Exactly 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down. John F. Kennedy’s famous speech ‘I am a Berliner’ made that wall the very symbol the West had chosen to embody the ‘other’ against which it pitted itself for decades, justifying countless wars, support for dictatorships, torture across the world and internal repression. November 9, 1989 marked the end of the Cold War era and the beginning of the era of the ‘clash of civilizations’. Returning to the old orientalist scheme the Arab and Muslim populations became the new enemy.
Dozens of Palestinian activists crossed Israel's illegal apartheid wall in the West Bank on Friday near the Qalandiya checkpoint as part of a series of protest actions to demonstrate solidarity with Jerusalem.
Activists used makeshift ramps and ladders and cut through barbed wire to climb over the apartheid wall near Qalandiya military checkpoint, which is at least six meters in height.
The action was part of a campaign entitled #On2Jerusalem that was organized by the Popular Resistance Committees.
Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees in the villages northwest of Jerusalem on Saturday broke open a hole in the separation wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation," the popular committees said in a statement.
With this statement the organizations Paz con Dignidad and Biladi wish to show our deepest and most heartfelt solidarity with our colleague Jamal Jumá, coordinator of Stop the Wall, in the light of the events occurred on 11th October when the Jordanian authorities on the border with the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) denied him permission to enter the Kingdom of Jordan, to take part in a political tour that he was going to hold in The Basque Country from the 13th to 17th October, whilst in possession of a Schengen visa that authorised him to travel to Europe for a yea
Te Palestinian company ASSIA Consulting Engineers has sent a letter to the Stop the Wall Campaign announcing their withdrawal from all of the projects to the Israeli civil administration in Bet Eil. The company further assures their commitment to work together against the expulsion of the Bedouin communities of the West Bank. This is a major step to unify the Palestinian efforts on the ground and to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people on their land.
See a translation of the full text of the letter below.
Last Saturday, in Surif, south of Hebron, another action of collective olive harvesting was organized. Many volunteers, including local farmers, international activists and a bus of volunteers from Acre, picked olives in burning sunshine. The farmers cultivating the land of Surif, near Hebron, can look back at a continuous and successful struggle for the rights to their land.
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Under the surveillance of dozens of Israeli soldiers the opening event of the Olive Harvest program was in Wadi Fukin village. Activists from Palestine, Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA and Germany gathered in a field threatened by the nearby Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, to pick olives. A good amount of cameras covered the harvesting, among them Palestinian press. Wadi Fukin village is surrounded by three Israeli settlements Tsur Hadassah, Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar.
The Israeli policies to ethnically cleanse the Palestinian Bedouin communities from the Jordan Valley and the area east of Jerusalem include the construction of three apartheid-style townships. Once expelled, these communities should be relocated there. However, in the last weeks Palestinian campaigners and Bedouin communities have made great advances to obstruct this plan: They have directly targeted the companies involved in the construction of the two townships currently being developed.
On Wednesday the 8 of October settlers torched 30 olive trees in the village of Nahalin, west off Bethlehem. Residents from the village say that it was a group of settlers from Beitar Illit. The residents say that this is not the first time, but one of several attempts to seize land for the settlements.
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The Olive Harvest program opening campaign in Wadi Fukin Friday, 10.10.14
Monday 6.10: Israeli settlers cut down around 100 olive trees nearby the village of Yassouf, which is located about 7 km north of the town of Salfit. Farmers from this area have reported that settlers from Tuffah were behind. It has also been reported about vandalism in Burin and in Awarta.
Since the Israeli occupation of the West bank in 1967, more than 800 000 olive trees have been destroyed by Israeli forces or settlers, according to human rights organizations.
The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October 10 until October 25, 2014.
The Israeli military administration has published a new plan of expulsion of Bedouin families from their communities and to relocate them in new cities. This is tightening the threats to the Bedouin in the Jordan Valley and may form another step towards the fragmentation of the West Bank.
Akbayan (Ctitizens' Action Party) today protests an arms deal between the Philippine government Israeli military company Elbit Systems. In particular, on June 22, 2014, the government signed a US$20M deal with the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for 28 Israeli upgraded armored personnel carriers (APCs) that will be delivered in 2015.
The Israeli Civil Administration announced on Sunday, August 31th the planning takeover of almost 4000 dunums (approx. 1000 acres) in the area near to Betlehem. This is the biggest land confiscation in one announcement in the last 30 years.
The latest aggressive military attack on Gaza since 7th July 2014, increased a boycott of Israeli produce in the West Bank. The BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) movement was founded in 2005, when more than 170 Palestinians civil society organizations called on people across the globe to hold Israel accountable and isolate it until it implements international law and ends its violations of Palestinian human rights.
Since the beginning of the massacre in Gaza on July 7th 2014, all eyes of the international media are focused on this Israeli military aggression. But also in the West Bank resistance and repression has increased: the clashes between Palestinian activists and the Israeli military on the checkpoints have escalated during this time. Palestinians in the West Bank mobilized in solidarity with the people in Gaza in daily acts of resistance while the Israeli military took advantage of the focus on Gaza to kill, repress, arrest and further expand their settlements.
6 \ 8 \ 2014 The Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed on Tuseday, that the number of martyrs on the thirtieth day of the Israeli attack on Gaza, reached 1875 martyrs, including 430 children 243 women and 79 elderly; and that the number of wounded people is 9567 incl
21 \ 7 \ 2014, The number of martyrs in Gaza reached 510, and more than 3,000 were injured since the beginning of the Israeli attack on Gaza. More than 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the massacre that Israeli army committed in Al-Shojaeia neighborhood on Sunday morning 20 \ 7 \ 2014. Most of the martyrs were civilians; this crime brought back Sabra and Shatila massacre’s memory to our minds as they both were committed by the Zionist Israeli occupation.
More than 30 pro-Palestine campaigners occupied the Cabinet Office this afternoon demanding an end to the UK’s flourishing arms trade and military cooperation with Israel.
Campaigners from the London Palestine Action group occupied the building for more than 45 minutes. 3 people locked themselves to railings in the building while others chanted slogans calling on the UK government to impose a military embargo on Israel.
A member of the London Palestine Action group said: