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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialismo / guerra / reseña Monday May 08, 2017 06:12 byJosé Antonio Gutiérrez D.

Although this is mostly a descriptive book, without much emphasis in theoretical debates, there is in it a wealth of thought-provoking ideas that have universal value. That this experience is relevant beyond the borders of Syria is proved by the extraordinary reception to this book. Pluto Press is already thinking of the second edition and recently, Ercan Ayboga, one of the co-authors, had a tour in Ireland, North and South, to launch the book; this brought him from Cork to Belfast, with stops in Dublin, Cavan and Dungannon. In all places, the people engaged and felt that Rojava had something very important to tell them.


Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga, 2016, Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan. London: Pluto Press (320 pp., paperback, £15.00)

Pluto Press has done a wonderful service in publishing a “Revolution in Rojava”, a first-hand account of the alternative social project being implemented at this very moment in the area called, in Kurdish, Rojava, or West -three cantons in the north of Syria with a sizeable Kurdish population, but which is home also to Arabs, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Arameans, Turkmen, Armenians and Chechens. As the world has shown images of armed Kurdish guerrillas, the YPG, and as their female counterparts, the YPJ, have made it to the front news, while leading the struggle against the Islamic State (IS). As the world looked in horror at the spread of IS which seemed for some time unstoppable, this group of determined fighters not only held them back, but inflicted them their first massive defeat in the defence of the city of Kobane –with it, their aura of invincibility was irreparably damaged.

But little has been told, beyond comments in passing, about the social vision inspiring these fighters, who were not just defending their lives, but also the new society they have been patiently building for years in the northern part of the Syrian state. It is to this new society that this book has turned its eyes to. This is the first detailed, comprehensive, first-hand account of the social construction taking place in the area known as Rojava. While the Kurds have been welcomed as the backbone of the fight against IS, their political expression has been ignored, dismissed, blocked from participating in peace negotiations, and their communities have been kept in the cold with an enforced embargo by all its neighbours: Turkey, the Kurdish Regional Government in Northern Iraq (or Southern Kurdistan, depending on your point of view), and of course IS to the south. As the book aptly puts it: ‘[e]ven as the US-led coalition supports the YPG/YPJ in its fight against IS, the economic embargo against Rojava remains in place (…) The troops of Rojava may be used to counter IS, it seems, but their social and political model is to be starved to death’ (p.207). Why does the Rojava social project causes so much opposition among varied sources such as the US, Turkey, IS, the KRG and the Syrian state? Because of its transformative potential in a region where everyone is intending to direct limited change in their own particular benefit.

Since the emergence of the nation-states in the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the post-WWI context, the Kurdish have been discriminated against in a systematic and structural fashion. Divided in four countries (Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran) across the Cold War divide, they did not raise much sympathy neither East nor West. One Kurdish man once joked saying that supressing the Kurds was the only agreement between these four states. For the most part, the Kurdish have been supressed as an identity and their very right to existence has been questioned. Yet the generalised chaos reigning upon the Middle East after the project of creating a New Middle East failed miserably, after the military adventures turned into a nightmare for millions, and after the Arab Spring turned into a reactionary winter, has created a space for them to step forward and attempt to create a new social order. This experience challenges widely held notions of intrinsic Middle Eastern authoritarianism, patriarchy and religious fanaticism. The fact that in the midst of this chaos, without any of the objective or subjective circumstances in their favour, and adversity surrounding them, they have a managed to create a system based on direct democracy, gender liberation and secular coexistence is a remarkable achievement in its own right.

Many of Rojava’s achievements go well beyond what has been achieved in terms of social and gender rights by the Western democracies. While the Syrian state has been fighting a mostly Islamist opposition in a terrible war of mutual extermination –with the kind sponsorship of Russia and Iran, on the one hand, and of the US, Turkey and the Gulf monarchies on the other- the Kurdish have managed to create a system they call democratic autonomy, in which gender liberation is more than young women holding Kalashnikovs –as trivialised by some mainstream media- but where not only quotas for women exist in every institution, but where the system of co-chairing means that all positions of responsibility are shared between a man and a woman, as well as providing their own independent, all-female, organisations where necessary. The system of council and ‘democratic autonomous administrations’, based in direct and participatory democracy, is, in the face of the deep crisis experienced by representative democracy all over the world –from Argentina, to Egypt, to Spain, to the US-, a most valuable contribution to start thinking of methods to create an active and engaged citizenship.

