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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Nakba2019 Tantoura On May 17, for the 5th year in a row the Land Defense Coalition organized together with the Falestiniyat movement, formed by Palestinians inside the Green Line the commemoration of Tantura Massacre."Everyone felt for one moment that Tantura was liberated that evening and return had been achieved".

The march started at the mass grave of the martyrs of Tantura, which Israel has today transformed into a a parking lot. Some 1500 Palestinian women, men, children and elders from various parts of the West Bank and inside the Green Line participated in the march and walked to the shore where the massacre took place. The march was led by Jerusalem Scouts and attended by seven Palestinian Knesset members, representatives of political parties, Stop the Wall’s popular committees, Right of Return committees and youth movements in the West Bank and from within the Green Line.

Palestinian flags and national songs filled the place. Everyone felt for one moment that Tantura was liberated that evening as everyone felt that the return had been achieved. 231 banners holding the names of the victims had been put in the sand of Tantura’s seashore. National songs, speeches and dabka performances have brought life back to the place of the cruel massacre. After sunset, everybody gathered for the traditional breakfast of Ramadan and continued until late at night.

Tantoura was one of the worst massacres during the Nakba in 1948. On 22 and 23 of May 1948, Israeli military brutally killed 231 mostly unarmed residents of Tantoura, reportedly raped women and deported survivors, who until today live in the refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, as well as in the West Bank.

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Youth Nakba 2019 Stop the Wall participated in and organized a number of activities to commemorate 71 years since the Nakba (arabic for ‘catastrophe’), the mass expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands, started. Beyond national actions, the youth reaffirmed their commitment to return and Saffa remembered those killed in the battles to defend the village. Commemoration of the Nakba in Ramallah

On Nakba Day (May 15) over 2000 people marched in Ramallah from the tomb of the martyred President Yasser Arafat until the city center, where the Palestinian flags and black banners were raised to commemorate the Nakba.  The mass mobilization was organized by the National Committee to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, in which the popular committees of the Stop the Wall Campaign and the Land Defense Coalition participated.

“Raise the Flag of Return" - Commemoration of the Nakba in Tulkarem

On the same day, the Palestinian Youth Forum and university students coalitions from different political parties launched the ‘Raise the flag of Return’ initiative. Hundreds of students in many Palestinian universities, in the diaspora and the occupied territories in 1948 participated in the activities. In each of the places, youth put up posters everywhere to reaffirm their determination to struggle for the right of return of the Palestinian refugees.

Remembering those that died in struggle in the village of Saffa

On Nakba Day, the popular committee of the village of Saffa in coordination with the Stop the Wall Campaign and the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Nakba. In front of the memorial of the martyrs in the center square of Saffa, over 200 people from the village along with 15 representatives of popular committees participated in a torch lightening ceremony. The event was held next to the memorial stone that bears the names of the 53 martyrs from the village that died defending Saffa during the Nakba in 1948, during the occupation of the West Bank in 67, the first and the second Intifadas until 5 years ago when the village had to mourn the last time a martyr. 

Tulkarem - for a new generation of struggle

On May 14, one day before Nakba Day, activists from the Palestine Youth Forum at the Khadouri Technical University and activists from the Stop the Wall Campaign participated in a volunteer work day under the slogan ‘From Tulkarem to Haifa’. The volunteers cleaned and painted the area and streets around the Jamal Abdel Nasser school in the commitment to foster a new generation of Palestinians ready to defend the right of return. 

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Please find here a background note that gives facts and further information about Israel's role in European anti-migration policies. This underscores the importance of the joint call for a #WorldwithoutWalls, issued on May 15 2019 - Nakba Day by 73 networks and movements work for the rights of the Palestinian people and migrant rights across Europe.  ISRAEL AS A MODEL FOR EU DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-MIGRATION POLICIES

Even though the concept of Fortress Europe dates back to the 1985 Schengen Agreement, the anti-migration policies of the European Union and its member states have increased dramatically in recent years. Many of these policies are directly influenced by Israeli policies and/or use Israeli technology to implement them.

Since 2002, when Israel started building its apartheid Wall in the occupied West Bank and received global condemnation for its construction, Israeli-style walls have become a model for ‘border management’. Walls have become the sign of our times.

Today, 30 years from the fall of the Berlin Wall, states in the Schenghen area have constructed almost 1000 km of walls, the equivalent of more than six times the total length of the Berlin Wall (1). In addition to these physical walls, the EU is building ever more ‘virtual walls’ made up of surveillance technology on land or at sea.

The EU’s efforts to control and seal access from the Mediterranean pay $68m to Elbit Systems to provide its Hermes 900 patrol system based on the company’s most advanced killer drone. Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest private military company, a core contractor for Israel’s apartheid Wall and has provided these drones to the Israeli military that praised them as "phenomenal" and "a real asset" (2) in the 2014 military assault on Gaza, which killed 2,250 Palestinians, including more than 500 children (3). FRONTEX has contracted (4) for 4.75 million euro (5) drones by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) for daily ‘security and coastal guard missions’.The EU’s ‘Safeshore’ project cooperates with Israeli police to detect ‘humans emerging from the sea’ (6).

The EU externalises its borders through deals with other states in an attempt to keep the suffering of refugees out of sight. If they are able to reach European shores and territory, migrants are confronted with criminalization, racism, discrimination and islamophobia on a daily basis. Especially the undocumented among them are very heavily affected by the daily reality of exclusion, mass raids and deportations. The Permanent People’s Tribunal on Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples has therefore come to the conclusion that “the immigration and asylum policies and practices of the EU and its Member States constitute a total denial of the fundamental rights of people and migrants, and are veritable crimes against humanity: even though they may not be personally ascribable to individual perpetrators according to commonly agreed criminal law definitions they must be recognised as “system crimes”.” (7)

These repressive and dehumanizing policies are as well securitizing European societies. Together with the sealing of Europe’s borders, comes the a vision where migrants or all those that don’t fit within the artificial construction of culturally and/or ethnically homogenous Europe are considered ‘security risks’ or ‘threats’. Such concepts of supremacy and exclusivity are at the core of Israel’s apartheid regime. They directly fuel racism and militarization and lead, finally, to the current trends that criminalize of all those standing for the rights of migrants.

While Israel denies refuge to non-Jewish migrants and refugees, and continues to dispossess Palestinians, it attempts to whitewash these ongoing crimes through humanitarian support to migrants outside Israel. IsraAID, an Israeli organization, supported by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (8), has been providing aid to migrants in Greece since 2015 (9), primarily in Lesvos island, the main point of entry between Turkey and the EU. In Lesvos, since 2016, migrants are kept in an open air prison, prohibited from traveling to continental Europe. The Israeli state-sponsored organizations operating in Greece erase the identity of Palestinian refugees, and in many cases contribute to the normalization of the imprisonment of migrants in open air prison like Lesvos.

FINANCING ISRAELI APARTHEID

The European Union will quadruple its budget (10) for border militarization up to 2020, reaching more than €21.3 billion. The EU is increasing funds for the Frontex program, among others to build a 10 000 strong standing army (11) targeting migrants. In addition, 40% of the €11.3 billion on migration management will be devoted to deportations (12).

This increasing budget for anti-migration policies walling-off Europe is in turn set to sustain Israel’s military industry. Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced last year that Europe is a “significant target for defense transactions, mainly in terms of ‘border defenses’” (13). Israel is already the world’s 7th largest arms and military exporter and only due to its capacity to sell across the globe the technology and methodology, that it daily tests on Palestinians, it can perpetuate its policies of apartheid, occupation and colonialism against the Palestinian people.

