Monday, September 21, 2015

Palestine-Israel, The non armed social struggle increase in response to increase in Israeli assaults.

Israeli state which failed in its year ago offensive on the Hamas in Gaza, suffer also from its diminishing bargain power in the international arena, manipulate the internal discomfort of public opinions by increasing the encroachment on Palestinian spaces - both in the 1967 occupied west bank and within the 1948 borders. The diminishing in the support of the Israeli elite to the prime minister Netaniahu and his group push him to increase his political gambling that can crash him in the first big loss. His failure to pass his Gas scheme and the civil case in court in which his wife is grilled, may be the first signs of his approaching doom. In spite the efforts to lower the social pressure in the west bank by increasing the employment of west-bakers within Israel the popular resistance increase both in the occupied Jerusalem and in the west bank.


Friday 11-9-15 - The demonstration today, in Bi'lin was in solidarity with the prisoners and the Dawahbshi-family who were burned alive and ultimately die of their injuries. Two dozen Israelis (half with the anarchists against the wall and half the Yosamba drummers), Joined dozens of internationals... and the Bil'in activists for an half hour of confrontation with the Israeli armed forces. The wind was not friendly today and sided with the soldiers. The tear gas today was not too fragrant.
We were pushed back to the edge of the village but refused to disperse and mingled for awhile after the state force went away contemplating a march to the forbidden area of the separation wall on the west of the freed lands.
Friday 18-9-15 - never a boring Friday. 9 Israelis (the tenth one got cold feet just when we entered the cars ...), and nearly 20 internationals, joined the local activists in the weekly demo. The Israeli soldiers were seemed too passive and we approach the "war zone" cautiously. And the usual shower of tear gas was not coming. The more daring ones started to climb the hill approaching the soldier who were strong on warning but very few tear gas was thrown. Some of the activists stayed near the soldiers till the 30 minutes confrontation ended and they went away without any of the horrible thing we suspected from the strange behaviour of the soldiers.
It seems the belligerent higher commander of the region was replaced with more sane one and thus the last few "strange" weekly demos.


Weekly protest against the wall and the occupation

Nabi Saleh

This Friday, 11/09/2015 Palestinians called for hoisting the national flag, as a symbol of steadfastness and resistance to the ongoing Israeli occupation. In addition, Palestinians expressed their rage over the killing of the Dawabsheh family of Duma – Sa’d, baby Ali and Riham, who passed away earlier this week – and call on the Israeli authorities to arrest the arsonists. In Nabi Saleh, which has endured increased violence in the past few weeks, locals and solidarity activists confronted the Israeli army waving the Palestinian flag. The IDF responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as several attempts to nab protesters and arrest them. Soldiers tried to ambush protesters, but failed to arrest them. Instead, they raided the village and hurled sun grenades and tear gas canister at houses and olive trees, causing a small fire. No major injuries reported.
David Reeb
David Reeb


11-9-15 "4 Young Palestinians wounded by zio pigs in Kufr Qaddum, west of Qalqilya, during clashes today
Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets as well as sponge bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, and skunk water to disperse protesters.
And Israeli criminals injured Yusif Shtewei , 24 years old with a sponge bullet to the head. He is in moderate condition ..... "
18-9-15 Many injured in today's kufr Qaddum demo. The pics don't show the snipers I'm afraid

Don’t say we didn’t know #466
On Friday, 28th August, 2015, during the weekly demonstration of the Palestinian village Qadum, where villagers protest land confiscations and closure of the road to their village, IDF soldiers sprayed water on an electricity transformer which transfers electricity to the village. As a result, the villagers had to replace the transformer.
On Friday, 4th September, 2015, IDF soldiers damaged the transformer, yet again, during the weekly demonstration against land confiscations. Yet again the villagers had to replace the transformer. In both cases, the entire village was without power for some hours.
On Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 at 11:30 p.m., a settler from Qedumim damaged an electricity pole which conducts electricity through the settlement, causing an electricity outage in the Palestinian village Qadum for 13 hours.
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On Thursday, 3rd September, 2015, government representatives, escorted by the police, demolished a home near Tel Sheva, a Bedouin township in the Negev. In Wadi Ghawawin, near Road 31, they demolished another home.