It is on this deeply democratic foundation that a remarkable secular coexistence has been made possible in the Middle Eastern mosaic, where unspeakable passions have led one group, ethnic of confessional, to strive towards the extermination of others. This diversity is at odds with the attempts to force artificial homogeneity intrinsic to every single nation-state, and the fact that the Kurdish think of their own political project as beyond the realms of state-making allows them to think anew of creative ways in which to create a Middle East where there is room for everyone. This is what they call ‘Democratic Confederalism’ which they view base on federalist principles and in their understanding of autonomy as the basis of social contract between these widely diverse groups. Inspired by this larger project, they have been increasingly successful in attracting Arabs, Syriacs and others into this shared vision –the creation of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Democratic Council of Syria and the project of creating a Federation of Rojava/Northern Syria (which received a surprising wink from Russia) are witnesses to that.

But eventually this system based in direct democracy needs to confront the dominant capitalist system, because political democracy is nothing but incomplete without a thorough democracy in the economic system, that gives communities control and a say over it. The democratic deficit of our society is entrenched in deep social inequalities and the widening gap between those with power and wealth and those with none. A participatory system requires time to engage as an active citizen on a regular basis and a fair element of control over society. It is mainly on this point that the project of Rojava is still looking for a third path of its own, and in one way or another the flourishing of cooperatives is creating the foundation for a new economy based in the needs of society and whose spirit is based on solidarity.

This is a contradictory process, of course, and nothing is set in stone. Inasmuch as power has been devolved to communities through a tightly-knitted fabric of bottom-up institutions, the direction the process takes depends on them. But, even if guided by democratic and egalitarian principles, they are operating under enormous constraints and some of their solutions are bound to upset followers of various orthodoxies. For instance, in order to make concessions to more conservative elements in society, to include other groups that were underrepresented in direct-democratic institutions, a social contract was created at the start of 2014 which led to the establishment of democratic autonomous administrations. This is a compromise resembling more traditional representative administration, with its parliament, parties and ministers. This was also important to be able to have a dialogue from the three cantons with the outside world, which is (still) organised along the lines of conventional nation-states. This system, which has been described as “transitional”, runs in parallel to council network which has been the living expression of this direct democratic system. What way does the transition goes, if towards the restitution of the central state authority in one way or another, or to the creation of a bottom up social order, is yet to be seen.

Of course the whole experience on Rojava depends not only on their capacity to resist and create a bottom-up order in the induced chaos reigning in the Middle East. There is also enormous pressures coming from the civil war as such and the calculations of outside powers, both global and regional, in the resolution of this carnage. What order will emerge for the whole of Syria out of this civil war is crucial for the survival of Rojava, and hence their effort to reach out to others and explain that their alternative requires the emergence of a more democratic framework for mutual coexistence for all. While the YPG/YPJ emerged as a self-defence organisation to protect the Kurdish, together with their allies in the SDF, they have not attempted to topple the Assad government, nor look for independence. They have never denied though the importance of democratising the country and to this effect, they have been leading with example. This is why solidarity –the tenderness of the people, as Che Guevara famously said once- is so vital, because it is the only hope that whatever order emerges out of this chaos may negotiate with the people of Rojava a new relationship.

Although this is mostly a descriptive book, without much emphasis in theoretical debates, there is in it a wealth of thought-provoking ideas that have universal value. That this experience is relevant beyond the borders of Syria is proved by the extraordinary reception to this book. Pluto Press is already thinking of the second edition and recently, Ercan Ayboga, one of the co-authors, had a tour in Ireland, North and South, to launch the book; this brought him from Cork to Belfast, with stops in Dublin, Cavan and Dungannon. In all places, the people engaged and felt that Rojava had something very important to tell them. With the political crisis and increased alienation from politics at both sides of the border, to hear about the social experiment in Rojava seems like a breath of fresh air. Also, the increasingly successful –but daunting nonetheless- attempts to cross sectarian boundaries in a land fragmented in multiple religious and ethnical identities certainly stroke a chord with Irish participants, particularly north of the border. What ultimately Rojava seems to be shouting at the world is that it is possible for all of us to share the world together, but that this coexistence depends on the ability to respect and value one another, to live as equals. With a world submerged into multiple conflicts, wars and mounting social, political, environmental, economic crises that seem never ending, it may not be exaggerated to state that our future depends on our capacity to heed this message.

