From Palestine

Please join us on November 9! Here are 3 InterActions to build momentum for a #WorldwithoutWalls on the Global Day of InterAction.

10 days to the Second Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls! As the countdown starts and movements and organizations across the world are preparing to join in, Stop the Wall releases a first list of planned activities. It's an inspiring coming together of diverse actions united by the determination to build effective solidarity and joint struggles to challenge the walls that oppress, exploit, exclude, discriminate and kill.

On Saturday 200 youth activists from all across the West Bank met in the Second Conference of the Palestine Youth Forum to build together strategies and tools for struggle. Entitled “Youth for Change” the conference aimed to define the vision and objectives of the Palestine Youth Forum and  work plan for the coming two years.

We are following closely the trial of the murder of Berta Cáceres, leader of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH), being held from September 10-28. A death squad assassinated  her on March 2, 2016 in her home and wounded Gustavo Castro, member of Friends of the Earth Mexico.

On August 11, Nabi Saleh hosted some 700 people that gathered for a one day event, dominated by the power of a new generation of women in struggle. The festival honoured Palestinian prisoners and reinforcing resolve no Israeli repression will stop popular resistance.

Since yesterday, Israeli bulldozers and some 300 Israeli military and intelligence officers have started the full scale onslaught to destroy the Bedouin community of Khan el Ahmar. People are still resisting and need your support! 

On Thursday 28 June 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested the popular Palestinian activist Wael Al-Faqeeh from his home. His violent arrest and illegal detention in Megiddo prison inside the Green Line is part and parcel of Israel's attempt to crush Palestinian popular struggle and silence the voices of protest as it intents to finalise the Bantustanization of Palestine. 

On Wednesday, June 27, youth movements and other popular forces have joined in a protest in Tulkarem to reiterate the call of the Palestinian people on the Palestinian Authority to lift the sanctions from Gaza. See the video here. 

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.

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