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See at the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
See also: Stories from the year 2100 - 50 years after the revolution

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle really changed the world*

The failed arrest of 12 year old child in Nabi Saleh caused a million views storm in the media. This situation and the next Friday of the joint struggle demonstrated again how the involvement of the AATW Israeli Jews prevented in the past and prevent now the extinguishing of the non armed Palestinian struggle with rivers of blood. It was one shooting of Gil Naamati in 2003 in a joint action of the anarchists AATW that caused a real wide media scandal in Israel (which forced the higher commander of the army to visit him at hospital and apologize) that resulted in the change of shooting order about dispersing non armed demonstrations in the occupied lands when Israelis are involved. In addition to our helping to distribute the news, Our main contribution is the supply of "life insurance" to the Palestinians and even to the stone throwers in the demos.... though it is not perfect and along the years about 20 were killed and many more were injured.


Friday 21-8-15 Friday 21-8-15 in Bil'in. It started as usual with marching down the hill the village is located on towards the old route of the dismantled separation fence.
8 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall with dozens of internationals joined the village activists.
Just when we reached the valley the Israeli state forces started to shower us with tear gas. Taking advantage of the northern wind part of us moved north through the olive orchard to confront the other unit positioned there. After less than the usual 30 minutes of confrontation the state forces returned to their position behind the newer separation wall on the west.
We regrouped and we started a new march towards the last months forbidden area between the old route and the new wall.
It took a while to the surprised state force to return to our side of the wall and start shooting tear gas.
After a long confrontation we ended the demo and returned to the village.
Another week in a row I missed the tear gas because the northern wind and being too careful...
28-8-15 Border police came again for training in Bil'in Friday demo and arrested one activist and one photographer.
This Friday was promising surprises. The northern wind brought the hope the Israeli forces will not have an easy day. However, the 5 Israelis and two dozen internationals that joined the local activists could predict before hand that it will not be easy. There were more than usual armoured car waiting for us. There were border police which promised arrests...
As part of their vicious plan, they "allowed" us to cross the valley and come near them. Only then they started to shower us with tear gas. A unit positioned not far from the road as a kind of ambush was ready to get into action.
The abrupt change in the wind carrying the tear gas delayed the arrests for a while.
Not long afterwards the arrest were done and one long time activist and a young photographer were taken.
A moderate dose of tear gas covered for me the deficit of the previous two Fridays on which I was too careful.
Me in it

4.9.15 It was just another Friday demo against the occupation and settlers but it turned to be a very strange one. Five Israelis with the AATW and bus load of few dozen internationals joined the Bil'iners. The Israeli forces came as usual the last few months to block our way to the new separation wall on the border of the lands given back by court order. They even positioned one armoured car nearer to the olive orchard at the foot of the hill so we will be within the range of tear gas shooting. When we passed the imaginary line, the state force shoot few grenades of tear gas and than stopped. Cautiously the more daring one advanced a bit but the usual barrage of tear gas never come. Even when the soldiers identified one of the shabab who was throwing stones, the just warned him they will come to arrest him - no tear gas, no rubber coated bullet and not live fire... just warning. After the usual 30 minutes of presence the state forces left the area and we declared another victory.
Rani Abdel Fatah

Nabi Saleh

Friday 21-8-15 Sarit Michaeli with binyamin police station with Bilal Tamimi and david reeb, arrested for
allegedly violating a closed military zone order while documenting clashes in nabi saleh. This has to be my lightest arrest ever, we still have our phones
on us! But of course the misuse of closed military zone orders to stop documentation of incidents in the west bank is unacceptable.
"David and I refused the conditions they offered us, so we will be taken into custody until tomorrow night. We will then be brought in front of a judge
Bilal will be arrested until Sunday, and brought to the military court"
"With the news of the release of Muhammad 'Alan from administrative detention, Palestinian residents of Nabi Saleh, accompanied by solidarity activists, marched demanding the release of all political prisoners. 'Alan was on hunger strike for over two months, until the Israeli Supreme Court decided to temporarily lift his administrative detention order until his medical condition is clear. The IDF attempted to disperse the protesters using tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, and then proceeded to arrest three people, all of them were engaging in documenting the protest: Bilal Tamimi, a local journalist, Sarit Michaeli, Betselem's spokesperson and David Reeb, an Israeli videographer."
28-8-15 Palestinians marched on Friday towards their confiscated lands, chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation. The IDF responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. A group of soldiers also ambushed the protesters, and while other soldiers diverted the attention of the villagers, this group began to chase after protesters in an attempt to arrest them. One Palestinian (19) and an international activist were thus arrested and taken away. An Israeli soldier tried to detain a minor (12 - with a broken hand) during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Friday, but a number of Palestinian women and children managed to stop him. "Today the IOF attacked and arrested (the demonstrators) and they trays to arrested my son Mohammad (12) who was Injured two days before and shot his brother Salam 9 years old and hitting my daughter Ahed Tamimi and my wife Nariman Tamimi an they are at the hospital now"
Crazy soldiers and de arresting of a young child
Bilal Tamimi
David Ribb
4.9.2015 In the wake of events of the previous Friday and global media attention, more Israelis with the anarchists against the wall, internationals, and Palestinians joined villagers of Nabi Saleh in a show of defiance against the occupation. Settlers also gathered across the hill, in the entrance to Halamish, in support of the Israeli army’s suppression of the Palestinian march. The IDF attempted to disperse the Palestinians initially with stun grenades, then tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. The soldiers also arrested five Palestinians, including the journalist. They were all released later in the day. Although several protesters were hit by rubber bullets, no serious injuries were reported.
Bilal Tamimi
David Reeb



