The separation fence Intifada
Author: Yotam Ben Meir
Originally Published at Peace and Conflict Monitor on: 05/20/2004
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— The International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS) Palestine is an international team of 16 women based in Hares, a village in the Salfit Governorate of Occupied Palestine’s West Bank, which began for three continuous years from August 2002. IWPS documents human rights abuses, works with the media, and non-violently intervenes in abuses. IWPS joins Palestinians in acts of non-violent direct action to oppose human rights abuses and the confiscation and destruction of land and property of Palestinian people. This includes joining demonstrations and opposition to the Apartheid Wall, helping remove roadblocks, and accompanying ambulances and Palestinians whilst they farm. IWPS supports Palestinian and Israeli anti-occupation groups in their grassroots resistance to end the brutal and illegal military Occupation. For The International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS) day to day news reports Click here. For the IWPS website click here
— As the group walked down the road in the direction of the worksite, they were met by a force of about 25 heavily armed soldiers and border police and five military jeeps. Israeli snipers took up positions in surrounding Palestinian homes. The marchers stopped forty meters from the soldiers, and the soldiers told the marchers to leave over a loudspeaker. Three elder Palestinian men then walked forward to the soldiers to negotiate. The soldiers refused the men’s requests that they withdraw from the village, saying they were following their orders. At one point another Israeli military jeep drove up to the rear of the march, surrounding the marchers, but the marchers negotiated for the jeep to join the other soldiers in the front of the crowd, reducing tensions. The soldiers did not try to disperse the marchers, and the group stood opposite the soldiers for an hour and half with banners, chanting and singing. The struggle in Bidu and elsewhere continues with the help of the International Solidarity movement. Click here for more reports from the ISM. Click here for the ISM website.
— “It is extremely difficult to accommodate civilian mass resistance with a high level of military clashes and violence because it affects dramatically the level of risk people are required to take by just stepping into the streets into a massive civil-based movement. But people who want to engage in the struggle against the occupation cannot just wait for things to be suitable for them and by the book”. An Interview with Ghassan Andoni is one of the founders of the International Solidarity Movement. For the whole interview, click here
— The ‘separation fence Intifada‘ – an unarmed civil protest that is taking place for more than a year and a half now – with the consequences of hundreds of Palestinians, children and adults, getting hurt and killed, and so are their Israeli and International supporters. Read about it here.