Palestinians block Israeli-only road in the West Bank: ‘Israeli daily life can’t continue on as normal while Palestinians suffer under settler terror’

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About 50 Palestinians joined by number of international activists blocked today the Apartheid Road 443 (known as Modi’in, which passes on West Bank lands, connecting Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). The road was blocked for about 30 minutes to Israeli and settler traffic.

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Soldiers and Border Police who arrived on the scene physically attacked protestors and journalists, and used pepper spray and sound bombs. One Palestinian protestor was detained and beaten. He was released an hour later. 

The direct action today was organized in light of the increasing settler terrorism against Palestinians and their properties during the current olive harvest season, including the torching, uprooting or setting fire to olive trees, the theft of harvested olives, and the attacking of Palestinian families while picking olives. 

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Mohamad Khatib, of the PSCC emphasized, “We organized this action today to stress that as long as Palestinians suffer under the daily practices of the occupation and settler terror, Israeli daily life can’t continue on as normal.”

Khatib added, “We call on people of conscience around the world to support the Palestinian struggle by engaging in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, and to take serious actions to boycott companies that are complicit with the Israeli apartheid, such as Veolia, which operates transportation routes that use Road 443, which is built on Palestinian lands.” 

Background, Road to nowhere: During the occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, the Israeli army destroyed the villages of Yalu, Beit Nuba and Amuasse in the Latrun enclave. ”Canada Park” and a number of settlements were built on their lands.  

Most of the residents of these three displaced villages currently live in villages near Highway 443, such as Beit Liqya, Beit Sira and Beit Ur. In the eighties, thousands of acres were confiscated by Israel along the road, claiming that the road will serve as the main traffic artery for these villages to Ramallah. 

However, the road has been closed for years to Palestinian vehicles. Following the High Court ruling on Route 443, a small section of the road was opened last week for Palestinian traffic, but is still nearly useless for the villagers, as access to Ramallah from it is prohibited, turning it into a highway to nowhere for Palestinians.

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  1. Bill in Maryland
    October 16, 2012, 9:41 am

    Visualizing Palestine has an excellent graphical overview of the segregated road system on the West Bank, including Road 443, that can be seen here.

  2. David Samel
    October 16, 2012, 10:38 am

    We organized this action today to stress that as long as Palestinians suffer under the daily practices of the occupation and settler terror, Israeli daily life can’t continue on as normal.

    I am struck by the similarity of this language to that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1993, when he rationalized his plan to attack civilian areas in Southern Lebanon to frighten people into fleeing to Beirut to pressure their government to end attacks on Israel. “We will not permit a situation where there is no calm and security in Israel, while there is calm and security in southern Lebanon. . .If there will be no quiet and safety for the northern settlements, there will be no quiet and safety for south Lebanon residents north of the security zone.”

    There is of course a gigantic difference. Rabin was rationalizing his terror-bombing of a civilian population, which killed well over 100 and sent hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing from their homes in panic. The PSCC is explaining why they are choosing to risk their bodies and their freedom to cause inconvenience to illegal settlers who routinely practice racist terror of their own. As Pam Geller says, “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” OK, Pam.

    • pabelmont
      October 16, 2012, 12:44 pm

      You also forget Israeli (like USA’s) “exceptionalism” which allows each to claim rights (to security for instance) which they cheerfully (and daily over many years) deny to many other peoples and states. Oh, we’re different. We’re entitled to not be attacked. You’re not. It’s simple really, Ethics 101. Check it out in any American or Israeli university.

    • MarkF
      October 16, 2012, 2:06 pm

      “As Pam Geller says, “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man.” OK, Pam.”

      I think that would be a great counter-ad to run in the subway. Switch the cast of characters and see if it’s good for the gander. Somehow I get the feeling the ads wouldn’t run.

  3. sandhillexit
    October 16, 2012, 12:32 pm

    The only way to end apartheid. I’d call these guys good Samaritans.

  4. seafoid
    October 16, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Israeli soldier spits on Palestinian flag. Hilarious. For every Jew in Erez Israel there is at least one palestinian. Israel really looks like northern Ireland in the 1950s. A protestant state for a protestant people/ a Jewish state for a Jewish people. Both with demographic issues.

  5. seafoid
    October 16, 2012, 3:34 pm

    The Palestinians should do more of this road blocking. It gets the message across very well. Palestinians may have been erased from the Israeli consciousness but they haven’t gone away, you know..

  6. American
    October 16, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I wonder what the Israelis sitting in their cars at this roadblock demonstration were thinking when they saw this.
    Israel is such a small country that there is no way the average Israeli doesn’t know and see what is happening among them and being done in occupied Palestine..impossible for them not to know about it.
    Impossible not to know the ‘security” and enemies meme is because they keep on and on stealing other’s land and oppressing them.