The kufr Qaddum demo today 21-8-15.
This week the Israeli army night raided the village and arrested 3 minors and two adults in grounds of participating in demonstrations. Two minors were released today under heavy fines but with no charges pressed (!) The more await their first Court heating before military judges Sunday
4 injured with rubber bullets in KAFR QUDOUM march today
Today in our march the Israeli occupation army stormed our village at about 10:30 shooting rubber bullets in all directions this caused injured
The army also targeted the mosque with tear gas and sound bombs beside houses with skunk water.
During spraying skunk water they damaged electricity net which provide the area of clashes with light.


Saturday 15-8-15 Vigil in support for Ido Rimon refusenik at the wall of military jail 4. RedNblack flags were carried by anarchists of Ahdut (unity).

Don't say we didn’t know #463

On Tuesday, 11th August, 2015, IDF soldiers came to the Palestinian village Jiftlik, in the Jordan Valley, to demolish two homes and two sheep-pens. The soldiers continued to Humsa, near the Bekaot checkpoint, and demolished a home and three sheep-pens there.

Eighteen souls were made homeless.

Sheikh Jarakh

Friday, 4.9, at 16:00 we will meet in the protest square in Sheikh Jerrah. Six years ago began the struggle against the evacuation of families from their homes by organized settlers, which manage to do so by an unequal usage of laws about the property following the 1948 war.
The successful struggle stopped any further evacuations in Sheikh Jerrah but could not do so for the entire city. The settlers’ organization discover new and awful ways to take control of more and more property in neighbourhoods like Silwan and the Muslim Quarter. In other places the city hall confiscates the lands that meant for development ; the separation wall was build inside the city to maintain an absolute Jewish majority.
In Sheikh Jerrah itself the trails about the different houses are about to be opened soon. In these days the tension is rising and the level of violence is again going up.
We will not allow the racist discrimination!
We won’t have privileges for Jews only!
We will not let the settlers expropriate steal and control!


Don't Say We Didn't Know 464

Many demolitions were carried out last week in the West Bank. Most of them were exposed in the media.

With the upcoming school year, I feel obliged to give voice to the following case:

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Israeli soldiers demolished the schoolhouse that has been built in the Palestinian village of Khirbat Samra (in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, east of the Allon Road). Let it be known that in that entire area of the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley there is not a single school for Palestinian children now!

Don't say we didn’t know #465

On Sunday, 23rd August, 2015, earthworks for the building of the Jewish community Hiran, began. Hiran will be built on, and instead of, the Bedouin village Umm Al Hiran.

On Wednesday, 26th August, 2015, representatives of the government, escorted by the police, came for a day of demolitions in Bedouin villages in the Negev. In El-Za'arura, south-west of Arad, they uprooted olive trees and demolished a flood dam. In Kufr Ser, near Dimona, they demolished a home. In Bir El Hammam, near moshav Nevatim, they destroyed three homes. In Wadi Gawain, near Road No. 31, they demolished a shig (a Bedouin tent that serves as a community centre for men).
They demolished El'Araqib, yet again.

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* From my blog at:
See at the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
See also: Stories from the year 2100 - 50 years after the revolution