October 7th 2015 – Resistance and Repression in Palestine
A brief report.
The rebellion unfolding in the West Bank and increasingly across the Green Line is a direct response to Israel’s intensified ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and its almost seven decades old regime of occupation, apartheid and settler colonialism. It has seen yet another day of protests and murderous attacks by Israeli forces and settlers.
Below are the main events of October 7 in the Palestinian grassroots attempt to stop Israel’s plans to reduce the Palestinian people to shattered Bantustans in the West Bank and an open-air prison in Gaza.
Last week witnessed a series of Israeli violence and Palestinian popular protests which seem to be just the starting point of a relentless escalation. In just five days, four young Palestinians, each one not older than 19 years, have been violently killed during clashes, rows with the settlers, or, like the 13 year old Abd Al- Rahman Shadi Abed Allah, just because they was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. These brutal murders, together with the worsening of the ordinary policy by the Israeli government, including the enclosing of wide areas, and the blockade of the accesses to the main cities, and the “new trends”, as the demolition of the house of martyrs, or the permission granted to the soldier to shoot the stone-throwers during demonstration, could probably lead, in the following weeks, to what some already denominated as third intifada. Whether this scenario will be actualized or not, it is reasonable to assert that these last events are just the last step in a process which has lasted for more than one year, which saw the dramatic response of an exhausted Palestinian society to the constriction of the Occupation and to the alarming phenomenon of intensified Israeli ethnic cleansing.
Since the middle of September, violence is escalating throughout the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem. A huge number of Israeli military forces have been deployed and distributed in these areas.
During the past week, amongst the clashes, Israel hasn't missed the occasion to show its ability to execute in cold blood unarmed Palestinian youths.
1.10.2015 Israeli police continue their violent crackdown on Palestinians protesting at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The British private security firm G4S has contracts equipping and providing services to the Israeli police and prisons, making G4S complicit in this violence.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Jamal Joumah, head of the "Stop the Wall" Campaignin Ramallah, to discuss the recent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Kairos Palestine and the Stop the Wall Campaign have launched their joint mobilizing and advocacy initiative ‘Praying is Resistance’ on Sunday Sep 20th . The initiative is a joint response to Israel's acceleration of the construction of the Apartheid Wall, settlement expansion and displacement of Palestinian communities from Area C, which comprises over 60% of the West Bank.
The initiative ‘Praying is Resisting’ of joint action between Stop The Wall and Kairos Palestine saw its first activities in occasion of the World Week of Prayer held from September 20 -26 under the theme “"God has broken down the dividing walls". The first two initiatives both took place in Bir ‘Ona, neighborhood of Beit Jala, the past weekend.
In the framework of the programme to re-equip its army, France will take a decision by the end of 2015 on which model of drone it intends to purchase. In this arms race, we are glad to note that at least one Israeli corporation has already been excluded: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). However, we are demanding via a petition (1) that the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems also be excluded from the bidding.
Call for the Week against the Apartheid Wall 2015: November 9-16
Stop the Bantustans!
2015 has been so far one of the worst moments in the waves of ethnic cleansing by Israel against the Palestinian people. Israel is rapidly implementing its plan to forcibly transfer the Palestinian population out of the over 500 communities located in area C: 7,000 Palestinians living in 46 Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and east of Jerusalem are currently resisting the demolition of their communities, an additional 20 communities are under threat in the South Hebron hills. This adds to the over 15,000 Palestinians expelled from their homes in the West Bank during the last two decades and includes some of the 4,500 pending demolition orders against Palestinian buildings. We are fast approaching a crucial point of no return.
Under the slogan “You are not alone – Standing up to settler violence”, Stop the Wall announces the program for this year’s mobilization to protect the olive harvest and Palestinian rights. This year, the olive harvesting takes place in a moment of dramatic escalation of settler and military violence against Palestinian farmers and villages, and on their lands.
May First/People Link - an amazing US-Mexican organization providing many organizations, including Stop the Wall and other Palestinian organizations, with web and communication hosting and support - is under attack, AGAIN.
Hundreds of people gathered for the mass mobilization Sunday morning. The protest tore down one of the gates of the Israeli apartheid infrastructure that segregates the Palestinian people from their lands and from each other.
The Popular committee of Beit Jala together with the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Popular Struggle Coordinating Committee and the Palestinian National Forces call for a mass protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall, land grab and destruction of property in Cremisan Valley. The demonstration will take place on Sunday 23rd August at 11:00 a.m.
At 6.30am on August 20th 2015, the Israeli army entered Khirbeit Samra in the north of the Jordan Valley with ten military jeeps and two bulldozers and destroyed Samra School. The school was built by Jordan Valley Solidarity and international volunteers, in co-operation with local Palestinians, in 2013/14 to provide Khirbeit Samra and the surrounding villages in the Beqaa area with a space where children could practice their right to education.
Israeli military companies, all of which are deeply involved in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, among others, see the Olympic Games as an opportunity for profit and a means to export their “field-tested” expertise in maintaining apartheid, repression of people, and militarization of urban spaces across the globe. They must be stopped.
Early Monday morning, August 17, the Israeli military with its bulldozers stormed the area of Bir Uona archeological site, west of Beit Jala in Bethlehem governorate, and razed 25-30 dunums of land and uprooted about 45 olive trees, some of the hundreds of years old. Join the Solidarity Tent set up to challenge the land destruction is perpetrated in order to continue construction of the Apartheid Wall on the land of Cremisan Valley.
At 6am on Tuesday 18th of August the Israeli Army invaded and attacked Fasayal village in the Jordan Valley. Twenty Israeli military jeeps accompanied by six bulldozers demolished seven houses as well as cutting electricity cables, destroying water tanks and animal shelters belonging to Palestinian residents.
On Tuesday 11th August 2015 Jordan Valley Solidarity activists witnessed Israeli house demolitions in two villages of the Jordan Valley: Al Jiftlik and Khirbet Humsa. Israeli soldiers with two bulldozers and around fifteen Jeeps arrived in Al Jiftlik at 7am and demolished two houses. The owners of the houses, Mahmoud Mitaheb and his brother Abdallah Mitaheb, have families of ten and four members respectively.
Koos Mohammed interviewed among others Mazen al Azzeh, an activist in the Stop the Wall Campaign from Bethlehem district, about the uphill task of building a boycott of Israeli goods in a condition of completely captive market, such as the West Bank and Gaza.
From the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine:
73 members of the European Parliament issued a letter to European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and Jan Robert Smits – Director-General of DG Research and Innovation concerning EU support to Israeli military companies trough Horizon2020.
The mystery surrounding the ownership of this hotly contested strategic building and its land has finally been uncovered, exposing not only the deception that was used to obtain the land but also the imminent plan in regards to being taken over by settlers.
In an open letter to the Guardian leading intellectuals and artists have called for an arms embargo on Israel: "We call upon the UK government to stop arming Israel and extend all our support to the protesters who are using their voices and efforts towards ending the arms trade. All charges against the 19 people arrested should be dropped as the real crime is producing and exporting deadly weapons that destroy the livelihoods of an entire nation. We collectively demand an immediate arms embargo on Israel. We demand the right to allow the Palestinian populace to live."
One year since Israel’s Gaza massacre and ten years since the launch of the BDS movement: building the boycott is more important than ever. Read here the statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee - BNC.