Palestine-Israel, Another week of struggle the media could not ignore
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Wednesday June 06, 2012 15:04 by Ilan S. - AAtW, ainfos, Matzpen ilan at shalif dot com Tel Aviv
One of the joint struggles we are involved in is B.D.S., called for by long, long ago by the Israeli anti-authoritarian anti-capitalists and adopted over the years by other Israeli activists and Palestinian organizations. In the last few years it has collected momentum and though Madonna did not respect it, she tried to co-opt it. The media gave space to the turning down of free tickets donated by Madonna to the more radical Israeli activists, and the State forces' preventing two Palestinian activists from the Ni'ilin joint struggle to attend. In addition to the joint demos and activities in the regular locations in the occupied Palestinian regions and within Israel, comrades were involved in the intensified struggle for the survival of African refugees, victims of Israeli State repression and the extreme right incitement. [Italiano]
Madonna who refused to abide with the request of B.D.S. activists to boycott Israel, and start her international tour in Israel, tried to clean her conscience by inviting 600 peace activists (including the Anarchists Against the Wall - AAtW) with free tickets. The AAtW refused publicly: "Our Palestinian friends and allies cannot attend the concert because they are living under policies of apartheid that prohibit their freedom of movement. We cannot accept this bribe, when our comrades are in administrative detention, and in an open prison in Gaza, denied basic human rights." The Solidarity movement too refused to be bribed by Madonna.
Two Ni'ilin activists who received tickets to the concert were refused passage to the show, were stopped by apartheid regulations on the way to Madonna's "Peace Concert": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Rl5XfoHbU
Saturday June 2 weekly protest:
The Israeli occupation army attacking us, Beit Ummar 2/6/2012
While we were trying to reach our land adjacent to Karmei Tzur colony built on the Beit Ummar farmers' land, about 40 of heavily-armed Israeli occupation army men blocked the way in front of us, attacked the protesters and prevented us from reaching our land. The protest was in solidarity with the Captive Sarsak and other prisoners who are still on hunger strike for 78 days in the Israeli occupation jails, Palestinians, more than 20 Scottish solidarity activists, and Israeli peace activists have joined this protest, it's important to note that the colonists of Karmei Tzur have constructed about 50 more additional colonial housing units on the Beit Ummar farmers' land.
At noon, about a dozen Israelis and a dozen internationals joined a few dozen people from the village in the 380th Friday demonstration against the separation fence/wall and occupation.
As often happens, the Israeli state forces beat the stone-throwing youth and started shooting tear gas canisters at us before the first stone was thrown. In addition to telling them what we think on the wall and occupation activists were busy in fighting the fires ignited by the rear gas canisters. As the wind was friendly and the soldiers stupid, we evaded most of the tear gas.
Haitham Al Khatib video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rQxqFxNgC8
Bil'ins Struggles http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=at.3495744451129...78996
Friday weekly protest, Jun. 1, 2012. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.44520782882286...80298
Friday weekly protest, Jun. 1, 2012
In Nabi Saleh, army shoots tear gas directly at protesters . See http://t.co/40yPlEoD
Israel Putermam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1dd7-qdiO0
June 2nd, 2012 Four Years of Resistance. Ni’lin enters the fifth year of popular struggle against the segregation wall with a strong will and determination
On the fourth anniversary of what became the start of the popular struggle in Ni’lin over 350 protestors, Palestinians, Israelis and internationals gathered to again march towards the wall. As the struggle against Israeli segregation politics enters its fifth year the determination of the struggle remain as strong as ever.
After the Friday prayer protestors gathered in the olive groves to a demonstration named The March of Loyalty in commemoration to the five martyrs who were brutally murdered by Israeli military during peaceful protests against the segregation wall. The martyrs were remembered in the slogans chanted by the demonstration as it proceeded towards the wall with Palestinian flags raised. The demonstration called for the unity of the Palestinian political fractions in the struggle against Israeli occupation. Slogans were also dedicated to the prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, some of which have refused food for almost 80 days.
When the demonstration reached the segregation wall the soldiers were already preparing the skunk water truck to flush the demonstration with foul smelling water. Despite this some of the protestors reached the gate where they burnt car tires to express the sadness of their people and their defiance against the wall in the black color of the soot.
A speech was delivered by one of the protestors against the Israeli occupation and theft of land, condemning the recent settler attack on Ni’lin farmers. Last Wednesday settlers from Hashmonaim (an Israeli colony built on Ni’lin land) started throwing stones at farmers trying to reach their land on the other side of the wall. The settlers drove them away with gun fire while cursing at the farmers. During the speech the soldiers continued to fire tear gas at the protestors to disperse the demonstration. A 14 year old child was injured and dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation. As so many times before the soldiers were hiding in the fields around the wall in order to arrest protestors but this time they were unsuccessful.
Haim Schwarczenberg http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.21892736489363...50543
Qaddum demonstration today was pretty minor.
After many weeks the entrance to the village was closed, today was no obstruction and we entered without difficulty.
Import to clear that mostly these barriers are not designed for us, but are the army's way of stopping Shabab and, identified them at the checkpoint.
Two hundred and fifty Palestinians, a handful of international and four Israelis started walking in the parade toward the forbidden road.
There were some speeches of important guests who arrived today for the demonstration including the Deputy Mayor of Nablus, and high level Ramallah Municipality personnel - all female.
The army "welcomed" us with the skunk cannon sprays, then began firing tear gas and stun grenades. They did not shoot the gas in clusters but one by one... this was probably because the wind was on our side and blew most of the time straight towards them.
The shabab did as the shabab always do: they ignited tires so the near by colonialist settlement will experience too what is black smoke. They also did the usual Fight back with stones. In Qaddum the youth are doing their job at the demos faithfully.
After an hour and a half the army start retreating and that was the sign of to declare victory.
Two demonstrators who were wounded by tear gas canisters were treated locally and so were treated some who suffered from tear gas inhalation.
The court hearing for Ahmed was supposed to be at 28.5. Canceled. When his father came to visit him at 5.30 he was not allowed to meet him.
Ahmad is incarcerated about three months already and the authorities still trying to find some accusation to put against him - except of course the fact that his hand was
placed between the teeth of an army attack dog in a February demonstration.
Friday weekly protest, Jun. 1, 2012 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.44520333882330...80298
South Hebron hills
This week too - coming Saturday, June 2, we will accompany Palestinians farmers and shepherds to their lands in several locations in South Hebron hills. Harassment of Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area by both settlers and the army in intensified efforts to force them to "willingly" evacuate area C locations.
About 10,000 marched Saturday evening from national theater square to the art Museum square meeting. It was organized by the opportunist part of the "social justice" activists who interwoven with the parliamentary party politics. The real out of the parliament activists absented themselves but did not put a strong objection.
People marched also in Jerusalem, Haifa and few other towns.
See Previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com