José Antonio Gutiérrez D.

mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Saturday May 06, 2017 16:00 byIlan S.

The focus on the Israel-Palestine one apartheid state is more and more in the world media. The fear of Europe - mainly from the extreme Muslim terror, combined with the B.D.S. movement, increase the pressure on Israel. Even US call for at least partial retreat from 1967 conquest of the remaining Palestinian region. The sham excuse Israel will retreat only with final peace agreement in which the Palestinians renounce the right of return of the 1948 refugees is exposed when even the Hamas agree on 1967 borders. Frustrated from the Palestinian Authority yielding to the Israeli needs the Fatah opposition initiated the prisoners hunger strike of 1700 inmates which may ignite a mass revolt of the Palestinians of the west bank. Meanwhile, the harassment of the non-armed joint struggle of grass root village activists and the Israeli anarchists against the wall, that was a bit dormant seems to be ignited again marked with the use live ammunition in Nabi Saleh (taking advantage of the absent of Israelis).

Bil\\\\\\\'in

The big anniversary demo of 17-2-17
https://www.facebook.com/Activestills/videos/1015420011...2073/
24-2-17, The first Friday demo of the 13th year of struggle. 3 Israelis of the anarchists against the wall (and 2 additional Israelis), 5 volunteers of the red crescent from Ramalla, and 10 internationals joined the village activists and kids. We marched chanting from the Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the wall. We knocked on the gate, kids climbed on the wall and tried in vain to force open the gate. The Israeli state forces refused to respond to the challenge for a long while. We returned to the village with mixed feelings.
https://www.facebook.com/anatllanat/posts/1105119022930659
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1160125...20126
https://www.facebook.com/rani.fatah/posts/10212058007588625
3-3-17, 7 Israelis, 10 internationals, and village activists marched in the Friday demo from Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the separation wall. Chanting all the way there and knocking intensely on the gate when we arrived... but no Israeli state forces came to meet us. After a long while and a short sightseeing for the internationals we returned to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/LunaDitLulu/posts/1850763401844344
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1850761455177872
https://www.facebook.com/iyad.burnat/posts/1638540936160263
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1165571...75470
10-3-17 Friday, 7 Israelis were blocked from reaching the joint demo by 10 army and police cars who road-blocked the three roads leading to the village. The demo was as usual without the participation of the Israeli state forces....but only Bil\\\'iners and internationals could participate. Israeli forces closed the roads to the village of Bil\\\\\\\'in from all directions to prevent the 7 Israelis who tried to participate.
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1171600...72646
Rumours say it was a kind of weird reprisal act for the previous night action (of people not related to the joint struggle) who tried to force open the gate of the separation wall.
After failing to cross the road blocks we could only look from the near by hill the clashes between Bil\\\\\\\'iners and the soldiers of the road block between Kharbata and Bil\\\\\\\'in. A 14 year old youth from Bil\\\\\\\'in was arrested in the classes near the road block on the way from 433 high way and Bil\\\\\\\'in.
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1171600...72646
Bil\\\\\\\'in, Friday 17-3-17. 7 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall, more than 20 internationals, and 15 from Ramalla joined the village activists in the weekly demo against the occupation and the settlers dedicated to the memory of Rachel Corrie (ISM activist martyred in Rafa).
After converging at the Abu Lamun oak orchard we marched chanting to the near by separation wall. There we declare our opinions to the near by settlement of Modi\\\\\\\'in Elit.
After a while we marched along the wall to the closed gate there we continue the demo for a long while before returning to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/boaz.adv/posts/10155057214767243
https://www.facebook.com/drrateb.aburahmah/posts/102123...37462
https://www.facebook.com/anatllanat/posts/1123678491074712
https://www.facebook.com/haytham.alkhateeb/posts/102109...39231
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1177908...41788
24-3-17 Friday demo. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative and 10 internationals joined the village activists. We converged at the Abu Lamun oak wood at noon and marched chanting to the gate in the wall. After long knocking on the gate trying to summon the Israeli force guarding the wall and the gate - getting no response we gave up. After socialising with the internationals we returned to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/anatllanat/posts/1129637707145457
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1184600...72617
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211043041444938
30/3/17, Friday, The Day Of the Land demonstration. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative joined 10 Internationals and dozen and a half Palestinians marched from the Abu Lamun oak wood to the gate in the wall - chanting and holding flags. The Israeli state forces were absent as usual lately. Still hard to get used to be the only village permitted a free from suppression demonstration against the occupation and the settlers.
