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PHOTOS: Palestinians destroy separation barrier in two West Bank villages

During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in two Palestinian villages took part in a “direct action” to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of Route 443, Palestinians used hammers to break open a hole in the wall, while Palestinians in Rafat (near the Ofer Military Prison) cut through 20 meters of the security fence bordering their village.

The army did not arrive during the action, and no mainstream media outlet was invited.

Palestinians use a hammer to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)

A Palestinian man uses a hammer to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinians use a hammer to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinians manage to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinians manage to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala. (photo: Activestills)

Palestinians in the West Bank village of Rafat cut through the separation fence near the Ofer Military Prison. (photo: Activestiils)

Palestinians in the West Bank village of Rafat cut through the separation fence near the Ofer Military Prison. (photo: Activestiils)

Palestinians in the West Bank village of Rafat cut through the separation fence near the Ofer Military Prison. (photo: Activestiils)

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  • COMMENTS

    1. Palestinian

      There are easier and more effective ways of tearing down the apartheid wall in Palestine.

      Great job

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    2. Haifawi

      The day-glo safety vests are fantastic. Gotta abide by the law!

      Reply to Comment
    3. Donna Nassor

      Tear that wall down, .tear it down!

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    4. Danny

      This is oddly depressing and inspiring at the same time.

      Inspiring because this wall is so weak and vulnerable that a single large hammer will do to shatter it. When the time comes to bring it down, it won’t take more than half a day at the most.

      Depressing because that time is still far off in the future.

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      • sh

        The Germans got rid of their wall when both sides wanted to do away with the abomination. That should be the goal of the Israeli left.

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        • The Trespasser

          Germans got rid of their wall after Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs decided that the wall should be gone.

          It could not be the goal for the “Israeli” “left” for said left is not responsible for anything.

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      • William Burns

        One does get the impression that the contractor was somebody in the government’s cousin.

        Reply to Comment
    5. Dave

      Big deal. These days used to bring out thousands, now it’s hardly anybody and it’s a photo op.
      Accept Israel and make peace. Palestinians lose more through violence than they achieve.

      Reply to Comment
      • Souzan

        The violence comes from the terrorist regime of Israël, Dave.

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    6. This is the second barrier destruction (well, third as there are two herein) which I recall reported by Activestills (a nice name, by the way). The IDF is going to eventually push back. If Activestills is informed of these episodes privately beforehand, they can be construed not as press but in collusion with the perpetrators. The press cannot be informed of a directly violent event and do nothing but show up. Prior knowledge of an act, especially when it benefits both the person informed, as here with Activestills, and the perpetrator (publicity), can make Activestills an accessory.

      The Palestinian Press is on shaky enough ground as it is. Standard orders might be given to arrest Activestills at other events. I think it possible, at any rate. But if the demolishers send photos after the fact, that is simple press acceptance of news.

      Destruction is not going to work. One has to have something to replace what is destroyed, social action after the fact; in any case, the State will just repair the breaches and find a way to retaliate.

      The greatest worry to the State should be sustained social action. These breaches suggest resistance, but also anarchy and a floating threat of violence (suicide bombing is now a focal lens in Israel). Without a sustained social action which turns away from bombing I think destruction, of any kind, plays the security ethos’ game. I have no idea what such social action could be, but I think it must include “what do we do after this” before each act. All arrogant to say from someone like me, but I say it anyhow.

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    7. For a deeper look at the impacts of the wall, This video is definitely worth a watch. Solidarity with all those resisting apartheid.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PbOyYmo7yU

      “In this video- Voice of the Youth Palestine seeks to explore the deeper effects of Israel’s so called ‘security fence’ in the West Bank. We speak to Palestinians about the reality of life next to ‘the wall’ and how it has changed their lives.”

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    8. Mr Gibs

      Wow. Who cares

      Reply to Comment
      • a caring Human being!

        the whole world cares!!!!

        Reply to Comment
    9. MIKE LEVINSON!

      BREAK DOWN THOSE WALLS! POWER TO THE PEOPLE! DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS! LONG LIVE THE PROTESTS LIKE THE ONES IN BIL’IN AND OTHER VILLAGES! BREAK DOWN THOSE WALLS! RIGHT ON! BDS ALL THE WAY! LOCAL GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE TO THE OCCUPATION! HI HO!

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      • Harvela

        Chicken and egg folks
        Second Intifada claimed the lives of a thousand Israelis and maimed thousands more .
        No homicide bombing , no wall . It’s not rocket science

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      • The Trespasser

        I’m afraid that the answer is no. At least until there is enough people who believe that their religion is better because some guy was riding a flying horse.

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