    I saw this earlier in marc Ellis’s article:

    “I don’t think Europe should even be considered for such an honor until the colonial and imperial statute of limitations runs out. I certainly hope there aren’t any German representatives at the Nobel ceremony. It’s way too early for them to celebrate whatever achievements they claim.”

    That statement is it what it is obviously…collective blame and guilt, very same thing as anti semitism.
    So what now?.. shall we hold the Jewish Israelis to the same responsibility Ellis holds the Germans.
    Does Israel have any more right to continue to exist as a Jewish ruled state based on it’s crimes against non Jews than Germany did to exist as an Aryan ruled state based on it’s crimes against Jews and misfits?

    This is part of the hypocrisy ….. among zionist and among some Jews it is a belief that Gentiles, collectively, hated and persecuted Jews, that Christianity, in the collective, hated and persecuted Jews, that the “whole” world collectively is guilty for not saving the Jews from Hitler because it didn’t care about or hated Jews.
    And yet they expect the whole world to be , in effect, ‘ better than them’ and not stoop to collective blaming Jews because that is anti semitism.

    Well, yes it would be anti semitic. But what do we call it when they do that exact same thing to others? Maybe someone can think of a label to apply specifically to that besides hypocrisy.

  7. giladg
    October 16, 2012, 5:34 pm

    The international activists in the West Bank, as well as radical Israeli Left, are always looking to be involved in “action”. It gives them fuel to remain in the West Bank and gives justification for being there in the first place. It has been shown, on a number of occasions, that foreign activists have instigated confrontation. And so I believe (don’t have facts yet) is what has happened with the blocking of the road 443. There are often period of quiet on the West Bank and for many activists three weeks of quiet can be pure torture.

    • eljay
      October 16, 2012, 6:16 pm

      >> The international activists in the West Bank, as well as radical Israeli Left, are always looking to be involved in “action”. It gives them fuel to remain in the West Bank and gives justification for being there in the first place.

      Holy f*ck! Coming from a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist who:
      – defends the Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing used to create an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” in Palestine; and,
      – supports that state’s 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder,
      …this is unbelievably rich!

      Well done, giladgeee, you loathsome human being, you! :-)

    • Woody Tanaka
      October 16, 2012, 6:20 pm

      giladg,

      You sound like the redneck sheriffs in the south in the 1960’s talking about how all the ruckus (i.e., the civil rights movement) was caused by Northern agitators because the local oppressed black population knew their place and didn’t get all uppity until the yankees came to town causing trouble. (If you don’t get it, in this analogy, you’re the white supremacist bigots.)

    • talknic
      October 16, 2012, 7:50 pm

      giladg October 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      ” It has been shown, on a number of occasions, that foreign activists have instigated confrontation.”

      The Zionist Federation instigated confrontation in the late 1800’s when it decided to colonize Palestine. Naturally there has been a reaction. When the colonizers stop colonizing, the reaction will likely stop.

      “There are often period of quiet on the West Bank … “ … during which the Zionist colonization continued, illegally, according to the Laws Israel is obliged to uphold.

      • giladg
        October 17, 2012, 12:30 pm

        Oh talknic, so if Israel stops colonizing, then the reaction of the Palestinians will stop? Really, that’s wonderful news. So tell us talknic, where is it okay for Jews to live?
        Oh, I think I know what you are going to tell us, the 1948 lines. That’s great but wasn’t Israel attacked simultaneously on four fronts in 1948? Why was Israel attacked if those lines where accepted and will stop Arab “reaction”. The truth is talknic, is that the Arabs and Muslims still have not come to terms with an independent Jewish state in the region, and you know it. And share Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, with the Jews? Those who understand where I am going with this post, understand how pathetic your suggestion is. What you should be doing is calling on the Muslims and Arabs to accept a Jewish presence, together with Palestinians, in the land that is important to both peoples.
        Can you not find any action taken by the Arabs in regards to what they did towards Jews and Israel, that deserves condemnation?
        Israel has paid a huge price in blood and dead soldiers and citizens and has earned the right to secure borders. The so called 1967 lines are indefensible. Looks like your Muslim brothers should not have attacked in 1948, but they did, and there is no bringing the dead back and Israel is not going to take Abbas and Achmadinajad’s word that they are not going to launch another attack.

