The video poem beneath is entitled Wala. It speaks to the lives of thousands of Palestinian workers facing the daily oppression of the Israeli apartheid system, its walls, checkpoints and inhumane treatment and exploitation of Palestinian labour.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a PhD candidate and the Chairperson of the Post Graduate Association at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ndlozi is a member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) and a board member of BDS South Africa. Mbuyiseni is active in campaigning on both domestic and international issues, including worker rights, student issues and Palestine solidarity. He recently attended the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a people's tribunal that found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid under international law.
Please find below the link to the a video, a trailer, produced for the Israeli Apartheid Week activities set to be launched in cities all over the world during February. As usual, you feedback and assistance in distributing the video is much appreciated.
The Occupation's policy to transform Bethlehem into a ghetto where normal life is impossible makes popular resistance the only way forward. Protests against the Wall and the settlements are ongoing in al Ma'sara, al-Walaja, Jub ath-Thib, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Wadi Rahal.
Below a two videos chronicling the the popular resistance in Beit Jala and al-Walaja.
During the Friday demonstration against the Wall in Ni’lin, soldiers pursued protestors toward the direction of the village, firing tear gas and sound bombs as well as rubber and live bullets. This short clip captures a group of soldiers shooting tear gas at protestors (unseen in the video). Youth from Ni’lin responded in kind, lobbing un-exploded tear gas canisters into the midst of the soldiers. View the clip here.
In Ni'lin, where 300 Palestinians and international supporters gathered to march in protest against the Apartheid Wall, snipers were deployed in an under-construction building and armed soldiers in the fields and streets. Occupation forces fired excessive rounds of tear gas and young men and boys responded by throwing stones. More tear gas and live ammunition followed, ultimately preventing the march from taking place.
Mass demonstrations, vigils and protests in solidarity with Gaza have erupted all over Palestine. The call for an immediate end to the brutal massacre of Gaza, for national unity and the liberation of Palestine, have dominated the mobilization everywhere.
Below are a few videos of the protests:
Jayyous: the mobilization against the Apartheid Wall has turned into ongoing protests against the annihilation of Gaza:
A short clip taken from the 27 minute video, The Cage, by Omar Nazzal, which shows the economic, social and agricultural impacts of the Apartheid Wall on Palestinian Society. Focusing largely on the Tulkarem and Qaliqilya districts the full video details the daily hardships Palestinians face, from destruction of homes and land; the theft of Palestinian resources; locked gates baring farmers from their lands, and children from their schools; as well as the daily humiliations carried out by Occupation forces.
At 6:00am on July 20th, 2004 Occupation forces moved into Barta'a Sharqiya with hundreds of troops, and a large number of bulldozers, and began demolishing factories and shops in the village's commercial area, demolishing some 26 commercials buildings in the course of the day, destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of Palestinians. This video shows the razing of several small shops, and the flattening of a larger commercial building. There is also a longer video available for download that shows the full extent of the destruction wrought on the people of Barta'a Sharqiya.
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.