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1191136...52396
https://www.facebook.com/haytham.alkhateeb/posts/102111...10842
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1191136...52396
Bil\\\\\\\'in, Friday 7-4-17. 9 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, about 20 international activists, and 20 villagers marched along the separation wall chanting against the occupation, the separation wall, and the settlers. Only one soldier looked on us for few minutes and a drone hovering above represented the Israeli armed forces. After a long gathering, hanging flags on the wall, and burning tiers in front of the gate we returned to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/basem.yasen/videos/16490974484...7039/
https://www.facebook.com/anatllanat/posts/1143225595786668
https://www.facebook.com/rani.fatah/posts/10212480980482683
14-4-17 The 632th Friday demo against the separation fence/wall in the chain the Israeli state failed to tear. 11 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative\\\\\\\' joined more than a dozen internationals, and the village people in the march towards the gate in the wall. A huge bonfire of old tires in front of the gate was a background for a long gathering and picture taking. A lone armed car of the army passed on the road behind the wall - activating its siren in a weird announcing of their unseen passing presence.
Bil\\\\\\\'in Friday demo, by its unique place where Palestinians can demonstrate without Israeli state interference and suppression direct a virtual powerful projector to all the other places and activities of suppressed protests.
https://www.facebook.com/boaz.adv/posts/10155143467192243
21-4-17 Friday, the 633th demo against the occupation, the separation fence/wall, and the settlers in the chain the Israeli state failed to tear. 6 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall initiative, joined about a dozen of international activists, and the village people in the march towards the gate in the wall. The theme of the day was solidarity with hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners. We marched to the gate in the wall chanting holding a banner and flags of Marwan Burguty. When we arrived at the gate only few soldiers were hiding beyond the wall - seen only by youth who climbed on the wall. A black cloud from a bonfire of old tires in front of the gate was carried to the near by settlement. After a long vigil we returned to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/rani.fatah/posts/10212628109880826
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1212935...05739
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1220361...29886
28-4-17 Bil\\\\\\\'in Friday 28-4-17 demo. 8 Israelis with the anarchists against the wall joined two dozen Palestinians in the 634th demonstration against occupation, separation wall and settlers. The theme of the day was solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners. The Israeli soldiers which were murderous in the other demos of the day were were very few and hide behind the wall so we could not even see them. We marched from the Abu Lamun oak wood towards the gate in the wall chanting. At the gate a big bonfire of old tiers was lit hoping the wind will blow the smoke towards the orthodox settlement. Kids climbed the wall and hanged the Palestinian flag on it. After a long convergence and photographing with the young children we returned to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1166116186830942
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1220361...29886
https://www.facebook.com/rani.fatah/posts/10212697349731779
https://www.facebook.com/Mohammed.Yasin.photography/pos...65661
Bil\\\\\\\'in, Friday 5-5-17 demonstration. 3 Israeli anarchists, and two international activists joined about 10 activists of the village in the 635th demo against the wall, the occupation and the settlers. The Israeli forces intended to capture the stone thrower kids so they left a notice about a closed military zone along the road to the wall and spread groups of soldiers and border police in the fields between the wall and the route of the dismantled fence near the village. We marched chanting towards the gate in the wall but before reaching it we started to return and confronted the invading soldiers in the field. As there were no throwing stones kids the state force just harassed us threatened us with arrests because we were in a closed military zone... and detained two of the village activists.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1406354789404022
https://www.facebook.com/drrateb.aburahmah/posts/102128...52175
https://www.facebook.com/mohamed.b.yaseen/posts/1228908...08515

Hebron

24-2-17 Hundreds marched today for the annual “Open Shuhadaa Street” protest in the occupied city of Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshippers at the Ibrahimi mosque in the early hours of 25 February, 1994, killing 29 of them and wounding another 125. In the wake of subsequent violence, the Israeli military closed Shuhadaa street to Palestinians, shuttering stores and forcing residents off public spaces. Today, only Jewish settlers and their guests are allowed to move through the bulk of Shuhadaa street. Protesters chanted against the ongoing closure, against the ghettoization of Hebron and the continued settlement project that disrupt the daily lives of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli army dispersed protesters with barrages of tear gas. No serious injuries or arrests reported.
For more photos, Please click on the link: https://schwarczenberg.com/open-shuhadaa-street-hebron-2017

