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(en) Palestine-Israel, an intensive joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall were involved with this week

Date Sat, 31 May 2008 09:18:52 +0300

Bil'in is not alone... and more so lately. The struggle in Ni'ilin catch
momentum. After months of meetings and preparations it started the previous
week.This week we participated there in four demonstrations, in the first one
the works on the route of the fence were stopped for more than half an hour.
Thursday our activists went for a solidarity demonstration with Mousa Abu Maria
- activist of the joint struggle in the south of Bethlehem region, who is
administratively jailed at the Ktsiot concentration camp. On Friday we had the
the 171th demonstrations at Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Um Salmuna. We also participated in
the demonstration against the theft of lands of the village Dir Istiya for the
expansion of the settler colony of Revava.


A noisy solidarity demonstration with Mousa Abu Maria outside the Ktsiot
military concentration camp (for Palestinians) * free Mousa Abu Maria *

Ten demonstrators came to the military court at the Ktsiot prison to express
their support for the peace activist Mousa Abu Maria of the Beit Umar village,
while there was hearing of his contesting the administrative order of his
detention issued against him a month ago.

The hearing of the contest against the ratifying the detention order for 6
months period was behind closed doors. Behind these closed doors the
demonstrators converged. On their chests were banners of "I am Mousa Abu Maria"
in various languages. All along the hearing they called with a megaphone for the
release of Mousa and the other prisoners, against administrative detention, and
agains the occupation. They accompanied it with high volium drooming. The calls
and noise were heard clearly within the caravan housing the court.


The demonstration raised interest within the prison and few minuted after it
started prison guards arrived, tried to drive the demonstrators away, to
confiscate the banners and detained the photographers documenting the action.

In spite of that, the demonstration continued till the end of the hearing, while
in parallel the photographs were checked if not violating the ban of
photographing the military premises. Though the verdict will be given in the
near future, there is no much hope the verdict based on secret "evidence" not
available for refuting by the defense will bring the release of Mousa.

Mousa is age 30. He is one of the founders of the Palestinian Solidarity Project
(PSP) grass roots community non armed activity for joint struggle together with
internationals and Israeli activists.



* http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/



We participated this week in the Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and friday

"Struggle Against the Wall in Nil’in Begins Anew, Amidst Use of New Weaponry.
If the Israeli military gets what it is asking, Nil’in along with 7 other
villages in the Western Ramallah district will be completely surrounded by the
Annexation Barrier and Israeli-only settlement roads. In 2003 the villagers of
the district, including Budrus, Al-Midya, Dir Qaddis and Kharbata, held almost
daily demonstrations against the confiscation of their land. In Budrus, the
campaign was successful and the Annexation Barrier was pushed back to the Green
Line in all but a few hundred meters of land. This week, construction has begun
again on the land of Nil’in and the demonstrations have begun in earnest. Four
demonstrations have been held in the past week and the residents, numbering in
the several hundreds, have been successful in blocking the bulldozers on more
than one occasion.

Yesterday (Tuesday), approximately 500 Palestinian, Israeli, and international
activists marched to the site of the bulldozers and attempted again to block the
destruction of the Palestinian land and livelihood. They were met with
overwhelming violence, including a jeep-mounted tear gas ‘cannon’ capable of
shooting several canisters of tear gas at once directly into a crowd.
Participants held out for quite some time under the barrage of tear gas,
rubber-coated steel bullets, and sound grenades though more than 2 dozen were
injured, including at least four people who required hospitalization.
Demonstrations in Ni’lin will continue as residents are determined to resist the
theft of their land and their livelihoods."

Thursday, 5 activists were arrested - 4 Palestinians and one of the Israeli
AAtW. The Israeli activist was released after a night in prison on condition he
will not participate for the following 60 days in the struggle in Ni'ilin....

Video clips:

Here is a link to the report about the struggle in Ni'ilin of 25-05-08

Here is the call for Tuesday and Thursday demonstrations:
The village of Ni'ilin will hold a big demo this Tuesday, against the
construction of the apartheid wall, taking most of the its remaining lands.
The last few demos in the village, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, were strong
and inspiring. At two of them the people of the village succeeded in blocking
the bulldozers and stop their work. I know it's hard to come to demos on
weekdays, but as long as the people of the village are willing to try and stop
the construction, it's very important that we join them.

