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.
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”.
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.
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.
Since the announcement in the media that the health of Muhammad al Qiq, a Palestinian journalist held in administrative detention since December 13 is getting critical, political parties, prisoners organizations, the Journalists Union and popular committees of the Stop the Wall Campaign came together and have organized daily protests in city centers of the West Bank and in front of Red Crescent offices.
After the death of two Palestians on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces imposed a partial closure on Ramallah this Monday. A military source has stated that the restriction is not because of the shootings that took place on Sunday, but due to investigations of previous cases.
In 2015 the Land Defense Coalition has been officially launched as the coordination body for some of Palestine’s largest popular movements as well as local grassroots organizations. We have already built powerful actions and popular resistance together - in order to continue in the year ahead, we need your support. Please consider contributing with a donation to our struggle in 2016.
The absence of authentic Palestinian national leadership is particularly acute at this time of crisis. The current youth uprising against Israel’s prolonged military occupation and denial of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and within Israel is generally acknowledged to be largely leaderless. What role is there for political parties to contribute to the youth uprising given that they remain entrenched in the Palestinian body politic despite their splits and weaknesses? Palestinian political activists and analysts try to anser this and other questions in a project coordinated by al-Shabaka.org, the Palestinian policy network.
Thursday, at 7:30 in the morning Israeli military entered the Jordan Valley community al Hadidiya for yet another wave of demolitions. The punitive operation targeted the family of the head of the community, Abu Saqer, and was a clear retaliation for the fact that the people of al Hadidiya had started to prepare the dirt road that links the village to the world for the rainy winter months placing gravel onto it. Abu Saqer’s pregnant daughter has been attacked by the soldiers and is currently in hospital risking to loose her baby.
Stop the Wall has prepared an interactive map of the locations of struggle of the current protests and mobilisation. The map will continue to be updated and expanded and shows examples of mobilisation and repression, photos, videos and local accounts.
News Bulletin of the events of the 25th October 2015
1- The young girl Dania Jihad Arshid (17) was executed by the Israeli Forces at the military checkpoint near Ibrahimi Mosque. One of the eyewitnesses who was standing in line, just 4 meters far from the checkpoint said that the soldiers had searched the girl’s bag and her personal belongings and put her through the metal detector but they did not find anything dangerous material with her. The soldiers asked the girl: ‘where is the knife?’ She replied: ‘I’m not carrying a knife’, then one of the soldiers shot a bullet between her legs terrifying her, so she took a step back and put her hands in the air and kept saying: ‘I’m not carrying a knife!’ but the soldiers shot her dead with 8 to 10 bullets in the chest and the neck.
Israeli arms exports take dramatic hit amid growing boycott campaign
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been running highly visible campaigns against military trade with Israel that have seen 12 banks and pension funds exclude Israeli arms company Elbit Systems from their investment portfolio. Israeli owned arms factories have been blockaded, and a growing number of political parties and trade unions have called for an end to military ties with Israel.
The governments of Norway and Turkey have both announced military embargo policies against Israel in recent years.
Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, said:
“Israeli military companies market their products on the basis of their successful use in Israel’s massacres of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, yet it now seems that growing public awareness of and opposition to Israel’s war crimes are starting to hit Israel’s military exports.”
Also don't miss the new briefing published by the BDS Movement on military cooperation and trade of Israeli weapons, tools of repression against the ongoing Palestinian protests. The military trade is at the heart of Israeli oppression: find out more on the military companies and the complicit international institutions, and on the campaigns that work against these and the military aid to Israel.
1) 19-year-old Yahya Hashem Grerh died from his injuries after he got shot a week ago during clashed with Israeli military, in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip
2) 467 people have been injured, 438 of which in the West Bank, 29 in Gaza Strip. 34 of them have been injured with live ammunition, 95 with rubber-coated metal bullets, 322 suffered from asphyxiation by tear gas and 16 suffered other injuries.
3) Continuing clashes with the Israeli Forces starting from afternoon till midnight in more than 50 locations, among them:
While we remember Hashem as a pillar of Palestinian steadfastness in the Old City of Hebron and an inspiration to Palestinian activists and international solidarity from across the world, we know his spirit and determination will continue to animate the struggle of our people. We, the people that had the honour to know him and the people that share his struggle, will keep his legacy alive and continue on the path towards liberation.
May Hashem rest in peace.
May Hashem rest assured that we continue in the struggle.
News Bulletin of the events from the 19th October 2015
1. Deaths: Hoda Mohamed Darwish, 65-years-old, died after inhaling tear gas that was fired by the Israeli forces at Al-Mansoob checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the town of Al-Esaweh in Jerusalem and then being denied access to the hospital by Israeli forces.
2. Injuries: 195 civilians injured in the West Bank, 2 from live ammunition, 37 with rubber coated metal bullets, 136 cases of suffocation from tear gas and 20 injuries by beating.
1- 21-year-old Muhannad Al- Aqabi from Hourah in Al-Naqab was martyred today after taking part in both a stabbing and shooting action at the central station in Beir Al- Sabe’. The Israeli forces suspect that he took a soldier’s weapon after stabbing him, so the police shot two suspects at the scene only to later realize that one of them was an Eritrean worker that was mistakenly shot. This action has led to the death of an army officer and the wounding of ten; two of them are in a critical condition.
The daily clashes continue, as does Israeli repression with the implemention of the group punishment policy, which includes house demolitions, land confiscation, the annulment of the residency documents for the Palestinians who live in Jerusalem.
14th October 2015
The Israeli Occupation Forces executed two young Palestinians in Jerusalem and a prisoner from Jenin was killed in one the Israeli prisons:
The young Palestinian Basim Ragheb Sider (20) from Hebron was executed by the Israeli occupation forces at Bab Al- Amoud in the center of Jerusalem under the accusation of having allegedly stabbed a soldier;later on, the the Israeli Occupation released some pictures that turned out to be fake and the boy did not have any knife as they claimed. According to eyewitnesses who were present on the scene of the murder, the Israeli soldiers fired more than ten bullets from a close distance without him stabbing anyone as the Israeli police claims, but soldiers left him to bleed and prevented the ambulance from reaching him until he bled to death.
Ahmad Fathi Abu Sha’ban (23) from Ras Al-Amoud neighborhood near the central station in Jerusalem was executed after being shot for allegedly stabbing a settler. The police claimed in a statement that one of its private forces shot an Arab young man who tried to stab a settler, which led to his killing right away. However, an Israeli witness confirmed that Abu Sha’ban did not have a knife and did not hurt anyone, one of the settlers started to shout, calling him a “terrorist” and so a policeman shot him from a zero distance.