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(en) Israel/Palestine: Materials for the 22 October solidarity actions

From Italy@ainfos.ca,Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Tue, 19 Oct 2004 13:25:51 +0200 (CEST)

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The FdCA has produced a special English-language version
of its monthly news-sheet on the occasion of the international
day of anarchist solidarity with the struggle in Palestine and
the Israeli anarchists. "Alternativa Libertaria" is a 2-page
PDF file and can be freely downloaded, printed and distributed
by anarchist groups and organizations. You can find it at:
This month's issue includes:
* Israeli Anarchists
* Anarchists in the world
* Peacefully Confronting the Wall in Budrus (see below)
* How much is this occupation costing us?
* We will not be stopped!!

We remind you also of the special 70-page pamphlet we have produced
for the occasion: "We Are All Anarchists Against The Wall". This too
can be freely downloaded and used.
Cover: http://www.fdca.it/wall/media/anarwall_EN_cover.pdf
Text: http://www.fdca.it/wall/media/anarwall_EN.pdf
Cover & Text zipped: http://www.fdca.it/wall/media/wall_english.zip

Italian versions are also available on the FdCA website.

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Peacefully Confronting the Wall in Budrus

I live in Budrus, a village of 1,200 people, west of Ramallah. The Wall will
completely surround Budrus and eight other villages, separating us from the
rest of the West Bank. There are no hospitals, universities, or civil
institutions in these nine villages, and many of the people work in Ramallah.
The Wall will prevent thousands of Palestinians from going to work, school,
universities, and hospitals. We already live in a prison, surrounded by
settlements and checkpoints. So with the Wall, it will become a prison within a
prison. As a young Palestinian woman, I dream of becoming a doctor. However,
the Wall may prevent me from studying in a university.

On Nov 23rd, 2003, Wall construction started in Budrus and we immediately began
holding peaceful demonstrations opposing it. The Israeli authorities planned to
take 250 acres of Budrus' land and bulldoze our olive groves. The day
construction began, the soldiers formed a line to prevent us from reaching the
bulldozers, but I was able to cut through the line and sit in front of the
bulldozer. We stopped Wall construction that day.

We protested peacefully for three months until March 1, when the Israeli
authorities said they would move the Wall to the Green Line, so Budrus would
not lose land. Recently, they told us that they still want to take 44 acres of
our land, and Budrus and eight other villages will also still be surrounded by
the Wall. So we will continue to struggle against the theft of our land.

Though our demonstrations were peaceful, the Israeli soldiers wounded 102
persons. They used sound bombs, teargas, and rubber-coated steel bullets, and
beat men and women with clubs. In Biddu and Beitunia, villages near Jerusalem,
Israeli soldiers killed six people during protests against the Wall. The
Israeli military tried to stop Budrus' peaceful protests by arresting
participants. Thirteen men from Budrus, including my father, two uncles, two
cousins, and a 15-year-old classmate were arrested. The soldiers' violence
scares me, but to make my dreams a reality I have to take part in the peaceful
struggle against that Wall. Nonviolent resistance against the Wall requires
everyone. Our entire community participated in protests, men with women, elders
with children, and Palestinians with Israelis and internationals.

I had never dealt with Israelis as friends before. Israelis were always
occupiers and soldiers. During the first demonstration I met three women who
became my first Israeli friends. They believe the Wall will not bring them
security, and they wish more Israelis would see what is happening on the
ground. I now have many Israeli friends. A friendly relationship between
Palestinians and Israelis is important, because I look to the future when there
will be a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders next to Israel. Security
and understanding requires friendship. Please support us in ending this
oppressive Israeli military occupation of our land.

[From an article by Iltezam Morrar, aged 15, in The Electronic Intifada, 16
July 2004.]

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