The village of Ni’alin, which is located in the Ramallah district, has for more than a month now been leading an intense struggle against the de-facto appropriation of 2,500 dunams of land, over a third of all its land, as a result of the building of the “separation fence”.
The route of the fence in this area, much like in the famous case of the neighboring village of Bil’in, has been planned in such a way that all lands “left behind” the fence will serve the expansion of the near by illegal settlement of Hashmonaim.
The villagers have declared an uncompromising struggle against the fence; three-four demonstrations are held each week, marching towards the construction site and the settlement, in many cases successfully forcing a halt of construction.
The popular and nonviolent struggle of the demonstrators is met by growing ferocity on the side of the army, which is using live ammunition in addition to the regular tear gas and rubber bullets. On Friday, 4.7, the army decided to use collective punishment against the village – a full siege and curfew for ten days have been declared and enforced.
We demand that violence against demonstrators be stopped, and that the construction of the fence will be stopped in Nia’lin and elsewhere.
We sympathize and support the just struggle of the villagers against the appropriation of their lands.
An especially big demonstration will be held in the village of Ni’alin on Thursday morning, commemorating the anniversary of The Hague ruling which defined the Apartheid Wall illegal.
We call upon everyone to join this demonstration and the following ones as well
The initiators of this call intend to publish it in Ha’aretz newspaper *this Wednesday or Thursday
In order to do so, we need to get some 250 signatories, each donating 100 NIS or more.
The donation can be broken down to two payments. Donations of all sizes will be warmly accepted.
Please confirm your signature with Ya’akov Manor at 050-5733276, 09-7670801, or with Amos Gvitz at 052-6035685, or at: [email protected]
Checks are to be made out to “Matte Hacoalitsia”, PB 1335, Kfar Saba, 44113
*If we do not receive enough signatures before the demonstration date we will have to postpone the publication to a latter date