Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle on the background of house demolition

Because of internal considerations, in parallel of demolition minimal part of illegal settler colonialist building on private Palestinian lands, demolition of Palestinian houses increase. As part of it is the confrontation of the joint struggle in the hills of south of Hebron region. Another part was this week demolition of Bil'in outposts in the returned lands adjacent to the new route of the separation wall. Miraculously the older one, built nearly 7 years ago at the beginning of the struggle under cover of a heavy raining survived till this week. On the first few months we often spent nights near the fire at the adjacent shade - with members of the village comity, in order to protect the outpost from being destructed by Israeli state forces. The usual week end struggle continued - including the flag bearers, Beit Ummar, Bil,in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, and occupied East Jerusalem.

Bil'in 25-11-11 demo

It seems that following the moving of the separation wall to the west, the interest in the struggle against the separation wall/fence and occupation is gradually diminishing. The seasonal decrease in the participation of international activists and Palestinians of the region is joined with diminishing of the interest of Israelis too. Today, less than 10 Israelis with similar number of international activists joined about two dozens of Bil'iners in the march and travel to the new separation wall. We held placards for the release of Ashraf Abu Rahme arrested weeks ago on the trumped charge he organize the demos and throw stones. We chanted all the long way to the new wall the usual slogans. when we approached the wall the Israeli state forces already started to shoot tear gas canisters on the shabab on the southern section of the wall. Not long later they started to shoot on us too.

After we absorbed the usual dose of tear gas we returned to the village... to return next Friday.

Ashraf video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BokjumcHWPs
Photos by Haitham Al Khatib, Wafa, Rani Burnat http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316722005004777.86930.136633479680298
Haitham Al Khatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NRKcoDYZOE

Bil'in outpost,demolished by Israeli forces 28.11.2011
haithmkatib http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1UR9yJYTiM

Large forces of the Israeli occupation army demolished international solidarity center in the village of Bil'in

The Israeli occupation forces Proceeded this morning (29-11-11) without warning demolish the international solidarity center, which was built by the Bil'in people Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlement, [+ the Israeli anarchists against the wall], and international solidarity activists seven years ago [in the cover of a heavy raining day] on land that have been isolated by the wall at that time. It came just a day after the Israeli occupation forces destroyed the near by small structure and confiscated all seats wood and waste containers which was developed since six months in protected natural reserve (Abu Limon ), This process is designed to prevent the people of Bil'in and foreign peace activists of access and presence in that region, note that the center of international solidarity is located on land that was liberated after seven years of persistent joint struggle.


Silwan - vigil in protest of the planed transfer of the Sumarin family in front of their house. Stop the Sumarin family eviction!, November 25, 2011 By Amir Bitan http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.324083400940015.97193.100000150737581

Sheikh Jarrah - the Friday demo

The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are continuing their protest vigils in the neighborhood every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them. Please make the effort and join them this Friday, November 25 for a vigil in support of their struggle. Please notice, the vigils will start at 3:00 PM We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.

Nabi Saleh weekly demonstration, Nov. 25, 2011

A group of international activists arrived to Nabi Saleh in solidarity with people there following the terrorizing night raids. Army raiding Nabi Saleh now, spraying foul-smelling water directly into houses. A protester was shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet. A peaceful activist from Nabi Saleh village in the West Bank : "We hardly marched and chanted when the Israeli army sprayed the protestors with skunk & tear gas we were standing doing nothing". Palestinian activist from Nabi Saleh: "Another round of tear gas, but actually today the wind is on our side!".

A comrade of the anarchists against the wall report:
"Dozens participated in this week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh against the theft of its lands and spring by the Halamish Israeli settlement and the Israeli occupation that sustains it. Nabi Saleh residents, other Palestinians, and international and Israeli supporters marched peacefully from the center of the village.
This demonstration followed days of Israeli complete siege over the village and a massive night raid, resulting in the arrest of three people from the village.
As always, a peaceful demonstration met with Israeli army attack. Volleys of tear gas canisters were shot on the entire demonstration from a cannon installed on Israeli military jeeps. Sole canisters were also shoot by Israeli soldiers directly at people, in violation of their army's own regulations. Israeli forces used their “skunk” track, carrying a foul-smelling water cannon. This time the “skunk” wondered around the village and sprayed houses in a blatant unlawful repressive measure.
Few people also threw stones to ward off the Israeli army's incursion. A group of people managed to approach the soldiers, despite threats of arrests.
One youth was injured in the forehead by Israeli rubber coated bullet. He was helped into an ambulance that took him to hospital."

