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Friday by Friday – 7th of December

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Al-Ma’sara, 7th december 2012 – People of Al-Ma’sara village joined by international and israeli activists organized the weekly demostration, that take place every Friday from the October 2006 to protest against the Israeli occupation.
This has been the second demonstration after the UN recognition of Palestine as non-member observer State.
Despite the non-violent behavior of the demonstrants, almost 25 soldiers surrounded two entrances of the village not allowing people to reach their land. Israeli army tried to push away the demonstants using shields and harassing them but the peaceful crowd remained in front of them.

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Friday by Friday

 

Al-Ma’sara, 23rd November 2012 – People of Al-Ma’sara village joined by international and israeli activists organized the weekly demostration, that take place every Friday from the October 2006, to protest against the Israeli occupation. This time the action was focused on the recent events in Gaza, to stress the point that even if a cease-fire’s agreement has been achieved (in any case a good result for Gaza’s population) it does not mean that the sources of the conflict have been eliminated. It is necessary to recognize by the part of the international community the inhuman Israel’s policy regarding Gaza and the West Bank, and most importantly, to address the right of the Palestinian population to self-determination, sovereignty and dignity.

Despite the peaceful and non-violent root of the demonstration, police and israeli soldiers blocked the demostrators before they reach the main road, trying to move them away with the sound alarm and the shields.

Despite the army and its violent methods, we’ll continue, Friday by Friday, to scream for our freedom.

ISRAELI ARMY STOP THE BUILDING OF THE WATER TANK

 

Monday 29th of October, Israeli Army and Police broke in Ar Rakeez, a village between Al Mufaqarah and Al Twuani. The purpose: to stop the building of a new water cistern. The owner, Said Mohammad Ibrahim Raba’, was beaten up and arrested. According to Palestinian witnesses the soldiers ordered the workers to stop, but Said Raba’ refused.

Nevertheless, any stop working order was never delivered by the DCO (District Coordination Office), the section of the Israeli military that works for the civil administration in the Occupied Palestinian Territories). When the internationals arrived, at 6 pm, three soldiers and a policeman were beating the Palestinian man.

While the soldiers and the policemen were holding the man, kneeled and handcuffed, around sixty Palestinians from nearby villages rushed on the scene. At 6.45 pm the Palestinian was brought to Kiryat Arba Police Station. The charge: aggression to soldiers. His daughter, 21 years old, was hospitalized because of a hit received during the military aggression. She didn’t suffer any internal damage, but she continues to have abdominal pain.

Once the Israeli army left,  about fifty Palestinians started working on the water cistern, that now is completed.
Said Mohammad Ibrahim Raba’ is still in prison and he is waiting for the trial.

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6th YEAR OF POPULAR STRUGGLE

 

On friday 19th of October took place the weekly-demo in Al-Ma’sara to celebrate 6 years of Al-Ma’sara Popular Committee struggle against occupation and the construction of the Apartheid wall.

The demo started at noon from Al-Ma’sara and after passing through the villages of Marah Ma’alla and Jurat ash Sham’a, the colorful crowd of demonstrators headed for the Junction Road 3157, peacefully invading and blocking traffic for about an hour.

The road was built by the Israeli Civil Administration to connect Gush Etzion bloc of settlements with settlements of Tekoa and Nokedim; according to the project of construction of the wall, the road will become for the exclusive use of settlers with the purpose of connecting the settlements in the West Bank with Jerusalem.

Palestinians, internationals and Israelis managed to arrive at the entrance of the road without particular difficulty forcing the blockade imposed by the army. After an initial confrontation, the demo continued its march waving Palestinian flags and posters against the occupation and singing chants to the rhythm of drums. The traffic stop involved several cars belonging to settlers and a bus with Israeli soldiers.

The event was held in the wake of the roadblock Road 443 that took place last Tuesday and organized by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee to focus on settler violence towards Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest and the system of segregation in some West Bank roads.

The demonstration ended peacefully and with the meeting of the participants of the event at the cultural center al-Shmoh.

Happy Birthday Al-Ma’sara!