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(en) Palestine-Israel, Six years of joint struggle against the separation fence and still going strong

Date Mon, 01 Jun 2009 13:40:57 +0300

Since spring 2003 Masha joint camp against the separation fence the anarchists against the
fence is thriving. In addition to the regular Friday demonstrations against the separation
fence in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, and Um Salmuna, we join other initiatives in the Israeli south
(Bedouin), West Bank south (Saffa), and the Jerusalem region. Last Fridays around 60
activists were mobilized with the AAtW initiative to the various joint demonstrations.
The focus of the activity was this week too in Bil'in which mourn the murder of Bassem
six weeks ago. The popular committee of Bil'in invited us to take part in a commemoration
event marking 40 days for the death of Bassem (el Pheel). We also participated in the
Thursday planing meeting to mobilize for the big demo in his memory this Friday.


About 40 Israelis and similar number of internationals converged in Bil'in. After the
Friday prayers, the people began the weekly demonstration, which commemorated the martyr
Bassem Abu Rahma. Many put on the mask of Bassem on their faces. Some carrying metal
shields, with his pictures, in order to protect themselves and others from Israeli fire.

Just when we came near the gate of the separation fence the state force started as usual
to shower us with tear gas. As response, few of the youngsters threw back tear gas
grenades that failed to explode when first thrown on us. This and the fact that the wind
was mostly from the North-East, the state force got lot of tear gas and failed in their
efforts to make us stop the demonstration before the village comity anounced the end of it.

Bil'in 29-5-09 link to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp34ge6uZNI

Bil'in: http://dada.israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/10829/index.php


In the village of Nilin around 150 demonstrators gathered after the Friday praying and
start marching toward the fence, when the demonstrators arrived at the fence they were
attacked by the army with tear gas and rubber coated bullets. As a result of the army
violence clashes between the army and stone throwers started. After couple of hours of
clashes from both sides of the fence the demonstration ended.

UM SALMUNA (Ma’asara)

Today, once again, the peaceful protest in this village near Bethlehem was met by Israeli
soldiers with guns and a razor wire blocking the road. The razor wire at the exit road of
Al Ma'sara set up by the Israeli army denies the people their right to access their land.
This week around 80 people marched to show their support for Al Ma'sara and to defend
basic human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Locals were joined by Israelis
and internationals as well as two members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in
Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and a French group of elected members of town councils in
The organizers of the protest, the Al-Ma'sara Popular Committee Against the Wall and
Settlements, held speeches calling for the urgent need for Israel to oblige to
international law and decisions on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Other speeches
were held in Arabic, Hebrew and English, in addition to a powerful speech held in French
by a member of a mission from Normandy visiting Palestine. The mission aims to promote
cooperation between local town councils in France and their Palestinian counterparts.
Men and women, young and old, both villagers and people coming from different parts of the
world joined the cheering and chanting for a free Palestine. During the protest, two
Palestinian women managed to cross the razor wire military obstacle while others were
holding it down. Waving the Palestinian flag they walked down the road that for which they
should have the inevitable right to do so. Others were prevented by the Israeli soldiers
to cross the razor wire.


2 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Arrested During Farmer Action in Saffa

Saturday, May 30, Palestinian farmers from the Soleiby family were joined by activists
from Palestine Solidarity Project, Anarchists Against the Wall, and Ta’ayush to work land
near the Bat ‘Ain settlement, in Gush Etzion. Activists have been accompanying farmers in
the area recently since an attack on the settlement on April 2 led to settler riots and
attacks on farmers. The settlers attacked the Palestinians and the Israelis and the state
forces arrested 5 Palestinians and two Israeli activists:
3 Israelis who agree to conditions of two weeks restriction from the demos were released
in the police station. The Palestinian teenagers were released too at Saturday night.

"Two of the Israeli activists Amiel V. and Shai G. who refused to accept the restriction
conditions remain in jail. They will be taken to the Jerusalem court tomorrow morning. If
you can come to the court and show your support it would be very appreciated".

here some link of what happened in saffa today


Sunday: After refusing twice to accept the police conditions, the two Israelis Amiel and
Shai were released this morning without any conditions.

Israeli soldiers attack activists and Palestinians in Safa, West Bank-three parts. +
weekly demonstration against the wall




weekly demonstration against the wall, Friday May 29, Bil­­­­­'in



Daily newspaper Media:
West Bank, Security Barrier, Nil'in, Bil'in, Border Police Palestinians, left-wing
activists clash

On Friday, two border police officers were lightly injured during violent protests in
the West Bank. The officers were wounded when Palestinians and activists taking part in
weekly demonstrations against the security barrier near the Arab villages of Bil'in and
Nil'in began throwing rocks at security forces in the area. [After the state force start
shooting tear gas on nonviolent demonstrators, youngsters respond with stones. I.S.] The
forces responded by firing tear gas canisters, according to Army Radio.

The activists were protesting against the route of the fence, which separates the
villagers from much of their agricultural land.

The clashes come in the wake of talk in the security establishment of reviewing the
standard procedures for dispersing such protests, following a series of injuries and
fatalities. IDF sources note that the army has always made a distinction between 'direct
fire' of gas canisters at specific demonstrators as opposed to 'indirect fire' in the
nearby vicinity.

[They really made a distinction... and formal instruction forbid such 'direct fire', but
they often do it and no sanctions were done against those who 'direct fire' at
demonstrators from short range. I.S]
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