Sunday, March 22, 2015

Palestine-Israel, the joint struggle in turbulent times of the fragmentation in the Zionist rulling elite*

The merger between the Zionist leadership and the capitalist elite which started 1948 picked in the Tycoons dominance, at 20010. The "too successful" neo-liberalism was challenged by the social struggle, conflicts within the capitalist elite and threatened by international pressure yielded the diminishing power of the old order when the right lost its absolute power in the parliament depending now on the opponent of the milder Zionist right (Kachlon). It is not sure how fast the retreat in the neo-liberal trend and the defeat of the Tycoons combined with the international pressure will yield also retreat in the advance of the Zionist settler and transfer effort. Mean time the joint struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Kadum, Ma'asarah, Southern Hebron Hills, Sheikh Jarrah, th Bedouins of the south, Dahamsh... with additional locations from time to time.


This Friday 7 Israeli, few internationals and "guests" from the regions joined the Bil'in people in the 527th Friday demo in Bil'in. In spite of the huge amount of tear gas shooting - never seen before, the army thugs could not disperse us due to a friendly wind. After long confrontation the army left the main confrontation area but invaded the southern part of the village.
Dozens of injuries and cases of suffocation at Bil'in's weekly march
There were dozens of cases of injuries and suffocation from tear gas during today's weekly demonstration in Bil'in. The Israeli army rained bombs of gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at participants as they moved up to the outskirts of the village on the west side. The march started from the center of the village, with the participation of the villagers, including children and friends of international activists and Israelis who reject the occupation in all its forms. They raised Palestinian flags and pictures of the child captive Khalid Hossam El-Sheikh, and the five other children detainees Today marks the 2 year anniversary of their arrest. Demonstrators raised slogans that reflect the theft of Palestinian children, and call for the release of their colleagues and children who are approaching the number of three hundred. They are calling for humanitarian organizations and human rights organizations to intervene for their release. Also, the demonstrators carried photos in solidarity with American activist Tristan Anderson. We saw slogans such as "Tristan always in our hearts", and We pray for your recovery". Tristan is an American young man who came to show solidarity with the Palestinians in 2009. He was hit with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli border guards, hitting him directly in the head. This led to a full and permanent quadriplegia in all limbs and he lost the sight in his right eye. This took place on 03/13/2009 in Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, where today marks the sixth anniversary of his injury. The canister that injured Anderson are of the same type that caused the death of Bassem Abu Rahma. The case has been brought to the Israeli government , but until now, they are dragging their heels in the case and are claiming it is inadmissible on the grounds that he was in a war zone, and one of the sessions of Public Prosecutions said it is possible that the Palestinians shot him and not the border guards, in an attempt to escape from their crime.
The demonstrators also carried pictures of the American activist Rachel Corrie, to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of her martyrdom, which falls on Monday.
"I'm so happy that my little nephews,nieces and other children still alive and fine after the Israeli occupation forces fired directly at our houses today after they entered our village (Bilin )During the weekly Demonstration Against"

Bil'in, Friday 20-3-15 demo. 15 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative joined international and Bil'iners activists. The Israeli state forces "allowed" us to cross to the lands returned to the village. However, just when we converged there they started to shower us with tear gas. As the wind was erratic, they failed to disperse us as fast as they wished. After they came with their armored cars we were gradually pushed to the built area of the village where we persisted till the state force left the area.
Satisfied with our persistence we stay a short while before ending the demo.

Nabi Saleh

Friday 13/03/2015 The Israeli army stepped up its violent suppression of the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh this week. As villagers and solidarity activists marched down the main road leading to the entrance to the village, soldiers targeted them with tear gas canisters, live ammunition and finally, physical violence. One young man sustained an injury from a live (“tutu”) bullet, and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Several others, including children, were beaten mercilessly. Three female demonstrators were arrested.during the demonstration: Boshra Tamimi, Shireen Al Araj and Tali Shapiro.
Tali was released after several hours (due to the fact that she is an Israeli Jewish citizen), However, Boshra remains under arrest for another 4 days and Shireen another 24 hours.
Tali has reported that though they were all beaten during the arrest, Boshra and Shireen remain in good spirits and were "schooling" the Israeli Occupation soldiers and police, when Tali was made to leave the police station.
Filthy occupation forces decided to break the spirit of Nabi Saleh demonstration. Violent suppression efforts included the firing of live ammunition and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators. It also preceded days before the weekly demonstration with nightly arrests.
Bilal Tamimi
Bilal Tamimi
David Reeb
David Reeb


