Surprise and interest were at peek levels in the city center of Oxford on November 9, when a mock Wall marched through the streets and shopping centers where local activists acted in solidarity with the International Call to Action against Israel’s Apartheid Wall. The marching “Wall” was one in a string of street theater activities organized by the Oxford branch of Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

***image2***In Manchester on November 9, 2003, the streets were energized in solidarity with the Palestinian National and International Call to Action as demonstrators loudly denounced Israeli’s Apartheid Wall and its policies of Occupation. A mock Wall covered with slogans reading “This Wall Must Fall!” was created out of five banners, each 5 meters long and marked with two lines of barbed wire on top to remind the people of Manchester of the reality of life in Palestine with the Apartheid Wall.

On November 9, as mobilization raged worldwide, Stop the Occupation, the Dutch Palestine Committee and the Palestinian community were joined by hundreds in a powerful demonstration against the Israeli Occupation and the Apartheid Wall.

Around 300 demonstrators converged in Santa Monica to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian National and International Call to Action for November 9 against the oppressive Israeli Apartheid Wall. Protestors built a tremendous mock Wall that was covered in compelling images of the Wall as well as facts, figures, maps and drawings. After several hours of information sharing, speakers and rallying – the mock Wall was brought to the ground in a tremendous show of solidarity against Israel’s Apartheid Wall.

On November 9th, Melbourne activists answered the Palestinian Call to Action with a mobilization of more than 100 people on the busy footpath of Brunswick Street in the suburb of Fitzroy. A mock Wall was built across the footpath to draw the attention of pedestrians to the injustice being served to Palestinians at the hands of Israeli Occupation and the construction of the Apartheid Wall. Essential information about the Wall and its impact on Palestinian communities and livelihood was distributed to hundreds of people passing by through a mock 'checkpoint permit'.

The Association Iceland-Palestine joined the Palestinian National and International Call to Action on November 9th by organizing a film screening and speaking event at the Nordic House, a cultural center in Reykjavik, to educate people about the reality of life for Palestinians under Israeli Occupation through personal eyewitness testimonies. The event was well attended and created a platform for education, networking and ongoing community organizing and mobilization against the oppressive Israeli Occupation.

More than 250 people gathered in busy Washington Square Park in San Francisco for the November 9th International Day of Action against Israel’s Apartheid Wall called for by grassroots Palestinian mobilization. A giant mock Wall – 12 feet high and 25 feet long – was created to demand attention to the horrific reality that Palestinians face with the construction of the Apartheid Wall in Palestine.

Over 300 activists in Seattle, WA sent a strong message condemning the Israeli Apartheid Wall on Sunday November, 9th, 2003 in response to the grassroots Palestinian Call to Action. A coalition of voices joined together in the call for an immediate end to the Apartheid Wall. A towering model of the Wall was erected in Westlake Park while passers-by were issued an Announcement of Closure symbolic of the oppressive reality Palestinians endure daily under the Israeli Occupation.

A massive demonstration emerged today at 11 AM when more than a thousand Palestinians marched from Tulkarem city towards the gate of Ras Rummana to the north. Demonstrators flooded the streets with slogans loudly calling against the Apartheid Wall and demanding its demolition. Hundreds of people formed a crowd and headed towards the villages of Nazlat ‘Isa and Baqa ash Sharqiya, which are isolated west of the Wall and threatened to be entirely imprisoned by the additional Wall Israel is building to their west.

In solidarity with popular resistance on the ground in Palestine, hundreds gathered in Chicago to protest the oppressive policies of the Israeli Occupation and the Apartheid Wall and draw public attention to the consequences of US policy. Demonstrators established a "Checkpoint at the Wall" on Michigan Avenue in Water Tower Park to highlight the injustice which is a daily reality in the lives of Palestinians.

On Sunday, November 9 about 100 vocal demonstrators gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate in downtown Toronto to demand an immediate end to the Israeli Apartheid Wall and to educate the public about the severe impacts the Wall is having on the lives of Palestinians.

***image3***In a strong show of solidarity with Palestinians and demonstrators worldwide on November 9, demonstrators in Wroclaw, Poland blocked the city’s main promenade for an hour to highlight the atrocity which is Israel’s Apartheid Wall. About 50 people from a variety of Polish solidarity organizations, including Anti-War Coalition Wroclaw, Amnesty International, Polish Greens Party,, ISM, anti-nazi groups and other social justice groups created a human chain to block the promenade, holding signs and banners condemning the Israeli Apartheid Wall.