Nabi Saleh

3-3-17 Friday demo, Update from Manal (from approx 5 hours ago): \\\\\\\"Clashes are still going on #Nabi_Saleh and soldiers keep shooting live bullets and tear gas canisters\\\\\\\".
IOF attack Palestinian, Israeli and international activists who marched to the fresh water spring located on land belonging to residents of Nabi Saleh, which has been stolen by settlers from the illegal Israeli colony of Halamish.....we will continue to take our wright\\\\\\\'s and end the suffering of our population to make Palestine free of occupation
https://www.facebook.com/rasha.hirzallah/videos/1291336...2430/
https://www.facebook.com/bassem.tamimi/posts/1021116897...92579
21-4-17 In solidarity with the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, residents of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh marched and confronted the Israeli army. The strike was launched on Prisoner’s Day, 17 April, and included thousands of political prisoners of different factions. The prisoners demand immediate improvement to the conditions of their incarceration, such as access to education, phones, family visits etc. The Israeli state retaliated against the leadership of the prisoners, especially against Marwan Barghouti, by relocating them to different jails and placing them in solitary confinement. Marchers waved the Fatah flags, chanted against administrative detention, and call for the release of political prisoners and against the ongoing occupation and land confiscations. The Israeli army attempted to disperse protesters with tear gas, rubber- and sponge-encased steel bullets. No major injuries or arrests reported.
For more photos, Please click on the link: https://schwarczenberg.com/nabi-saleh-21042017
Friday demo. The theme of the day was solidarity with hunger strike of the Palestinian prisoners https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=825314100942618
https://www.facebook.com/bassem.tamimi/posts/1021163778...12559
26-4-17 A strong clashes taking a place this Friday demo in #Nabi_Saleh and one injury with live ammunition. Soldiers attack the demonstration and shots a lot of tear gas cannister and live ammunition four youths shots by life bullets in there legs and one by tear gas cannister in the head they are in hospital for treatment after the army stopped the ambulance for one hour
https://www.facebook.com/btamimins/posts/1812820299045474
https://www.facebook.com/manal.tamimi.12/videos/1409389...1080/
israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIskqUs2VJs
5-5-17 Israeli soldiers shot and injured, Friday, eight Palestinians, including five with live fire, and caused scores to suffer the effects of tear-gas inhalation, in Nabi Saleh village, north of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Qaddum

3-3-17 Friday demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN4d0i4GQ1k
24-3-27 Friday demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8NqBEO1deY
14-4-2017 Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HKsPqowAGo

Ni\\\\\\\'ilin

3-3-17 Friday demo
https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/03/04/%D9%86%D8%B9%D...2017/
17-3-17 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155054229353563
http://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/03/18/%d9%86%d8%b9%d9...-2017
24-3-27 Friday demo David Reeb https://youtu.be/SXZRMVGotko
https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/03/25/%D9%86%D8%B9%D...2017/
https://www.facebook.com/guy.butavia/posts/101551492668...77138
31.3.2017 Israel Puterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yKuNBEqLkE
Yaron ben-haim https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/04/02/%D9%86%D8%B9%D...2017/
7-4-17 israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0KPwDryzoo
Yaron ben-haim https://antinarrativeblog.com/2017/04/11/%D9%86%D8%B9%D...2017/
14-4-17 The IOF shot and arrested our friend Muhamed Ameera at Ni\\\\\\\'lin weekly demo he in the hospital now . Inshallah he recover soon and back to his children and family
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1695240397156983
04/21/2017 israelpnm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEc9gQZhB_k
David Reeb https://youtu.be/FCW64aGsBks

Uja

21-4-17 https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=18450...87222

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Settlers from the illegal outpost Havat Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills habitually assault Palestinian children of the cave-dweller hamlets in the area who are forced to walk close to the outpost on their way to school in Tawane and back. In 2004 the assailants seriously wounded two international accompanists. Ever since then, the Israeli army has been escorting the children. All these years the Israeli police, West Bank region, ‘manages’ not to know of the assaults, nor to arrest the assailants.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the escorting army Jeep did not arrive to do its work and accompany the children on their way from their school in Tawane back to their hamlets. The children chose to take the longer way in order to avoid passing by Havat Ma’on. In spite of their efforts not to run into colonists, these lay in wait for them and attacked.
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On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, government agents escorted by police arrived at Bedouin villages in the Negev, and ploughed grain fields belonging to the Bedouins, in order to destroy their future crops: In Rahma near Yeruham, and at Al Sadir, west of Ar’ara. They also demolished a home in Abu Grinat, south of road 25.

