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(en) Ireland, Anarchist journal Workers Solidarty #92 - Palestin-Israel, Anarchists Against the Wall

Date Wed, 28 Jun 2006 07:21:48 +0300

The struggle continues in Israel and Palestine
A young Israeli anarchist was shot by Israeli forces
during a protest against the construction of the the
so called `Separation Fence' in Palestine. Matan
Cohen, 17, was critically wounded when he was
shot in the face with a rubber bullet, after Israeli
Border Police opened fire on a group of peaceful
demonstrators at Bil'in, in the occupied West Bank.
Matan, a member of Anarchists Against The
Wall, and who recently met with WSM during
a European speaking tour, is a peace activist
who refuses to serve in the Israeli army. There
have been daily ongoing protests in the village of
Bil'in as there have been in villages and towns
right across Palestine, where the construc-
tion of the wall threatens livelihoods, cuts off
farmers from their land. It is a further attempt by
the Israeli government to legitimise its ongoing
terrorism against the Palestinian population.
Anarchists Against the Wall are a collective of
Israeli activists who work closely with Palestin-
ians and others groups such as the International
Solidarity Movement, in coordinating non-violent
marches and direct actions against the wall's con-
struction. Having recently returned to the village
of Bil'in he was greeted by those who he was act-
ing in solidarity with."It is very moving to see how
the village people reacted" says Cohen. "As far as I
am concerned, this human warmth, our together-
ness, is the biggest achievement of struggle. More
than a struggle against the physical wall and the
thousands of acres it is stealing from the Palestin-
ians. The real struggle is against the mental wall."
Cohen, like many, is only too well aware of the
disparities between Israeli and Palestinian life. At
the weekly Friday protests across Palestine against
the wall, many hundreds of Palestinians have been
injured, beaten or shot. Their injuries are rarely re-
ported, showing the dehumanising and ultimately
racist attitudes inherent within not only the Israeli
government and its security forces, but most of
the western media as well.
Readers may be interested to know that the Irish
Cement Roadstone Holdings Group, are heav-
ily involved in the wall's contruction. Amnesty
International recently stated that "C.R.H.,
through its subsidiaries Mashav and Nesher
is likely to be providing the raw material of
the fence/wall...if so, it would contravene the
U.N. norms on the responsibilities of Transnational
Corporations and other Business Enterprises with
regard to Human Rights". Regardless, the company
made a profit of !1279 million. So when CEO
Liam O Mahony says "..CRH continued
to move forward on many fronts in 2005 once
again producing new record sales and profits to-
gether with substantial development activity", Pal-
estinians and all those who genuinely value human
life can only but wonder what hope there can be
under the bastardising logic of capitalism, and its
Mark Malone
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