International communities http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316758841667760.86939.136633479680298
Michael Treiger http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.269351323111359.64597.100001094792472
Richard Dufek http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316758841667760.86939.136633479680298
tamimi1966 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge_oVZL-J6U
Israel Putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wMk55UgrkA
annepaq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuMWCAuIwXU
Bilal's video from last week's demo. NABI SALEH 18-11-2011


Friday demonstration, Nov. 25, 2011
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Nilinvillage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6pyaDrBvt4

Kufr Qaddum

demonstration Nov. 25, 2011

Tel Aviv

Demonstration against anti-democratic bills and legislation, Tel Aviv, 22.11.11
Israel Puterman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PABe6Zm_hjY
Israel Puterman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L46vffiODmc

See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports about the joint struggles of the Anarchists Against the Wall at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Palestine-Israel, Another week of joint struggle in the last weekend of the Autumn

On the background of the world wide struggle for social justice, the advance of the encroachment of the settler colonialism both in the villages and occupied Jerusalem. The weekend joint demonstrations and the struggle within Israel for social justice and against the fascism advance. The pick of the struggle was in Tel Aviv this evening (Tuesday 22-11-11) where few thousands converged near the national theater. Within it, demo we had a black block of anarchists and other radical activists simulating a grotesque fascist counter demo. After long speeches and chanting we started a spontaneous march to the head quarter building of the Licud ruling party. State forces were just monitoring us till some people threw few eggs on the building when they retaliated with a tear gas canister and arrested an activist.

Beit Ummar



The threat of rain resulted in a smaller than usual demo in Bil'in. Only 5 internationals and about 15 Israelis joined the Bil'iners in their protest against being excluded from their own lands by the apartheid wall. The theme was Autumn - the elementary demands of the Palestinians. By the time we got to the fence, the shabab had already been busy throwing stones, but only when the the peaceful procession approached did the army bother to shoot a few canisters to welcome us. The protesters gathered next to the fence, chanted, were threatened by the soldiers, and had gas shot over their heads in the direction of the shabab. A lively discussion developed across the wall between some shabab and some settler kids revolving mainly around their mothers. The settler kids swirled some stones in a makeshift sling, but didn't seem to know quite how to launch them.

Rani Abdel Fatah - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2707566971526.294222.1327358013
International communities - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.312750025401975.86418.136633479680298

Nabi Saleh

Dozens participated in this week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh against the theft of its lands and spring by the Halamish Israeli settlement and the Israeli occupation that sustains it. Nabi Saleh residents, other Palestinians, and international and Israeli supporters marched peacefully from the center of the village. Referring to recent news, demonstrators called for Hamas and Fatah reconciliation in order to boost Palestinian struggle against the settlements, annexation wall and occupation.

As always, a peaceful demonstration met with Israeli army attack. Volleys of tear gas canisters were shot on the entire demonstration from a cannon installed on Israeli military jeeps. Sole canisters were also shoot by Israeli soldiers directly at people, in violation of their army's own regulations. Israeli forces used their “skunk” track, carrying a foul-smelling water cannon, which said to be of different “flavor” this time, according to protesters. However, the “skunk” couldn't reach but few people due to a rocks-made protesters road block that prevented it and all other military jeeps from deepening their incursion into the village. Few people also threw stones at the army's position and managed to ward off some soldiers advancing on foot from a different direction.

At least 3 people suffered from minor injuries from the Israeli attack. One protester who suffered from gas inhalation was carried by others a few dozen meters until they reached a road, where an ambulance waited to rush him out for medical treatment.

The demo, which was accompanied by a rainy cold day, lasted about 3 hours, after which the army retreated to its post at the main entry to the village.

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Israel Puterman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7Zr4dpqiXI



South of Hebron Hills

Another Saturday of accompanying villagers to their lands.
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A comrade report: "We gathered near the first mosque and despite the weather decided to walk down to where the army and construction company had recently blown up the mountain. There were about 50 people and after marching through the village we went down to the valley and began walking the planned route of the wall. We were shown various sites including where the original village of al Walajah used to be on the other side of the valley.

