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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Arrested comrade's report - Re: The daily struggle against the fence - Monday update: 5 Palestinians were injured, 5 Israelis** were detained*

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Date Thu, 7 Apr 2005 15:26:23 +0200 (CEST)

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"....... The commander of the border guard unit that detained 5 of us [at the
site of the demo] is a settler of "Gush Katif" in the Gaza strip. This same
unit is scheduled to evacuate the resisting settlers of Gush Katif. In a long
[non-formal] conversation developed with him while we waited for the regular
police that would take us to the police station, he showed a surprising
insight: ("If I was in their shoes - meaning the Palestinians, I would not be
satisfied with just throwing stones".) These words were in spite the repeated
use of the same famous excuses of Adolf Eichman (Nazi bureaucrat who was
kidnapped in Argentina and sentenced to death in Israel) "I am under the
obligation to execute orders of my superiors".)

His second-in-command is a Druze - an Israeli Palestinian citizen from the
Galilee village Beit Jan, who himself lives in an "illegally-built" house [a
common occurrence in the Israeli Palestinian regions as part of their
suppression is the refusal of permits to build new houses or to expand existing
ones]. A fact that does not prevent him from taking part in the destruction of
the houses of Palestinians [in the occupied regions] on the pretext that they
did not have building permits.

The Ethiopian [Jewish immigrant] who strangled me with such great passion
[link to the pictures:
https://israel.indymedia.org/feature/display/2902/index.php] told me later
in secret that if there had not been cameras around he would also have shot
me in the head.

The policeman at the police station said that, in essence, Israeli
law is a "joke" as the supreme court of justice or the Knesset [Israeli
parliament] can change it at whim. The only law that one must obey is
Mosaic/Biblical law. According to him, the [Nazi] Germans understood that Jews
are the truly pure and superior race and that was the reason they tried to
exterminate us. The Arabs are wild animals, but it is not their fault as it is
a decree from the Bible.
Then they offered to release us if we signed a bail condition not to approach
the separation fence for 15 days - we refused. They made it clear that such a
refusal meant that we would remain under arrest till tomorrow morning, and the
restrictions that the judge would impose would be all the harsher... we still
refused to sign it.

Then, we were offered to agree not to approach the fence at the Bil'in region
for five days.... and we signed it. A few minutes before the expected release,
the policeman said in embarrassment that the bail and guarantee must be
extended for 7 days. We said that we already signed for 5 days. He said we
needed to correct that. We said it was absurd. He told us not to be stubborn
over an increase of two days. We asked why he was insisting. He said that "it
is an instruction from higher up in the hierarchy" (General Security Service?
The prosecution? Higher level in police command?). We still refused. We were
threatened in response with detention till a judge released us tomorrow.... and
we still refused... And they gave up and released us.

Thanks to I.V. who came from Tel Aviv to Givat Zeev [near Jerusalem - about
80km] at 10.00pm to take us home. Thanks to Kobi who signed a third-party bail
order with the Tel Aviv regional police. Thanks to Oded that did not turn off
the camera. Thanks to Shai who accompanied us with his camera and his good
humour. Thanks to Ilan [not me] who brought a sweatshirt, some vegan food and
cigarettes to the police station. Thanks to [the lawyers] Gabi and Dov who
advised us and put pressure on the policemen.

Personal conclusions:

1) There is a serious lack of participation by women in the Israeli group [of
the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative].

2) When detained, it is recommended that you lie on the ground and not be
walked by the policemen/soldiers to their cars.

3) It is highly recommended that you bargain about the conditions of any
restrictions when detained.

4) If we were organized before the action (including coordination with the
Palestinians) we could happily stop the work on the fence.. even if only for a
few minutes.
* (en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The daily struggle against
the fence - Monday update: 5 Palestinians were injured, 5
Israelis were detained, .

** Israelis in this and similar contexts refer to
participants of the Israeli Anarchists Against The
Wall initiative.

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