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(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle in Abud and Bil'in is intensified - 30-12-05

Date Sat, 31 Dec 2005 12:12:49 +0200


In the last Friday too the activists of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative
and the people who join us split forces. The main locations were as usual the last
Fridays, Abud (near the village Rantis) and Bil'in (near Modi'in Elit settlers town.
The activity in Bil'in was centered - like the last 10 days, around the new structure
of the Bil'in center for joint struggle for peace, located few hundreds meter on
the west side of the fence which separate the Bil'in village (on the East side of the
fence from most of its olive orchards - gradually uprooted to make place for the
Israeli orthodox settlement town. The struggle took a strange and unexpected turn
when at Sunday night of the second coming of the center, while it was raining and the
Israeli state forces were not wise to it, the activists there built a 3X5 meter structure.

Because Bil'in is in the center of attention of the Israeli media and present in the
international media too, and its case is supposed to come before the highest Israel court
of "justice" for verdict - the state forces hesitate a lot. They confiscated the second
container on Monday, but refrained from eviction and destruction of the structure.
They even refrained from harassing people and preventing movement to the center both
from Bil'in on the other side of the route of the fence or from the Israeli side.

Since the army decree for stopping the enlargement of the building and dating a hearing
on 5.1.06 activists and guests congregate in the center and in its "court yard".
Few Israelis and Palestinians stayed there at nights to be on the safe side and
for strengthening the point.

Friday morning, we got out of the sleeping bags for another day of activity in the
center to the blessing of "Sabakh El Heir" (good morning) from the comrades who stayed
all the night around the small fire adjacent to the structure - after the guests and
other activists present during the day returned to Bil'in or their homes. The blessing
was accompanied with a morning coffee and tea to smooth the beginning of a new day.

Not much later, people from Bil'in, from Israel, and from further away started to
congregate.

First came a group of Bil'in women of the activists families with children and materials
for the promised meal. Very soon, the smell of the baking in the portable taboon
were all around mixed with the sounds of joy of the young children playing around.
Then, the bigger crowd start to arrive - both people from Bil'in and Israel, and few
special guests - including Cindy and Craig Corry, parents of the late American
peace activist murdered by Israeli state forces at the Gaza strip. Present as well
were also Palestinian political figures Kaddoura Fares, Mustafa Barghouti, and Kais
Abu Leila.

All these hours, the Israeli occupation forces who increased their numbers in the
vicinity kept a clear distance, but refrained - like the other days of the week
from harassing the people or blocking the free movement to the center and from it -
both for the people of Bil'in (who cross the route of the separation fence days and
nights), and for the Israelis who come through the settlement town. They even kept
bigger distance than the armored car who spies on the center days and nights to see
it will not be enlarged.

Towards noon, after a lot of nonformal contacts, small meeting circles and explanation
to both media, guests from abroad, and Israeli first comers, and after the food
distribution there was a general meeting of about two hundreds people, which was followed
by a Friday noon prier of most of the Bil'inians.

After the prier, people continue with small circles get together while most of the people
of Bil'in started to return to the village.

Even in this activity a score of youngsters were reluctant to miss the weekly
confrontation of stone throwing with the soldiers tear gas grenades...
They climbed on a high pile of construction gravel facing the further away state
forces and starting to through towards the soldiers... Though the state forces
were too far away, to be on the safe side, the activists of the Bil'in village popular
comity "herded" the youngsters away and made them return to the village.

At the afternoon, most of the people left the location leaving some activists to
"hold the post".

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