From where we were standing we could see the railway line which signifies the green line and the road. Palestinians including of course the residents of al Walajah are denied access to this Israelis only road. So in all defiance of the occupation and its apartheid rules we walked down to the road. As we got down to the road some of the Palestinian protesters began blocking the road with large rocks. Cars were coming round the corner to be greeted with a roadblock. After a debate on whether or not to stay there with the rocks or remove them and keep moving we chose the latter and began walking the road back up to the junction where the illegal settlement of Har Gilo and al Walajah meet.

The border police came down just after we had left the rocks. They stopped their Jeep and one soldier got out. After a short confrontation we carried on walking up ignoring the absurd calls of the two and half soldiers. The Jeep followed behind us. We carried on chanting and signing to cars that were passing. A police van passed us up to the junction and another Border Police van drove down to follow us in front. As we reached the junction and the entrance to the village we were joined by the Mayor of al Walajah and about 15 Border Police and the settlements head of security. After two speeches we ended the completely non-violent and peaceful demonstration on our own terms."

For the first time villagers of the Al-Walaje village managed to walk on settlers bypass road built on their lands.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/sets/72157602013963483/with/6358400411/
Video: http://chroniquespalestine.blogspot.com/2011/11/video-villagers-from-al-walaja-walk-on.html

annepaq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3kWu0gvW-s

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Villagers from Al-Walaja walk on settlers road during demo. 18.11.2011
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See Previous reports about the joint struggles of the Anarchists Against the Wall at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle is not intimidated by the change of seasons

Another olive picking season is ending with its confrontations with settler colonialists slowly encroaching on adjacent lands of Palestinian villages. Accompanying villagers at the lands coveted by neighboring settler colonialists and the Israeli state continue - in addition to the regular weekend joint demonstrations. Anata, Beit Ummar, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South of Hebron Hills, Walajah. Within Israel the Bedouins are in a much wider confrontation than Arakib. The Struggle for Social Justice is still fermenting even if not with the original intensity. The not predictable political storms of the winter that just begin are approaching.


Anatot is not a peaceful, so called "quality of life" settlement, just five minutes from Jerusalem. Anatot is a settlement which regularly robs private Palestinian lands, and terrorizes the neighboring villages. As in the most extreme out-posts, also in Anatot there is a kernel of violent rioters who believe they are above the law.

The past month will be remembered as the watershed moment in terms of the right-wing terror who focused it on Israeli activist at the gates of Anatot. Between the burned mosques, the uprooted treed and the wounded activists, it has become clear that this sort of violence is a wide-spread and growing phenomenon.

The calling out are not only against settler-violence, but against a whole system which has let this kind of behavior spread and has backed it up. Since the beginning of the "price-tag" actions there, the police is systematically failing in investigating these events and the vast majority of investigations that were carried out ended with no persecution (read more in the Yesh Din's report). Throughout the past month we have learned and seen how the security forces turn their watchful eye away from such actions, in the best case, or in the worst case, actively participate in them.

A protest vigil in Anatot, Friday, 11/11/11, 13:00.
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guybo111 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX7lPsmeNew


Friday 11-11-11 was another demo in the chain of about 350 demonstrations against the separation/robbery wall/fence and occupation organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bil'in with the anarchists against the wall initiative. At noon, about 10 Israelis, 20 international activists (including an Irish and a Brazilian delegations), and few dozens Palestinians marched towards the new separation wall. (The older separation fence was dismantled in June after 6 years of struggle - returning about third of the robbed lands of the village). Along the the march, participants carried flags and chanted for the departure of the occupation, destruction of the apartheid wall, freedom and rights for Palestinian prisoners.

