During the trip the soldiers teased me verbally, insisted on calling the village's spring
with the settler name Ein Meir and commented that my name is the the same as that of someone who was killed by Arabs.

I happened to see the way the two Palestinian activists who were waiting for the return of identity cards - that were taken from them were, treated. As I was released I asked to join them but the soldiers warned me not to return to the village."

David Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSYOgtbS4sA
Electrones Libres http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySRxUYnDS4I


Around 50 villagers and 20 internationals (and 3 Israelis) attended the weekly protest against the wall in Ni'lin. the march arrived at the wall after the noon prayers. a few tires were set on fire and a couple even were thrown over the wall. soldiers fired teargas and a small number of youths threw stones. No injuries were recorded aside from some tear gas inhalation.


Israel Puterman video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8wRsPq8ZL0

Sheikh Jarrah Demonstration 22/7/2011
Mario Savio http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.234396556594991.65786.100000739446057

Tel Aviv

At the beginning of the week a project of activists of the anarchists against the wall was started at the southern end of the Rothschild boulevard was started but was short live.

During the week some actions were taken not far from the dwelling protest camp at the northern part of the Rotshild boulevard by the camp dwellers.

Saturday late evening

About 20 thousands participated in a huge social justice demonstration in the center of Tel-Aviv called by the local dwelling protest campers - started with few dozens 10 days ago, demanding affordable housing and social justice. [Media report "tens of thousands"]. Activist of others locations of struggle in Israel joined the demo. Part of the local anarchists - including the anarchists against the wall marched as a block with flags, placards and chants.

We marched from the Rothschild boulevard where the already 2000 tent campers dwell now on the way to the museum square - who was too small to include all of us. Most participants were chanting all the one hour march. Some speeches where carried at the square. When the tent dwellers and others who live in that direction walked back following the demonstration, hundreds of protesters blocked the intersection of Kaplan and Ibn Gvirol Streets - a major junction in central Tel Aviv. People used various materials available to barricade. They chanted among others: “Revolution! Revolution! Revolution” and “Non-violence! Non-violence!”.

After long delay police started to confront the roads blockers - detained many and arrested some of them.

Police did manage to clear the crowd from the middle of the road, enabling the intersection to open to traffic, but protesters remained close by, bursting onto the road from time to time.

The protesters then attempted to march back up Dizengoff street to the nearest police station, in solidarity with their detained comrades. Police repeatedly blocked and gradually thinned out the march, using very limited force and selective arrests, before the protesters eventually got tired and returned to camp.

Many of the protesters were very clearly new to all this and did not have any background in demonstrations. For some of the ordinary Tel Avivians, this was clearly the first time they blocked a street in their lives.

About 200 detained during the confrontations. More than 40 were arrested. Most of them were released during the night on signed bail and condition of 14 days distancing. seven comrades who refused these conditions were jailed and brought to court Sunday. Four were bailed and banned from the camp for a week, one released unconditionally, one was baned for 30 days. Another arrestee accused that he threw a smoke bomb remain in custody for additional day for interrogation. Few activists of the anarchists against the wall were among the arrestees. Just seen them in TV news report of the court procession.

Tent city protest in Tel Aviv, July 24 2011 (photo: Oren Ziv/activestills) http://972mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/tents1.jpg

Some of the slogans in the 20 thousands march:

demand for public housing
the market is free – are you?
Danger, construction – for the rich
Bibi, wake up – women are more valuable
The people want public housing
Welfare state now
The people are calling for social justice
The answer to privatization? Revolution!
We’re all together
We call to fire Netanyanu
The government is against the people and the people are against the government
The people demand, social justice
When the government against the people - the people are against the government
Tahrir square is here!


Active Stiles - pictures of last Tel Aviv demonstration and other demonstrations.


Message of solidarity from Spain M15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9lnrZdyZRc
Zohar Kaniel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaE_fOYfUS8
Dror Zal video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fdLbN_H_dk
Lior Ben Eliahu http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1817144039378.126832.1563442697
Eran Vered clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FABTcI0vKt8
See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle intensify as the region ferment and September approach

The joint struggle get second wind inspired by the Arab Spring both by the Palestinians and the Israelis. More and more people who were not in the anarchist scene join the anarchists against the wall initiative and other initiatives of joint struggle. More and more villages who were marginal the last few years in the struggle against the separation fence and occupation participating now frequently in the struggle. Within Israel, the Egyptian Tahrir motto crystallized in ferment in the Israeli young people who are not willing any more to pay the increasing price of the settler colonialist project. The regular locations of joint struggle within Israel: Al-Arakib, and Lod-Ramla; and Palestinian Beit Umar, Bilin, East Jerusalem, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, N'ilin, and South Hebron Mountain, were joined by this week by Budrus and Wallage.