Sheikh Jarrah

every Friday, protesting their violent evictions from their homes,the taking over of the neighbourhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem.They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them. Please make an effort and join them this April 28for a vigil in support of their struggle.Attention: The vigil will start at 4:00 Pm We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, on the new side-walk, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.
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Until recently Israeli soldiers were the ones acting to expel Palestinians from the Jordan Valley. In the past few months, settler-colonists have joined this activity, now living in new ‘illegal’ outposts erected at Al Hema and Umm Zuka, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley.

On Wednesday March 1, 2017, settler-colonists from Umm Zuka stole four donkeys from Palestinian shepherds of Al Malih. When required to return them, they admitted that they had handed over the donkeys to the Civil Administration. Naturally, none of the robbers has been arrested nor would be brought to court. The Palestinians are required to pay to get their donkeys back.

On Saturday, March 4, settlers-colonists of the outpost at Al Hema attacked Palestinian shepherds. Soldiers who arrived late at the scene, arrested a Palestinian instead of the assailants.

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On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, government agents escorted by police demolished Bedouin homes in the Negev: one near Kseifa, one in Abu Tlul near road 35, and one at Hashem Zana near Moshav Nevatim.

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Settler colonists from the new outpost above the hamlet of Al Hema in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley keep threatening and assaulting their Palestinian neighbours. None of the assailants has been arrested.
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, settler-colonists from the outpost assaulted Palestinian shepherds of Al Hema..
On Tuesday, March 7, two armed settler-colonists entered Al Hema itself and threatened its inhabitants. Later they attacked shepherds.
On Friday March 10, settler-colonists came riding on mini-tractors with dogs and chased shepherds away from their grazing area. This time the shepherds were not escorted by Israeli or international human rights activists.
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On Sunday through Tuesday, March 5-7, Israeli government agents escorted by police destroyed grain crops in Bedouin villages in the Negev: at Umm Batin near road 60, at Al Fura\\\\\\\'a near road 31, and at Rahma near Yeruham and in Wadi Al Na\\\\\\\'am south of Beer Sheva.
On Thursday, March 9, they demolished Al Arakib yet again.

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On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Palestinians were working, paving an access road to the fields of Turmus Aya village, located in Area B. Israeli soldiers fired teargas grenades and \\\\\\\'rubber bullets\\\\\\\' (metal covered in rubber) without any warning. The workers left. Only after intervention by the DCO did the soldiers leave and the Palestinians resumed their work.

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On Monday and Tuesday, March 13-14, government agents escorted by police came to Bedouins\\\\\\\' fields in the Negev and destroyed their crops - near Nevatim Junction, near Al Sara, Tel Al Milh (all close to the army base at Nevatim) and at Kseife. On Thursday, March 16, they destroyed dams with which the Bedouins store rainwater that enables them to cultivate summer crops- at Tel Arashid, east of the town of Hura, at Um Batin, near Omer, and in Hura.

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On Wednesday March 22, 2017, Palestinian farmers of the village Bourin went out to cultivate their lands. Note: this was in coordination with with the Israeli army. Settler-colonists who came from Yitzhar attacked them. The soldiers did not arrest the attackers. An army officer demanded of the farmers to leave the area.

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On Monday, March 28, 2017, Israeli soldiers came to the Palestinian village of Al-Rifa\\\\\\\'iya (near the town of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills) and demolished a greenhouse, as well as confiscating the tree saplings that were growing in the nursery.

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Settler colonists of Yitzhar, Beracha and their outposts frequently attack the Palestinian villagers of Bourin.

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, settler colonists from the illegal outpost of Seneh Yaacov (near Beracha) descended towards the Palestinian village of Bourin. They threw stones at homes in the village. Soldiers who were present did not prevent the assault nor arrest them. When youngsters of the village began to throw stones back at them, the soldiers fired rubber (rubber coated steel pellets) ammunition and teargas and stun grenades at the Palestinians. The soldiers also grabbed a donkey from Bourin and passed it on to the settler colonists

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On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Israeli government agents escorted by police once more demolished the Negev Bedouin village of Al Arakib.