SOURCES:

(1) https://www.tni.org/files/publication-downloads/building_walls_-_full_report_-_english.pdf
(2) http://www.ism-italia.org/wp-content/uploads/Defencenews20140812-Israeli-Forces-Praise-Elbit-UAVs-in-Gaza-Op-By-Barbara-Opall-Rome.pdf
(3) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/israel-cabinet-warnings-2014-gaza-war-170228164840003.html
(4) http://www.iai.co.il/Shared/UserControls/Print/PopUp.aspx?lang=en&docid=49068
(5) https://refugeeobservatory.aegean.gr/en/how-security-industry-reaps-rewards-eu-migration-control
(6) http://safeshore.eu/objectives/
(7) https://transnationalmigrantplatform.net/migrantppt/final-document-ppt
(8) https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Aid/Pages/Israel_on_frontline_international_aid.aspx
(9) http://www.israaid.org/projects/greece
(10) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/budget-may2018-securing-external-borders_en.pdf
(11) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/budget-may2018-securing-external-borders_en.pdf
(12) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/budget-may2018-fair-migration-policy_en_0.pdf
(13) https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-s-defense-export-sales-exceed-record-9-billion-1.6052046

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Nakba 2019 WorldwithoutWalls 73 European Palestine solidarity and migrants rights groups and networks from 17 European states have chosen Nakba Day 2019 – the Day Palestinians reaffirm their commitment to the struggle for the return of their refugees – to unite in a joint call for a #WorldwithoutWalls in order to claim the right for all to move, to stay and to return in freedom, justice and equality.

This joint call is based on a common understanding that “European anti-migration policies, that in many cases resemble Israeli paradigms and are implemented often with Israeli technology, are targeting migrants, finance Israeli apartheid and military occupation against Palestinians and militarize European societies.”

From Greece to Ireland and from Finnland to the Spanish State, organizations have committed to raise awareness about the interconnections of our struggles against walls, exclusion and repression, to jointly oppose European anti-migration policies and stop the corporate profiteering of the ‘wall industry’ that enables, facilitates and profits from the visible and invisible walls of injustice, including through the strengthening of the Palestinian lead BDS movement.

As Stop the Wall Campaign in Palestine we deeply thank all those that have built with us this initiative in order to start this coming together of people and movements. This joint statement for us represents far more than an awareness about our common predicament and the intercconections between the powers and policies that oppress us. We see in it the starting point of a joint struggle we are committed to build together with all of you.

A #WorldwithoutWalls is more urgent and necessary than ever before.

You can still join and add your organization or movement to ensure you can be part of the process. Please sign here: http://bit.do/WorldwithoutWalls

Please see below the full statement with the list of signatories.

 

FULL STATEMENT

Joint statement for a World without Walls from European Palestine solidarity and migrants rights groups and networks

Walls, anti-migration policies and racism are on the rise in Europe and across the globe. We, undersigned movements and organizations, are conscious of the suffering that Walls and their associated policies bring about. This is why we commit to stand together and build together struggles for a #WorldwithoutWalls in order to claim the right for all to move, to stay and to return in freedom, justice and equality.

We have chosen to issue this statement on May 15 – Nakba Day –, which commemorates the mass expulsion of the Palestinian people in 1948 and the ongoing struggle of the six million Palestinian refugees that until today are barred by Israel from exercising their fundamental right to return to their homes. We are mindful of the fact that Israel’s ongoing policies of displacement and its policies of enclosure of the remaining Palestinian population behind walls are in many ways connected with the lives of migrants and with European policies.

30 years after the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has built already over one thousand kilometers of walls at its borders and continues to increase its funding for more and more physical and virtual walls. It reduces migrants from human beings to ‘security risks’, whose human rights are routinely and with impunity violated.

European anti-migration policies, that in many cases resemble Israeli paradigms and are implemented often with Israeli technology, are targeting migrants, finance Israeli apartheid and military occupation against Palestinians and militarize European societies.

In order to break these ties of complicity that further human rights violations, we have resolved to join the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls, launched in 2017 by Palestinian and Mexican movements and endorsed by over 370 movements, networks and organizations aceoss the globe.

We will work together to:

  • Educate ourselves and the world we are living in about the deep interconnections between our struggles and the urgency to overcome the ideology of walls, exclusion and repression and to build alternatives of solidarity and global justice.

  • Oppose European anti-migration policies that harm us all.

  • Stop the corporate profiteering of the ‘wall industry’ and tackle the architecture of impunity that shields corporations enabling, facilitating and profiting from the visible and invisible walls of injustice, including through the strengthening of the Palestinian lead BDS movement.

The Undersigned:

  1. Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Homme (France)

  2. Alternative Refugee Centre (Switzerland)

  3. Association France Palestine Solidarité - AFPS (France)

  4. Associatión France-Palestine Solidarité - Lyon (France)

  5. Associatión France-Palestine Solidarité (France)

  6. Association France-Palestine Solidarité 63 (France)

  7. Associatión France-Palestine Solidarité Saint Etienne (France)

  8. Association pour Jérusalem (France)

  9. Assopace Palestina (Italy)

  10. Attac AG Globalisierung und Krieg, Deutschland (Germany)

  11. BDS 34 (France)

  12. BDS Berlin (Germany)

  13. BDS France (France)

  14. BDS Initiative Oldenburg (Germany)

  15. Brighton Migrant Solidarity (UK)

  16. Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo S.J." (CSMM) (Spanish State)

  17. CNT 57 (France)

  18. Collectif 69 de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien (France)

  19. Collectif 69 Palestine - Union Juive Française pour la Paix (France)

  20. Collectif Migrants (France)

  21. Collectif Palestine 12 - Millau (France)

  22. Collectif solidaire des réfugiés (France)

  23. Comité des migrants- Millau (Aveyron) (France)

  24. Comité Palestine Israël Pays de Châteaubriant (France)

  25. Comité pour une paix juste au Proche-Orient (Luxembourg)

  26. Commission for Filipino Migrant workers (Europe)

  27. ConfederaciónIntersindical Galega (CIG) (Spanish State)

  28. Construire et Alerter par la Non Violence Active CANVA (France)

  29. DocP (Netherlands)

  30. ECCP (European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)

  31. Escuela Con Alma-Skola Sa Dusom (SpanishState/Serbia)

  32. Espacio Social y Cultural La Karakola (Italy)

  33. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society (Finland)

  34. Forum Contro la Guerra (Italy)

  35. Gibanje za pravice Palestincev (Slovenia)

  36. Groupe d'Amité Islamo-Chrétienne (France)

  37. Gruppo Ibriq (Italy)

  38. ICAHD Finland (Finland)

  39. Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (Belgium)

  40. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Ireland)

  41. Jewish Network for Palestine, JNP (UK)

  42. Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany)

  43. KASAPI - Hellas Union of Philippine Migrants in Greece (Greece)

  44. Kent Refugee Help (UK)

  45. LAB Sindikatua (Basque Country)

  46. Legal Centre Lesvos (Greece)

  47. MAN (Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente) Orléans (France)

  48. Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples - MRAP (France)

  49. Mouvement Pour Une Alternative Non Violente (France)

  50. Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB) (Brazil)

  51. Netherlands Palestine Committee (Netherlands)

  52. New Weapons Research Group (Italy, Lebanon, Palestine)

  53. Ongd AFRICANDO (Spanish State)

  54. Palestine 69 (France)

  55. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK (UK)