Friday 20-3-15. Gunfire and tear gas dispersed in the air of Ni'lin during the Friday prayer. There was no real provocation on the part of the boys who stood in front of the hill which is within the area of ​​the village and far from the Apartheid wall. There were some shouts and curses between the soldiers that stood on the hill and the boys. The soldiers seemed intoxicated by the power of their weapons or simply drunk, fired at will rubber coated metal bullets and gas canisters during the dialogue of curses. I decided to move forward the direction of the soldiers. They stormed at my direction and when they got approximately 10 meters from me one of them shot a rubber coated steal bullet at my foot (The picture shows three I think it was the one in the middle). That was probably the most painful rubber-coated metal bullet I have ever got. The heroes who just shot an unarmed photographer, quickly returned to the top of the hill and I was evacuated by friends to a nearby ambulance. A Friend took the camera and took some pictures of me and of the rest of the demonstration (Which took place even though the soldiers tried to disperse it before it started)

After a short while I decided to leave the ambulance and tried to get closer to the hill again. The trigger happy soldiers continued to fire at will. But this time the boys trough stones back at them. I thought for a second that the three soldiers saw me and paused their inflammatory behavior but I think now that it probably was a wishful thinking

Kafr Qadoom

"The most important events in Kafr Qaddum march today 20-3-2015
2 Palestinians wounded by metal bullets covered with rubber:
· Mohammad Jomaa 17 in his leg.
· Mohammad Baz 22 in his leg
· Alaa Badarna photographer for European agency fell down when the army oblige the
journalists to leave the area .
5 soldieres detained Zahi Ali 47 in abandoned olive presses while they were hide in ambush to arrest youth.
The Israeli army shoot tear gas canisters heavily causing many suffocated cases.
Also the army emptied the contents of the skunk water car in the house of Zohdi Shtaiwi.
The army stormed the village from 3 directions and the youth stopped them using stones.
Hundreds of Palestinians with Israeli friends join the march under the slogan of" Patience and Unity"

Abu Dis

13.3.2015 A peaceful demonstration became violent with moments after the army made arrests of 2 demonstrators that did nothing wrong. 15 soldiers lined up in front of about 30 protesters. Neither side budged. Lieutenant Colonel who was there said he will not let protesters demonstrate here as if it were Bil'in. He Stood aside and began documenting with his Smart-phone when one of his subordinates gave the order to arrest two protesters who did nothing. Boys started throwing stones at the soldiers. The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and gas grenades directly at them. When a group of photographers got close I heard a soldier saying to one of his friends "beware there are photographers". The direct shooting of gas canisters stopped

The mother of one of the detainees sat on the ground refusing to budge. At first it felt like the soldiers would not hesitate to move her with force, but She asked several photographers to document and rightly so. The presence of cameras probably prevented violent eviction. Slowly but surely the hateful stares of soldiers changed into embarrassment gazes

17-3-15 Palestinians reinforced by Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative and internationals, faced the Israeli army in the rebuilt of ‘Jerusalem Gate’ protest encampment near Abu Dis. The protest encampment has been destroyed numerous times before and was erected to reclaim territory earmarked for a new Jewish only settlement. The IDF violently dispersed protesters with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber coated steel bullets, arresting seven of them (three Palestinians and four Israelis).
Palestinian, international and Israeli activists protested against Israeli plans to seize and build in the E1 area, which would cut off the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.
About 10 activists managed to enter the construction area and climb onto Israeli bulldozers. Israeli soldiers shot tear gas and sound bombs at the protesters. Activists also tried to erect two protest tents but failed as Israeli forces soon closed off the area. A total of seven activists were arrested during the action and put in a closed construction container for two hours before they were taken in an army jeep. The Israeli activists among them were later released on bond, the Palestinians were scheduled to be brought to the Ofer Military Court.
In the last two months, Palestinians staged a protest tent in the area and termed it “Jerusalem Gate.” The tent was destroyed by Israeli forces and rebuilt by the Palestinian activists over seven times.
Don’t say we didn’t know #445
On Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015, government representatives, escorted by the Police force, came to the Bedouin village Rakhme in the Negev (near Yeruham). They destroyed some 2000 dunums (dunum = 1000 sq.m.) of cereal crops. On Wednesday, 4th March, 2015, they came to El-Bagar (near Sde Boker) and ’Abde (near Ovdat) and destroyed about 500 dunums of crops. The same day they destroyed four homes in the Bedouin village Sa’wa (east of Hura).