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​On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Israeli soldiers came to the Palestinian village of Umm Al Uber, near Zubeidat, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, and uproot 540 date palm saplings, just one year old, and destroyed 30 dunams of melons. A week earlier they uprooted date palm saplings near Jericho.

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In violation of international law, ten Israeli quarries operate inside the West Bank, and another is about to be opened.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, agents of the Civil Administration escorted by soldiers handed orders to cease work to a Palestinian quarry owner south of the Palestinian village of Beit Umar, and confiscated a bulldozer and bugger which they transported to nearby Israeli settler-colony of Karmei Tzur.

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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Israeli government agents escorted by police came to Bedouin villages in the Negev for a day of home demolitions. They destroyed two houses at Al Sayed, near the town of Hura, two homes at at Al Za\\\\\\\'arura, east of Kseife, and a house in Al Fur\\\\\\\'a near the Israeli town of Arad.

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Here is a testimony given by a member of the Jahalin tribe living in Ujja (north of Jericho), to visitors on tour of the peace movements in the Palestinian Jordan Valley (Friday, April 28, 2017) as noted by Nurit Popper.

“We have been living in Ujja for 30 years with our sheep and goat flocks. We were living quietly until 2008. Then trouble began. Settler-colonists from the hilltop outposts above Ujja began to descend to our grazing areas and threaten and assault us.

In 2008 they stol 75 of our goats and sheep. We complained to the police but in vain.
3 years ago 90 goats and sheep were stolen. Some were taken to the settler-colony and others to further locations. In spite of the fact that we know who the thieves are and even lodged a complaint, the police never intervened and the stolen livestock was never returned to us.

Because of the repeated assaults and thefts by the settler-colonists we have lost our grazing area. We have had to close our livestock in corrals and feed it with purchased feed. We have been compelled to take other types of work, our lives have become impossible in this area. Lately, volunteers from the peace movements such as Guy and Arik who accompanied us to our grazing area were beaten up, paying a steep price for their will to prevent injustice.”

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On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, government agents escorted by police demolished Al Arakib (Negev Bedouin village) yet again.

For further information: amosg@shefayim.org.il

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* From my blog at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com
See in the blog previous reports about the joint struggles the Anarchists Against the Wall take part in.
See also: Stories from the year 2100 - 50 years after the revolution
http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses.html
http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses-it.html
http://ilan.shalif.com/anarchy/glimpses/glimpses-heb.html
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday April 30, 2017 13:32 byIlan S.

The "far-reaching compromise" of the Israeli Communist Party (and its front Hadash) who are pretending to be non-Zionists, and their like on the Zionist left is "two states for two peoples". It means: the existence of the State of Israel within the 1967 borders - the "Green Line", in which the Palestinian citizens are a minority.

Such a final arrangement requires the acceptance by the entire Palestinian public of relinquishing the right of return of the refugees displaced in the 1948 war, as their return would nullify the Jewish majority in the State of Israel and thereby abolish the control by the Jewish community there. The most far-reaching of them, like the ICP (and Hadash front), are even prepared for such an arrangement without the finality of the conflict conditioned on the Palestinian majority's declaration of relinquishing the right of return, provided that it is effectively prevented.

The vast majority of those pretending to be the "Zionist left" agree in the absence of a choice to return from most of the 1967 conquests, but not to complete withdrawal and an end of all control, and most of them do not even agree to withdraw without Palestinians relinquishing the right of return.

Without massive economic and political pressure there is no chance that the ruling Israeli elite backed by almost all its Jewish citizens will agree to a full withdrawal from most of the 1967 conquests still in its hands.

It seems that the present political entity of "one state" - non-secular, undemocratic, inegalitarian, and not of all its inhabitants - is likely to exist for a long time between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean.

The tiny one tenth of percent of the Israeli Jewish who are the real radical left like the majority of the Palestinians (who both still believe in "state") support the return of the refugees and replacing the present one apartheid state existing between the Jordan and the sea with one secular democratic state for all its inhabitants.
mashrek / arabia / irak / imperialismo / guerra / comunicato stampa Thursday April 27, 2017 17:26 byKNK

25 aprile 2017 - by KNK

Gli aerei turchi hanno bombardato Şengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan).

Secondo le ultime informazioni, 26 aerei turchi hanno bombardato Amûd e Geliyê Kersê nel Şengal/Sinjar. Il bombardamento è ancora in corso. Si è appreso che prima delle operazioni aeree, le comunicazioni erano state del tutto interrotte a Dêrik e nelle aree circostanti.


