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(en) Israel, North, direct action against the war in Lebanon

Date Tue, 08 Aug 2006 16:14:56 +0300

Antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action initiative made its point to day.
It was mentioned by the main radio news channel, it was also in electronic media.
Pictures from Direct action against the war, Ramat David Israeli Air Forces base,
8/8/06, Israel at www.flickr.com/photos/activestills - Hebrew article at
and also http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3288042,00.html as translated below:
PROTEST - Jonathan Polak: "This is a war of choice"...
12 activists of the left were arrested in demonstration in front of the air force base.
About 25 activists stood this morning (Tuesday) in front the Ramat David base carrying
placards on which was written: "stop killing of civilians", "stop the war crimes".
They called for immediate cease fire and releasing all the prisoners and war prisoners.

They were confronted by police and 12 were arrested. Hagay Matar: "from this base fly
daily pilots who murder innocent citizens. Instead of arresting the war criminals, the
police decided to transform us to criminals" [Hagai with 4 others were sentenced to
more than two years in prison and served it till about a year ago for refusing to
serve the mandatory 3 years of in the Israeli army nearly all 18 years olds are
subject to.]

The demonstration was without permit, and police force who came from the near by town
Migdal Haemek police station arrested 12 of the demonstrators who confronted them
on the suspicion of disturbing the public order, obstructing traffic, and unlawful

One of the arrested demonstration - Jonathan Polak, who was arrested too during that
activity told YNET that the the demo near the air force base is because: "this base
is responsible for war crimes - airplanes that take of this base drop bombs on
civilians." He added "according to law we must stop these war crime - otherwise
we will be regarded as accomplices to these crimes". He added that the war in Lebanon
is a war of choice that must be stopped. "This is a war of choice that have no
connection to the kidnapped soldiers or the efforts to release them' this war is part
of the efforts to redesign the middle East.

Hagai Matar, activist of the comity against war crimes who demonstrated too, said:
"We came to block the war crimes initiated daily from this place by pilots who
murder innocent citizens and destroy infrastructure. We totally object to inflicting
harm to citizens of both sides. The Israeli army go to war that also harm us - the
Israeli society". About the arrest Matar said: " we lied down on the road and
blocked the entrance to the base. When the police came we told them to arrest the
war criminals, but they chose to transform us to criminals and arrested us".
The police informed that the suspects will be interrogated and will be brought to court
for extension of the arrest period.

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