By Existence is Resistance
Palestinian City of Haifa
July 18, 2014
I have been to many protests in my life, gassed, shot at with rubber bullets, sprayed with skunk water, attacked by counter protesters but never in my 33 years have I ever witnessed firsthand the violent rampage that Israeli police unleashed on demonstrators in Haifa yesterday.
During the ongoing slaughter in Gaza, inflicted upon the Palestinian people by the terrorist state of Israel, Palestinians (not “Arab Israelis” – I will explain this later) living in occupied ’48 territories have been protesting non-stop to show their solidarity for their fellow Palestinians being brutally massacred in large numbers just a few hours away. The despair, pain and helplessness felt by all is extremely visible.
Yesterday I joined a demo in my hometown city of Haifa. Family members were with me among a long stream of familiar faces. People brought their children, young sisters and brothers and even elderly to join in voicing our disgust at the ongoing brutal attacks on our people in the worlds largest open air prison, Gaza.
As we drove to the gathering point I could see hundreds of Israeli police positioned in different areas and side roads. There were two massive sanitation looking trucks which spray “Skunk” water (It is a mix of chemicals that has the most awful odor that can last weeks on ones body and almost impossible to remove from clothes).
As we began marching down the mountain on the main street we could see up ahead a barrier of police, fingers on their triggers. We continued down past them and made our way to a T junction at the top of a street they call “Ben Gurion Street” which, I would like to add, has been there from before “Ben Gurion” was even born and the true name of it is “German Avenue” built by the Germans in 1868. Continue reading
July 22 2014
All Photos From Anna Ferensowicz
Originally Posted in Light Rocket / Pacific Press Agency
Palestinians defiantly came out into the streets of Bethlehem, in the West Bank to continue to show their rage and resentment against Israel’s assault on Gaza. Since Israel’s military incursion began, all most every night for the last 16 days, Palestinians in Bethlehem have gathered in both spontaneous and planned demonstrations and marched towards checkpoint 300, the military checkpoint in Bethlehem.
Each night they are met by Israeli soldiers who use tear gas, rubber bullets, sound bombs, and at times live ammunition. As of Tuesday afternoon, on the 16th day of Israel’s military incursion into Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” the Palestinian death toll rose to over 650 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were civilian, including 160 children. The Israeli death toll reached 29, 27 of whom were soldiers.
Israeli soldiers survey the street in Bethlehem, getting ready to use tear gas and charge into protesters.
A car that has been set on fire and is used as a barricade against Israeli soldiers, burns in the streets of Bethlehem.
A parked Israeli military jeep in front of the famous “Dove of Peace” by artist Banksy.
From Friends Of Alex: This is a call to community action: On Alex’s next month anniversary -August 21st- there will be an unprecedented vigil and community march to City Hall next day
From Justice for Alex Nieto
July 22 2014
On the recent vandalism to the Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill:
CON SAFOS protected the placasos (names) from spiritual destruction. If you wrote C/S below or next to your placa, you were protected from the dishonor of being crossed out. Con safos meant with safety, with respect, with sincerity.
But there were certain sites that were sacred, places and placasos that did not need the protection of C/S because the community knew they were off limits. They included the churches, the muraled walls, the graves. Continue reading