From Palestine

On Saturday afternoon, for the third time in the last weeks, masses poured on the streets of Ramallah to demand from the Palestinian Authority (PA) to immediately end their own sanctions on Gaza that compound the horrific Israeli siege. The police brutality last week has not weakened the resolve of the people - more people came out on the street with more resolve and PA forces trying to make amends.

The struggle for survival of the Bedouin village Khan el Ahmar - a community to be destroyed any time by Israeli bulldozers rolling in - is a national focus point for all that are every day organizing and resisting to stop Israel’s ongoing Nakba, the 70 years long ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from their homes. To build strength and steadfastness together with the Bedouin community, on Saturday night, activists from across the West Bank came to Khan el Ahmar in solidarity.

Since June 8, in Palestine popular anger about the Palestinian Authority’s policies against the people in Gaza has transformed into vocal protests. People of all walks of life joined the protests driven by Palestinian youth. As on June 13 a second protest was held, the Palestinian Authority tried to drown the protests in brutal repression. Yet, a people fighting since 70 years for justice against Israeli apartheid will not be deterred to stand in solidarity with their people in Gaza. This Saturday new protests are being organized.

It has been far too long that Ramallah hadn’t seen a protest of such dimension and intensity. After the daily breaking of the fast during Ramadan, over 2000 people filled the streets of the city. It wasn’t a joyful family gathering but an angry protest in solidarity with Gaza. Asserting their commitment to the unity of the Palestinian people, people protested against the Israeli siege on Gaza and the policies of the Palestinian Authority (PA) that pose additional pressure on the people in Gaza and lack any popular support or legitimacy.

A committed activist that tirelessly mobilizes popular peaceful resistance and steadfastness, had been arrested on December 27 during a protest against the imprisonment of Ahed Tamimi. After six months in jail, on Wednesday, June 6, Munther has been released. 

Around 2000 Palestinians gathered on Friday, May 25, in Tantoura, an ethnically cleansed Palestinian fisher village close to Haifa, to commemorate the massacre of Tantoura and the ongoing Nakba. Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line broke the walls of fragmentation to come together in struggle and unity.

Palestinians all across their historic homeland observed a day of general strike in mourning of the 62 killed and over 2700 maimed and injured on May 14 in Gaza and of 70 years of ongoing Nakba, the ongoing ethnic cleansing, dispossession and repression of the Palestinian people by Israel’s apartheid regime. At the same time dozens of protests were held in all major Palestinian cities. 

On May 2, as part of its International Workers’ Day actions, the New Unions joined a popular march organized by the Minimum Wage Campaign.

The first of May encompasses the best of human values: freedom, justice, equality, and peace. Human history coalesces through the blood and oppression of the workers and downtrodden who sacrificed – and still do – on the social, political, and economic stage. The liberation of human potential and labor from any form of exploitation and robbery has been one of the most prominent struggles which, throughout history, has embodied the highest universal values. Many have been martyred for the sake of these values, and the first of May is symbol of this struggle and an honor to those it has claimed.

On the fourth Friday of the #GreatReturnMarch Israel continues its criminal shoot-to-kill-and-maim policy towards the over 10 thousand Palestinians in protest inside the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip. Some 30 protests where also held in the occupied West Bank. Inside the Green Line, a mass demonstration denounced that “Your Independence is Our Nakba (‘catastrophe’ in Arabic)”.

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.

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