To mark their solidarity with Palestinian mobilization on November 9, members of the International Solidarity Movement in Bristol built a representation of the Apartheid Wall in Palestine out of cardboard boxes outside of the Marks and Spencer store at the Mall Bristol. The giant representation was designed to demand public recognition of the illegal and unjust Israeli Wall and highlight the devastation it is bringing to Palestinian communities.

The village Al Aqaba, in the Tubas district, is one of the first communities in the Jordan Valley which will be devastated by the Apartheid Wall; the village of some 250 people has received Israeli military orders for the demolition of 12 buildings and homes including the mosque and kindergarten. These demolition orders come at the same time as destruction and building of the Apartheid Wall begins in the eastern West Bank, threatening to expel Al Aqaba’s residents through their complete isolation from the rest of the West Bank and all basic services.

***image2***On Sunday, November 9, 2003, a coalition of activists in support of Palestinian mobilization constructed a mock Wall along Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. as part of the international day of action against the Israeli Apartheid Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Demonstrators covered the mock Wall with images, facts and powerful slogans to display the reality of the situation on the ground in Palestine, with giant maps showing the West Bank being divided by the Wall into three ghettos.

Several Irish solidarity groups converged in Dublin to form a human wall of silence down the premier shopping street in solidarity with the Palestinian National and International Call to Action for November 9. Demonstrators held placards condemning the Wall and candles to bring light and hope for an end to the injustice being committed against Palestinians by the Israeli Apartheid Wall. A tableaux representing the Wall and the numerous ways in which it impacts the daily life of Palestinians was displayed for passers-by to gain insight into the reality of the situation.

During the weekend of November 8th and 9th, The Norwegian People’s Aid & Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine mobilized in several cities throughout the country to mark and support Palestinian resistance to Israel’s Apartheid Wall. The Norwegian “Tear Down the Wall” campaign has championed the support of the church, the trade unions, numerous politicians and humanitarian organizations in its efforts to organize against the racist Wall and the injustice of Occupation.

In solidarity with Palestinian mobilization on November 9, approximately 150 New Yorkers converged at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, carrying 3 sixty-yard mock "walls" to depict the 25-ft.-high wall enclosing the Palestinian people in the West Bank, Palestine.

***image2***The protesters marched down 42nd Street to Grand Central Station where they carried the wall inside to display it for passers-by, while chanting "Tear Down the Wall” and demanding that the world take notice of Israel’s Apartheid policies.

***image3***Saturday, November 8th, Solidarité Palestine, les Femmes en Noir (Women in Black) Americans Against the War and other French solidarity groups demonstrated in Paris and Caens to bring down the Israel’s illegal Apartheid Wall. Demonstrators rallied at the Fontaine des Innocents for 2 hours and passed out strong statements condemning Israeli and American policies of racism and oppression toward the people of Palestine through Occupation and the construction of the Wall.

***image4***On November 9th, in response the Palestinian call to action against the Israeli Apartheid Wall, Palestine Forum and Peace for Palestine in Osaka, Japan held solidarity actions in the square at the front of Osaka station.

On November 9th, in solidarity with the popular resistance in Palestine, over 400 people marched through the city of Sydney to condemn the Israeli Apartheid Wall and Occupation policies. Protestors took to the streets their message of support for Palestine as powerful speakers, including local politicians, public figures and local community activists demanded an end to the Apartheid Wall and called on the Australian people to stand up against injustices being committed against the Palestinian people.

On Friday November 7, the Montreal-based Palestine Solidarity group PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) demonstrated with over 200 people outside of the Israeli consulate against the Apartheid Wall and the ongoing Occupation of Palestine. This vigil, which has taken place every Friday for nearly 3 years at the consulate on the corner of Peel Street and Rene Levensque Street, was intensified to support the grassroots Palestinian call for International Day Against the Wall.

On November 8, in solidarity with International Day Against the Wall, a diverse coalition of hundreds protested in the streets of Madrid to demand that Israel’s Apartheid Wall fall. The demonstration, called Puerta del Sol (Door of the Sun), rallied against the construction of the Wall as a “crime against humanity”. Demonstrators gathered to show support for Palestinian mobilization and demand recognition of Palestinian human rights from the international community.


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