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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop the Wall Campaign strongly condemns the massive military onslaught by Israeli Occupation Forces.
Over the past two weeks, more than 500 Palestinians have been arrested; six have been shot dead by Israeli forces; air strikes have bombarded Gaza; our homes, cities and refugee camps have been invaded every night; and our freedom of movement has been taken hostage by a lockdown of the entire West Bank imposed through checkpoints and the deployment of surveillance drones overhead.
From the iconic sites of the Israeli wall and the US/Mexico border, we are witnessing a world-wide proliferation of walls and reinforcement of borders. These not only delimitate the nation state but proliferate in its interior, reproducing social divisions along lines of race, class and gender, and reflecting and reinforcing existing power relations.
While the international community discusses Palestinian statehood, on the ground Israel is continuing the ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestine with a further displacement push in the Jordan Valley.
Existence is Resistance and Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine presented a live show featuring Palestinian Rap Trio DAM, Palestinian Female MC and Songstress Shadia Mansour alongside M1 of Dead Prez.
The show was held at the Shrine Live Music Venue in Harlem. And at Occupy Boston on November 13, 2011.
November 4, 2011 (Vienna) - Vigil of Women in Black held a vigil yesterday for two hours, dedicated to the Protest against the Wall and in support of the recognition of the State of Palestine. There was enormous interest from passers-by and the reaction of many people, actually many tourists, on the street was positive towards solidarity with Palestine, evidence that things are changing regarding public opinion!
The November 9th demonstration in Ramallah was the largest in Palestine, and saw the closing down of the “Manara” city center for two hours in what was a union of countless individuals, organizations, community members, political parties, students and youth. The call to stop the Apartheid Wall resonated throughout the city, declaring that the countdown for the fall of the Wall has begun.