Al-Arakib 12.7.11 Israeli state forces demolished the Bedouin village again - the 27th time... and the joint struggle continue.
Thursday 21st of July olive trees will be replanted and the village will be rebuilt again.

Beit Umar


About dozen Israelis and few dozens of international activists joined the Bil'in villagers and other Palestinians in the weekly Friday demonstration.

At noon We started to march from the village center towards the new separation wall with flags and chants. Half the way we passed the location of the now absent gate and fence we struggled against for more than 6 years. We continued the march on the old road till we arrived at the new separation wall. After a while, some kids started to throw stones and the Israeli state forces used it as excuse to barrage us with tear gas.


There will be a demonstration in Budrus tomorrow (Monday)
This is pretty late but on the chance that someone can go please let me know and i'll try to coordinate it.
An Israeli activist was hit by tear gas canister in the stomach.

East Jerusalem

15th July march on the border of occupied Jerusalem

Media: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095741,00.html
Arabs, Jews to march for Palestine
Activists to march along line that divided Jerusalem in 1967; 'Rally to mark future border,' organizer says

The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement [followers of it join our activities and activists of the anarchists against the wall join their activities] is set to lead a rally across Jerusalem on Friday in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood.
Israelis and Palestinians are expected to take part in the demonstration.
The organizers of the event, titled "Marching for Independence – Solidarity with Palestine," said that with peace talks stalled, the Palestinians have no choice but apply to the United Nations for recognition. They stressed that the rally will not sanction violence.

Mario Savio http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.231399720228008.65260.100000739446057
Haim Schwarczenberg pictures http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2283226719453.2136083.1212414101
Iaroslav Youssim pictures http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1850904796250.2091305.1349656125
Len Szajko http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.186231724769898.47664.100001492164614
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnEYbmRu5nU
JustJerusalem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWZaq_o7e6g


Solidarity in Ramle 14/7/2011 Mario Savio pictures http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.230532663648047.65124.100000739446057


Nabi Saleh


Ni'lin Town Marks Three Years Of Popular Resistance 27.05.2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrOsKV6X2wE
14-07-11 The weekly demonstration against the wall http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=239443909408804

South of Hebron Mountain

See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Israel-Palestine, The Boycott Israel and the milder boycott the colonialist settlements collect momentum.

The first BDS call in Israel was initiated by Matzpen during the first year of the first intifada, in February 1988. It called for a boycott of the products of the colonialist settlements (see http://www.matzpen.org/index.asp?p=kria in Hebrew).

It played a marginal role in the political arena till the Peace Block (Gush Shalom) started to promote it. (Do not mix between the radical though sill marginally Zionist "Gush Shalom" and the firmly left Zionist "Peace Now" - Shalom Achshav.)

This was a preparation of the back ground for the more radical call of international Jewry for "Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions" initiated by the anti authoritarian anticapitalist (and anti Zionist Matzpen) and friends, 2001. (See http://matzpun.com).

It took years till the Palestinians adopted it on 2005. It slowly draw more and more supporters all over the world - including in Israel which gave birth to the movement of "boycott from within".

Last few years, the softer boycott of the products of the colonialist settlements and the hard core "Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions" collected momentum. As the official Israeli efforts to defame it as Anti-Semite was hampered by the activity of international Jewish radicals and more so by Israeli Jews ("Boycott From Within" and the milder ones who call for partial boycott) the Israeli leadership took a desperate step. They initiated and passed in the Israeli parliament a law against the activists who call for boycott.

The harsh law have the boomerang effect and intensify the struggle of boycott from within.

Following is the statement in response to the new law signed by lot of radical activists in a self incriminating call as a defiance of the new law.



