***image3***A popular meeting took place in Biddu today, when members of popular committees against the Wall in Jenin and Qalqilya challenged the closures and separation of the West Bank imposed by the Occupation and managed to reach Biddu in North West Jerusalem. The participants from Jenin and Qalqilya came to express their solidarity with the people in Biddu, where the Wall is currently being built, and where five martyrs have been killed by the Occupation while resisting the Wall’s construction.
People from Qalqilya and Jenin, where the Apartheid Wall has already been completed know exactly what it means to have the Wall destroy and annex their lands, and moreover, what it’s like to live with the daily hardships created after the Apartheid Wall is completed.
The meeting, called by the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, emphasized that Palestinians are one people united, who cannot be divided by closures or walls and that there is only one answer to the Wall: Resistance until it falls! The people from the North came to send a unified message, that no-one but the Palestinians themselves, the owners of the lands, and the homes can decide the fate of Palestine.
The meeting was held in lands destroyed for the Wall’s path. It was intended that the people were all supposed to pray together in the lands at noon, however, the bus from Qalqilya and Jenin was delayed by the tens of checkpoints from the districts in the North to North West Jerusalem.
When the bus from Jenin and Qalqilya finally arrived, the meeting between the two peoples was remarkable. Palestinian slogans and songs were sung in a single voice, fully expressing the joy everyone felt being together. After speeches were made in the lands, everyone walked to the village council where they took the first steps towards organizing a popular conference that is to include all popular committees against the Wall, to unify all efforts against the Apartheid Wall.