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November 9 will signal worldwide that joint construction of a #WorldwithoutWalls has started. We are calling on activists, movements and groups to join with a stencil action. This action will symbolise that “We are many, we are everywhere, and we will continue to build a #WorldwithoutWalls together”.

You may choose to add this action to some other initiative you are planning or do the stencil action on its own.The important part is: please let us know and send us pictures, videos, and reportbacks so that we can share them! For the stencil file and a short tutorial, please click here.

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.

No liberation without a strong and organized working class
- and no liberation without a strong women´s liberation movement


The Working Class and Women
  • the basis of building democracy
  • the basis of liberation

 

Kamal Farah Abed keeps stones on his roof to protect his family from Israeli settlers. All his windows have grids on. "We teach our children that fear is not allowed here. I’m not going anywhere. They will have to kill us all, but we’re not leaving”.

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Nabi Saleh, West Bank – Palestinian activist Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died this morning of wounds sustained after the Israeli occupation forces shot him in the face on Friday at the weekly popular protest in Nabi Saleh. Tamimi was shot from less than 10-meters distance with a high velocity tear gas grenade that made him unconscious and bleeding profusely. He was then taken to hospital where he remained in life support until this morning. The Israeli occupation forces prevented his family from accompanying him.

 

Mustafa Tamimi dies of wounds after being shot in the face by Israeli army.

Stop the Wall is organizing three demonstrations to add to the weekly Friday activities against the Wall in the different villages:

The demonstration takes place to commemorate the massacre of the people of al Sammou, south of Hebron. Exactly 45 years ago, on November 13 1966 Israeli forces raided this village, destroyed 125 houses, the village clinic and school as well as 15 houses in a neighboring village. 18 people were killed and 54 wounded.

The Long March of Return in Gaza has continued last Friday. Another time thousands have joined the protest in the “Friday of the Tyres”. Again,  of people from Gaza strip gathered in the return camps, tents set up at the border inside Gaza. Emboldened by the impunity the international community has granted to Israel after the massacre of our people in Gaza, Israeli snipers have continued to kill unarmed civilians. In the meanwhile protests have continued as well in the West Bank.

Today, Israel killed at least 15 and injured over 1200 Palstinians in the Gaza Strip alone. More were injured in protests in the West Bank while Palestinian citizens of Israel have lead huge protests. These unprecedented Land Day protests are the Palestinian response of resistance to the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestinian land and the US-Israel plan to solidify Israel’s grip on all of historic Palestine, just as the Nakba’s 70s anniversary draws closer. 

Today, the village of Bil’in has marked 13 years of popular struggle against Israel’s apartheid Wall and its regime of apartheid, colonialism and occupation. Activists have staged a mass protest challenging the Wall on its lands and calling for BDS.

This morning at dawn, Israeli occupation forces have attacked the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh  and arrested ten people - among which Muhammad Tamimi, who is still suffering from his skull injuries he sustained when shot in the head by Israeli forces two months ago.

A group of activists has protested the presence of an official US Congress delegation, which had scheduled as part of their Israel trip a white-washing event Ramallah.

Today, February 21, during a protest for the release of Munther Amira, coordinator of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, two young activists have been arrested as Israeli military brutally attacked the demonstration.

Saturday, February 3, a Palestinian coalition started ‘Here we remain’ a new campaign against the Occupation in the West Bank. Activists from the Land Defense Coalition, in particular members of the Stop the Wall Campaign, Farmers Union, Jordan Valley Solidarity and the Palestine Youth Forum, gathered in the Village of Al Aqaba to start the planting of 13 000 olive trees.

Yesterday, friends and relatives of Ahed Tamimi celebrated her 17 birthday in the Village of Nabi Saleh, West Bank. The family opened the house for friends, activist and also for the press. A cake with a photo of the young activist was distributed while kids played on the yard. The young activist was supposed to be put on trial on same day as her birthday but Ofar’s Military Court postponed the decision to 6 February.

Last Sunday, members of the Palestinian Agriculture Society in Jericho gathered together with the local community to plant trees in An Nuweim, in the Jordan Valley. The objective of the action was to ensure the use of land and with this to prevent it from being taken over by the settlers and eventually confiscated by the Israeli authorities. This is part of the joint effort of the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Land Defense Coalition and the Popular Council for the Protection of the Jordan Valley to plant 13 thousand trees this year to protect the land.

Israeli repression brings with it bitter-sweet moments of joy – the moment the community can welcome home an activist after imprisonment. Today, Stop the Wall was able to welcome one of the Palestinian prisoners back home after 18 months of jail.

 

Today, some 1000 people gathered in Nabi Saleh in support of the popular struggle of the village and to ask for the release of its prisoners, in particular 17 year old Ahed Tamimi, who has been taken to prison with her mother after a video that showed her a slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier went viral.

Yesterday, at a protest in front of Ofar prison, Palestinian activists Manal Tamimi got arrested by Israeli military. The protest was organised to call for the immediate release of Ahed, Nariman and Noor Tamimi from Nabi Saleh as well as Munthar Amira from Bethlehem. This makes Manal the fourth woman of the Tamimi family arrested over the last week while Ahed’s arrest has been extended today for another five days.

The day of mobilisation called for in Palestine on Friday has seen mass demonstrations all over Palestine. During the day, Israeli repression was heavy and killed two Palestinians in Gaza and left over 800 people injured.

Since October 31, hundreds of people representing a large number of popular movements are on their way throughout Mexico in an International Caravan for the Unity of the People and against the Walls of Infamy, against Paramilitarism and the [Mexican] Educational Reform. The Caravan is yet another step in the people's struggle for a World without Walls, for freedom, justice and equality. 

On November 2, at an invitation of the National Committee for the Commemoration of 100 year anniversary of Balfour Declaration, angry mass rallies were launched in all Palestinian cities and abroad, condemning the crime committed by Britain against our people when the then Foreign Secretary of Britain in a letter promised the Zionist movement a homeland in Palestine. The account here shows that Palestinians, still struggling against a colonial regime that the British Mandate in 1948 and with the support of the United Nations handed over to the then newly formed state of Israel, continue to struggle for their rights.

The World Without Walls delegation, formed of leaders in the movement against the US/Mexico border wall has arrived in Palestine to build connections with Palestinians impacted by the Israeli Apartheid Wall and Latinx and indigenous communities impacted by the US/Mexico border wall. 

The last week has seen an almost unprecedented retreat of Israel in front of Palestinian mass mobilisation. The occupation authorities removed newly installed metal detectors and surveillance cameras from the entrance to the al Aqsa Mosque and eventually had to give access to the Mosque to all worshippers, scrapping a previous ban on men under the age of 50. This victory against Israeli attacks on Palestinian rights and existence in Jerusalem has come at a crucial moment for the city and is bound to lastingly transform power relations.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is excited to announce the full launch of our new bi-lingual BDSmovement.net website. We launched a version of the site last year and we’re delighted that the site is now fully online in both Arabic and English.

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