"We’re going to arrest you, but it’s difficult with you because all you do is talk.”
- Israeli soldier to Palestinian organizer Mohammad Othman, 2009 [1]
We, Israeli citizens, members of Boycott![2], hereby reiterate our support and promotion of the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights[3]. We declare this in spite of the new legislation by the Israeli Knesset, which aims to penalize our and our partners' activities, curbing freedom of speech and political organizing and most importantly – banning Israeli citizens from acting according to their conscience when it conflicts with the deplorable policies of the state.
The anti-BDS law is not the first attempt at silencing the BDS campaign. Throughout the years, Israel has detained Palestinian leaders, activists, speakers and organizers under administrative detention and without charges, or at times under various draconian charges such as 'incitement' and the organizing of 'illegal demonstrations'. On September 22nd 2009, Mohammad Othman, 34, was detained at the Allenby Crossing upon his return to the occupied West Bank following a meeting with Norwegian finance minister Halvorsen. Earlier that month, minister Halvorsen had announced Norway’s divestment from the Israeli company Elbit due to “ethical concerns”[4]. Othman was arrested and held without charges or trial, under an unlawful administrative detention order and had spent much of the 113 days in detention under solitary confinement. Imprisonment of political activists is an almost routine practice against Palestinian human rights defenders.
Like such repressive practices, the newly approved Israeli law, which specifies fines and the payment of 'compensation' by Israeli citizens or residents, who initiate or encourage a boycott of Israel – is also bound to fail. We hereby support and promote the recent Palestinian call for an immediate and comprehensive military embargo on Israel[5] due to its consistent resort to violence and deadly attacks on Palestinians and Arab civilians; we stand with Jewish Voice for Peace in their campaign to bring TIAA-CREF to divest from the Israeli occupation[6]; and, we support and encourage all other BDS-related divestment campaigns, such as the campaign to Derail Israel’s Unlawful A1 Train Project[7].
Lastly, we urge artists scheduled to perform in Israel to send a clear message that the Israeli occupation, the institutionalized discrimination of Israel's own Palestinian citizens and Israel's denial of the right of return and compensation of the Palestinian refugees - are neither okay nor normal, as Maxi Jazz from Faithless once put it[8]. Roxette, Ziggy Marley, Dream Theater, George Benson, Nino Katamadze, Paul Simon and John Cale – we may risk persecution for saying this – heed the Palestinian call for BDS and cancel your shows in Israel!

[77 signatures of the finest activists of the Anarchists Against the Wall and other Israeli radical activists]
On behalf of
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within

[1] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2009/it-will-take-more-than-a-wall-to-silence-us-577
[2] Our full name is: "Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within". Aka: "Boycott from Within".
[3] http://www.bdsmovement.net/call
[4] http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-targeting-boycott-movement/8524
[5] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/military-embargo-call-7497
[6] http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/blog/jvp-demand-tiaa-cref-divest-israeli-occupation-0
[7] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2010/derail-a1-statement-4494
[8] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1337

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle in the focus of world media in a stormy week

Another stormy week of the joint struggle was in the focus of the world media as the sailing flotilla was continuously sabotaged by Israel and other bribed states. The Flying Flotilla joined the sailing one this week. The usual locations of struggle within Israel: of Arakib, Jerusalem , Lod-Ramla, Ben Gurion airfield, Tel-Aviv, and occupied Palestine:
Beit Ummar, Bil'in, East Jerusalem (Sheik-Jarrah, Silwan), Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, South of Hebron hills, and the sporadic location of Karyut, Qadum, Tawna, and Walage. The storm in the public arena around the sea flotilla, the Flying Flotilla, and the new law banning calls to boycott the settler colonial industries and Israel as a whole (B.D.S.) show how a small number of activists can rock the settler colonialist project called Israel.


Beit Ummar Saturday July 9


"Complementing its resistance against the occupation , Bil'in began the work of reconstruction in the liberated territory after the removal of the wall.
Confirming the continuation of resistance and popular struggle, the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil'in organized the march toward the liberated territory. They participated along with the people of Bil'in, dozens of international activists, and two dozens of Israelis of the AAtW.

The march began in front of the village mosque after Friday prayers ended. It proceeded in the direction of the liberated territory, where participants raised Palestinian flags and yellow flags of Fatah. Participants chanted slogans and chants of patriotism.

Upon their arrival the participants began work cleaning and removing thorns and stones from the ground in preparation to start the reconstruction phase. This includes the repair of the territory as well as preservation from attacks by settlers.

