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(en) Palestine-Israel, Tel Aviv, Um Salmuna, Bil'in, 443 apartheid road - AAtW weekly report

Date Sat, 08 Dec 2007 00:07:06 +0200



After a meeting of the activists of the Anarchist Against the Wall initiative
and the preparation of the materials, about 60 activists posted hundreds of big
placards and thousands of small posts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. These
were in the format of the general electricity company announcing planed power
outage notices in a vicinity for maintenance... but this time with a different
content in the name of "the front for liberation of Gaza". ---- This action was
a response for the planed action of "retaliation" by the Israeli occupation
state, against the population of the Gaza strip, for the continuation of firing
of mortars and Kasams from the Gaza strip on the neighboring Israeli areas.
Reports on the action were the next day in all the Israeli electronic media and
in the late news bulletin of TV chanel 10.

Following are two of the texts:

Leftists announce mock power cuts to protest Gaza fuel slash - Haaretz.com

Residents of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were surprised Thursday morning to find
on the doors to their homes mock notices announcing that the flow of electricity
to the two cities would be cut off next week.

The 10,000 or so fake notices were posted across both cities by some 70
left-wing activists in response to the government's decision to reduce the
supply of fuel to the Gaza Strip, and its plan to cut power flow in the near future.

The High Court of Justice on Sunday ordered the state to delay its reduction of
power supplies to the Gaza Strip by at least one week, pending a full
presentation detailing the proposed operation.

The justices upheld the state's plan to reduce fuel transfers to the Strip, as
long as the humanitarian needs of Gaza's residents were given primary consideration.

The notices posted Thursday by the activists read: "We wish to inform you that
there will be a wave of cessation and severance of electricity. We have no
choice but to cut off power and we are forced to do it because in your cities
reside the commanders of an army that harms civilians in the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip."

"For humanitarian reasons, the cessation of electricity will not be permanent
and should leave you to consider: should the flow allotted be directed to
hospitals, water systems, sewers or private homes. We apologize for the
temporary inconvenience this might cause you and emphasize that this is a
necessary defense move," read the notices.

According to the activists, the notices were hung to draw attention to the
government's "arbitrary" decision to cut fuel and power from the civilian
Palestinian population.

"There is no legitimacy for the collective punishment on civilians. We are
talking about a move that even the army has admitted has no chance of stopping
Qassam fire on Sderot."

"Through this activity we are interested in raising the awareness of Israeli
citizens to the arbitrariness of these offensive moves and to try to create
solidarity with the plight of civilians in Gaza," said the activists.

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Anarchists post 'power outage notices' - JPOST.COM

Over 10,000 posters warning of a power outage were plastered over residential
doors and public locations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa by left wing
activists in protest of the government's decision to cut-back the power supply
to the Gaza Strip.

The poster which plastered at over 10,000 locations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and
Haifa:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?blobcol=urlimage&blobheader=image%2Fjpeg&blobheadername1=Cache-Control&blobheadervalue1=max-age%3D420&blobkey=id&blobtable=JPImage&blobwhere=1196834825444&cachecontrol=5%3A0%3A0+*%2F*%2F*&ssbinary=true..]

Dozens of activists participated in the overnight operation which was organized
by "The Front for the Liberation of Gaza", a coalition of anarchist
organizations who oppose the government's decision to cut power supplies to Gaza.

According to the poster, the power outage is scheduled for next week. "The power
outage is a step we must take since there are army headquarters in your city
which are responsible for war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza," the poster read.

"For humanitarian reasons, the cuts will not be absolute, and we will allow you
to use some power for hospitals, the water and sewage systems or residential
homes," the poster read.

It is believed that the activists do not plan to perform any real power cut in
Israel, but rather aim to raise public awareness of civilian life in Gaza.


Video of the action:
http://www.tv.social.org.il/medini/hafsakat-chasmal-5-12-07.htm
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FRIDAY DEMONSTRATIONS
=====================

---------------- Um Salmuna -----------------

Report of an AAtW activist:

"Tens of Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals gathered today at the
junction near Um-Salamune.
The demonstrators marched on the road leading to the Jewish settlement of Efrat,
protesting against the Apartheid wall that is being built on the land of
Palestinian villages.
While anti-occupation slogans were chanted, the march went on for some ten
minutes, without blocking traffic.
Tens of Israeli soldiers, later joined by Israeli police and riot police,
stopped the march just before reaching the entrance to Efrat, and very close to
were the wall is being built. Soldiers announced the area a "closed military
zone", and violently pushed demonstrators of the road.
Once the road was already cleared, and demonstrators surrounded on its side, the
army declared it would stop all Palestinian traffic on the road as penalty -
which it did. Army jeeps and soldiers stopped all Palestinian cars on the road
for a fair half an hour, while Israeli cars drove by undisturbed.
For the next hour soldiers kept redefining the invisible parameters of the
"closed zone", forcibly pushing demonstrators away. Several Palestinian
photographers were arrested, but as far as we know were later released."
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------------------ Bil'in 147th Friday demonstration ----------
The Friday demonstration marched at noon as usual from the village center
towards the route of the separation fence used to robe more than half of the
village lands for the building of the settler town Modi'in Ilit.
As usual, with flags, chanting and dancing, we arrived at the foot of the hill
on the top of it located the gate to the West of the separation fence.

As usual, the commander of the state force declared the area up the hill a
closed military zone. As usual, the more daring of us did not respected it.
Slowly, slowly, we "infringed" on the closed military zone. As the main units of
the Israeli state forces of the region (and the more belligerent units) where at
the 443 apartheid high way demonstration, the resistance was very mild: sound
grenades from time to time, pushing hard at times when people tried to
advance... and often just low intensity resistance and half hearted blocking our
advance.

The demonstration continued this way for nearly an hour till we decided to
return to the village. The "casualties till that point was the detaining of two
of the AAtW activists.

Just when we started to return to the village, the few youngsters who do not
respect our nonviolence tactics and were restrained till that time by the
members of the village comity, started to throw stones behind our backs, hitting
one AAtW activist head, and provoking tear gas of the state force which hastened
our return to the village.

The two detained comrades were released after a shorter time than usual, and we
returned to Tel Aviv earlier than usual...

------------------- The 443 apartheid highway demonstration ---------------

As usual the last few weeks, and as will probably continue for long, the
Palestinian activists of the villages of the region, internationals of the ISM,
Israelis of the AAtW, and media workers, converged in the Tahta village near the
443 highway. At noon, the demonstration started to march towards the high way,
but was blocked by a new gate build to block the access to the entrance to the
high way. (Which is already fenced from both sides nearly all the part of it
which pass in the Palestinian occupied area. The roads of the villages leading
to it are closed by big concrete blocks and gates.)

The demonstrators told the state forces what they think about them, and the
state force detained for a while few of the Palestinian media workers
documenting the action.

After a while the demonstrators returned to the village, and soon, after that
the state forces "punished" the village by a violent patrol - with sound and
tear gas grenades.

The url for a video of the route 443 demonstration of the previous Friday is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqvhanSkzP8
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