Israel cracks down on center of non-violent resistance in West Bank

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Jayyous, a village near Nablus in the northern West Bank, has become a center for Palestinian resistance to the path of the wall, which confiscates Palestinian land. Weekly demonstrations there have brought crowds and some media attention. Israel raided the village early on Wednesday morning. Two reports.

First, an email from a young Arabic-speaker writing in English, sent to Doug Whitmore, a Christian activist in Kansas City, Mo.:

Dear father:

we are in a very bad sitouation now the Israile army they entered the village last night and they make carfw and they arested alot of people near to 75 person and they still in the village and they say that they want to arested the most of boys and they will enter every house in the village.

greetings.

And here's a report by Mohammad Ethman that we got from a Palestinian friend:

In the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, Occupation forces raided the village of Jayyous and arrested at least 65 people. Both entrances to the village have since been blocked off with mounds of dirt and stones, and an indefinite curfew has been imposed. Soldiers have also occupied 10 homes throughout Jayyous, and have erected Israeli flags on each of these houses.

Just after midnight, 25 Jeeps and 75 soldiers on foot entered the village and began conducting house-to-house raids, forcing their way into homes at gunpoint and arresting dozens of youth, including the son of the mayor of Jayyous. The soldiers beat whoever tried to prevent them from breaking into the houses, including at least one elderly woman.

After conducting the raids, the Occupation forces brought a bulldozer into the village to seal off the two entrances to the village with mounds of dirt and stone. They then began shouting in loudspeakers throughout the village that Jayyous had been placed under curfew, and they proceeded to occupy 10 houses, enabling them to control the village from strategic rooftops.

For several weeks now, Jayyous has been the site of intense repression at the hands of Occupation forces, who have not hesitated to enter the village and indiscriminately fire live bullets and tear gas. However, this operation conducted by the soldiers is the most large-scale crackdown to date. On Sunday evening, soldiers entered the village and destroyed a newly-painted mural on the Jayyous municipality building, for no other reason than to harrass and anger the people. The aim of the Occupation forces is to threaten and intimidate the entire village, in order to stop the strong weekly demonstrations that have been held in Jayyous for the past several months.

Despite this repression, however, the people of Jayyous refuse to end their resistance. On Friday, Jayyous will hold its demonstration as usual, and activists from surrounding areas will come to the village as well to join in the protest, making it even larger and stronger than in past weeks.

The people of Jayyous urge you to come to the village today to see the occupied homes, the ongoing intense repression, and the massive military presence. The media is also urged to come to the village on Friday to cover the demonstration, as well as the repression and clashes that are sure to take place.

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  1. syvanen
    February 18, 2009, 3:05 pm

    Many , including left wing zionist, have urged that the Palestinians adopt nonviolent means of protest. Looks like we will soon see if Israel allows that to happen.

  2. Anne Frank
    February 18, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Thanks, Phil, it is always good to know what my daddy's tax dollars are funding.

  3. Ed
    February 18, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Same old story. The left-liberal US establishment says of the Palestinians: "Oh, why don't they do peaceful demonstrations and sit-ins instead of violent resistance. They'd get a lot further." But when they do, Israel kicks them in the teeth, and the liberals say nothing. Why the hell isn't Obama on the horn to Olmert about this? Why wasn't Clinton ever on the phone to Israeli PM's about this kind of behavior. (We know why Bush wasn't; he endorses this kind of treatment of Muslims.)

    The left-liberals are actually far more damaging to the cause of peace than is widely perceived, because they run and get elected on professing to be all about human rights, civil rights, equal rights and opposition to warmongering, but once they're in power, they immediately ape Republicans.

    Who's more dangerous: the enemy you know and can target, or the "friend" who cynically stabs you in the back in the heat of a battle?

  4. Joshua
    February 18, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Personally, Palestinians just going on by their daily lives, lining up at checkpoints, avoiding roadblocks, getting arrested and then humiliated, their houses demolished, their olive trees burned down, and doing so without retaliation, is non-violent resistance.

  5. Chris Berel
    February 18, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Except those palestinians who are trying to figure out how to kill Jews. And while there may only be one in 1000, the 999 really have little choice but to endure the inconvenience. After all, they are doing nothing to stop the violence.

    And what is the life of a Jew in comparison to the inconvenience of a Palestinian?

  6. Dan Kelly
    February 18, 2009, 11:21 pm

    The "violence" is instigated by Israel and it's brutal occupation. That only 1 in 1000 Palestinians may choose to fight back just shows how peaceful the Palestinians are, and further illustrates the depravity of Israel and its apologists.

    The "life of a Jew" in the eyes of a Palestinian is measured by that Palestinian's treatment at the hands of the Jewish state, largely supported by the Israeli public and Jewish diaspora.

    The life of a Palestinian in the eyes of a Jew, in contrast, is ideologically measured and is considered less than human.