It is noteworthy that the settlers from the settlement Mitatyaho Mzrah, which is built illegally on Bil’in’s land and adjacent to the recently liberated land, marched this morning asking that the citizens of Bil’in not be allowed to access their reclaimed land. However, the occupying army used their strength to disperse the settlers.

Rani Abdel Fatah pictures http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2252451753930.278396.1327358013

This action will take place whether or not the large number of internationals manage to get in on Friday. Please let me know if you can come.


Action in July 9th

"Ramallah’s groups from “Welcome to Palestine” and Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall, the Settlements and the Occupation invite you to take part in an action which will celebrate the 7th anniversary of International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) advice which had considered that the Israeli Wall of Apartheid is against international law because it violates Palestinian rights. ICJ also had established Israel’s obligation to stop building and to remove the wall, as well as to make reparations to the people affected by construction of the wall.

Where: Bil’in
When: Saturday, 9th July, at 11 a.m.
The action will start in Bil’lin and finish in Qalandiya.
How to come:
1. If you come from Ramallah, take the bus to Bil’in in front of Qasser Al Hamra at 10 a.m.
2. If you come from Birzeit, take the bus to Bil’in from the university at 9:30 a.m.

Internationl activists - including some of the Flying Flotilla Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative and the village activists converged and took the first step to Nebi Saleh.... but were not able to continue to Qalandiya.



Sheikh Jarrah

Mario Savio http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.227598270608153.64594.100000739446057
Amir Bitan http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.250444748303881.81330.100000150737581
Invitation video for the 15-7-11 march for Palestine in Jerusalem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=OHBmp0q7JBg


Nabi Saleh

"In solidarity with the flotillas and in order to break the blockade over of their Stolen lands the People of Nabi Saleh are calling for a mass demonstration in their village this Friday! If you can join please Contact A".

Anarchists Against the Wall report: 6 Palestinian activists are detained in Atara checkpoint on way to Nabi Salah. They are held in the sun with no water since morning. One of them suffers from asthma attack, and gets no treatment. They're calling for the assistance of human rights organizations. 1 Palestinian girl got arrested and taken to prison.

Look on line for photo and report from Tamimi Press on today's action in Nabi Saleh, which also was in solidarity with the flotilla to Gaza. Photo of the "boat" built for the demo caught in a plum of teargas fired by Israeli Occupation Forces. I have included a google translation into English below of the report.

"An Israeli activist with the Anarchists Against the Wall, told me by telephone from Nabi Saleh that he has not seen a single ‘air flotilla’ passenger in the course of the day. He told me that four people were indeed arrested, but they were all Israeli Jews from Tel Aviv."
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFYVmPsKhqA

The people converged in Bil'in to mark the 7 years anniversary of the International Court of Justice verdict against the separation fence came to demonstrate in Nabi Saleh.
First time after a year's efforts the demonstration succeeded to approach the robbed spring. Three Israelis arrested, one Palestinian injured.

Nariman Tamimi and Bilal Tamimi, well known betselem documenters from the Village of Nabi Saleh were just detained by IOF documenting today's march to the village's occupied water spring

The three Israelis arrested in Nabi Saleh today (10-7-11) will be taken to court in Jerusalem tomorrow morning. if you can come and support them please do at around 9 am.
Also if you can be there later on to drive them back to tel aviv that will be good too.

They spend the night in jail and at the next day were banned from returning to the region for a whole month.

Iyas Abu Rahmah http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1994972708979.2103555.1083295028
Chen Misgav http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150303121131803.380752.770301802
Haitham Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrM7DJk_dJo
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aww8Pd1pUEs



last week there was a demo in Kufer Qadum for the first time in several years. This week there will be another one. if you can make it please let me know.


The radical circus came to Ramla in solidarity with the evicted families
Time: ‎8:00PM Thursday, July 7th

Ben Gurion international air field of Israel

"The Marhaba to Palestine campaign is aimed at protesting the ongoing travel restrictions imposed by Israel on those entering end exiting the Palestinian Authority areas, and the ongoing denial of Palestinian human rights. Usually, an international activist who wishes to visit Palestine has to conceal her/his political intentions when landing at Ben Gurion Airport, and disguise herself/himself as a tourist with a detailed tour plan. On July 8th plane-loads of international activists, 550 men and women, will land at Ben Gurion and declare openly "we are here to visit Palestine". We will wait for them at the airport starting at 13:00, all through the afternoon, until the arrival of all activists, with "welcome" signs, supporting them and expressing our solidarity. A bus to the airport will depart from the El-Al terminal, Arlozorov station (Tel Aviv) at 13:00. You are encouraged to arrive with your own car, all through the afternoon. To coordinate your arrival by car, call R."

