Stop the Wall strongly supports and promotes the call for a mandatory, comprehensive military embargo issued by the BNC (Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee).

The urgency for an end to military relations with Israel and the defunding of its military and homeland security complex is evident to each of the activists struggling on the ground against the Wall and the settlements. The military oppresses popular struggle with:

Motorola through its fully owned subsidiary Motorola Israel provides the Israeli state and its military with equipment employed in war crimes and contributes to the construction and maintenance of the Wall, the settlements and the checkpoints. The practices of Motorola clearly violate international law, including the IV Geneva Convention and the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

People in the West Ramallah village of Deit Qaddis went out to the fields and successfully blocked the start of works for a settler road that is planned to run through their lands. Military repression has caused tens of villagers to suffer from heavy breathing problems due to tear gas inhalation. Up to late in the afternoon, clashes have been reported in the village of Deir Qaddis between the people defending their lands and the IOF.

Non-violence activist Bassem Tamimi's address to Israel's Ofer military court during his trial for organizing protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. A military judge refused to allow Tamimi to read his full statement in court.

Your Honor,

I hold this speech out of belief in peace, justice, freedom, the right to live in dignity, and out of respect for free thought in the absence of Just Laws.

This year’s anniversary of the Naksa - the occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights by Israel - has been marked by historic popular protests.

On June 5 Palestinian refugees marched from Syria to the occupied Golan Heights while various protests were organized in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the Golan Heights, the Israeli army staged yet another massacre killing over 20 unarmed protestors.

The second large scale Israeli public transport infrastructure project is now feeling the heat of BDS campaigners. The Israeli light rail project in Jerusalem has been since years targeted by BDS activists that support Palestinian calls for boycotts and divestments from companies that participate in this project, which links Israeli settlements to West Jerusalem and strengthens the Israeli grip on the occupied eastern part of the city.

Since Israel's establishment in 1948, its occupation of Jerusalem in June 1967, and subsequent annexation of the city in 1980, it has implemented policies that have shrunk the size of Occupied Jerusalem's Palestinian population as well as its Arab and Islamic heritage. The ongoing light rail project is just the latest in this steady entrenchment of Israeli control.

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Ni’lin: Several cases of fainting as a result of asphyxiation from tear gas during the weekly demonstration

On Friday, the residents of Ni’lin launched their weekly demonstration after praying under village olive trees, marking their continued refusal to abandon their land.

***image2***More than 200 protesters attended the weekly Friday demonstration against the apartheid wall in Ni’lin today. Sheikh Salah Mohammad Tayeh lead the prayer which traditionally marks the start of the Friday demonstration. He spoke about the importance of popular struggle and resistance for the liberation of Palestine.

Villagers in Bil’in (west Ramallah district) burnt Occupation products during their weekly demonstration on the 21st of April, declaring their support for the internal boycott movement. Vowing to use only locally manufactured products, the villagers showed how Palestinians can break dependency on the Occupation’s economy, and revive the strategies of the First Intifada in the struggle for liberation.

Eyad Tahar was found dead on Monday the 3rd of April, drowned in a flood near the Apartheid Wall between Bil’in and Safa. A valley here has been flooded, with the Wall blamed for preventing recent rainfall from draining. Tahar’s body was recovered from the razor wire of the Wall, while his brother Raad was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in the pool of water.

***image2***Aboud village has been the site of increasingly large demonstrations since the local grassroots committee against the Wall declared every Friday a day of popular activities. On Friday the 25th of November, a demonstration of around 700 villagers revealed the unity and determination of Aboud to halt the Apartheid Wall project that will isolate 5830 dunums of the village’s land.

Two houses were flattened in Anata on Monday the 21st of November as Occupation Forces continued their policy of attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem. Families were beaten and left homeless as bulldozers tore down their homes and carried on the onslaught on Palestinians in Jerusalem who are being ghettoized and expelled from their city by the Apartheid Wall.

***image2***A crowd of 150 people gathered in the village on Sunday November 20th and marched to their lands that will be isolated by the Wall. Since the first day when villagers stopped the Occupation bulldozers, the construction activities on the Wall have been halted on a daily basis. Not even the visit of the Occupation War Minister Mofaz to the surrounding settlements could ensure the completion of the work which aims to swallow Eizarya’s lands for the Ma`aleh Adumim colony.