Upon our arrival to the Abu Lemon nature reserve, some local participants were able to remove some of the barbed wire and iron posts that blocked us from touching the separation wall. Then The soldiers behind the concrete wall shot tear gas canisters and rubber bullets toward the demonstrators, which caused an injury to a Brazilian activist who was transported by Ambulance to Ramallah hospital. It also caused various levels of suffocation to many of the participants - some of them were treated during the demo.
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Haitham Khatib video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5YRKu585NU

Al-Ma'asara weekly protest, Nov. 11, 2011

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in the village of al-Ma'asrah (near the West Bank city of Bethlehem). After the protest against the wall and occupation, a member of the local poplar committee was arrested by soldiers as he walked back to his home after a very peaceful demonstration in the village.
Photos by Nasser Shiyoukhi http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.308820029128308.85934.136633479680298

Nabi Saleh

Dozens participated in this week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh, this time commemorating the seventh anniversary to Arafat's assassination by Israel. Nabi Saleh residents, other Palestinians, and international and Israeli supporters marched peacefully from the center of the village on the main road leading towards Ramallah. Israeli forces used their “skunk” track, carrying a foul-smelling water cannon, to attack the demonstrators. This followed shortly by volleys of tear gas projectiles. After a while, the entire area close to the soldiers smelled from the “skunk” and they retreated. At this point demonstrators started descending towards the village's spring, taken by settlers. The Israeli army shot tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at the descending crowd. It then deepened its incursion into the village, taking over rooftops and the village's center, shooting tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at passers-by, including children. More then ten people were injured, including an eleven year old who was shot in the chest and an organizer from the village, who was shot in the face and rushed to a near-by hospital. A local photographer was detained for a few hours. He was blindfolded and cuffed with his hands behind his back.

Another take:

"A peaceful protest in the village of Nabi Saleh was attacked with tear-gas from afar today by Israeli soldiers, as protesters tried to march to their lands adjacent to the Jewish-only settlement of Halamish. Following the attack on the peaceful procession, clashes ensued between soldiers and local youth.

The soldiers shot volleys of tear-gas projectiles into the crowd, as well as rubber-coated bullets, causing injuries to at least ten protesters, among them an eleven year-old who was hit by a rubber-coated bullet to the chest and suffers a suspected fracture to the rib. An organizer from the village was hit in the face by a rubber-coated bullet shot from close range and was evacuated to the hospital.

Bilal Tamimi, a local cameraman and a volunteer with the B'Tselem Shooting Back documentation project, was arrested by soldiers as he was filming the demonstration. He was blindfolded, cuffed with his hands behind his back and taken to the military base in the adjacent settlement of Halamish. Currently, soldiers have taken over the center of the village and are patrolling its streets."

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Photos by Ahmad Al-Jorbaji, Fadi Arouri, Eyad Jadallah, Mohamad Torokman, Majdi Mohammed & Abbas Momani
tamimi1966 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l4LcqVKIi0
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhRDd34JtlU


On Friday,after the Friday prayer under the olive trees in the fields, a massive peaceful demonstration started, joined by dozens of demonstrators from Ni’lin along with number of international peace activists. the demonstration was called by Ni’lin popular committee against the Apartheid wall.
Before arriving to the gate of the apartheid wall, the Israeli soldiers starting firing tear grenades directly at the protesters as they marched towards the Wall even before it arrived there. Moreover,they shot 5 live bullets in the air to scare the demonstrators, and started shooting rubber coated steel bullets direct at the demonstrators which led to the injury of four demonstrators in different places in the body. and another five others suffered a lot as a result of inhaling tear gas.
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The village of Kufer Qaddum, north of Qalqilia, has also seen an attack on the demonstration there today, resulting in three injuries from direct hits by tear-gas projectiles, including one to the head. An American activist and a Palestinian protester in his 30's were arrested by the soldiers and taken to the police station in the Ariel settlement. Shortly after his arrest, the American sent an SMS to one of his friends saying that the soldiers are assaulting him.
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Fatimzahra031 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw02r3K-eQw

South of Hebron Hills

Activists accompanied Palestinian villagers to land near colonialist settlements.