"You will also be able to join the reception/demo after participating the Friday's demos. Please coordinate this in advance when you register for these demos.
Note: This event will not be a demonstration, only a welcoming activity.

The 8th of July is approaching and we need volunteers to arrange the "Marhaba gathering" campaign. please contact me via this email.
Your help is very much needed! Tomorrow! welcoming the Palestine tourists at the airport ! Join us!

Friday, During the welcome action, some AAtW activists who succeeded to infiltrate through the special security road blocks were detained with local and international media reporting it.

Israeli by-standers jeered, and even assault Israeli activists while police just look on.

Flytilla blocked - RT talks to only Gaza activist who 'slipped through net' [so they thought] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0D0yyoTqs8

RT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmLFunKgz2M

South of Hebron hills 8-7-2011 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.248343818509263.73839.136633479680298

Tawna Struggle against robbery of lands by colonialist settlers. Demonstration dispersed with lot of tear gas

Tel Aviv

"According to recent updates including the publication of list of
passengers in the media, we are obligated to update you on the current
situation: all those who have not already been blocked in Europe would
be deported the moment they arrive and sent back on the plane they
arrived in. It seems as if any activist arriving at the airport is
likely to be arrested, even before entering the terminal hall - and we
inform you of that. Therefore, we will protest in Tel-Aviv this evening:
Between Hashalom and the Ministry of Immigration
We will meet at the cross road between Azrieli Center ("Hashalom") and
the Ministry of Interior
Dozens to be deported from TLV airport, 5 Israeli activists arrested
Some 150 ‘Welcome to Palestine’ activists reportedly arrested to be expelled soon. Some were barred from entering Israel and sent immediately back. Few hundreds others banned from boarding flights and most demonstrated at the air ports.

Tonight at 17:00
Please come with the "Welcome to Palestine" signs and the flowers we
intended to bring when welcoming those at the airport, along with
other signs as you see fit.

About 20 of us demonstrated for an hour in front of the various ministries offices center - including the home office which is responsible for blocking entrance to Israel.

Art&Activism Festival

A new project by the photographers collective Activestills
"For us, the ongoing Occupation is not merely an event arising out of the 1967 war, but a continuation of 1948, conceptually and militarily. That “we have not finished 1948,” a slogan commonly heard in Israel and attributed to Moshe Dayan, refers to the fact that half the population of the Land of Israel is now Palestinian. "
Opening on Monday 11.07.11 at 18:30, as part of the "Art&Activism Festival"
Tel Aviv Cinematheque - Sprinzak Street no 2, Tel Aviv
The event on Facebook:
The event on the Cinemateque's website:
The project was done with the collaboration of the Israeli committee against house demolitions
See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle bring substantial gains and more than that a moral bust

This week, we have experienced the strange effect of a dream come true. A struggle of six years and 4 months forced the Israeli state to give back nearly half of the land robbed from the village Bil'in for the building of the settler town Modi'in Ilit. The removal of the old separation fence during the week draw lot of international and Israeli media. It stressed the contribution of the joint struggle of Palestinians and Israelis in Bil'in to this victory, to the promotion of similar struggles in the occupied west bank and to turning Bil'in into a world wide symbol. The celebrations, the dancing and the cheers could not mask the memory of the two comrades murdered in the Friday demonstrations, the hundreds injured (both Bil'inners, internationals and Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative) including few barely saved, the many who lost their freedom (up to a year and a half in concentration camp for Palestinians).

