***image1***This afternoon, exactly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, popular committees struggling against the Apartheid Wall and the settlements destroyed part of the Wall near Qalandiya. Hundreds of people, with some 30 international supporters, used a truck to pull down part of the Wall in the area east of the Qalandiya refugee camp and beyond the UN Vocational College. They also destroyed iron gates and other pieces of concrete in the same area.
After breaching the Wall, protestors approached the road on the other side where they burned car tires to slow the approach of Occupation forces, who quickly arrived in the area and began firing gas and rubber bullets. Protestors were wearing shirts upon which was written “We are going to Jerusalem”, the name of the planned action.
Today is 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and marks the first day of a week of resistance to the Apartheid Wall in Palestine and around the globe. Several demonstrations and campaigns are planned, including the November 12 launch of Stop the Wall’s campaign calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all anti-Wall activists currently imprisoned.
See more photos on Stop the Wall’s Flickr page.