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.

In a tremendous show of solidarity with Palestinian mobilization and resistance to Israel’s Apartheid Wall, 30,000 people invaded the streets of Rome on November 8 to demonstrate against the Wall and Israeli Apartheid policies. Movements, political parties, trade unions, grassroots and solidarity groups throughout Italy formed a united front and took to the streets in a powerful denunciation of the Occupation of Palestine and the construction of the Apartheid Wall.

Central demonstrations in the Palestinian districts where held on November 9 as part of the National and International Day Against the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, called for by the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign in coordination with the National and Islamic Forces. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated on this day against the Apartheid Wall, calling for it to be stopped and torn down; there were demonstrations in Jenin, Ramallah, Qalqiliya, Tulkarem, Nablus and Salfit.

While in Palestine thousands took part in their national day against the Apartheid Wall on November 9th, solidarity from multiple regions across the globe was expressed, magnifying the call that the Wall in Palestine must stop and be torn down. These worldwide actions emerged from growing support with the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign since its inception just one year ago, and in particular to the Campaign call in June 2003 which designated Nov 9th as International Day Against the Wall.

November 9th was declared in June of this year by the villages and cities affected by the Apartheid Wall, as part of the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, as the Palestinian national and the international day against the Wall.

The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s three Emergency Centers in the northern West Bank continually send in information regarding destruction and devastation from the Wall. Information sent from the Emergency Centers will be published regularly under the heading “A Day in the North”, surfacing the daily devastation which the Apartheid Wall continues to lay upon Palestine.

Azzun Atma, Qalqiliya district

Throughout Palestine, communities affected by the Apartheid Wall--local councils, civil society organizations, political parties, youth groups, schools and universities, and the population at large--are coordinating a momentous week of activities beginning on November 9th for opposing the Israeli Apartheid Wall. The day is expected to witness a massive popular force that is to strengthen grassroots mobilization, which could turn November 9th into the beginning of the destruction of the Wall in Palestine.

The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s three Emergency Centers in the northern West Bank continually send in information regarding destruction and devastation from the Wall. Information sent from the Emergency Centers will be published regularly under the heading “A Day in the North”, surfacing the daily devastation which the Apartheid Wall continues to lay upon Palestine.

Ras Atiya, Qalqiliya district

On Friday the 24th, a map of the Wall’s so-called final path as approved by the Israeli Cabinet was publicly released while Israeli Prime Minister Sharon announced that plans for building the Wall through the Jordan Valley were underway and would soon be “presented” to the government. To date, the Israeli government has only produced official public maps for the “first phase” of the Wall, having made them public after demolitions, land confiscation and razing were well underway.

Yesterday, some 20 school children were locked out of their village Wadi Rasha by the Apartheid Wall’s gate for nearly four hours after attending school in the adjacent village of Habla. The students arrived at the gate, the only passage between the two villages, at 12:30 to find it locked.

To Palestinians in Jenin, Tulkarem, and Qalqiliya

To all Palestinians

After the military order that was issued by the Occupation Forces on the status of lands isolated behind the Wall in the completed “first phase”, and regarding the requirement for “permits” from the Occupation Forces for the villages isolated behind the Wall and for people to access to their lands west to the Wall, we –the Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign- state the following:

Today secondary students in Azzun Atman were forced to remain inside their classrooms and banned from playing football outside by Israeli soldiers--who then tore down the school’s Palestinian flag. Adjacent to the village’s co-educational school in the south is an Israeli military checkpoint; just a few hundred meters thereafter lies the Israeli settlement Sha’are Tiqva.

In June 2002, the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign put out a call for International Day Against the Wall on November 9th, which was decided upon by communities affected by the Wall as it coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this day, events and actions will take place worldwide against the Wall in solidarity with those in Palestine, further amplifying the Palestinian national call to Stop the Wall!

In late August 2003, the Israeli occupation forces informed the Red Crescent that there would be “real changes” taking place in Jubara, a small hamlet of 300 residents south of Tulkarem. Such declared changes, then not specified yet predictable, had already begun with the building of the Apartheid Wall and are now escalating as Israel’s expansionist policies are advancing to expel residents from Jubara.

Throughout this week, villagers whose lands have been isolated by the Wall in the northern West Bank found an Israeli military order declaring that the lands isolated behind the Wall formed a “demarcation border” and prohibiting passage to these areas almost entirely. The orders, which constitute a grave and blatant next step in Israel’s illegal land grab, come at the same time that the United Nations postponed voting on a Security Council resolution regarding Israel’s Apartheid Wall.

The people in the village of Falamya are appealing for international organizations to intervene immediately so farmers can access their isolated land behind the Apartheid Wall, where nearly 6,000 citrus and fruit trees are perishing. The Wall has brought massive devastation to the some 600 residents in Falamya, which is northeast of Qalqiliya.

On Tuesday October 6th, the Municipality of Jayyus, a village in the Qalqiliya district which is separated from 72% of its land by the Wall, sent out an appeal for support for residents’ to reach their land. There are two “access gates” in Jayyus which are claimed by the Israeli military to be for farmers to reach land on the “other side” of the Wall; however, the gates are a means by which Israel seeks to legitimize the Wall and confiscation of Palestinian land and intensify the humiliation which Palestinians suffer under all aspects of the Occupation.


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