Beit Ummar

July 2, 2011, Saturday

Ben Gurion air port 8.7.11

Marhaba to Palestine campaign is aimed at protesting the ongoing travel restrictions imposed by Israel on those entering end exiting the Palestinian Authority areas, and the ongoing denial of Palestinian human rights. Usually, an international activist who wishes to visit Palestine has to conceal her/his political intentions when landing at Ben Gurion Airport, and disguise herself/himself as a tourist with a detailed tour plan. On July 8th plane loads of international activists, 550 men and women, will land at Ben Gurion and declare openly "we are here to visit Palestine". We will wait for them at the airport starting at 13:00, until the arrival of all activists, with "welcome" signs, supporting them and expressing our solidarity. A bus to the airport will depart from the El-Al terminal, Arlozorov station (Tel Aviv) at 13:00. You are encouraged to arrive with your own car, all through the afternoon. To coordinate your arrival by car, call Re,: 054-xxxxxxxx. You will also be able to join the reception/demo after participating the Friday's demos. Please coordinate this in advance when you register for these demos. For farther details - Ro. - 052-xxxxxxxxx Le. - 050-xxxxxxxxx


The joy of the demolition of the wall in Bil'in,29.06.2011 By Haitham Al Khatib

Friday 1.7.11

"For the first time in over six years, this Friday, the people of Bil'in did not protest against the Apartheid Wall and the illegal settlements. For the first time, we did not got shot at, tear-gassed, injured, arrested, or killed as we marched towards the gate of Wall. Today, the people of Bil'in, the wives, the sisters, the mothers and the daughters of former or current prisoners, friends and family of our martyrs, our sons, fathers, brothers and those formerly imprisoned, all the villagers from Bil'in and the neighboring villages, international and Israeli activists, people from all over Palestine that have stood with us year after year walked past the place were Basem Abu Rahme was shot and murdered on 17.4.2009 and reclaimed parts of our olive groves that the Israeli occupation had tried to illegally annex.

Today, we prayed on the route of the Wall from which we have been shot at at least one day each week. We sat in the shades of those trees of ours that the Zionists had not cut or burned down. Today, we constructed the first building on these lands of ours. Today, we danced, we sang, we stomped on the remainders of the Apartheid Wall, we hugged, we spoke, we cried.

Today, as we celebrated, the presence of so many of us who could not be here was with us. Abdallah Abu Rahme, who only recently got out of jail after 16 months [and now in an educational tour abroad] was not here to dance with Adeeb and the rest of us, Hamde Abu Rahme, who is currently in Germany, the sons of our village that are still in prison and all those activists who fight with us and those who were denied entry because of their solidarity – you were all with us. Above all, the presence we felt strongest was the one of Bassem and Jawaher Abu Rahme. Today, our sister, our brother, your mother cried and we cried with her, we know what our struggle costs. Your strength is with us, Bassem and Jawaher, you guide us, as your brother Ahmad said: YOU ARE HERE! With you we continue.
Today, as we accessed the first part our lands that were seized, the absurdity of the Zionist occupation which they enforce with so many weapons, with so much money, with so much violence, became all the more apparent.

Today we only began to regain access to the lands of Palestine, today, we know for sure, we are liberating the rest, too. Our struggle continues, our victory continues, today, we feel with certainty: PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!"

An Israeli participant wrote:
"There is not one heart which remains apathetic to the victory celebrations at Bil'in on Friday. For the past several years I have been going to Bilin to protest and support the courageous residents of the village that day in and day out contend with the confiscation of lands, military violence, arrest of children and persecution and political oppression and victims whose loss is unbearable. In all those years I was certain that the fence would fall and the village will be victorious in this struggle, I arrive each time with a big sack of optimism on my back. But yesterday when I stood stunned and excited to tears in front of the great and beautiful nothing where the cursed fence and its cruel guards used to stand I suddenly felt that perhaps I never truly believed.
Bilin is the great symbol of the struggle against the fence. A symbol of determination, of commitment to popular struggle, just and nonviolent, of an unwillingness to give in to the occupation and accept its judgment. A symbol of cooperation with internationals and Israelis committed to the struggle. A struggle that many others villages take part in every week.
The struggle is not over, it is at its peak, beyond the fence that was and is no longer there stands a intimidating wall and behind it the settlers of Modi'in-Ilit who suspiciously eye the celebrating neighbors. Large tracts of lands have yet to be return as is the case with many other villages' and the oppressive Israeli system has yet to remove its hoof from the throats of the Palestinian people and from our throats. We should not forget it for a moment nor should we rest on our laurels.
Hours after we'll leave the village the Greek government will stop with military force the ships of the flotilla upon which determined activists who have arrived to break the blockade on Gaza and protest the criminal imprisonment of 1.5 million residents. This day in Bilin I will remember for a long time, the youth sang, danced and hugged, while the older folks looked much younger than their age, the children played with hula hoops and other circus items and smiled as they frolicked amongst the trees. Triumph, a moment so long waited for and a price so dearly paid for.
I look at the picture of Abdallah Abu Rahma who was imprisoned and expelled from his family for a long time and remember Basam & G'wahar Abu Rahma whose graves we passed in the beginning of the procession, and anger and frustration sneak into the celebration. I think of the approaching month of September and the potential for uprising and revolution latent within it, and set sail on the waves of the old dream of a multinational living space, egalitarian for everyone, I look upon the faces of the celebrating Palestinians and upon the radiant faces of my beloved friends, anarchists who see way beyond the fences and know that it will be worth the price."