  7. Ed
    February 18, 2009, 11:22 pm

    Berel considers the Gaza massacre of innocent women and children a mere "inconvenience" for Palestinians. That's because non-Zionists aren't fully human, so their grieving is irrelevant, right Berel? What a Bolshevik.

  8. Dan Kelly
    February 18, 2009, 11:29 pm

    Recent poll reveals steep rise in racist views against Arabs in Israel; many participants feel hatred, fear when overhearing Arabic, 75 percent don’t approve of shared apartment buildings

    Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute.

    The survey, which was conducted for the Center Against Racism, also found that over 75 percent of participants did not approve of apartment buildings being shared between Arabs and Jews. Sixty percent of participants said they would not allow an Arab to visit their home.

    About 40 percent of participants agreed that “Arabs should have their right to vote for Knesset revoked”. The number was 55 percent lower in the previous survey. Also, over half of the participants agreed that Israel should encourage its Arab citizens to immigrate from the country.

    Over half of the participants said they would not want to work under the direct management of an Arab, and 55 percent said “Arabs and Jews should be separated at entertainment sites”.

    ‘Arab culture inferior’

    When asked what they thought of Arab culture, over 37 percent replied, “The Arab culture is inferior.”

    ‘Marriage to an Arab is national treason’

  9. Shirin
    February 19, 2009, 12:03 am

    "Many , including left wing zionist, have urged that the Palestinians adopt nonviolent means of protest. Looks like we will soon see if Israel allows that to happen."

    Non-violent resistance is nothing new for Palestinians, and they did not need the urging of Zionists or anyone else in order to adopted it. And Israel has always cruelly squashed and successfully hidden from view Palestinian efforts and non-violent resistance.

  10. Shirin
    February 19, 2009, 2:08 am

    "But when they do, Israel kicks them in the teeth, and the liberals say nothing."

    Because most of them have no idea that Palestinians have used non-violence for decades. They don't know, for example, that the first Intifada began as a primarily non-violent action with a very broad scope.

    "Why the hell isn't Obama on the horn to Olmert about this?"

    Most likely because he has never even heard of the town of Jayyous, let alone its non-violent protests, or what the Israelis are doing there now.

    "Why wasn't Clinton ever on the phone to Israeli PM's about this kind of behavior."

    Clinton?! Give me a break!

    "(We know why Bush wasn't; he endorses this kind of treatment of Muslims.)"

    Not just Muslims. There are a lot of Christian Palestinians, and they have been just as involved in resistance, both violent and non-violent, as Muslims.

  11. Citizen
    February 19, 2009, 6:26 am

    Palestinian non-violence goes back to the early 20th Century, and continued for many decades. It was always met with brute force by the Brits and the Jewish groups, and then, by the Israeli State. Google
    Palestinian nonviolent resistance

    Hope and Empowerment:
    Theory, practice and history of Palestinian and International Nonviolent Resistance 1878-2008

    Draft of Book in Progress copyright By Mazin Qumsiye

  12. chris berel
    February 19, 2009, 6:29 am

    I dso not believe there is an instance of a Christian Palestinian suicide bomber

  13. chris berel
    February 19, 2009, 9:43 am

    "On Friday, 21 November, upwards of 500 people—Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals—marched toward the gate of the Wall in the West Bank Palestinian village of Jayyous, and within a few minutes the gate was open and in pieces.

    The villagers were ecstatic at what had been accomplished, waving pieces of the gate in the air with smiles ear-to-ear."

    Destroying Government property. That is non-violence? Had the 9/11 highjackers made sure the twin towers were empty, would the destruction be hailed as an act of non-violence?

  14. Eva Smagacz
    February 19, 2009, 11:08 am

    Berlin Wall was government property too…..

  15. Ed
    February 19, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Shirin, I agree with everything you wrote except the following RE Why the hell isn't Obama on the horn to Olmert about this?

    "Most likely because he has never even heard of the town of Jayyous, let alone its non-violent protests, or what the Israelis are doing there now."

    If WE know about it, then Obama does, too — or could if he wanted to. But he'd rather bury his head in the sand because Jewish Zionists predominate in the Democratic Party, and because he has surrounded himself with Jewish Zionist advisors. Just like Bush, Obama has set up his own little echo chamber. Most people have no idea how corrupt the Imperial City has become, and it gets worse every year. Clean politicians don't get elected to run the Empire. That's just not how it works.

    The Democrat Establishment reached way down into the party to come up with Obama, who had the perfect face and line delivery for the role that was called for at this stage in the annals of Washington corruption to keep the Ponzi scheme going awhile longer.

    I’m not saying it was a conspiracy. I’m saying the Democratic Party is as systemically corrupt as is the GOP, and Obama is merely a cosmetic fix, and the Party realized he'd be perfect for the role. But cosmetics don’t reform innate corruption.

  16. seethelight
    February 19, 2009, 12:55 pm

    The last thing Israel wants is a Palestinian leader of non-violent resistence. Every effort to employ non-violent resistence has been immediately strangled by the Israelis because they know how that story ends. The most famous case is Mubarak Awad, whom Israel deported in 1988 after he established the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence. He published papers and lectured on nonviolence as means to resist the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Soon as his ideas started gaining traction among Palestinians, Israel deemed him a threat and quickly put him on a plane out of the country. The Israeli Supreme Court turned down his appeal against the deportation ruling. No surprise there.

