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Palestinian non-violent activists killed by Israel

Naomi Wolf posted:

“All the Western MSM have ‘”dies after clashes’ suggesting this minister was violent and the context was militarized or aggressive. Only the Guardian includes the fact that the group was a peaceful group of protesters planting olive trees, in its subhed (that is journalism speak for the explanation below the headline).

See the demonization of Palestinians and Islam almost like an organic law and the story moves from East to West?

And is that second soldier restraining the one choking Abu Ain — or restraining Abu Ain from keeping himself from being choked bythe first soldier? http://www.theguardian.com/…/palestinian-minister-dies-conf…

Israeli Army violence won’t stop our resistance

The Palestinian minister who died after a non-violent protest on Wednesday was a symbol the Palestinian Authority’s support for non-violent popular struggle.

Non-violent Palestinian leaders from across the West Bank talk about how Israel responds violently toward their activities.

Yael Marom published this Dec. 10, 2014

Ziad Abu Ein exits a Palestinian home that settlers vandalized with graffiti reading "Death to Arabs" in late November. (Photo by Rabbis for Human Rights)

A general strike in Ramallah, three days of mourning in the Palestinian Authority and calls for increased protests and non-violent resistance to the occupation.

Those were only some of the responses to the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, who died during a protest marking International Human Rights Day Wednesday.

Abu Ein, who was the Palestinian Authority official responsible for popular resistance against West Bank settlements, took part in a press conference organized by four Palestinian villages and Israeli human rights group Yesh Din Wednesday morning.

The press conference was timed to coincide with a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice demanding that the Israeli army dismantle the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad, in the northern West Bank, and International Human Rights Day.

“We tried to go and plant olive tree saplings today when the soldiers attacked us,” said Abdallah Abu-Rahme, of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC). “The soldiers pushed Abu Ein; he was injured and fell to the ground. He is an older man who had various health conditions, and he died as a result of the blows he sustained.”

The type of direct action used Wednesday is an example of the way non-violent popular resistance has been organized in the West Bank since the Second Intifada. The struggle, which initially came in response to construction of the separation barrier and the ensuing land grabs, uses tools aimed at bringing resistance against injustice to the locations where they those injustices are taking place.

When the resistance is against the separation barrier — they march toward the wall, when it’s about land theft, they attempt to reach those lands and demonstrate there. In the case of today’s action, the activists set out to plant olive trees, a Palestinian symbol, on lands that were confiscated.

Palestinian protesters flee tear gas at a protest in which Palestinian Minster Ziad Abu Eid died. Activists set out to plant olive trees on lands usurped by Israeli settlements, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

In recent years the Palestinian Authority has assumed a larger and larger role in that struggle. Issa Amro, one of the leaders of Youth Against Settlements, an organization that practices non-violent resistance in Hebron, spoke to +972 about Ziad Abu Eid.

“I have known him since he assumed his current role as the official responsible for popular struggle in the West Bank and against settlements,” Amro said. “He really tried to advance the non-violent struggle. He tried to organize non-violent [popular] committees, to organize the youth, political parties and students. He had a vision that 2015 would be the year of Palestinian non-violent struggle.”

Amro said of today’s events: “The army and the settlers turn the leaders of non-violent struggle into targets. That’s their way of preventing us from recruiting more people and more young people into our struggle. Look at how the army responds to non-violent struggle — with disproportionate violence toward the activists.”

Amro brought up Nariman Tamimi, one of the more prominent activists in the resistance by residents of Nabi Saleh against the confiscation of the village’s spring by settlers, who was shot in her leg last month. “They don’t want this type of struggle because if there is a non-violent movement it will weaken the occupation. They say the occupation is there for security, but if the struggle is non-violent then they can no longer justify the occupation.”

Munadir Amira, one of the PSCC’s leaders in the West Bank village of Ni’ilin, told +972: “This is a crime intended to stop these types of non-violent actions. They want us to be violent; they want us to not even open our mouths; they want us to just accept what Israel does.

But we won’t remain silent. This is another example of crimes that are committed by the occupation against non-violent activists. But this crime will not stop us from resisting the occupation. We will continue our struggle and even step it up. In the coming days there will be more actions at the same location and across the entire West Bank.”