The new outpost

The first building on the freed land near the new separation wall - rumors say there will be built the young couples neighborhood of Bilin named after me [I.S.]

1.7.11:Bil'in celebrates beginning of physical liberation of Palestine.




Haithm Katib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFoQ3TJR-EU

The Palestinians brought construction materials to the land west of the dismantled fence and embarked on symbolic construction at the site. They said they plan to build several buildings in the area, in the framework of efforts to expand their village.
"We know we have no construction permits, but this is our land and any demolition will have to face a legal battle," Khatib said.
'We're not seeking violence'
Passersby who took part in the construction said that while soldiers were standing nearby, this was the first time in a while where no clashes were reported between Palestinians and IDF troops.
"People were overjoyed and dancing. Some of them attempted to move towards the soldiers, but we prevented them from doing so because we didn't want a clash," Khatib said. "We're not seeking violence; we merely wish to reach our land."
Despite the optimism, members of the Bilin Popular Committee insist that future protests at the site are possible.
"We're not seeking a clash, yet if the army arrives and tries to raze our buildings, the situation may revert to what it was before and the clashes and protests will resume," Khatib said.
In the framework of the celebrations, village residents are planning to hold the wedding celebration of a local couple next Friday on land that up until recently was beyond the security fence.


Sheik Jarrah, Silwan, Ras Al-Amud

The joint struggle against gradual transfer of Palestinians from occupied east of Jerusalem-Al-Kuds

By: Amir Bitan http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.246785275336495.80417.100000150737581

Jordan Valley

Tree planting action last Saturday in Fasayel, destroyed Bedouin community in the: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RL3gED9UGQ


Kufur Qaddom Village 1-7-2011 by Ahmad Al-Bazz Richard http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.159824567421328.36375.139967212740397

Dir Quadis

Struggle against the works for the expansion of the near by colonial settlement Ni'il on the lands of the village.
Wednesday Soldiers invaded Deir Qaddis following demo. Now shooting tear-gas at people. One protester hit directly in his back


Struggle against evictions and demolition of Palestinian citizens.


1-7-2011 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.159833170753801.36376.139967212740397

An Nabi Salih 1/7/11

The joint struggle against the robbery of the village spring by the near by colonialist settlement helped by the Israeli state forces.

Look what is this kid's toys...used Tear gas canisters... Chen Misgav pictures:
David Reeb Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RArmI6mYvq8
tamimi1966 Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKFnWEKUUxY


Friday 1-7-11 Demonstrates in solidarity with The Freedom Flotilla II

Nablus area.

1. At 13:00 there will be a demo in Shuqba.

2. There’s a new peaceful demonstration in the village of Kufor Qaddoum (30min northeast of Nablus). Since the last demonstration was 6 years ago, it is important to have our presence there!

3. After that at about 16:00, the village of Burin is hosting a kite festival for children. The villagers invited ISMers to watch and participate!

The struggle against settler colonialist Doitch vineyard planted on the land of Sushia family

South of Hebron mountains

Tel Aviv

Anarchists Against the Wall initiative invited people to attend a demo in front of the Greece embassy in protest of their joining hand with Israel to prevent the sailing of the flotilla to Gaza.

Solidarity with the flotilla, Greece embassy, Tel aviv, 2/7/2011.

Israeli left wing activists argued with policemen and right wing counter protest during a demonstrate in Tel Aviv in front of the Greek embassy, July 2nd, 2011, protesting the Greek authorities seizure of the American boat to Gaza.

Item in Hebrew + video clip:
Social TV http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2152326896965
Krasnoetv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGTB367UmPM 6:40 Me at 0:44 to 0:50 and 1:32


See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com