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(en) Palestine-Israel, billin 13-4-05: The jpint struggle and the "diplomatic" process by kobi snitz

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Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 21:27:35 +0200 (CEST)

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A small demonstration was held today with a modest goal. To march to the northern
end of the construction area where work is halted by a court order, and carry
out a symbolic act such as writing on rocks or planting signs in the ground.
The demonstration also marked the day that the Corrie family launches its
civil case against the Caterpillar company which sold the Israeli army
the bulldozer which was used to kill Rachel Corrie.
The commander of the Border Police unit which enables this part of
the war crime which is the separation wall is named Oren Tibi. Tibi
might not be of the social class which makes decisions in Israel but
he has internalized their diplomatic posture and implements it in the
domain which he controls. Tibi sets the boundaries of negotiation,
Tibi decides that Palestinians are unworthy and Tibi congratulates
himself before resorting to violence. The terms for negotiations this
morning were whether or not a small group of Palestinians will be
allowed to proceed further down the road and walk to their land.
When some youth started throwing stones at a distance Tibi made an
extended speech about his benevolence and the unworthiness of
Palestinians before issuing a short deadline and ordering his troops to
attack the demonstration.

The Border Police invaded deep into the village using tear gas shock
grenades and arrested two Israeli activists*. The activists were dragged
on the ground and beaten but further abuse awaits them at the police
station in the form of more sermonizing. It turns out that many of the
police officers are often eager use their captive audience for long
heart to heart discussions. While to some, it might seem as if the
police are being enlightened by the situation and are opening up to
hear from the activists, in my opinion the more likely explanation is a
wish to bond with the Israelis and thus separate them from the
Palestinians and also a yearning for affirmation after facing angry
people all day. Thus, in my opinion, in this context these dialogues
offer more psychological support for the Border Police than they do
political enlightenment as well as eroding the trust between
Palestinians and their Israeli supporters.

Pictures at:

* [Ed. Note: Like most of the other cases, of this context,
the "Israeli activists" stands for people from the Anarchists
Against The Wall initiative who are in nearly daily involvement
in struggle.]

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