Friday, September 07, 2007

Good news

I've broken my informal rule about no politics on the blog a few times and I'm going to break it again today. In the past, I've mentioned my friend, Spesh, and the work he does in Israel for "the cause." Those are his words and I know what he means but sometimes people ask, "What cause?" I'm never quite sure how to answer but usually I'll say "peace" and other times I'll say, "to end the occupation." I also think the answer is to end the oppression and disenfranchisement of the Palestinians.

The group that Spesh works with is called Anarchists Against the Wall. They work with Palestinian villages and engage in direct action against the wall being built by the Israeli government in the West Bank. A lot of this wall is already built and it furthers the social and economic isolation of the Palestinians.

Recently, they've won a high court decision to re-route part of the wall around the village of Bil'in:
A victory for the anarchists
By Meron Rapoport
Last Update: 07/09/2007 11:57

"I remember the moment I marched among a crowd of Palestinians," said one of the Israeli activists who participated in the ongoing demonstrations near the village of Bil'in, this week. Those demonstrations led to a High Court decision a few days ago ordering the rerouting of the separation fence near the village. "I served in the army, and my first instinct was to look for the signal operator and to check if we were marching properly spaced. The Palestinians shouted 'Allahu Akbar,' which is supposed to be the nightmare of every Israeli soldier, but I suddenly realized that I was with them, that they weren't my enemies."

Click here for the full story.
If this is an issue you care about, please take a look at the full story and the AAW website. If you care to donate, it would be much appreciated. If you want to debate, we can do that in the comments.

Thanks for your patience. I'll return to the regularly scheduled content tomorrow.

Grateful for: those working for the cause.

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