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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stand with resistance… “Stop the Wall”


Editing by Carolyn Bennett
Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9 – 16 — “Together we will tear down the Apartheid Wall!”

The Wall isolates Jerusalem and puts more than 260,000 Palestinians at risk of expulsion.… Once finished, together with the settlements and military closed areas, the Apartheid Wall would annex some 50 percent of the West Bank and steal most of its water resources. When Israel started construction of the Wall in 2002, they scheduled completion for 2005; then 2008; then 2011. This year Israel set the deadline for 2020. Popular resistance has played a primary role in delaying construction of the Wall.

Middle East
Occupied Territories
However, Palestinian activists and communities are paying a high price for their resistance to the ghettoizing of their people. Hundreds have been imprisoned, thousands injured, and 16 have died in their attempts to save their lands and preserve their rights.…

Prolonged, popular struggle … comes at a high cost. Mass killings, large-scale arrests, and torture have been used by the regimes to protect their power.

Emboldened by impunity, the Israeli reaction has been murder, repression, and more walls. Israeli authorities have announced construction of a wall along the Egyptian border and in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Anti-Apartheid Wall

Struggle continues. Solidarity is imperative. 

It is time for the world, movements, organizations and people of conscience to stand up and support the Arab and Palestinian people. Pressure governments, institutions, and corporations to withdraw their protection and support of Israeli apartheid, colonialism, and occupation — because Palestine is the heart of the Arab world; without a solution to the Palestinian issue, there can be no lasting peace and justice!

No walls will shield Israeli apartheid against our spirit of rebellion and our calls for justice and self-determination. Join the 9th-annual International Week against the Apartheid Wall November 9-16, 2011.

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Stand with the Palestinian popular resistance.

Sources and notes
Week against the Apartheid wall, November 9-16, 2011, http://www.stopthewall.org/week-against-apartheid-wall


The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (or Stop the Wall) launched in 2002 has been the main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing the collective efforts against the Apartheid Wall. It is based on the efforts of popular committees in the villages affected by the Wall where people can meet, organize, strategize and mobilize. A coordination mechanism in each West Bank district allows regional coordination as well as West Bank wide coordination.

The Stop the Wall coordination office works to ensure national networking, research and international outreach.

Sanctioned by the decision of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of the Wall (July 9 2004), the immediate goals of the Stop the Wall campaign are:

Immediate cessation of the building of the Wall
Dismantling of all parts of the Wall and its related zones already built
Return of lands confiscated for the path of the Wall
Compensation of damages and lost income due to the destruction of land and property in addition to the restitution of land

Images from Stop the Wall site

Global Actions for the Week Against the Apartheid Wall


November 7, Vienna: Two hour vigil dedicated to the Protest against the Wall and in support of the recognition of the State of Palestine.
November 9, Vienna: Showing the film “Bil'in Habibti”
Contact: Women in Black


November 10: In Brussels, Intal will organize a conference and debate in support of the Palestinian call for a comprehensive and mandatory military embargo on Israel by highlighting the fact that Belgium sells weapons to Israel. This conference will have as a goal to inform our members and their friends about the weapons business between Belgium and Israel.
Distribution of electronic material on surveillance at check points inside the wall.


Distribution of the call to action: http://r-freepalestine.blogspot.com/2011/09/9-16.html
October 20: The Association Intifada organizes an open discussion on "Will we allow the alliance between Greece and Israel?"


The Iceland Palestine Committee has planned a series of activities, including:
Press release to local media, interviews and articles sent to media
Awareness raising activities with the members of the  and other peace organizations
Public action
Contact: palestina@palestina.is  Iceland Palestine Committee


November 13: Radio program by the committee "Con la Palestina nel cuore" on the Wall and popular resistance against it on Radio Città Aperta (88.9 mhz), 11.20 am to 12.00.


Activities are planned in Utrecht and Amsterdam.
Signatures will be collected for a so-called citizens initiative asking for a debate in parliament on ‘the ICJ ruling’. From the needed 40,000 signatures the remaining 3,000 needed will be collected that week plus the following weeks of the year.
November 13: An action is scheduled in Amsterdam during an art market in the Wester Park to show solidarity with Palestine.
Contact: Netherlands Palestine Committee


November 10: Open meetings in Kristiansand on Palestine.


Protest Scottish Government funding of Eden Springs - No reward to human rights violators. Join Scottish PSC outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 9 November, 12.30-5.30pm - raise awareness of the direct involvement of Eden Springs in war crimes and Israel's illegal occupation of the Golan. Protest Scottish Government funding of Eden Springs UK. Exhibition on Israel's occupation, use of the Apartheid Wall to steal water and their impact on the lives of Palestinians.