Video of that demo:

Another demo will take place on Thursday.
Video of the Thursday demonstration:

Two of the three Israeli TV channels included part of the documentary.
In it you can see the commanders stop soldiers from brutalizing demonstrators in
front of the cameras... The army spoke person claim that was included in the
evening news was that the said soldiers were already punished... (probably for
their stupidity of harassing Israeli demonstrators in front of cameras)

[Your editor with his white hairs can be seen in the above video clip with
partial immunity due to white heirs... I.S.]


Um Salmuna 30-05-08 by kobi snitz

Two arrests at the weekly demonstration in Um Salmuna.
The weekly demonstration at Um Salmuna was joined by a large American delegation
from the Christian Peacemakers Team and the holly land trust.

As every week, soldiers placed an arbitrary line marked with barbed wire and
prevented the demonstration from marching to the land. When some insisted on
their right to march they were attacked by soldiers and border police troops.
Two Israelis were arrested but eventually released at the spot where the demo
took place.



During the week, mainly at nights, activists of the AAtW helped to keep presence
at the Bil'in outpost located west of the separation fence. From time to time
the state force do not follow the decree of the Israeli Highest court which
ordered it to let the people of the Bil'in village to cross the separation fence
to their lands located west of it. The outpost that was built about two years
ago, during a rainy winter night, in order to make the presence of the Bil'in
people at the lands west of the separation fence, more visible, is one of the
continuous arenas of confrontation with the Israeli state forces and the
colonialist settlers of the Modi'in Ilit. (It is a settler colonialist town of
already more than 30,000 inhabitants, being built on the robbed lands of Bil'in
and the neighboring Palestinian villages). The presence and meetings at the
outpost is both a tool and a symbol of the joint struggle against the separation

The 171th Friday demonstration was as usual last few weeks.
Like in Ni'ilin, the new automatic canon of tear gas grenades was brought for a
test in Bil'in too, and was fired towards the end of the action.


Dir Istiya

First, the invitation to join the struggle and background:

"For immediate release.
Stop settlement expansion! Stop stealing Palestinian land!

Farmers of Dir Istiya will hold a non-violent protest on their land appropriated
by the illegal Israeli Settlement of Revava

On Friday the 30.05.2008, the farmers of Dir Istiya, supported by international
and Israeli activists, will hold their Friday prayers on land slated for an
expansion of the illegal Israeli Settlement Revava. To assert their ownership
they will then plant olive trees on the land razed by Israeli bulldozers in the
last days.

On May 15th farmers discovered that bulldozers and diggers were razing land
North West of Revava settlement, apparently for a new housing unit for the
settlement. At least 200 Dunum belonging two 10 families from Dir Istiya are
effected so far. The land is partially planted with olive and tamarind trees,
partially used for grazing and collecting wild plants. However, Israeli settlers
and army have prevented Palestinian farmers from planting summer crops and trees
on their land close to the settlement since the late 1990s, repeatedly
threatening the farmers and uprooting olive trees.

On Monday, the 26th of May, after complaints with the DCO did not result in the
work being stopped, farmers spontaneously went to physically stop the
bulldozers. A temporary freeze on the work was then imposed by the DCO, but
might be lifted or violated by the constructors any time. The village is
preparing to file a law suit against the blatant land grab as well as planning a
series of protests.

Farmers and Israeli and international supporters will gather in the centre of
Dir Istiya at

11.00 a.m. and then march together to the land."


Lately, the Bil'in mode of persistent joint struggle against the separation
fence and occupation collect momentum. Though the number of the activists of the
Anarchists Against the Wall initiative, and the people who sporadicly join us is
too small for join all the villages that invite us to participate in their non
violent direct actions we decided to accept the invitation of the popular comity
of Dir Istiya. Following the distribution of the above invitation, a team of our
activists traveled there this Friday.

The collection of previous reports is at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
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