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(en) Palestine-Israel, Efforts of the secret services to suppression of resistance in Bil'in continue
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:27:00 +0300
During the week the AAtW activists were involved in the resistance to the Israeli secret
services persecution of the members of the Bil'in popular comity for the struggle against
the separation fence. Comrades continue the involvement in the struggle Against the
transfer in Jerusalem, and the struggle against the persecution of African refugees, and
Guest workers families with children. On Friday we mobilized to the three regular
demonstrations against the separation fence and occupation: In Bil'in, Ni'ilin, and Um
Beit Umar is village in the south of the occupied west bank, we joined its struggle
frequently the last few years...
Note from the AAtW mailing list: "We are were invited to go to a meeting in beit ummar
this coming Sunday regarding future activities . If you want to go, please call me.
Beit Umar - 20-8-09 - link to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0CLrNJGT88
Bil'in Friday demo 21.08.09 About 20 activists with the AAtW, and international activists
accompanied people of the village:
"Today's demo did not evoke the usual aggressive response from the occupation forces. As
the demonstrators arrived at the Apartheid Wall, the only visible two soldiers behind the
Apartheid Wall remained in their shelter. One Jeep was parked far to the left of the door
in the Wall and one to the right. It was eerily quiet for quite some time. There was no
reaction to the Palestinian chanting until suddenly a multiple of tear gas was fired into
the crowd from an additional Jeep that had just arrived. This caused the usual discomfort
to the protesters, but most of them remained in the front lines.
A few single tear gas canisters were being fired here and there while the protesters
remained gathered for awhile. Some activists tried to open the gate which had been firmly
locked by the occupation forces. Then, earlier than in previous weeks, the demonstration
was called to an end and everyone returned to the village without incident."
"This coming Monday, August the 24th, at 9:30am, a protest will be held outside Ofer
prison in the West Bank, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and detainees. Ofer is
where many Palestinian prisoners are detained, interrogated and tried.
For details and to arrange transportation: A"
About 20 of the Bil'in people arrested when the Israeli state forces invaded the village
at night the last few weeks are still in the concentration camp. Others were released on
bail charged with absurd "crimes". In addition the help in the arranges of bail and court
solidarity, activists of the AAtW Joined Monday 24-8-09 morning, people of Bil'in
demonstration in front of the Ofer concentration camp and military "court" while one of
the Bil'iners was on "trail".
BIDU & BEIT SURIK
Years ago these villages - in the extended Jerusalem region, were involved in a fierce
struggle against the separation fence. From time to time we joined their sporadic
A post in the AAtW list:
Coming Sunday [23.08.09] a joint demonstration of the two villages (which have a place of
honer in the struggle against the separation fence), in protest of the new policy of
permits [to access their lands on the other side of the fence]. According to this policy
the villagers cannot access their lands on the "Israeli" side of the fence if they do not
hold special permits. These permits are given in restricted number, prevent needed
cultivation and even endanger the ownership right of these lands.
The demonstration will be at half past eight in the morning - traveling from Tel Aviv at
07:00. We like comrades from Jerusalem to join.
For details A.
Sunday 09:00 about 40 villagers of Bidu, Beit-Doku, and Beit-Suric converged for a demo
against the restricting passing permits policy that prevent their free access to their
lands located on the other side of the separation fence. Most of them were farmers above
the age of 50. About 15 Israelis of the AAtW and few internationals joined them, together
with sizable number of kids from the Neighboring Israeli (not colonial settlement)
Few soldiers and border gendarmes approached the demo and people talk with them about the
injustice of preventing the access of farmers to their lands.
After about half an hour, the state forces put end to the dialog and crossed to the
"Israeli" side of the fence.
The demonstrators responded with forcing the gate and entered between the fences of the
route. The state forces started to photograph the "offenders" and tried to force them back
- surprisingly with nearly no physical violence.
When all demonstrators were forced back, the demo ended.
In discussion after the demo it was decided to demonstrate again the next Sunday with a
parallel one in the settlement Har Adar located on the other side of the fence.
"After the very quite demo today in Biddu/ Beit Surik, when 3 Jerusalemites who stayed in
the village for another hour after the demo, went out of the village, they were arrested
by the border police in the check point on the fence on the way to Jerusalem, and accused
with sabotaging the fence. they are still in custody in the Atarot Border Police Station,
and are being interrogated right now (16:00).... Y."
They were accused with damage to the fence, and not obeying "order of regional general"
[that the area is temporarily a restricted military zone].... They were released on bail
18:00 but with no restrictions attached.
This week, the demonstration was longer than usual - in order to do as much as possible
before the beginning of the Ramadan and the low energy which will result from the day
About 100 participated in the march towards the route of the separation fence, and
observed there the 8 meter high concrete wall which is built to protect the electronic
fence. The route of the fence was built as far as ("justice" high court allowed) possible
from the near by colonialist settlement Hashmonaim to enable its expansion on more of
Ni'ilin lands. The route is thus in inferior topographic position and enable the village
youth to throw on it big stones from above and inflict on it serious damages.
Failing to deter the youth with other means, the state forces started the building of the
On the first wave, the village youth confronted with tear gas grenades, rubber coated
steel bullets, the spray of skunk smelling water, and live ammunition shot in the air.
At the evening, after the Israelis returned to Tel Aviv, a good resting and the feast
breaking meal came the second wave. In it, the youth succeeded to pass the gate to the
route of the electronic fence. This time, the soldiers added to their shooting the high
velocity tear gas canisters of the kind murdered Bassem in Bil'in and near fatal injured
Tristan Anderson in Ni'ilin.
Ni'ilin Friday 21.8.2008 video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di7VL4DyVic
UM SALMUNA - Muasara
The regular Friday demonstration in Um-Salmuna - the Muasara region was the last for a while.
A message from the popular commity of Ma'asara was that the demonstrations will be
postponed for the time being due to the holy month of Ramadan.
The struggle will continue once the month is over.
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