Don't Say We Didn't Know 446

On Sunday, March 1st, 2015, in the city of Hebron, Israeli police arrested two volunteers of an international peacemakers organization for five hours, as they were escorting Palestinian children on their way home from kindergarten.

Again, on Thursday, March 5th, 2015, Border Policemen arrested four such volunteers as they stood next to Checkpoint 29 in Hebron to ensure the safety of Palestinian elementary school children crossing the checkpoint on their way home.

On Monday, March 9th, 2015, yet again, Border Policemen detained three volunteers at the same Checkpoint 29 in Hebron, under the same circumstances.
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This week once again government agents, escorted by police, destroyed cereal fields of Bedouins in the Negev. On Tuesday and Wednesday they destroyed the cereal fields of Al Sera, north of the Israeli air force base Nevatim and at Tel Al Malah, closeby. On Thursday they destroyed cereal fields in Wadi Al Na'am, near the waste site of Ramat Hovav.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Palestine-Israel, The joined struggle in a decisive year

The minimal pressure of the imperial power on Israel to soften its pressures applied to the would be transfered Palestinians of the 1967 occupied areas have its results (more in the west bank than in the Gaza Ghetto). The about 100.000 Palestinians of the occupied territories are employed by Israelis. Most of the roadblocks were removed. The rebellion of the Palestinians in the west bank is channeled mostly through a small minority of activists in the joint and separate week end activities. People are like holding their breath to see if the culminated crisis in the international arena will yield a significant break throw. Mean time, the persistent week end struggles - though in a diminished intensity in Bil'in, Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, Sheik Jarrah... with sporadic struggles in other locations.


“....The most important thing that changed is the culture of the people of Bil’in, says Abdullah Abu Rahmah, an activist in the village’s Popular Struggle Committee, which organizes the protests. “Over the years we have managed to free our minds from the occupation. The Israeli occupation is not just soldiers standing on our land, it is the control of our thoughts, it is the fear that every Palestinian has when staring down the occupation. And we have overcome that, the fear of the soldiers, of police, the Shin Bet, the courts — we express ourselves freely and act to realize our rights. In Bil’in, we are educating the next generation not to be afraid.” Abdullah Abu Rahmah

Ten years of popular resistance in Bil'in - 20-2-2015 - Today marks the 10th anniversary of weekly demonstrations against the Israeli Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in. There have been more demos and actions than the 520 Friday protests of Palestinians from the village and other parts of the occupied west bank, accompanied by Israelis (mostly with the anarchists against the wall initiative) and nearly always international solidarity activists - always marching towards the route of the barrier that cut the lands of the village.

This Friday dozens of participants suffered from tear gas hurting the eyes and inhalation during the march as the Israeli forces attacked us long before we reached the old route of the separation fence (blocking us the last few months from approaching the separation wall that replaced it). Few times the soldiers used jeeps to chase demonstrators towards the village using lot of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets as due to the strong northern wind they failed to disperse us. Some members of families who live nearby also suffered from tear gas.

During the demo - in addition to the usual chants and flags we held pictures of children who are detained in Israeli jails, especially the one of a sick 14 year old child Khlid Alshaikh.
Hamza Burnat

Did you take take part in a protest in Bilin during the last 10 years? #Did you take part in any local protest somewhere in Palestine? #Did you take part in a protest somewhere around the world? If the answer was yes and there's a picture of you during the protest, upload the picture with the sentence: I will be a part of the tenth anniversary of the popular struggle in Bilin and will take part in the protest on the 27th of February 2015. If the answer was no, don't miss the chance to express your opinion about refusing the occupation. Write: I will take part in a protest for the first time in Bilin on the 27th of February 2015, the tenth anniversary of the popular struggle. Let's all participate together in this protest to end the occupation, Bil'in Popular Committee against wall and settlements
Friday 27-2-15 Just Returned from the ten year anniversary demo in Bil'in. About 80 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, with hundreds of Palestinians from the village, near by villages, and Ramalah and some internationals. We Marched at noon from the center of the village towards the new separation wall.
This Friday they let us come near the gate of the wall before starting to shower us with tear gas.
The east wind was friendly to us so the soldiers had to come and confront the demonstrators. 5 were arrested - 3 Israelis and two Palestinians. Few were injured - including two who were taken to hospital.
We returned tired but with satisfaction.
David Reeb