Molti civili e combattenti curdi risultano uccisi e feriti.

La scorsa notte, aerei turchi hanno bombardato Radio Dengê Roajva e ÇIRA-FM come pure i quartieri generali della YPG a Karaçokê nei pressi della città di Dêrik. In relazione all'attacco, il generale delle YPG ha rilasciato un comunicato in cui chiama il popolo del Rojava alla resistenza. Il comunicato delle YPG dice: “Martedì 25 aprile, alle 2.00, aerei turchi hanno lanciato un attacco intensivo sul quartier generale delle YPG a Karaçokê nelle vicinanze di Dêrik. Il centro stampa, la radio ed il centro comunicazioni ed un certo numero di organismi militari sono dislocati a Karaçokê. In conseguenza di questo brutale attacco, diversi nostri combattenti hanno perso la vita mentre altri sono rimasti feriti. La loro identità verrà comunicata più in là”.

“Come YPG”, prosegue il comunicato, “ribadiamo che tali attacchi vigliacchi non mineranno la nostra volontà e la nostra determinazione per la libertà contro il terrorismo. Inoltre, facciamo appello al popolo del Rojava, in tutte le sue diversità, a sostenere le sue legittime forze di difesa, rafforzandole di fronte a questo attacco”.

Il terrorismo dello Stato turco deve finire e le forze della coalizione non dovrebbero rimanere silenziose.

Il co-presidente del PYD ha dichiarato che tali attacchi sono finalizzati a dare supporto all'ISIS. A causa di ciò, ha aggiunto, le forze della coalizione dovrebbero chiarire la loro posizione. Ha inoltre dichiarato che “Gi aerei turchi attaccano una società che sta combattendo contro il terrorismo. Le forze della coalizione non dovrebbero restare silenti di fronte a casi simili. Nessuno dovrebbe accettare questi attacchi.”
La Turchia vuole neutralizzare l'Operazione Raqqa.

L'Assemblea Democratica Siriana (MSD) ha affermato in un suo comunicato che tale attacco serve solo a rafforzare la determinazione contro il terrorismo.

Il comunicato della MSD dice anche: mentre l'Operazione Raqqa è in corso e le nostre forze stanno guadagnando terreno contro l'ISIS, gli aerei turchi stanno bombardando i nostri quartier generali nelle zone di Karaçokê e Şenga. Questi attacchi mostrano come lo stato turco vuole neutralizzare l'operazione Raqqa allo scopo di dare respiro all'ISIS.

mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / news report Tuesday April 25, 2017 19:09 byKNK

According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Şengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on. It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas.

Many civilian Kurds and Kurdish fighters were killed and wounded

Last night, Turkish warplanes bombed Dengê Roajva Radio and ÇIRA-FM and also YPG headquarter in Karaçokê of Dêrik city. In relation to the attack, YPG general commander released a statement in which he called upon the Rojavian people to stand up for themselves. YPG statement declared; “On Tuesday 25 April, at 02:00 o’clock, Turkish warplanes launched an intensive air attack on YPG headquarter in Karaçokê in the vicinity of Dêrik. The press and publication centre, the radio, the communication centre and a number of military organisations are located in Karaçokê. As a result of this brutal attack, a number of our fighters lost their lives while some others got wounded. Their identity will be announced later”.

“As the YPG”, the statement continued, “we reiterate that such a coward attack will not affect our will and determination for freedom against terror. Also, we call upon the Rojavian people with all its diversities to align themselves with their legitimate defence forces, reinforcing them in the face of such offensive”.

Turkish state terror must end and the coalition forces should not be silent.

PYD’s co-president announced that such air attacks are carried out in order to provide support to the ISIS. Owing to this, he continued, the coalition forces should clarify their stance. He also added; “They [Turkish warplanes] attack a society that is fighting against terrorism. The coalition forces should not remain silent against this. Nobody should accept this attack.”
Turkey wants to neutralise Raqqa Operation

The Syrian Democratic Assembly (MSD) affirmed in a statement that such attack would only serve to strengthen their determination against terror.
The MSD’s statement reads as follow: While the Raqqa operation is underway and our forces are gaining upper hand against the ISIS, Turkish warplanes are bombing our headquarters in Karaçokê and Şengal areas. These attacks show that the Turkish state wants to neutralise Raqqa Operation in order to give a breathing space to the ISIS.

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