Friday the 4th of November -
After meeting outside the second mosque about 20 villagers, a number of Israeli and a few international activists walked to the entrance of the illegal Har Gilo settlement. There we stood chanting and a few speeches were given. After the head of security for the Har Gilo settlement came down and saw us with a Border Police van they were joined by the arrest van, another jeep and a police van. We were then joined by another car of Israeli activists. There was a basic stand-off while the army it seemed were waiting for us to do something. If we had crossed an arbitrarily imaginary line then there would have been action. Two sets of soldiers spread out on either side of us; one on the road to Jerusalem and one to the left of us. After an hour we left and those that wanted went on a tour with Shireen. Pictures from the day can be found here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/sets/72157602013963483/

Friday the 11th of November -
We waited outside the mosque at 1230 - two Israelis, three internationals, a member of active stills and a villager. When it was clear that there was not going to be a demonstration and after some debating we went to the house of a friend and sat in her court yard where we were joined by Mazin Qumsiyeh. Mazen shared with us his interesting and mostly amusing stories from the Flotillas and his experiences in Turkey and Cario. Some he has written about and others we were lucky to be privy to. You can find more about it here - http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/ He also discussed the history of uprising in Palestine and this led him to mentioning a Popular Committee meeting scheduled for Saturday night. They will be discussing the rises and falls in uprisings, what actions can take place in the lulls and how they as Popular Committees can better organize and mobilize. He also mentioned to me their desire to arrange a meeting for and with Israeli activists. Just a heads up....

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Palestine-Israel, Another week of joint struggle

The Media was busy regurgitating the acceptance of Palestine as full member in UNESCO. The happiness for the hundreds released in the Gilad transaction was still fresh, but the settler colonialist onslaught the Palestinian olive pickers and the Israeli activists that joined them was more intense than in previous years but state force had not show more than minimal intervention... and mostly on the side of the settlers. The consistent struggle at Bet Ummar, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, Southern Hebron Hills, Al Walaja. The social struggle continue, in spite the tendency of the student organization to bargain for specific subjects instead of the struggle against the neo-liberalism piggery as a system to replace.


The thirties time the villages meager dwelling were destroyed. The whole Bedouin population is in expended struggle as the eviction of tens of thousands is on the agenda in a renewed efforts of Israel to rob half of the lands not robbed yet, and relocate the victims.

Beit Ummar

In the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar, Saturday’s demonstration was held in protest of the arrest of local activist Yousef Abu Maria. Abu Maria, a member of the Beit Ummar Popular Committee, was detained during a night raid that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.


At noon, about dozen Israelis, two dozen internationals and similar number of Bil'iners participated in the 347th Friday demonstration against the separation fence and occupation. We chanted along the way to the new separation wall and when we arrived started the usual ritual: First, calls towards the few state force armed tugs, then a touch of the spools of barbed wire blocking the approach to the wall, than a kid threw some stones on the wall that served as an excuse for the soldiers to throw and shoot of us a salvo of tear gas canisters, then more touching and more trowing and even entering between the barbed wire and the wall.
The time passed slowly, the amount of tear gas increased and the strong wind changed direction frequently... as a result most demonstrators reached the limit of tolerance, and we returned to the village.

Photos From Bi'lin Protest, Nov' , 4,2011
By Rani Abdel Fatah

David Reeb - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPTTwrbFL40


Protest against the closure of a road by Jewish settlers from the nearby settlement of Kadumim, on November 5, 2011 in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum.

The non-violent demonstration in the Nablus-area village of Qudum on Saturday was also attacked by Israeli soldiers with tear gas, sound bombs and rubber coated steel bullets. During the demonstration--which drew some 250 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists--the leg of a Palestinian activist was broken after he was hit by a tear gas grenade.
200 protesters marching in Kufer towards the Qedumin settlement.
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee Demonstration against Land Grab in Kufer Qaddum Ends in Military Raid . See http://t.co/DLGKvUmu
Wall Photos
‎200 protesters marching in Kufer Qaddum towards the Qedumin settlement.

Nabi Saleh

Dozens participated in this week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh against the Israeli occupation and settlements. Nabi Saleh residents, other Palestinians, and international and Israeli supporters wore “Freedom Flotilla” ribbons to salute the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla activists in their attempt to break the Israeli naval siege on Gaza.

Slightly after noon, a peaceful procession started at the center of the village and headed towards the village farmlands and spring, taken over by settlers. Israeli forces blocked the protesters from approaching the spring, shooting masses of tear gas from two different locations at the protesters. Two men were injured due to gas inhalation and required medical attention.

