Saturday, September 09, 2006

Anarchists Against the Wall UK tour - Grassroots in Israel/Palestine

The infamous Anarchists Against the Wall, an Israeli direct action group which is committed to joint popular struggle with Palestinians, is sending two representatives on a speaking tour around Europe, with an extensive tour around the UK.

Sarah, an Israeli activist, and Ra'ad a Palestinian activist will talk about the struggle, especially at the village of Bil'in in the West Bank, and show a film. Anarchists Against the Wall work non stop with Palestinian villages in their own campaigns. If you are interested in the grassroots response to the occupation on either side of the checkpoints, then check out the dates below for when they arrive at a community centre near you.

Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall favour non-violent direct-action, and as you would expect from anarchists, they have no support for either Hamas (as an Islamic party) or the PLO (I'd imagine at least, since the PLO used murderous tactics on civilians)

They are an action-oriented society and opinions about them will have to be interpretted from their actions. For example, suicide bombing, does not class as direct action, unless your goal is to arbitrarily kill as many people as possible. If your goal is creating a Palestinian state, then suicide bombing is most definitely not direct action. If your goal is to dismantle the wall, then dismantling the wall is direct action. AAtW activists have destroyed parts of the wall, forced open gates in the wall and removed roadblocks. They marched together with Palestinians to their lands and stood in front of bulldozers with farmers whose olive trees were threatened. Their contribution to the struggle has been recognized by all those involved.

The group's work has also been recognized by the Israeli authorities which have rewarded it with violent repression, hundreds of arrests and about 40 indictments. Although to a lesser extent than Palestinians, they have also been shot at, tear gassed, beaten with batons and injured. The legal costs of defending against these charges are around $20,000 and counting. AAtW is now seeking the support of communities and organizations in Europe for its legal fund in order to fight back against the legal persecution and continue its part in the fight against the wall.

Sarah Assouline and Saif Abukeshek are an Israeli and a Palestinian who have dedicated themselves to the popular struggle against the Israeli separation barrier (the wall). They are speaking together as partners in this struggle and in the larger struggle against Palestinian dispossession. They are touring Europe to raise awareness and much needed funds to sustain their campaign. They would like to meet people interested in supporting grassroots activism between Israeli and Palestinian people.

Those who wish to support the efforts of AATW and are in Palestine can get notices of upcoming demonstrations by subscribing to the email list Actleft on yahoo groups.

**** Tour of mainland Europe ****

Paris at the fete l'humanite Fri Sep 15 - Sun Sep 17 at La courneuve

Orlean Mon, September 18, 2006

Frankfurt Tue, September 19, 2006

Berlin Wed, September 20, 2006

Munich -Jewish-Palestinian dialoge group Thu, September 21, 2006

***** UK TOUR *****

Brighton – Friday 22nd September – 6-8pm, The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton (non members welcome) - Organised by Brighton and Hove PSC

Leicester- Sunday 24th September - 2.00pm Friends Meeting House, Queens Road Leicester. – Organised by Leicester PSC

Newcastle Mon, September 25, 2006

Manchester Tue, September 26, 2006 - Wed, September 27, 2006

Lancaster - Thu, September 28, 2006 - Organised by Lancaster University Friends of Palestine Society

Glasgow – Friday September 29, 2006

Edinburgh - Sat, September 30, 2006

Orlean Sun, October 1, 2006

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