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(en) Israel, [againstwall] a call for donations (please forward)

Date Fri, 27 Jan 2006 22:23:51 +0200


This is a call for donations to the legal fund of anarchists against
the wall (AATW) http://www.awalls.org
This group is actively supporting the Palestinian popular resistance
to the so called Israeli "separation wall". This wall constitutes a
theft of much of the land that Israel has not yet taken away from
Palestinians and will create a situation where Palestinians are
effectively enclosed in small unlivable cantons.
AATW has been active both through direct action and demonstrations
against the wall. It insists on a joint struggle of Palestinians and
Israeli and Its contribution to the struggle has been recognized by
all those involved in the struggle.(see the above link for letters of
support).

The group's work has also been recognized by the Israeli authorities
which have rewarded it with violent repression, hundreds of arrests
and dozens of indictments. The legal costs of defending against these
charges is around $20,000 and counting. AATW is now calling for donations
its legal fund in order to fight back against the legal persecution and
continue its part in the fight against the wall.

For more details and for instructions on how to donate please see
http://www.awalls.org
for more information please contact ksnitz@gmail.com

This is the site of an Israeli group known as “Anarchists Against the Wall”
(AATW) which has been supporting the popular Palestinian resistance to the
Israeli “separation wall”.

This site does not contain and should not be understood as an official party
line or a manifesto. The group has dedicated all its efforts to activities on
the ground, and has left propaganda and the drawing of party lines to others.
The actions which AATW been involved in are direct actions such as dismantling
the wall/fence when possible and participation in Palestinian demonstrations.
Much has been written by and about AATW, the links below are just a sample
and should not necessarily be understood as an endorsement of the opinions
represented there.

Anarchists Against the Wall first strated working as a group at the beginig
of April of 2003, with the establishment of the Mas'ha peace camp against the
wall. As construction of the wall was nearing, the village Mas’ha was facing
the loss of 96% of their lands, which the wall left on the “Israeli” side.

A camp of two tents was set up on the village's lands that were to remain on
the other side of the wall. For four months a constant presence of Palestinians,
Israelis and internationals was kept. During this period the camp was a base for
information dissemination and direct-democracy decision-making. A number of wall
related direct actions were planned and prepared at the camp. On July 28, 2003
Plestinians, international and Israeli activists forced open a gate in the wall
at the village of Anin (See Haaretz article at:
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=323022 )
Late in August of 2003, with the wall almost complete, the camp moved to the
to-be-demolished yard of a house in Mas'ha. Following two days of mass arrests
the yard was demolished and the camp had ended, but the spirit of resistance
it symbolized did not die with it.

A few Months later, November 9, 2003 – the international day against the wall –
We removed about 20 meters of the wall at another joint action at the village
of Zbuba, near Jenin.

Once again, at December 26, 2003, we returned to Mas'ha to force open a gate
in the wall; a gate that was supposed to provide easy access for people to
their lands, but in fact was closed for the 2 months prior. As we shook the
gate, soldiers on the other side of it opened fire on us. One of us was
struck twice with live ammunition, and his evacuation to an ambulance through
the gate was prevented. He nearly died of blood loss, and reached the hospital
in critical situation.

A few days later, daily demonstrations in the Village of Budrus began, and our
presence in them was constant. Through its persistence in community mobilization,
struggle and nonviolence, the village of Budrus was able to achieve significant
victories. The most celebrated one is that the path of the wall was almost
completely pushed away from the village's lands, only through the villages struggle.
Without bowing in front of the occupation; without petitioning to the Israeli
courts. Another victory, maybe even more important, was that for a good part of
year, almost every village, to which the construction of the wall reached, rose
up against it. Hundreds were injured and 9, all Palestinians, were killed in
those nonviolent demonstrations, but the people were not deterred and continue
trying to stop the bulldozers together with Israeli and international activists.

Those who wish to support the efforts of AATW and are in Palestine can get
notices of upcoming demonstrations by subscribing to the email list Actleft
on yahoo groups.

Thanks to the legal repression by the Israeli authorities donations for the
legal defense fund are also urgently needed. AATW is faced with mounting legal
expenses and is raising money to defend people who face indictments as a result
of their political activities. You can donate online by following the link below
http://www.awalls.org/donate.htm
using PayPal, which is a secure and confidential tool.
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