  56. Pour rester HUMAINS (France)

  57. Reseau Education Sans Frontiéres - RESF (France)

  58. Reseau Education Sans Frontiéres - RESF 63 (France)

  59. Réseau Foi & Justice Afrique Europe antenne France (France)

  60. Réseau RITIMO (France)

  61. Salaam Ragazzi dell'Olivo Comitato di Trieste (Italy)

  62. Section LDH - Millau (France)

  63. Stop Mare Mortum Sants, Hostafrancs i la Bordeta (Catalunia/Spanish State)

  64. Transnational Institute (International)

  65. Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (Europe)

  66. Union Juive Française pour la Paix (France)

  67. Union Juive Française pour la Paix Lyon (France)

  68. United Against Racism (Ireland)

  69. Verein zur Förderung der Flüchtlingsarbeit (Germany)

  70. Waling _Waling Org.

  71. WISE (France)

  72. Women in Black - Vienna (Austria)

  73. Women in Black (France)

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign hyena The Israeli occupation forces together with the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority have this week set wild thirty hyenas in the northern Jordan Valley that are attacking the farmers and Palestinian communities in the area. The animals have started attacking the communities and are a threat to the farmers and especially their families and children.
Striped hyenas as in the picture have been historically living in Palestine. Yet, since years the number, ways and locations in which Israeli authorities and settlers release wild animals in the occupied West Bank has turned these animals into part of Israel's methods to make live unbearable for Palestinians in small communities whose lands Israel aims to annex and whose homes it wants to destroy.   In 2010, Maan News reported that Israeli military even threatened to invade Kufr Thuluth, in the Qalqiliya district, using the search for a 'missing hyena' as an excuse.
More often than hyenas, Israel uses the placement of wild boars so they destroy the crops and attack poultry and even people.
While wildlife protection, including the protection of the striped hyena would be a laudable act, using these animals as part of a systematic strategy to ethnically cleanse people from their homes is despicable.
In other cases attacks by wild animals already naturally living in the West Bank have as well been triggered by the building of the apartheid Wall and Israel's settler infrastructure. Animals find their habitat destroyed, their movement barred and they are trapped together with the Palestinian population behind in the ghettoes built by the apartheid Wall.
Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Nov 9 when the keys are found Stop the Wall invites activists, academics and all those affected by walls: physical and ideological walls that divide us, to contribute to a collection of essays, short papers and other written or visual contributions discussing and building the quest for a World Without Walls. Please find the details and information on how to contribute here.

Introduction

In 2017, Palestinian and Mexican movements issued a joint call for a #WorldwithoutWalls. The call for a Global Day of InterAction on November 9 has since been endorsed by over 370 organizations, movements and networks across the globe.

The basic common understanding that has given the impetus to the initiative has been expressed in the 2017 call: “From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – Walls are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation.

Since 2002, when Israel started building its apartheid Wall in the occupied West Bank, walls have quadrupled across the globe and are a dramatically growing reality in our lives. Over 70 walls across the globe are militarizing borders or imposing territorial control over occupied land. We are witness to this growing fortification, from the already existing US Wall at Mexico’s border to India’s increasingly more militarized walls, from Morocco’s wall in the Western Sahara to walls that have reached southern Africa. Europe today has built over 1000 km of physical walls, six times the length of the Berlin walls.

In addition to these physical walls, ‘virtual walls’ are being imposed world over. Instead of cement, iron slabs or dirt mounts, a maze of electronic sensors, surveillance towers, drones and border guards militarize and seal off borders. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives, recently proposed such a ‘technological wall’ while the European Union is increasing research and development for border security and surveillance technology, strengthening militarized maritime operations and building a 10000 strong standing army targeting migrants. These walls kill, marginalize, expel and in whatever form they come – they bring enormous suffering to those that are the target of these walls.

Walls have become normalized and are even put forwards as electoral campaign promises. More than the essence itself, it seems to be the form that these walls should take that divides the far-right from the liberals.

This has led to the development of a ‘Wall-industry’, which is a key element in the ever-growing border security sector. The European Union will quadruple its budget for border militarization, allocating €21.3 billion to be spent between 2021-2027. The US is spending billions of dollars on walls and border militarization. Asia is currently the fastest rising border security market. The global border security market is expected to grow by 7% annually and is to reach $27,45 billion in the year 2024.

Walls have not only risen to fortify borders of state control but demarcate the boundaries between the rich and powerful and the ‘other’, those inside the system and those excluded from it. Israel’s walls cutting off Palestinian neighbourhoods and cities from each other have first been adapted for US warfare in Baghdad and then contributed to a new military urbanism over the last two decades. Such walls further develop the logic of ‘gated communities’ and see in the global south their most striking examples. Favela movements in Rio de Janeiro rightly recognize in the walls around their slums the Palestinian experience.

Walls are defining elements and symbols in a broader global power dynamic.

Since a long time, academic research has been analysing the increase of walls. Among many others, Stephen Graham points at contemporary walls as elements of war while they are a central feature in what Achille Mbembe defined as intensifying necropolitics. Aneta Ikonomova in her analysis traces the walls back to the enclosures of common land in Britain of the 18th century while Gilberto Conde looks at walls as a form of colonial and neo-colonial tool to define the frontier against the ‘non-modern’. Mohammad A. Chaichian argues that walls throughout history are a signal of the fading power of an empire.

The apparent paradox that in an increasingly globalized world, ever more walls are rising has stimulated many studies. Stéphane Rosiére and Reece Jones argue that we are facing an era of ‘Teichopolitics’ - the politics of walls – where walls symbolise the emergence of a privileged few who actually live the promise of globalisation and defend their privileges. Wendy Brown argues that today’s walls are a reaction and result of ‘waning sovereignty’ and the havoc waged over large populations by neoliberal globalization.

Movements around the globe are struggling daily against the walls and have developed their own analysis of these walls and vision on how to fight them. Many have shared their struggle and experiences during the Global Days of InterActions for a #WorldwithoutWalls. Some experiences have come together during the workshop “Globalization of Border Control and People’s Resistance” during the World Social Forum on Migration in 2018.

Whether in the streets or in academia, the different and often differing analyses and visions regarding walls are held together by a common denominator: Israel plays a crucial role within the global wall building endeavors. When it started the construction of its Wall in 2002, it was met by the international community with disbelief and has drawn global condemnation. Since then the world has ushered into an era of walls. Israel has found ways and allies to normalize walls and their related regime of exclusion, oppression and dispossession. This is evidently within the framework of a world where supremacist and racist politics are gaining ground as tools to perpetuate colonial, neoliberal, racial, gender and many more injustices. Israel is today a role model for most of the political forces of the rising far right.

Israel’s leading role in the development of walls allows its corporations and institutions to reap growing profits from selling methodologies and technologies across continents. Despite Israel’s relatively small economy, among the 15 leading global economic players in the sector, three are Israeli corporations and virtually all of the major border security companies have technological cooperation with the Israeli security and military sector.

Under the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls, people and movements have been coming together, organizing actions and events since 2017. Now is the time to bring together the analysis of the structures and interconnections within this World of Walls and experiences of struggles from across the continents so that we can strengthen collective efforts and refine local and global strategies that help us build a #WorldwithoutWalls.

Guiding questions

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are collecting contributions from different perspectives that address the questions that have come up during the last two years of mobilizations and conversations:

  • How can we define today’s walls, how are they interconnected and how does this understanding help our struggles?

  • What and who are the driving forces of walls and how can we challenge them?

  • How can we link local resistances to build a joint struggle for a World without Walls?

  • In which forms are we already building towards a World without Walls?