      • anonymouscomments
        October 17, 2012, 8:32 pm

        your incoherent and false statements are quite impressive.

        you might to re-read the history of conflict around 1947-1951, and mark the various terror attacks, populations flows, and military actions.

        and you do the hasbara line on 1967 borders. now they are “so called” 1967 lines, as if this means anything for the case you are unable to actually make. but of course you bring out the tired “1967 borders are indefensible”.

        the self-created israel not only FOUGHT to and held the “1967 lines”, but they expanded from them decisively in 1967. indefensible? apparently not, proved 2x over. then we could also take into account modern warfare, and other things which make the previous borders even more defensible.

        more like you covet the land and the resources, and are expanding INTO the occupied territories…. making a TRULY indefensible swiss cheese border. a border which is indefensible on MANY levels…. not just militarily, but morally, and logically.

        up is down for you tribalist zionists steeped in hasbara.

      • RoHa
        October 17, 2012, 10:25 pm

        “where is it okay for Jews to live?”

        Wherever they are citizens, and are prepared to treat their fellow non-Jewish citizens as being equally important.

        “That’s great but wasn’t Israel attacked simultaneously on four fronts in 1948?”

        Israel had already started attacking and expanding beyond the partition lines.

        What you should be doing is calling on the Israeli Jews to accept that Palestinians should have equal rights to Israeli Jews in the land that is important to both peoples.

      • eljay
        October 18, 2012, 10:14 pm

        >> What you should be doing is calling on the Muslims and Arabs to accept a Jewish presence, together with Palestinians, in the land that is important to both peoples.

        One secular, democratic and egalitarian state – in which Muslims and Arabs and Jews can live together – in the land that is important to both peoples. Sounds very reasonable. Congratulations to giladgeee for finally overcoming his Zio-supremacism.

  8. piotr
    October 16, 2012, 5:46 pm

    One suggestion one could make is to copy Israeli habit of celebrating religious holidays by closing the roads for the traffic by infidels.

    The second example to copy is to target some communities for extra attention in blocking the access.

    Of course, if this protest tactic gains popularity and effectiveness, both IDF and PA will be arresting the organizers. Palestinians need a broad based protest to withstand that.

  9. Mayhem
    October 16, 2012, 7:20 pm

    However, the road has been closed for years to Palestinian vehicles.

    The Jerusalem Post sets this straight http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=288127

    Although the road stretches for at least 17 kilometers through the West Bank, vehicles with Palestinian plates were barred from traveling on it from 2002 to 2010. During those years, Palestinians nicknamed it the “apartheid road.” The ban came after Palestinian terrorists killed six Israelis along that route after the second intifada broke out in 2000. The High Court of Justice, however, ordered the road opened to Palestinian vehicles.

    These incidents are generated to stir up trouble. Make a peace deal (God forbid!) and drop all ambitions to islamicize Palestine and we might start to get somewhere.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 16, 2012, 7:43 pm

      mayhem, why stop there in the blockquote?

      The High Court of Justice, however, ordered the road opened to Palestinian vehicles.

      Nevertheless, the entry and exit routes created for them onto the road makes it difficult for them to use it, Palestinians said.

    • eljay
      October 16, 2012, 7:58 pm

      >> The Jerusalem Post sets this straight link … Although the road stretches for at least 17 kilometers through the West Bank, vehicles with Palestinian plates were barred from traveling on it from 2002 to 2010. … These incidents are generated to stir up trouble. Make a peace deal (God forbid!) …

      The Zio-supremacist donkey brays.

      1. What business does the supremacist “Jewish State” have barring vehicles with Palestinian plates from travelling on roads in the West Bank (i.e., on roads not in Israel)?

      2. How about Zio-supremacists drop all ambitions for a supremacist “Jewish State” in (Mandate) Palestine and make a peace deal? How about a peace deal (God forbid!) in which all of (Mandate) Palestine becomes a secular, democratic and egalitarian state of and for everyone in (Mandate) Palestine, equally?

      Yeah, I get it: Equality with non-Jews – with dirty Ay-rabs!! – is disgusting to Zio-supremacists.

    • talknic
      October 16, 2012, 8:04 pm

      Mayhem October 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      “The ban came after Palestinian terrorists killed six Israelis along that route after the second intifada broke out in 2000. “

      That’s why the GC’s prohibit citizens of the occupying power from being in “territories occupied”. They’re likely to get hurt. However, Israel uses it’s citizens as cannon fodder for a Greater Israel.

      “These incidents are generated to stir up trouble.”

      Uh? 64 years of Israel illegally acquiring territory by war, illegally annexing, illegally settling its citizens in territories occupied isn’t gonna to stir up trouble?

      “Make a peace deal (God forbid!) “

      Uh? Peace deals only come into effect when the Occupying Power completely withdraws http://wp.me/pDB7k-ZZ

  10. Elisabeth
    October 18, 2012, 5:07 am

    There should be more of these protests. Let’s call them Occupation Pricetags.

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