A growing number of trade unions representing 800,000 Turkish workers, including members of the KESK and DISK labor coalitions, went out on strike again today. Turkish protesters face continued attacks from police as those occupying Gezi Park were evicted.
On February 1968 The antiauthoritarian anticapitalist Matzpen initiated in Jerusalem the first (18 strong) vigil again 1967 occupation. Two years later, the Israeli Black Panthers activist who were in intimate contact with Matzpen members (mostly in Jerusalem) initiated the first social struggle of immigrants from eastern countries. Many of the present social struggle activists regards themselves as successors of the Panthers - many others were in association with or participated in the joint struggle of the anarchists against the wall. The 2013 wave is still much smaller than the 2011 wave of struggle but is more radical and confrontational. The joint popular struggle in the occupied Palestinian west bank is still fluctuating - mainly because the holding back of the Palestinian authority.
The patience of the people who see the turmoil in the region loosing the patience but it is still far from a general uprising both in the Israeli social struggle and in the occupied west bank. The Israeli state increase the threats of the activists on both sides and contemplating in public to qualitatively enhance the shooting policy. Meanwhile, targeting the young kids they started to arrest 7/8 years old too. The third intifada is gradually escalate from non violent struggle to still unarmed but a stone throwing one. The kids are throwing back tear gas canisters and the state forces are often testing their own medicine. In Israel, the activists of the social struggle are not yet many, but the marching is not just parade any more and the homes of the relevant ministers get frequent visits. It is still not sure if the masses will participate again as two years ago, but it may come sooner than later as the austerity measures are already felt.
The joint struggle started against the separation fence and its specific route which used to robe lands of villages and even to transfer them. The struggles brought some partial victories and promoted the joint struggle of Israeli activists, Palestinian grass root comities and internationals. The local, and more so the international awareness to the struggle against the occupation and the persistent efforts of transfer by Israel succeeded to slow the transfer but had not put end to it... nor to the occupation. The present focus of the joint struggle now is on the efforts to curb the gradual transfer efforts within Israel, area C in the occupied west bank, and the East of Jerusalem, and the international B.D.S. - Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.
Already 65 years since the Nacbe and I still remember Dir Yasin and other bits of memories since 9 years before it. It took me too many years to put all of them together and overcome the Zionist and its national socialist (Marxist) brain washing. Last 47 years I enjoy the freedom from Erch From's "Escape From Freedom" and try to have the path open for others. The participation in the joint struggle with the popular comities is the best road to freedom for Israelis. Thanks to the Palestinian activists of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Beit Ummar, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum and other villages who participate from time to time with a special thanks to Mas'ha where was the joint camp that started the joint popular non armed struggle. The resetraining orders regulating the suppression of the nonarmed struggles resulted from the involvement of Israelis are chalenged again.
The famous scientist Stephen Hawking joined academic boycott on Israel and support the B.D.S. The esteblishment lamented that the Wolf Prize in Physics of $100.000 bestowed on him 25 years ago did not buy his support for ever. The panic they developed and efforts they invested to minimize the damage point to the qualitative jump of the B.D.S. to an higher level. It is not the beginning of the end yet, but it is certainly the end of the beginning. The efforts invested in the crawling transfer - both the Bedouins within Israel, the Palestinian villagers in area C, and within occupied east Jerusalem seems to be a desperate moves to bust their dwindling moral. The popular struggle of the third intifada is slowly accumulate momentum in additional villages but it is still a lot of work needed to bring it to a full blooming.
The transfer pressure in area C and the 1948 borders Negev intensify. The colonialist settlers increase their terror backed by the Israeli state forces. The increased popular struggle intensify too and the rightists call for harsher repression are lauder. Not all involved with the grass root popular struggles are happy with the joint struggle with Israelis, preferring to do without the relative immunity from harsher repression we provide, and without our contribution for world public opinion. The ferment in the region already decided that thing will not be the same but only popular struggle and international pressure will channel the changes to the better.
The traditional Chinese curse "Have an interesting life" is fulfilled these months in
the East of the Mediterranean: The elite in Syria massacre its rebelling people, the
Israeli state continue with the cleansing of the Palestinians and have a second
neo-liberal front with own people; Turkey just in the north cut the last ropes of the
Ottoman empire and Egypt to the south is fermenting more than ever in its long long
History. The elites of the European countries of the north who ruled and exploited our
region for centuries start to feel and behave in the panic of tiger riders who fear that
the ride is nearing its end and the confrontation with the tiger is nearing... And the
joint struggle in Arkib, Beit Ummar, Bil'in' Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh
Jarah, Sheikh Jarah, Silwad, South of Hebron Hills, Susiya, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, continue.
Last Friday in Bil'in - the 426th demo of which I participated in more than 400. As usual we were shot at with tear gas grenades and canisters part of which I had to evade as they were shot in my direction. Part of the tear gas of the others I mostly evaded too. Now, on my chair in front of the computer I am taunted with the thought that me, scores of Israeli activists of the anarchists against the wall initiative and others - who participate in the joint struggle just got used to be shot at week after week. Some who are less lucky or less agile took more punishment than me... The Israeli media is used to it too reporting on the shooting and us and the Palestinian partners as if it is just the whether. The banality of evil is the prevailing character of Israel these days reminding to more and more people places and occurrences of other countries in other times.
It is already 65 years since the official Nacba day and the old memories of sorrow were joined with newer ones. However, the defeat was not complete. The Tsumud - the persistent stand fast still frustrate the effort of the Zionist settler colonialists from completing the "cleansing" of Palestine from the Palestinians. The joint non armed struggle which entered the world public media is on the verge of blocking the continuation of the cleansing project and even rolling it back. Thanks to all the brothers and sisters who participate in the joint struggle and the other popular struggles that gradually develop who keep my soul young in spite of the long way traveled. Special thanks to the people of Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Beit Ummar, Ma'asara, Naby Saleh, and Qaddum who keep the Eternal Flame of struggle and hope.
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