From then on demonstrators kept going back and forth on the village's main road towards the exit, blocked by Israeli forces. Others threw stones to ward off the army incursion. The army used a foul-smelling water cannon, rubber coated steel bullets and tear gas projectiles. Both the bullets and projectiles were shot indiscriminately and directly at protesters, sometimes at a pace of about a dozen at once, using automated cannons. As a result, more than a dozen were lightly injured. One protester required medical treatment and was taken to a hospital, after his finger was hit and broken by a rubber-coated bullet.

By the day's end, and for no apparent reason other than the well-known Israeli army habit to provide “practice” for its soldiers on the expense of struggling Palestinian communities, four Israeli jeeps entered the village and circled inside it, stones hurled at them throughout. At a certain point Israeli soldiers also hid behind a military tower, leaving the road clear, and then reappeared chasing nearing protesters. One Palestinian photographer was beaten while his arms were raised in the air and then arrested.

Protest, Nov', 4,2011

Ni'lin 4/11/2011

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Al Walaja

Al Walaja Fights Back Illegal Construction of the Wall
In recent weeks, there have been significant legal developments concerning the Al Walaja residents’ legal efforts to challenge the route of the Wall, which could effectively encircle Al Walaja and confiscate more privately-owned Palestinian land.
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Al Walaja Demonstration against the Wall. Picture Credit: Anne Paq/ Activestills
The Friday demonstration was joined by several dozen residents and supporters from Israel and abroad. The protests took place near the gates of Har Gilo settlement, which is located literally on the top of Al Walaja, overlooking the village. During the protest, demonstrators sang songs and chanted slogans against the Wall and land confiscation. Near the end of the demonstration, while protesters were making their way back into the village, they were followed by two military jeeps who tried to provoke and incite violence. This attempt, however, was quite unsuccessful, and the demonstration dispersed peacefully. The local popular committee promised to maintain and expand the struggle in the coming critical weeks, as construction works are being renewed.
A similar demonstration also took place in the neighboring village of Al Ma'asara, where some 100 residents and activists flew kites and played ball games. The demonstration was blocked by the army however no injuries or arrests were reported.

Al Walaja, with a population of approximately 2,000 residents, is located north-west of Bethlehem and south-west of Jerusalem. In a recent decision regarding the western section of the Wall, (on the ‘West Bank’ side), the Israeli High Court lifted an interim injunction that had managed to stop work on the Wall in that area since 28 December 2010. On a positive note, the judgment confirmed a partial change in the route of the Wall, keeping an ancient water spring and a cemetery within the ‘West Bank’ side of the Wall. However, the decision also rejected another proposed change to the Wall’s path, which means that a large area of agricultural land owned by residents of Al Walaja will remain on the ‘Jerusalem’ side of the Wall, accessible only by agricultural gates and a permit system. Construction of the Wall continues although legal procedures are not exhausted.
Residents have raised a number of critical legal concerns in their appeal against the Wall: the wall will highly impede residents' access to their lands, the fact that lands were expropriated without necessary court orders and that construction persisted despite court deliberations without any security justification. Furthermore, at least in one part of the planned route of the Wall, a house will be completely encircled. At the same time, the expansion of the nearby settlement continues, proving beyond doubt that the main motivation for building the Wall is to advance Jewish settlements on Palestinian lands. For further reading see a detailed legal briefing on the situation in Al Walaja.


Circus action Saturday 5-11-11 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.237283142997982.57191.100001488933129
Don’t say we did not know #285

On Tuesday, 25th October, 2011, IDF forces arrived at the Bedouin neighborhood adjacent to Jaba’ (to the north of Jerusalem ), and demolished two homes. Fifteen people were made homeless. In addition, four animal sheds were demolished.
In ‘Anata the army demolished a chicken coop and an agricultural building; six beehives were confiscated.