 

Who is invited to contribute

We are inviting academics and activists who have a particular expertise regarding the subject and struggle to contribute to the collection. We invite you to share your individual and collective experiences.

We are inviting contributions from all continents.

We are not expecting contributors to be experts on the Palestinian issue in particular but to place themselves within the broader struggle for a World without Walls.

 

What kind of contributions are encouraged

We are inviting contributors to join with essays or other forms of written contributions, including interviews or declarations, that help to build a collective analysis and vision.

We are also inviting contributors to share with us photos, graphics or art around the struggle for a World without Walls.

 

How to submit

Contributions need to be sent to global@stopthewall.org.

You can submit your contribution in English or Spanish.

 

Deadlines

  • Deadline for submissions: September 1

  • Release of the collection of the contributions: November 9, 2019.

We will publish all contributions online. Selected contributions will be edited in a special online and print collection and published initially in English and Spanish, and later in Arabic.

The contributions that will be part of the online and print collection will be edited and translated and sent for final review to the authors.

 

Further information

For further information, please mail global@stopthewall.org.

 

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign 406 dunum will be confiscated to build a new Israeli road for Palestinians only, which will segregate them from settlers roads, and will connect Nablus to nearby Palestinian villages.
On April 3rd 2019, the Israeli military issued order number H/02/19 for the confiscation of 406 dunums of agricultural land in Huwara and Beita towns, Burin, Awarta, Yatma and Al-Sawiya villages in Nablus district and Yasuf village in Salfit district for the propose of paving a road to replace the main road which enters through Huwara town.
This is the second main road that totally segregates between Palestinians and settlers. It is is part of a bigger plan to convert all Palestinian cities and villages into ghettos.  

 

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Nakba 2018 2018 has seen Stop the Wall involved deeply in the struggle against Israel’s relentless efforts to reduce the Palestinian people into Bantustans, dispossessed, displaced and enclosed by walls and checkpoints. Against all odds, we have achieved a number of victories and given hope and support in the crucial moments to our people in struggle. Stop the Wall is now releasing an inspiring summary of our struggles and achievements throughout 2018. Reinforcing Steadfastness is the main strategy to resist Israeli plans of expulsion and dispossession. 

We’ve stood up against the Israeli settlement policy and won where the United Nations and the international community has failed: we’ve stopped four settler outposts from being built during the last year!

We have been part of the communities most affected by land confiscation, planting over 13 thousand trees to defend the people’s land. We have given a key contribution to the struggle against Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing policies – from Khan al Ahmar to Bardala in the Jordan Valley – and have spearheaded Marches of Return of Palestinians displaced during the Nakba to their destroyed villages. We’ve strengthened the Palestinian struggle against Israel’s routine punishment of our people, standing in solidarity with our prisoners and fighting home demolitions.

We have continued to put substantial efforts to ensure a new generation of Palestinians receives education and builds its own forms and visions of struggle by continuing our campaign for the Right to Education and supporting the Palestine Youth Forum in its process of formation.

Based on our firm believe that our cause is interconnected with social justice and anti-colonial struggles across the globe, we have continued to build ties with movements across the globe through the initiative for a #WorldwithoutWalls. The global day of action on November 9 has shown once again that our quest for justice, freedom and equality is a shared call to overcome Israeli apartheid as much as the rising tide of far-right, racist and supremacist powers that see Israel as its model. We have been building alliances, especially in the global south and continued our efforts to build campaigns for boycotts, divestment and sanctions to hold Israel and its accomplices accountable.

It was daily resistance of small and huge initiatives and actions. Below we bring you some of the highlights of our struggle during 2018.

2019 brings huge challenges, in a difficult global political climate and ever louder calls by Israel’s establishment to move to annex the West Bank and finalize the Bantustanization of our people. We are gearing up to resist this at every inch of land Israel wants to confiscate, every community it wants to displace, every settlement it wants to build. We are aware of the urgency and confident about our strength.

Exactly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as Stop the Wall we will take up our responsibility to work together with movements across the globe to overcome this new era of Walls we are living and which has been started by Israel’s apartheid Wall on our land. Together we can create a #WorldwithoutWalls. 

 

Highlights of Stop the Wall’s struggle in 2018

 

“Popular organizing capacity and nonviolent direct action has proven more effective than all UN resolutions in defending Palestinian rights against Israel’s Wall and settlement project!”

  1) We have dismantled four settler outposts!

 

Probably the most inspiring success in 2018 was the fact that our grassroots resistance has been able to effectively dismantle and stop four settler outposts from being built.

In the past, we had achieved an exceptional victory in Israeli courts that lead to the dismantling of ِAmona settlement outpost. This time, we didn’t wait for the outposts to be established, neither did we hope for Israel’s court system to rule according to laws that are made to oppress and dispossess us. We rose and resisted immediately. After Stop the Wall’s audacious action in Al Aqaba (Toubas area) in June last year was successful, other movements joined us for further action.

One settlement at a time, we are challenging Israel’s settlement project.

Popular organizing capacity and nonviolent direct action has proven more effective than all UN resolutions in defending Palestinian rights against Israel’s Wall and settlement project!

 

Al Aqaba – Stop the Wall sets a precedent dismantling settler outpost!

In June of 2018, Israel dimantled its military outpost close to the Tayassir checkpoint in the area of the Palestinian village of al Aqaba. As soon as th military had left, Israeli settlers came with their cows and stationed their caravan houses there to take the military’s place and build a new settlement outpost.

People from al Aqaba, one of the most persecuted and resilient communities in the West Bank, alerted Stop the Wall and together we took action: We mobilized people from all over the northern West Bank and organized massive marches towards the area where the settlers had illegally occupied the land. After 20 days and two mass protests and long confrontations, during which the people resisted brutal repression by the military, Israel caved in. The settlers wer eventually evacuated!

 

Jibiya – We stopped them on the way...

Near Jibya village, in Ramallah district, Israeli settlers attempted to open a road between Hanish settlement and a nearby hilltop where a new settlement was to be built. As works for the new road began, the people in Jibya got alerted and called for support. Inspired by the success in al Aqaba, this time Stop the Wall was joined by other popular committees in the organizing to stop the road and the settlement to be built.

It took five mass demonstrations confronting the road works in order to stop the construction. The company, workers and equipment left the area and until this day never again returned. Neither settlements nor their infrastructure shall pass on our lands!

 

Bethlehem - a hilltop saved from being colonized

In Bethlehem area, a settler intent to build on the nearby hilltop an agricultural settlement outpost, moved a barrack to the hilltop as an outpost. People immediately mobilized and Stop the Wall in coordination with other popular committees organized mass demonstrations. The Israeli military immediately erected a checkpoint to stop the people from reaching their land, which the settler has illegally taken over. Lawyers brought the case into the Israeli courts while the demonstrations continued and continued to grow. After 3 weeks of protests, the Israeli military once again gave in to peoples’ power, evacuated the settler and removed the checkpoint.

We saved yet another hilltop from being colonized by Israel’s illegal settlers.

 

Burin – Defending our homes from settler take-over

In Burin, Nablus district, Israeli settlers wanted to take over the home of one of the villagers. Burin suffers from continuous settler attacks, threatening people’s lives and livelihoods with the ultimate aim to expel the community. People in Burin are used to resist and years of work together with Stop the Wall has allowed them to act immediately. In only a few hours, we helped the village to mobilize over one hundred people that challenged the settlers. Before the end of the day the settlers desisted and left the home and Burin village.