    Awad is an adjunct professor at American University in Washington DC if anyone cares to contact him.

  17. tree
    February 19, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Except those palestinians[Jews] who are trying to figure out how to kill Jews[Germans]. And while there may only be one in 1000, the 999 really have little choice but to endure the inconvenience. After all, they are doing nothing to stop the violence.

    You do realize that your sophistry is an exact replication of the "justifications" used to excuse Kristallnacht, don't you?
    And that its just as morally reprehensible now as it was then? Or are you that morally bankrupt? Tribe uber alles?

  18. chris berel
    February 19, 2009, 5:18 pm

    Berlin Wall was government property too…..

    Posted by: Eva Smagacz | February 19, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    But both sides wanted it down. The wall was erected by the East German totalitarian Government so that the East Germans could not escape to freedom, not so they would have the ability to kill West Germans.

    But those facts don't interest Eva.

  19. Shirin
    February 19, 2009, 5:42 pm

    "Palestinian non-violence goes back to the early 20th Century, and continued for many decades."

    I have to quibble with your use of the past tense here. Palestinian non-violence continues to the present moment of the present day. It has never stopped happening.

  20. Shirin
    February 19, 2009, 5:49 pm

    "If WE know about it, then Obama does, too –"

    Sorry, but no. We know about these things because we make an effort to find out about them. I daresay that if you asked 1,000 randomly chosen nice, liberal, humanitarian, above-average-in-awareness Americans 90% would not have a clue about it. As you pointed out, Obama, like all U.S. presidents, lives in a nice bubble, surrounded by an all-Zionist group of advisers who make sure he "knows" what they want him to know. Therefore, the likelihood that Obama knows is close to zero.

    "…or could if he wanted to."

    Here we agree. Just as anyone who really wants to can know these things, so can Obama.

  21. chris berel
    February 19, 2009, 6:50 pm

    I have to quibble with your use of the past tense here. Palestinian non-violence continues to the present moment of the present day. It has never stopped happening.

    Posted by: Shirin | February 19, 2009 at 05:42 PM

    Quibble all you'd like. There is no non-violent palestinian movement

  22. Thom
    February 19, 2009, 8:17 pm

    The Palestinian idea of "non-violent resistance movement" is much the same as their idea of "civilian". By them, when a Hamas terrorist is between pulls of the trigger, he is a civilian. Several people identified as "civilian" casualties by Hamas in the recent war were merely Hamas terrorists who weren't actively engaged in fighting at the time they were killed by airstrikes. Those aren't civlians.

    Likewise, the occasional non-violent march by members and supporters of terrorist organizations is not a "non-violent resistance movement".

    The issue is not how many non-violent marches you have, it is how many violent attacks you make. Somehow, I don't think the civil rights movement in the U.S. would have gotten very far if it included hundreds of thousands of rocket attacks (that is, more than one for every 700 Americans, like Hamas has sent more than 1 rocket for every 700 Israelis).

  23. Citizen
    February 20, 2009, 3:08 pm

    What is the life of a Palestinian in comparison to the inconvenience of a Jew?

    Nothing. So Israel and the bought & sold American government would you continue to support.

    Further, according to Israel/USA regime mandate, the life of an American is also nothing compared to the inconvenience of a Jew–one who lives-lies anywhere.

  24. Anti-Semitosis
    February 20, 2009, 5:24 pm

    @ chris berel

    Is blowing hasbara bad breath.
    Look to this, as one commenter mentions above: Hope and Empowerment:
    Theory, practice and history of Palestinian and International Nonviolent Resistance 1878-2008

    Draft of Book in Progress copyright By Mazin Qumsiye

    And look to the solidarity movement of which Rachael Corrie was a member, and the various joint arab-israeli peace movements existing today, and trying their best to get out the word despite hasbara propaganda and the bought & sold US government and US MSM.

  25. Reader
    February 20, 2009, 5:42 pm

    @ Thom:

    "I don't think the civil rights movement in the U.S. would have gotten very far if it included hundreds of thousands of rocket attacks (that is, more than one for every 700 Americans, like Hamas has sent more than 1 rocket for every 700 Israelis)."

    Nor would it have gotten very far if if the forces arrayed against it had included not just some dogs, batons,
    and water hoses, but American- paid -for US -made F-16s, Apache attack helicopters, white phosporous,
    and sundry other cutting edge weapons, also paid for by the USA federal government. Further, the UN
    favored the American civil rights movement. The USA feds did not block the UN on this issue at every turn.

    The US government made heros of the 3 who died, the one who refused the back of the bus, the church that was bombed, etc during the early days of the American civil rights movement. Now the US government and its enabler, the USA MSM, ignore the world-wide movement to give Palestinians human rights.

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