On Thursday, 27th October, 2011, government representatives, with a police escort, went to various unrecognized Negev villages and carried out demolitions: one home in Tel ‘Arad, a home in Qasr a-Bir (near Dimona), a home in ElQurein (south of Hura), and two homes in Sa’ua (east of Hura); forty people were left without a roof over their heads.
The authorities continued on their way, and two sheds were then demolished south of Rahat.
Questions & queries: amosg@shefayim.org.il
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See Previous reports about the joint struggles of the Anarchists Against the Wall at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continue with intensified confrontations

The settler colonialists intensify their assaults both in the occupied west bank and within Israel. The olive pickers are assaulted by settler colonialists with partial backing of state forces in spite of the participation of Israeli activists. International support for Palestinian state alarm the settlers and their reprisals are channeled against the Palestinians. The social struggle against the neoliberal capitalist piggery continue and the state try to divert attention by intensifying the terror on the Gaza strip. In spite half split in the social struggle as the students leadership try to pull it to the parliament quagmire, Nearly 100,000 marched and converged Saturday night in the town square of Tel Aviv for a long gathering with speeches and entertainment by artists of the top. The locations of joint struggle against the separation fence and occupation were as usual.

Beit Ummar

Saturday 29 Oct: "Settler threw stones on the joint demonstration participants. One suffered head injury and few did not enjoy the tear gas thrown on them.
John Brown Pictures - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=179993965420337
Video - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=179836238769443
John Brown - http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=179836238769443
PalestineSolidarity - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y4PbkdK43t0


Friday 28 Oct demo was similar to other "regular" ones. No special theme, no special political guests from Ramalla, no special international delegation... Just 15 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative with similar number of internationals joined few dozen people of Bil'in at noon, in the long march towards the separation wall with Palestinian flags, and a large banner painted with the images of the martyrs Basem and Jawaher Abu Rahma - both killed by the army while participating in a Friday demonstration, and the usual chants, (with an added one for the release of Ashraf Abu Rahmah - brother of the two martyrs, arrested at the previous demo whom the Military Court Orders the Indefinite Remand, on a trumped up stone-throwing charge. This despite testimonies and video evidence to the contrary. Ashraf is the brother of Bassem and Jawaher Abu Rahmah, both killed by the army while demonstrating peacefully in Bil'in). On the way, near the location of the demolished separation fence, we have seen the the renewed memorial tomb for Basem who was murdered there with a tear gas canister.

When we arrived at the separation wall - bordering the Abu Lemon oaks groove preserve, we have seen the Israeli soldiers who were looking on us from behind the wall - waiting a bit for a good excuse for showering us with tear gas. After a short time when we were chanting, but no one was throwing stones, they availed to the excuse that the spools of barbed wire "protecting the wall" were touched and they started the tear gas shower. First we retreated a bit, but as the wind was blowing along the wall strong enough, after a while it dispersed the tear gas and we returned... to repeat it in respond to following volleys - till the end of the demonstration was declared.

Not far away, at the end of the fence of spools of barbered wire, some participants managed to remove some of the barbed wire and iron rods.

Issa Mahmoud Abu Rahma, a 41 year old resident of Bil'in, was wounded on his right hand by a tear gas canister. Dozens of participants suffered various levels tear gas effects.

Haitham Al Khatib - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2400226198031.131290.1022320161
Israel Puterman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9x6Crg6eqM


Friday 28 October 2011 - New Israeli military tactic: Head butting
The Israeli military violently obstructed a peaceful demonstration against the Israeli separation wall in Al-Ma’sara, near Bethlehem, today.
Around 25 Palestinians and a similar number of international observers and some Israeli activists marched from the village at 12:20 PM today and attempted to reach olive groves on Palestinian land just outside of Al-Ma’asara in time for this year’s olive harvest. A line of thirteen soldiers, backed by reinforcements in three armored vehicles, pushed and shoved protesters, including a small Palestinian boy, in order to prevent them from leaving the village.
As demonstrators attempted to walk around the line of soldiers, one officer snatched a Palestinian flag from a protester and then head-butted him.
Mahmoud Alaaelddin, President of Al-Ma’sara local council and member of the Popular Resistance Committee, said “Every Friday we try to go to our land and the soldiers always prevent us from going. They don’t care if there are children at the demonstration; they use more and more violence every Friday.”
After being prevented from peacefully marching to Palestinian land, protesters chanted, sang and remonstrated with the Israeli military for around 30 minutes. The protest dispersed at 1:00 PM, with Mahmoud Zawahra, member of Al-Ma’asara’s Popular Committee of Resistance, alerting the soldiers of their continued persistence.

“Next Friday we will come with more people and we will fly kites with Palestinian flags. And for the hundredth time we tell you – you are not welcome here. You are killers and occupying forces,” he said.