  2) “Here we will Remain” - a campaign to deepen our roots and resilience

“One tree after another, we have strengthened our resolve to defend our land and to stand together as a people. No one will be left alone, because here we will remain together!” Suhail Salman, grassroots coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign

 

Throughout the year, we have been supporting communities to resist settler attacks, whether invasions of the villages and physical attacks on people, destruction of lands and crops or attempts to takeover lands of the farmers.  We have done so, developing local context-specific strategies and actions. One West Bank wide campaign was the large scale planting of trees on threatened lands.

2018 has begun with a massive effort to to plant trees across the West Bank, wherever settler attacks and Israel’s destruction of Palestinian land and attempts to confiscate the fields was most acute. In over 30 locations – from the Jordan Valley and Toubas area to the south of Nablus and Burin, Araq Burin and Madama and many more places – we have planted 13 trees within the first three months of 2018!

Every week some 50 activists from the Stop the Wall Popular Committees, the Farmers Union and the Palestine Youth Forum and local activists gathered in another village and worked throughout the day. One tree after another, we have strengthened our resolve to defend our land and to stand together as a people. No one will be left alone, because here we will remain together! As a people united, we can overcome Israeli apartheid.

 

3) The olive harvest - a campaign to strengthen steadfastness

“I am very happy to see all this youth with us, hand by hand, picking olives. This will strengthen their love and connection to the land and that is what we need to protect it from the Israeli settlers." Amal Najjar, 68 years, from Burin.

 

The olive harvest has been historically a collective moment for Palestinians, coming together to help each other in the effort. Since Israel’s occupation begun, it has become a moment of collective resistance as it has become fundamental to harvest in large groups to protect each other from settler attacks.

Like each year, Stop the Wall has been part of the collective olive harvest efforts to support the farmers in the most affected villages. This year we have teamed up not only with the Land Defence Coalition, the Palestinian coalition of social and grassroots movements. Together with Birzeit university we have worked to bring the students out to the fields together with the Stop the Wall activists and the members of the Palestine Youth Forum.

For over 2 months, we have organized olive picking days from the north in Nablus to the south in Hebron. The main activty was held in Burin, where 200 volunteers gathered from all over the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and from inside the Green Line to support the community.  Burin is located in Nablus district and under continuous attack. 80 percent of Burin’s land is located in area C and under continuous attack by the Israeli military and the illegal settlers from Bracha outpost, built on the village land. 

  4) Not one refugee more! - Fighting the ongoing ethnic cleansing

“Israel continues its settler colonial project as they started it in 1948. They are convinced that a mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is still possible. They don’t want to understand that times have changed and we Palestinians have changed, This is our land, we will not leave. We will not be refugees another time.” Salah Khawajah, Stop the Wall Campaign.

 

Stop the Wall has been supporting since its ineption communities from being displaced and has bee campaigning against Israel’s ethnic cleansing plans to wipe out all those Palestinian communities located outside the Bantustans delimited by the Wall.  In 2018 our efforts have focused on Khan al Ahmar and Bardala.

 

Khan al Ahmar – a victory in the struggle against displacement

In July, Israeli authorities decided to destroy Khan al Ahmar, the Bedouin community that is resisting since years expulsion. A massive mobilization at local and international level started and, against all odds, forced Israel to retreat and has saved the community until now.

Stop the Wall has been a core actor in the broad coalition that has formed and has kept for months a daily presence of some 100-200 Palestinian activists from across the West Bank in the community to support Khan al Ahmar to defend themselves from destruction. During the months, activists have faced various attempts by the military to dismantle the solidarity presence there: the solidarity camp that activists build overnight has been destroyed, access roads have been blocked, activists and residents have been intimidated and attacked.

Yet, people resisted, international pressure grew and on October 21 Israel announced the temporary freeze of the demolition of Khan al Ahmar. Members of the cabinet and the media have been explicit in attributing this change of mind to the combination of local and international pressure. This was a huge victory for all involved, not only because it saved Khan al Ahmar until now. The Bedouin community is the first in the line of other 46 communities in the area to be demolished.

Khan el Ahmar is a Palestinian Bedouin village of some 40 families belonging to the Jahalin tribe. They have been ethnically cleansed from their homes in the Naqab in 1951 and then resettled in the hills East of Jerusalem. They leased the land that they now live on from the Palestinian landowner in Anata. After the occupation of the West Bank, Israel confiscated the land and then allocated it for the establishment of the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. Today, the community is squeezed between the Israeli settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim.

 

Bardala –  defending our water as a source of resistance

Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley is one of the villages Israel tries to depopulate be all means. Denying the people access to water is one of the key tools in the Israeli attempt to force the 5000 inhabitants to leave their village.

Stop the Wall, together with the Popular Council to Protect the Jordan Valley, has been resisting together with the community since years and has organized protests and campaigns to fight for Bardala’s right to water. First, Israel forced the villagers to close their own well and to buy their own water at high costs from Israel’s national water corporation Mekorot. Then, Mekorot reduced water supplies to almost nothing. Left with no other choice, the people of Bardala connected themselves to the water infrastructure that runs through their own land, stealing their water to supply the surrounding settlements. In August 2018, Israeli military forces invaded the village and destroyed the water infrastructure of the community.

Stop the Wall organized together with the people of Bardala a large protest and helped them to get access to their own water again. So far, the determination of the people has gained them basic water access again but Bardala and Stop the Wall are already preparing for the next attack on the village.

 

5) For the Right of Return of the Refugees -  Our Marches of Return across the Wall towards our destroyed villages

“I am back home, I feel I am again 10 years old. This is our land, this were my house was. We will come back and my sons will built it again.” Najeyyeh, 84 years old, from Th’heriya village, who lives now in Nilin, commented on the ruins of her village.

 

Stop the Wall initiated the Marches of Return that bring our people back to the villages, from which they were expelled during the Nakba, Israel’s mass ethnic cleansing in 1948, and connect them with the Palestinians that as third class citizens of Israel still live in the area.

The simple act of bringing survivors of the Nakba across the Wall to visit the lands and now destroyed villages, from which they have been expelled, is of profound impact and importance to continue memory and ties among our people. It roots our struggle and gives us hope for the future.

Once again, the initiative started by Stop the Wall was later adopted by Palestinian civil society at large.

 

The first March of Return across the Wall

In occasion of Land Day (March 30) and the start of the Great March of Return, as Stop the Wall we developed our version and contribution to the March of Return, in cooperation with our Palestinian partners in the Galilee, inside the Green Line. The activists came to the West Bank and took 7 survivors of the Nakba as well as a number of other representatives and activists and brough them to the villages they had been expelled from. The seven survivors where respectively from Beit Nabala, Jimso and Ath’heriya. All three villages have been destroyed during the Nakba and nothing more but ruins are left from their lives before expulsion.

Some 100 activists from the Galilee joined them as they walked in each of the villages from ruin to ruin and recalled their memories. The elderly men and women rembered the places where the mosque stood and where the village well was located and told the stories of the village life, from the big events to the small anecdotes.  

The moment was deeply moving for the direct survivors of the Nakba as much as for the new generation of Palestinians that still live in the area and under an Israeli regime that attempts all it can to deny them their history and identity.

TV stations and print media accompanied the event and gave it great visibility.

 

Nakba in Tantoura – May 25th

In occasion of the Nakba (May 15), the Higher Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba, the Palestinian umbrella body established to coordinate action, worked together to promote a second edition of the March of Return, held on March 23.

