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(en) Israel-Palestine, Anarchists against the wall initiative

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 3 Jan 2004 21:02:42 +0100 (CET)

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In addition to direct action against the wall and its building demonstrations with
with local Palestinians and Israel extreme radicals were carried this Saturday.
Few of the initiative and about 50 other Israelis and internationalists
converged with locals to a big demonstration at a road block near Dir-Balut.
Few hundreds from the main cities who responded to the Call for action by
WALL! http://www.ainfos.ca/04/jan/ainfos00014.html converged in Cfar Kasem village.
Around noon on the way to join the demo in Dir-Balut - few hundreds meters from
the green line separating Israel and the occupied territories, the police blocked our way.

We got down from the busses ad blocked the road which is a main artery
to the central part of Israeli settlements in the occupied zone.
After the water cannon failed to affect us the police started to arrest
people we did not hold strong enough.

After they arrested 28 activists and we still did not give in,
the police cleaned a narrow path in the road for cars by dragging
people to the sides. And there was a stand still for a while.

As power relation prevented us from blocking completely the road and
as political consideration prevented police from arresting more of us
or using tear gas, the police initiated negotiation with two lawyers of our

It took about two hours to reach agreement and decision it by vote among
our people. At the end the majority accepted the police commitment to release
all 28 people after 2 hours of interrogations. As not to let the police renegade
on the agreement, we regrouped back to Cfar Kasem village, waiting to the
release of the arrested.

The police tried to renegade and do hold for deportation three
internationalist who were among the arrest's. But, solidarity of the
other 25 and the threat of our blocking other roads made them think again.

With two hours delay all detainees were released and we went home exhausted
but satisfied... as the media coverage and the constant communication
with the ongoing demo was as if we were there in our bodies.
Anothe take on the initiative:

Subject: [mashacamp] today's events in Budrus and Deir Ballut
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2004 16:19:02 +0200
From: Anna Weekes <anna@union.org.za>
To: mashacamp@yahoogroups.com, awc-sa@yahoogroups.com

Last night in Budrus, soldiers invaded the village once
again and arrested the co-ordinator of the Popular
Committee against the Apartheid Wall, Na'eem Morar in his
house. This followed the arrests of four young boys the day
before, also captured out of their homes. In the past
month, 8 Palestinians have been arrested in this village
for holding peaceful demonstrations against the Wall (as
well as 4 Israeli activists, 3 Internationals and one
Swedish MP). The situation is very bad in Budrus. The
bulldozers start working again tomorrow morning and the
village intends to try to block them with their bodies once
again. This will be the fifth day of direct action against
the Israeli Occupation Forces.

Each day the IOF steps up the level of barbarism against
the village. The first day the soldiers were forced to
retreat after the people did not back down in the face of
teargas and rubber bullets. The second day they beat people
very badly with sticks and shot many with rubber bullets
(45 taken to hospital). The village continued with the
peaceful action, breaking curfew every day. The days that
followed saw the soldiers gassing TV camerapeople, shooting
rubber bullets at close range directly into peoples's
chests and heads/faces, including at internationals, and
shooting while Israeli TV was watching.

They chased after shebab in the village and fired live
shots at them and occupied 2 houses, beating up the
families. And the arrests too. Massive amounts of violence
from the soldiers are feared tomorrow and the rest of the
days this week since this village is totally determined to
stop the wall - and they have delayed the bulldozing of
their olive trees for more than 2 months now.

ISM will stay there tonight but we need people for tomorrow
nite, if anyone can sleep there please call 052 598264 or
09 2516644, especially Israeli activists (and can someone
please bring the "don't shoot" banner). There are many
houses for you to sleep in. If anyone wants to come to
Kate's deportation hearing tomorrow (she was arrested in
Budrus this week), call 067 621431.

Today, 300 Israelis on their way to the direct action at
Deir Ballut checkpoint were stopped on the settler highway.
The activists got out of the buses and started to block off
the highway by sitting on it. Soldiers fired water cannons
at them but could not do too much damage to them since
there was a row of settler cars backed up behind them. They
then arrested 28 activists and now the others are waiting
for them to get released.

Meanwhile, about 400 Palestinians, Internationals and
Israelis held a demonstration in Deir Ballut. The crowd
marched towards the checkpoint carrying a giant banner in
Hebrew which read "Don't shoot" and other placards against
Apartheid Israel and the zionist occupation. There was a
speech about the twins who died at the checkpoint two weeks
ago after their mother was forced by the soldiers to give
birth on the side of the road at 2am. It was well covered
by many TV channels. Some people climbed on the checkpoint
blocks waving Palestinian flags and chanting. The rest of
the crowd were sitting down in the road and singing freedom
songs. After a lot of different speeches, everyone went
back to the village feeling happy.

"Ya Sharon, ya majnoon
Lesh ibtikla a zatoon"

TRANSLATION: Sharon, you crazy bastard
why are you destroying our olive trees?

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