Around five minutes after today’s protest ended, a small group of Palestinian youths threw stones at the military, who responded by firing a tear gas canister, causing billowing gas to enter a house and garden at the edge of Al-Ma’asara.

Demonstrations take place in the village every Friday in protest against the separation wall – illegal under international law – which has been used by the Israeli military to expropriate much of the village’s land since 2005. Work had ceased on the wall near Al-Ma’asara in 2008 after an Israeli court ruling, but it is scheduled to re-commence on 1 January 2011.

If completed, the barrier will expropriate more Palestinian land and will result in the closure of the main road that links Al-Ma’asara to nearby cities in the West Bank. Al-Ma’sara residents will be forced to take alternative routes, tripling the length of time it takes to drive from the village to Bethlehem or Hebron.

Alaaeldin says that over the past few years Israeli soldiers have come into the village late at night before the Friday’s protest; forcing entire families – including children – to stand in the cold, often for 2-3 hours.

According to Alaaeldin, the Israeli military “wants people to be afraid [to protest]. They say ‘we will arrest you, we will kill you ‘but more people come to the demonstrations and refuse to be scared.”

The Israeli military has not carried out such incursions into the village for three months, but Alaaeldin is concerned that they may start again as soldiers have taken advantage of the cold winter nights to harass people in previous years.

Nabi Saleh

weekly demonstration, 28-10-2011.
Oct 21st the weekly joint demonstration was canceled due to the celebration of the release from prison people of the village in the "Gilad Shalit deal"
As "compensation" the Israeli activists were invited to celebrations party Thursday 27th Oct. evening.
A Palestinian youth throws back at the army a tear gas canister during the weekly demonstration against the occupation and the settlement in the West Bank village of Nabi Salih; on Friday 28.10.2011. http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/6289493946/

International communities http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302168576460120.84515.136633479680298
Awad Abuzaid http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2678824609788.156624.1231443469
Weekly Protests http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.260316417348517.62547.251098394936986
Haim Schwarczenberg - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2613654459940.2148356.1212414101
David Reeb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSpGLXE0Lng


Protest 28-10-2011, Small in number but strong in spirit, today, protesters in Ni'lin were attacked by Israel Occupation Forces from behind the safety of the Apartheid-Annexation wall.
It was so much violent from the Israeli army. 7 people got injured and many others suffered from tear gas suffocation, but my village still continue mounting a strong will and determination and courageous. and the struggle is still on.

planxtysumoud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYr4XuaFkkU

Kufr Qaddum demonstration, 28-10-2011

Demonstration against the closure of a road by Jewish settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Kadumim on October 28, 2011.

Sheikh Jarrah

The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are continuing their protest vigils in the neighborhood every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them. (Solidarity Sheik Jarrah is no more organizing the Friday demos.) Please make the effort and join them this Friday, October 28 at 3:00 PM for a vigil in support of their struggle. We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.

Friday 28/10/2011
Mario Savio - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.281048115263168.75669.100000739446057
Guy Butavia - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150382190977138.376087.779192137
Israel Puterman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsKhlMDDVFA

South Hebron hills
This week we will accompany Palestinians farmers and shepherds to their lands in several locations in South Hebron hills. Harassment of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area by both settlers and the army continues.

This coming Saturday, October 29 , we need as many activists as possible to accompany them and stand up for their rights. There is a direct link between the number of activists who come to accompany the farmers and their ability to harvest and work their lands.
30.10.11 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150384232812138.376576.779192137
Guy Butavia http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150385378237138.376951.779192137

Protest vigil on Friday
Guy Butavia - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150382168982138.376080.779192137

Social Struggle

More than 60,000 (according to article in a daily before the demo, assessing the capacity of the square) converged at the Tel Aviv town square many of them marched in the street in a demo to reach it.
Tomer Peled Pictures: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150517326307501.468693.540627500
People numbering hundreds to 3 thousands converged in 6 other towns.
Video of the eviction of the Jerusalem second squat of people already evicted from the tent camp and the first squat.
Israel Puterman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ItTh-jfQR8
See http://awalls.org
See Previous reports about the joint struggles of the Anarchists Against the Wall at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com