Israeli security forces arrive at a tree-planting demonstration marking Land Day in the West Bank village of Bil’in, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Asked about the mood in the Palestinian street, Amira said: “Everyone is in shock, but not me. I know the way the Israeli army behaves towards us. Every small mistake by a soldier can cost us our lives. They use gas, they shoot at us. He isn’t the first to be killed in a non-violent action. They kill us — we know that we will pay a price, but that is the price of freedom.”

“Zia Abu Ein was a symbol of the Palestinian Authority’s support for the popular struggle,” said Muhammad Zawara, an activist in the PSCC from the Bethlehem-area village of al-Ma’asara. “He represented the strategy of non-violent action, of protest, and of promoting those tools as a central strategy of the Palestinian Authority.”

Attorney Gabi Lasky, who represents human rights defenders and activists in the popular struggle, and who is a Tel Aviv City Council member for Meretz, said: “On one hand, in a situation of occupation the security forces defend the settlers and land thieves and implement an apartheid regime in the territories. And on the other hand they prevent the residents of that occupied territory from struggling against that [land] theft and apartheid.”

“Instead of ending the injustice they try and curb and prevent non-violent protests. In doing so, the security forces use violence against anyone who attempts to realize their most legitimate right — to protest. That’s what happened here. And this time, like in previous incidents, it ended with death.”

On the non-violent struggle, Lasky said: “The Israeli occupation has found many ways to use force against Palestinian violent struggle. But it doesn’t have an answer to non-violent struggle, aside from sending its leaders to prison.”

Related:
Palestinian minister dies after reportedly struck by Israeli troops

Yael Marom is Just Vision’s public engagement manager and a co-editor of Local Call, where this article was originally published in Hebrew.

Dream in white, surrounded with cascading small white pools

Water everywhere. Anyway I go I end up trapped with small white pools.

Little pools of water, pools of white floor, white ceiling

No colors, no blue, no green, not even beige.

High ceiling, as high as 6 floors, open spaces, a maze of little white pools.

Little white pools, water smoothly and softly  flowing from one small to the next little white pool.

A guide bring half a dozen tourists in need for a dip, and she left them there.

The tourists are not pleased with this setting and this small pool.

They get moving up and down a few stairs of white marble and white stone

Intending to locate another pool, all similar, all white, all shallow.

Maybe in a slightly different shape. Not sure.

I tell the tourists: “Where are you going? There’s nothing else to see or find.

You’ll be turning in a circle, and might return to the same white pool”

I have no idea why my dream loaded me with a pack of loose white sheet of papers.

I am not wearing any swimming trunk, but I wear winter boots to boot it.

I have to get in a pool and get wet in order to reach another pool that seems closer to exit

But I can’t even refresh my anxiety.

No signs whatsoever. No exit sign, no entry sign, no arrows, no guidance directive.

Where the toilets? where are the windows?

Where’s everybody? Can’t see anyone to ask for the exit.

I’m totally lost in this hellish, spacious white environment.

I can’t see the outside, the color of horizon, the color of the land, the color of any plant.

I want myself out and ready to cry from despair.

I stumbled on a woman worker, decked in white, and I screamed:

“Please, take me by the hand and show me the way out”

East way? No, west way. What do I care, north, south, any exit will do.

I am looking for any kind of horizon, where this environment start, where it can end.

White small pools in cascading design, though the water doesn’t seem to cascade.

Just flowing smoothly and noiselessly from one pool to another, at infinity.

I forced myself out of this white hell of water of a dream in white.

Note 1: Before I went to bed, I was watching the Tree of Life of Terrence Malik. The movie had already  long started but it ended. That’s how it seemed to me. Sean Pen was working as an architect in a high-rise white building, open space, and everything inside was white and stainless steel, and he was looking lost in his working environment.

After I woke out of my dream, I turned the TV on, and here the Tree of Life is back. This time from the beginning, the entire beginning of time, life and my dream

Note 2: The dream started as a recurring dream from yesterday. I walk from my place to another building with a swimming pool, and the trip is quite convoluted, from narrow opening, to wild forest, to unmaintained stretches of corridors…

This time around, at every return trip, one of my regular exit path is blocked for construction and I have to figure out alternative routes. Three times my return trip was made harder and harder, and the last time my alternative sense of direction guided me to this hellish white pool of environment.

 


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