After weeks of collective preparation, around 2000 Palestinians gathered on Friday, May 25, in Tantoura, an ethnically cleansed Palestinian fisher village close to Haifa, to commemorate the massacre of Tantoura and the ongoing Nakba. Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line broke the walls of fragmentation to come together in struggle and unity. Palestinians from Haifa, Yaffa, the Galilee and the so-called Triangle met with Palestinians from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nablus, Hebron and Jenin.

The participants remembered the massacres since the start of the Nakba until the latest killing of over 110 people during the #GreatReturnMarch, sending video messages to Gaza. People marched together to the sea shore where the names of the martyrs of the #GreatReturnMarch were displayed in the sand and candles were lit.

Stop the Wall Campaign declared: 

"For activists and people from both sides, this was an important and inspirational moment. 70 years after the ongoing Nakba started, we are still one people with one aspiration: justice. For Palestinians, the memory of the past is at the same time mourning about the present massacres and a reconfirmation of our commitment to our struggle for life - a life of dignity, freedom and justice. We will never give up the hope, indeed the conviction, that united we will overcome Israeli apartheid and occupation, ensure the right of return for our refugees and build a future of human rights for all." 

  6) United against Israel’s routine repression of our people

“Our protests are not only a message of solidarity to the prisoners but a clear response to the Israeli occupation - popular resistance will continue whether or not they arrest grassroots leaders.”

 

Stop the Wall has joined a number of national efforts to challenge Israel’s  routine repression. The policies of repression and incarceration of Palestinian human rights defenders as much as the collective punishment of our people should never be normalized. Instead, defending our rights and our people’s lives is a key component of our struggle.

 

‘Free our prisoners’ campaign

We have been mobilizing for the liberation of our children and women in Israeli jails and have highlighted the plight and struggle of our prisoners. We have been part of the coordination of  regular protests, release celebrations and built internationally visibility.

In particular we have been part of the  campaigns for liberation for 17 year old Ahed Tamimi, long standing grassroots leader Munther Amira and Shadi Farrah and Ahmad from Jerusalem, the two youngest children that had been imprisoned during the uprising in Jerusalem three years ago.  

Free Ahed Tamimi – a new generation of women in struggle

We have been part, at national and international level, of the campaign to free 17 year old Ahed Tamimi, who has been taken to prison with her mother after a video that showed her a slapping a fully armed Israeli soldier went viral.

After a long-lasting campaign for her liberation, Ahed was finally released and on August 11,  we helped organizing in Nabi Saleh a powerful celebration for her liberation and of a new generation of young women in struggle. Some 700 people gathered for the one day event, dominated by the power of a new generation of women in struggle. Janna Ayyad, the 12 year old Palestinian youth and media activists moderated the aevent organised in honour of Ahed Tamimi  and the main performances was given by Nai Barghouti, 21 year old singer and flautist.

Shadi and Ahmad – the Palestinian struggle in Jerusalem will continue

Shadi and Ahmad were both 12 years old when in 2015 Jerusalem erupted in an uprising to defend the Old City of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque from a brutal take over and full-scale surveillance by Israeli forces. Finally, Israeli forces had to dismantle the surveillance equipment and allow free access to Palestinians. During the protests, Shadi and Ahmad were arrested and then sentenced to three years of imprisonment.

At the end of 2018, both were released and Stop the Wall helped organizing a celebration in their honour, welcoming them back from prison on November 29 – International Day of Solidarity withthe Palestinian people.

 

Against punitive home demolitions – Save the home of Abu Hamed

The house of Abu Humaid, located in the refugee camp of Al Amari in Ramallah, has been targeted by Israel’s policy of punitive home demolitions. When Israel decided to destroy the home, the only ones left to live in the place were the women: elderly Latifa Abu Humaid, her daughters daughters-in-law and some children. All the men of the family had been either killed or are lingering in Israeli jails.

Stop the Wall joined the people from the refugee camp and other organizations to build a permanent solidarity tent that remained there full with people defending the women and there home with their presence for weeks. Finally, Israeli forces arrive with hundreds of soldiers in a large-scale invasion of Ramallah and destroyed the home of the women.

Stop the Wall is committed to continuestanding with the Abu Humaid women and help them rebuild their homes.

  7) For a new generation in the struggle for Justice, Freedom and Equality

“Politicians and political analists describe our generation as a generation of facebook and mobiles phones, not as committed as older generations. The 2015 uprising that started in Jerusalem and the generation of Ahed Tamimi prove that we are the generation who will liberate Palestine.” Nisreen from Jenin, a university student and member of the Palestinian Youth Forum.

 

One of the guiding principles of Stop the Wall is our work for a new generation: “Generation after generation, we have to provide the youth with the lessons, guidance and trust they need and deserve so that they can continue to lead our struggle until one day we will be free and able to return to our homes.” Therefore, we have continued throughout 2018 our campaign for the Right to Education and have put great efforts in supporting the strengthening of the Palestinian Youth Forum.

 

Right to Education Campaign

Within this framework we actively resist Israel’s attempts to destroy Palestinian schools and to bar Palestinian children from accessing their basic right to education.

1. In Burin, one of the villages in Nablus district most affected by settler attacks and harrassment and invasions by the military, we have helped the community to re-build the playground of the school. The Israeli military built a watchtower on the southern part of the lands of the Burin High School, only 150m away from the school. Soldiers and settlers are continuously harrassing the pupils while at school. Since 2014, the Israeli military has prevented the boys from using the football playground which is located behind the school. The systematic targeting of Burin’s high school by Israel is part not only of the pressure built up against the village but as well of Israel’s ongoing policy to bar Palestinians from exercising their right to education. Together with the community we renovated the playground in several days of voluntary work and are since then organizing regular events to defend the playground as part of the village lands.

2. In Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley, we supported students and the village with a voluntary work day to renovate the school. Dozens of youth activists from around the West Bank joined for this collective action of defiance in a village Israel is desperate to displace.

3. In Abu Nuwar, one of the Jahalin Bedouin communities east of Jerusalem that are under immediate threat of demolition and ethnic cleansing, we worked together with the ommunity to rebuild the school after it had been destroyed by the Israeli military and build a popular mobilization to defend the school from renewed demolition. As a result, the Palestinian authorities made a budget available to transform the makeshift school into  an adequate building, called the School of Challenge [to the Israeli occupation].

4. In Khan al Ahmar, we supported the children during the entire time of the struggle against the demolition of the community with special activities. We organized a children’s festival together with international activists. We had a collective lunch, played games and entertained the children. A second festival for the pupils of the school was organized together with students from Birzeit University. A third festival was arranged together with Palestinian activists from across the Green Line.

 

Supporting the Palestinian Youth Forum

During the past two years, dozens of meetings and training sessions have been organized, educational workshops and brainstorming sessions, together with the opening of dialogues in various forms at the local level to develop the programs, regulations and guidelines of the Forum, to consolidate common concepts and to promote a culture of dialogue as a basis for strengthening the internal structure. The Preparatory Committee, with the support of STW, followed up and organized these activities with regional youth committees that were established by the first conference and before, which in turn collected the results of these discussions and drafted the papers presented at this conference for approval.

In October, the Palestinian Youth Forum in partnership with the Center for Development Studies/Bir Zeit University held its second conference at the University of Birzeit with the participation of: than 200 young women and men from various parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem, young Palestinian people from 1948 (Israel) and the Gaza Strip – connected by video conference -, Human Rights Defenders from popular committees, representatives of Birzeit University and the Land Defense Coalition. 