Bil'in, 6-3-15: After closing 10 years of struggle against the occupation and the separation wall we started the eleventh year of struggle. Seven Israelis and dozen internationals converged with the activists and youth of the village at the Abu Lamun oak groove (we were prevented to reach for months). Minutes after we stared the demo the Israeli state forces started to shower us with tear gas. As the eastern wind prevented them from dispersing us, they came with armored cars and forced us to return most of the way to the village were we stood firm till the army cars left the area and we returned to the village with another small victory.


Protest 06.03.2015 - soldiers fired several live bullets at 2 protesters who managed to hide well and avoid being killed, all they did was using mirrors to reflect the sun light on the face on the sniper to make him lose his focus and not be able to snipe any protester.
however, 2 protesters were injured as a result of getting shot with rubber coated steel bullet and other dozens of suffocation of tear gas canister.

Gate of Jerusalem

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) activists maintain for weeks their presence at the ‪#‎Jerusalem_gate‬ in the confiscated land of al izarya...
The gate has been demolished for the ninth time in a raw and more are following.


Friday 20-2-15
Friday 6-3-15 was very hard day in Kafr Qadoom began in early morning at 10 o'clock when the Israeli army storm the village with 3 jeeps and bulldozer and about 20 soldiers from the army and police border.
they shoot many tear gas canisters towards us and inside houses so that tenths of suffocated cases were happened and all of them treated by the teams of PRCS who came from Qalqilia.

Jameel Hilmi Shtaiwi 17 was shot by rubber bullet in his left leg , and Hikmat Shtaiwi 36 while he was trying to protect his face from tear gas canister has his thumb broken and went to hospital for treatment. The march began as usual after praying with hundreds of Palestinians and friends from Israel but the army didn't give us the chance to walk more than 200 m when he began to shoot tear gas canisters , rubber and live bullets. Clouds of smoke from canisters caused 42 suffocated cases
Dear whatever happened we never gave up


Saturday 7-3-15 Hundreds of women on both sides of Qalandiya checkpoint: Israeli citizens on one side and Palestinians on the other.
Marking international ‪#‎WomensDay‬ and protesting against the Israeli occupation

Don't Say We Didn't Know 442
One of the ways to rob Palestinians' lands is to apply Draconian interpretation to Ottoman land laws. The Ottoman law stipulates that land that has not been tended for several years becomes 'state land'.
Palestinians of the village of Al Shuyukh, north-east of Hebron, planted 300 fruit trees on their land. The Civil Administration required them to leave the grounds, claiming that the land had been declared 'state land' in the past.
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On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, government agents escorted by police arrived at the Negev Bedouin village of Um Battin, near Tel Sheva, and demolished a structure. The next day they came to the village of Tel Al Malah near the Nevatim army base, and demolished a house.

Don't Say We Didn't Know 443
On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Israeli army forces entered an area belonging to a Palestinian of the village of Tyassir near Tubas (northern West Bank) and uprooted 9 dunams of olive trees, claiming they had been planted in a nature reserve.
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On Thursday, February 19, 2015, government agents escorted by police had a demolition day in Bedouin localities in the Negev. They destroyed a structure in Rahat and proceeded to demolish Al Arakib yet again.
Don’t say we didn’t know #444

Izbet Tabib

On Thursday, 26th February, 2015, residents of the Palestinian village ‘Izbet Tabib (east of Qalqilia) together with some of their Israeli supporters demonstrated near the access road to their village, near Highway No. 55. They did not block the road. Suddenly soldiers arrived and without any warning started shooting tear gas grenades at the demonstrators.

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On Sunday, 22nd February, 2015, government representatives escorted by police arrived at the Bedouin village Sa’wa, east of Hura, and demolished four homes.

On Thursday, 26th February, 2015, they arrived in the Bedouin village Tel ’Arad and demolished two structures.

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Ahdut (Unity) Position paper about the Palestinian struggle
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