Spain/Basque country

November 10: A conference in Bilbao about Israeli walls.
Speakers include: Stop the Wall in Ramallah via Skype and Mohammad Rujailah, a Palestinian from Gaza and co-director of "To shoot an elephant"
Contact: az con Dignidad


November 10: Hilda Meers reads poems at several poetry evenings in Aberdeen, UK
November 12: Wall around the Monument in Newcastle City Centre. A human wall where each person represents a fact about the apartheid wall. Distribution of fact sheets on the wall, Israeli apartheid, human rights abuses, and BDS nearby. BDS pledge cards will be distributed to the public. The event will be filmed and posted on YouTube by Tyne and Wear Palestine Solidarity Campaign
November 14: Also as part of Tyne and Wear Palestine Solidarity Campaign's Week Against the Apartheid Wall activities, Gemma Houldey from Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association will bring us the latest news on anti-wall activism and will place this within the context of the wider Palestinian human rights struggle including political prisoners in a lecture.
November 16: 17:00 at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies a lecture hosted by SOAS and Goldsmiths' Palestine Societies, “Palestine: Resistance and Occupation”



Federación de Entidades Argentino Palestinas conjuntamente con diversas organizaciones realizarán actividades callejeras y culturales las cuales podrán verse actualizadas en:

Federación De Entidades Argentino-Palestinas
El programa de radio Derribando Muros de la Federación de Entidades Argentino Palestinas emitido por la Radio de las madres de Plaza de Mayo realizará un programa especial en relación a la semana internacional de lucha contra el muro
El cual se podrá escuchar en directo el domingo de 13 noviembre a las 20 hs Buenos Aires: http://www.madres.org/wms2.htm
La Juventud de Fearab Buenos Aires y Todos por Palestina lanzan un llamado de Boicot académico y cultural a Israel en Argentina, las firmas de las personalidades que apoyan la iniciativa se darán a conocer públicamente el 16 de Noviembre como cierre de la semana internacional de lucha contra el muro.
Contact: movimiento.BDS@gmail.com, Juventudargentina@fearab.org; FB juventud fearab argentina porpalestina@hotmail.com


November 8: A debate in PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidad Católica de São Paulo) about “The Apartheid Wall and Non-violent Resistance,” an initiative of Frente em Defesa del Pueblo Palestino (In Defense of Palestinian People) and in part with Apropuc (Associacion of Professors of PUC).
The Frente em Defesa del Pueblo Palestino has also produced a press release for newspapers, websites, and blogs to be sent to members of popular movements and unions in Brazil, such as CUT, MST and CSP-Conlutas.
Ciranda supports the Radio Intifada initiative to circulate audio materials to independent radio in Spanish, which can also be used in Brazil.
November 15: Delegation of the Movimiento de los Trabajadores Rurales Sim Tierra (MST) participates in protest march in Qalandiya.


November 10: An evening with writer and photo journalist Jon Elmer, Students Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto
November 12: Rally at the Occupy Montreal. Contact: http://tadamon.ca / info@tadamon.ca
November 16: Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada is constructing a 16-ft long and 10-ft high wall and covering it in art from the West Bank. They're also distributing information from our website on Palestine.


Organizations have distributed a link to the letter from Palestine in solidarity with the Mexican students for the killing of Carlos Sinhue Cuevas, Mexican student and activist. See link to solidarity letter here: http://www.stopthewall.org/2011/11/02/solidarity-mexican-students-and-society

United States

Huge awareness-raising campaign tool kits for various action ideas by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation: http://endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3134
November 4: OPEN WORKSHOP and TEACH-IN for anyone who wants to learn more about social justice activism and might want to take direct action for today’s social justice struggles by Students for Justice in Palestine, Chicago, IL.
November 14:
Existence is Resistance and Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine present a live show featuring Palestinian Rap Trio DAM, Palestinian Female MC and Songstress Shadia Mansour alongside M1 of Dead Prez. More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=302731756422484
November 15: Boston showing of "Cultures of Resistance" organized by Grassroots International: http://grassrootsonline.org/what-you-can-do/come-to-event/boston-showing-cultures-resistance



Palestine Solidarity Committee of Thailand collected information for an awareness-raising campaign. With this material they did a mail-out, posted it on their website, and initiated a Facebook campaign.
South Korea

November 12: A performance to educate the public on the Apartheid wall and its effects on Palestinians.
Hand outs with information about Palestine will be distributed.


South Africa
To be confirmed.


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