 

8) For a united, democratic and accountable Palestinian society - The End the Siege Campaign

In June, Stop the Wall has been part of the organizing for the powerful mass movement in support of Palestinian unity and against the policies of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cut funds to the people in struggle in Gaza. Just as Gaza was rising up in the Right to Return March, the PA sanctions against the people in the besieged strip, brought popular discontent to a boiling point. Thousands of people poured in historic marches into the streets of Ramallah - demanding popular and accountable policies towards national unity and an immeiate end to the PA sanctions on Gaza.

Suhail Salman coordinator of the popular committees in Stop the Wall Campaign, described the atmosphere:

“I felt that the entire Palestinian people have been waiting for this moment, whether in Gaza, inside the Green Line or outside. They waited to see when the West Bank was moving to oppose the PA policies that contradict the interests of our people and fragment us, in particular the appalling policies on Gaza.

"But more than anyone else, it was the people in the West Bank that have been waiting for this moment when the anger transformed into action.“

 

9) For a #WorldwithoutWalls – our bet for a new future

"Walls have become the sign of our times. Walls are growing in a global right-wing, racist tide that divides and opresses people, protecting and strengthening a global power structure in economic and environmental crisis of the capitalist system. As states and corporations intensify their exchange of ideology, methodology and technology, we have to globalize and join our struggles."

 

Stop the Wall has continued to promote the call for a World without Walls. Started in 2017 with a call for action that has been signed by over 307 movements, organizations and networks from across the globe, the call for a World without Walls is today ever more urgent.  Almost every new hard right government that rises to power across the globe, seemingly inevitably declares its allegiance to Israel’s racist and supremacist project and the associated regime of Walls, militarization and repression.

We have throughout 2018 continued and deepened the conversation on the connections between Israel’s Wall and its associated regime and global repression and right shifts. As a result, the actions for the Second Global Day of Action for a #WorldwithoutWalls, November 9 2018, have shown a strong focus on connections and cross-movement conversations. We’ve seen conferences on different struggles against Wall, photo exhibits on the walls of our world, webinars and much more.

We have given particular focus to the connection between Israel’s apartheid Wall and the US Wall at the Mexican border. During November, we have held conferences in Mexico City, joint events with indigenous movements from the Mexican state of Oaxaca and have participated with a seminar at the III Border Encuentro in Sonora/Nogales at the US Wall.

We have further built stronger alliances with migrants movements across the globe as migrants are among those strongest affected by the exportation of Israel’s paradigm of Walls. We have continued to build connections with European migrants movements and have become members of the International Secretariat of the World Social Forum on Migration. Stop the Wall has therefore been able to launch the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls in the opening session of the WSF on Migration and throughout the days of discussions and deliberations.

 

10) From below, from the south – building global alliances

"It is the commonality of our oppressors, their structures, and regimes, that today are more unified than ever. Solidarity, then, is not only an ideal but a concrete aspect of forwarding our struggles."

 

Stop the Wall’s strategic priority on building alliances with grassroots and mass movements as well as our focus on south-south relations has continued.

 

Participation in global networks

We have continued to actively participate in the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, a network of over 250 social movements, civil society organisations, trade unions and communities affected by the activities of Transnational Corporations. We have once again participated in the Global Week of Action in Geneva, held in October 2018, in coincidence with the UN negotiations on a Binding Treaty on Transnationals and Human Rights. Read here for more about the importance the treaty may have for the Palestinian struggle.

We have continued to play our part in the advisory council of the Observatory for Human Rights of the People, a global initiative started in Mexico in 2016 in order to defend the protagonism of the people and their movements in the protection and promotion of their human rights. We have participated in 2018 at the Global Assembly of Cooridnation of the Observatory.

We have in various occasions given solidarity and support to the struggles of other peoples for freedom, justice and equality. See here the inspiring video from Khan al Ahmar (Spanish/English) to the people in Honduras fighting for the end of impunity as just one example.

We have worked to build the connections across the continents with the Indian Dalit movement, which struggles heroically since thousands of years against a social apartheid system. See a Stop the Wall article for Dalit Roundtables here

  11) For Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions  

"We are here from Palestine, particularly from Khan al Ahmar connected with Berta [Cáceres, assassinated in 2016] because Israel since decades gives weapons and training to the dictatorship and repression in Honduras. Honduras is now using the same techniques and weapons that have been tested on our people. Berta Vive! La lucha sigue!"

 

The Stop the Wall has continued to play a key role in the strengthening of the global BDS movement as part of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). We have been supporting in particular de efforts of the BNC within the framework of the global campaign for a military embargo on Israel and with efforts to ensure the BDS movement is growing in the global south, from India to Latin America.

Among the important research, events and connctions we have been involved in are:

 

India-Israel’s agrotech cooperation: exporting exploitation and land theft

Stop the Wall and the Palestinian Framers Union have held a presentation at a conference in Hyderabad, India, to discuss with farmers that are struggling for their rights and survival in India about the role Israel’s agro-technology plays in the colonization of Palestinian land, dismantling at the same time the myth that Israeli agro-tech can help small farmers in India. Instead of ‘helping Indian farmers’, Israel reaps profits from the subcontinents public subsidies and uses the land and the farmers as a testing ground for its own tech development. This has contributed to laying the basis of a farmers boycott of Israel in India.

 

Simply Unsustainable: The EU’s energy projects with Israel

Stop the Wall has lobbied against the planned EU-Israel joint energy and gas projects. We have worked as part of the Palestinian Environmental NGO Network (PENGON) on a factsheet to counter the claims of the European Union and Israel about the planned energy cooperations. It’s environmental unsustainable, it supports Israeli apartheid and risks violating the EU’s own rules as well as its obligations under international law. For more see here.

 

Israel’s role in the militarization of Latin America: globalizing Walls and their associated regime

We have been supporting the compilation of the groundbreaking 85 pages report ‘Israeli militarism in Latin America’. This collective effort has been the basis for the I Public Hearing “From Palestine to Latin America - United against militarization”, held in Rio de Janeiro in july 2018.

See the English translation here.

This effort of collective reserch and analysis has built the basis for further campaigning towards a military embargo - from Mexico to Argentina.

 

StopCemex: Stop Mexico’s construction material giant from building Israel’s Wall and apartheid

The Mexican construction material transnational corporation Cemex has been denounced since years for its complicity in Israeli apartheid. Through a fully owned subsidiary, Cemex owns 4 production plants in Israeli illegal settlements and sells construction material for the Wall, the settlements and Israeli military checkpoints.

In 2017, over 200 Latin Ameircan moements have called for a BDS campaign targeting Cemex to pressure it to stop its complicity in Israeli human rights violations. In 2018, Stop the Wall has helped building further strength for the campaign, producing lobbying and advocacy material. See for example the infographic here.

Sheikh Jarrah press conference On Sunday 3rd of March 2019, the judge of the Israeli enforcement authority, rejected the request submitted by the advocates of the Sabagh families to freeze and cancel the eviction order of the five Sabagh families, which was issued on the 8th of January. The 32 persons that constitute the five families are again under immediate threat of ethnic cleansing.

The case of the homes in Sheikh Jarrah is part of Israel's overall effort to displace Palestinians from Jerusalem and colonise the area with Jewish settlements. This responds to the Israeli plan of a Jewish Jerusalem destroying completely a long lasting history, in which Jerusalem has been the coming together of cultures and religions from three continents.

The ordeal of the families started in 2003 when two settler associations started claiming ownership of the land, on which the families where living since 1965, two years before Israel occupied East Jerusalem.
Through the legal proceeding “It was found out that the documents on which the registration of the land was based, has no connection to the land of Sheikh Jarrah, the registration which took place in 1972, was falls and forge. Yet, Israeli courts rejected the appeal against the forged landownership claim under the argument that it was prescribed as more than 30 years had passed since the forged land registration.