The Occupation continued its targeted expulsion of Palestinians in Jerusalem by carrying out a house demolition on Monday the 7th of November. Dozens of Occupation Forces expelled the Bishara family from their home in Anata, before destroying the property under the pretext of it not having the correct “permit”.

Marking the one year anniversary of the ICJ decree on the illegality of the Apartheid Wall, villages across Palestine mobilized during a week long series of protests, demanding the ICJ decision to be implemented. As long as the Occupation continues, Palestinians will continue to resist and demand for their right to self-determination. No matter how hungry the Zionist vision, the instinct for liberation is stronger.





***image2***On July 6th, Occupation Forces began razing agricultural lands in the village of Immatin, Qalqiliya District for the Apartheid Wall. Villagers mobilized immediately and have been waging protests for the past two weeks. Clashes continued today, as Occupation Forces attempted to quell a persistent and vocal crowd who were joined in solidarity by neighboring villages. Occupation forces intercepted the protestors as they moved towards the Zionist bulldozers by declaring the area a “closed military zone.” Villagers refused, however, to turn back or be alienated from their own lands.

For the last month villagers from Masha in Salfit district have been barred from accessing their lands isolated behind the Apartheid Wall. Occupation Forces have claimed closures to the prison gates to the lands are “seasonal” but have now begun uprooting the isolated lands for settler expansion. Meanwhile Palestinians in Masha were subject to a brutal attack by Occupation settlers - part of the ongoing Zionist project of forced expulsion of villagers from their lands.

***image2***Several villagers were left wounded as Occupation Forces attacked the village of Bili’n on Friday the 1st of July. Around 300 demonstrators marched to the lands stolen for the Apartheid Wall to be met be a brutal mixture of live ammunition, rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas. Clashes ensued for several hours as Palestinians responded to the Occupation violence with stones driving them out of the village.

Silwan is one of the Jerusalem neighborhoods most threatened with Judaization, with continuous settler attacks and occupation of its houses. Just last year in Silwan, in March 2004, settlers occupied two buildings that together comprise of 12 flats, added to the houses and lands in Silwan already taken over by settlers during previous years, a large part of which are located in Wadi Hilwa, which overlooks Bustan and is adjacent to the Old City.

***image2***Clashes ensued for several hours in Bili'n on Friday June 24th as Occupation Forces attacked Palestinians confronting the Apartheid Wall with an array of sound bombs, rubber bullets and tear gas. Later a section of the Wall path foundations - built by Occupation Forces over the last week - was destroyed as Palestinians continued their resistance to the Occupation and the Apartheid Wall.

Several villagers were injured on Tuesday 21st July, as resistance to the Apartheid Wall and Occupation continued in Marda. Occupation Forces attacked Palestinians attempting to reach their confiscated lands, and fired tear gas canisters into houses and at demonstrators. Villagers remained steadfast in their rejection of the Apartheid Wall, which will work in conjunction with the settler-only bypass road system, to ghettoize villagers and steal a further 900 dunums of their land.

Hundreds of villagers from Arab Ramadin brought Occupation bulldozers to a standstill on Tuesday 7th of June, as they stormed their confiscated lands currently being destroyed for the Apartheid Wall. Occupation Forces responded by opening fire on the demonstrators with rubber bullets and attacked them with tear gas and sound bombs. Two Palestinians were arrested, and three injured, as Arab Ramadin villagers stepped up their resistance to the Apartheid Wall which has already confiscated 2339 dunums of their land.


***image2***Large demonstrations against the Apartheid Wall in the village of Bil’in marked the 38th anniversary of Al Naksa - the Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967. Around a thousand protesters from villages throughout the district, and Bil’in itself, gathered on land that is being confiscated and destroyed for the construction of the Wall. The demonstration culminated in clashes and confrontations with the Occupation Forces, as people expressed their steadfast determination to resist the Apartheid Wall.

Around 300 demonstrators – most from the nearby village of Bil'in - gathered in downtown Ramallah during the evening of May 23rd to protest the ongoing colonization of their lands by the Apartheid Wall. Congregating at the city’s Al Manara central square, demonstrators lit torches and marched to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Muqata Compound with a message for Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of his trip to the US, voicing their anger at the international support and complicity for the brutal Occupation and its Apartheid Wall.


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