Saturday, January 28, 2006

Anarchists Against The Wall Needs Cash

This is the site of an Israeli group known as “Anarchists Against the Wall” (AATW) which has been supporting the popular Palestinian resistance to the Israeli “separation wall”.

This site does not contain and should not be understood as an official party line or a manifesto. The group has dedicated all its efforts to activities on the ground, and has left propaganda and the drawing of party lines to others. The actions which AATW been involved in are direct actions such as dismantling the wall/fence when possible and participation in Palestinian demonstrations. Much has been written by and about AATW, the links below are just a sample and should not necessarily be understood as an endorsement of the opinions represented there.

Anarchists Against the Wall first started working as a group at the beginnig of April of 2003, with the establishment of the Mas'ha peace camp against the wall. As construction of the wall was nearing, the village Mas’ha was facing the loss of 96% of their lands, which the wall left on the “Israeli” side.

A camp of two tents was set up on the village's lands that were to remain on the other side of the wall. For four months a constant presence of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals was kept. During this period the camp was a base for information dissemination and direct-democracy decision-making. A number of wall related direct actions were planned and prepared at the camp. On July 28, 2003 Palestinians, international and Israeli activists forced open a gate in the wall at the village of Anin (See Haaretz article)

Late in August of 2003, with the wall almost complete, the camp moved to the to-be-demolished yard of a house in Mas'ha. Following two days of mass arrests the yard was demolished and the camp had ended, but the spirit of resistance it symbolized did not die with it.


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