The families went until the Israeli Supreme Court to claim their rights but on the 15th of November, 2018 the Court upheld the argument of prescription. A further request by the families' lawyers to freeze the evictions submitted in January has this Sunday been rejected by the Israeli courts.


The case of the Sabagh family and the struggle for Sheikh Jarrah is at the same time a prime example of Israel's court system, in which the upholding of Israel's policy of occupation, colonization and apartheid is the central objective as well as the ongoing struggle on the ground. The Palestinian people since decades is fighting for every home, for every dunum of land to defend their rights and aspirations to self-determination and justice.

See more about the ethnic cleansing policy in Sheikh Jarrah in the factsheet by the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Hebron Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre On Friday, February 22, Palestinians organized a mass protest to remember the 25th anniversary of the Massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque and to protest the ongoing segregation, repression and dispossession of the Palestinian population in Hebron at the hands of the Israeli military and the illegal settlers in the city.

Hundreds of residents and citizens marched throughout the old city and through 'Shuhada' Street - the street where Palestinians and Jewish illegal settlers are physically segregated. All Palestinian political parties and Palestinian popular struggle movements united organized the protests and representatives of many different movements addressed the crowd.

Salah Khawaja, on behalf of the Stop the Wall Campaign, reminded the crowd about the effectiveness of the popular struggle as a tool to challenge Israeli occupation and apartheid:
"The attack on the Palestinian people in Hebron has not stopped a single day since the massacre in 1994. Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing in the city have lead to the closing of 1200 shops in the Old City, harrassment, movement restrictions and all forms of segregation and collective punishment are ongoing.

"Our main strategy and most effective tool to challenge and stop Israeli apartheid today is the power of our popular struggle. This struggle is not only symbolic. It effectively allows us to claim our rights back. This Friday, people in Jerusalem united and successfully tore down the seal that the Israeli occupation had put in place in 2003 to bar Palestinians from accessing the Gate of Mercy (Bab al Rahmah) in the Al Aqsa Mosque. Minutes after, the area was full with worshippers praying for the first time in 15 years at this holy spot. In Bil'in continued popular protests against the apartheid Wall have been able to bring back 1100 dunum of land to the rightful Palestinian owners, in Ni'lin Israel had to reduce the illegal confiscations by 2400 dunum, in Jayyous by 1000 dunum. During 2018, four illegal settlement outposts have been stopped because we stood up, united and organized protests until Israel had to dismantle what had already been built.

"This is a powerful model of popular resistance. It has forced the Israeli occupation to retreat over and over again. As Stop the Wall we are committed to put all our energy and resources into a collective effort to unitedly strengthen and further develop this model of popular struggle."

On February 25 1994, a US born Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein, entered the Ibrahimi Mosque at the center of Hebron and opened fire on the people gathered in prayer. He killed approximately 29 Palestinian worshipers and wounded dozens. Israel used this crime as a pretext to divide the Ibrahimi Mosque into two sections, one for Muslims and one for Jewish worshippers, and to close ever more roads in the old city of Hebron to Palestinians, transforming them into Jewish-only apartheid roads.

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign prisoners protest Beginning of the year, Israel's minister for 'strategic affairs' had called for the treatment Palestinian prisoners are suffering in Israeli jails to be even worsened. As raids inside the prisons are increasing, inmates are injured or even dying, Stop the Wall joins the Palestinian Higher Committee for Prisoners Affairs for regular protests in support of the over 5000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

On Tuesday, Palestinian political parties and organizations held yet another protest in response to the criminal and systematic deteriorization of the conditions for Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons. Erdan had laid out the plan, including the rationing of water supply, the prohibition for prisoners to cook their food and restrictions of family visits.

The results of this inhumane policy include, among others, a raid on Ofar Prison that left over 100 Palestinian inmates injured. On January 22, Israeli special forces entered the prison and fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs and used police dogs and truncheons against inmates. Three wards were completely burned.

On February 6, Fares Baroud succumbed in Israeli prisons to medical neglect. Fares was imprisoned in 1991. Since then he had been denied family visits and pssed years in isolation detention. He had already lost his vision and suffered a life of medical neglect. The day of his death, he was transferred from prison to the hospital only hours before he was declared dead.

While prisoners are struggling against this abuse of their rights from the inside of the jails, Palestinian organizations have started mobilization outside to develop a campaign to stop this further crime of Israel.

Arbitrary imprisonment, torture and ill treatment as well as collective punishment are routine in Israel's prison regime. This further harshening of conditions is part of Israel's desperate attempt to strangle Palestinians into submission.

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Beit Anan school Feb 2019 Together with the children of the local school that Israel wants to demolish, Palestinian grassroots movements, including Stop the Wall, and the Cultural Center of Beit Anan, held on Tuesday February 5 an act of defiance and steadfastness.

The school serves some 50 pupils of the local Bedouin community and is under imminent threat of demolition. It is located between Beit Liqya and Beir Anan.


On Tuesday, community leaders and grassroots movements came together to pledge support for the community and to ensure pupils, teachers and parents that they would struggle together to save the school.


The demolition order issued by Israel is part of the regime's policy to target specifically the Palestinian Bedouin communities - whether in the occupied West Bank or the Naqab, inside the Green Line. Israel aims to displace these communities as they are living on relatively large spaces of land with comparably little infrastructure to destroy. Ethnically cleansing the Bedouin communities therefore allows large scale confiscation and colonisation of land and to dissect evn more the isolated enclaves, in which Palestinians are confined.


In fact, the school is inside the so-called 'Biddu enclave/ghetto'. Beit 'Anan along with Biddu, Beit Duqqu, Beit Surik, Qatanna, al Qubeida, Beit Ijza, Kharayib Umm al Lahim and at Tira. The enclave is almost completely isolated by settlements and Israel plans to evantually link the enclave to Ramallah only by a fenced underpass road.

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Al Mughayyir Jan 2019 This Friday the village of al Mughayyir stood up together with grassroots movements and activists to fight back against deadly settler violence. Last Saturday settlers murdered 38-years old Hamdi Saadeh Naasan and injured many more when they invaded the village.

Over 600 people gathered in the fields of al Mughayyir for the Friday prayers, in order to honour the martyr Hamdi Nasaan and to claim their right to their lands. Shortly after, the Israeli military attacked the people to disperse them from their land. People remained steadfast and claimed their land for hours. Over 20 have been injured, 7 have been shot with live ammunition.

Al Mughayyir is being targeted since decades by the illegal settlers that have built their settlements and outposts on and around the village lands. Settlers invade the village, force farmers off their own lands and damage and destroy crops and olive trees. All of this under the supervision and often escorted by the Israeli military. Lately, the settler-lead aggression escalated and last Saturday they staged a deadly invasion.

Settlers, backed up by the Israeli military entered the village and targeted the inhabitants in their way. Hamdi Naasan, a father of four children, was shot with live ammunition in the back and diead shortly after in the hospital of the wound. 30 others were injured the same night, six with live ammunition. In the meanwhile, the Israeli military was increasing the charge, shooting live and rubber-coated bullets as well as stun granades towards the villagers.

In 2018, settler violence has drastically increased with over 490 incidents reported compared to 140 during 2017. These attacks are part of an overall escalation of Israeli policies of displacement and land confiscation. Within a framework of complete impunity, Israel’s aggression and apartheid can only be stopped by continued grassroots struggle and global popular solidarity.

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