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Anarchy Alive author visiting London to talk about Israelis and Palestinians working together
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Published: Monday, October 12th, 2009
The ongoing conflict in the “Holy Land” is often framed in terms of Israelis versus Palestinians or more crudely Jews against Arabs. This oversimplification tends to polarize people along those lines and fans the flames of blind hatred towards entire peoples. Because of this oversimplified analysis most people never learn about Israelis and Palestinians working and struggling together for a just society based on equality and freedom for all.
A group of Israelis who call themselves Anarchists Against The Wall, and sometimes operate under the name Jews Against Ghettos, is a direct action group that opposes the walls that isolate Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. They refer to these walls as Apartheid Walls, and advocate tearing them down, as well as ending the occupation of Palestinian land.
They actively work in cooperation with Palestinians who are defending their communities from these walls, and have coordinated hundreds of actions such as marches, civil disobedience and direct actions to resist the Israeli state shoulder to shoulder with Palestinians and international activists. The actions inside of the West Bank are always coordinated through the villages local popular committees so as to respect the communities in which they are working.
Some of the more high profile actions of this joint struggle have been to physically tear down portions of the apartheid wall, unblocking roads, as well as occupying machinery and halting construction. By taking these actions, these brave Palestinians and Israelis have reframed this conflict as people united against the oppressive authority of state power instead of people divided against each other based on racial and religious lines.
Uri Gordon, an Israeli member of Anarchists Against the Wall, and author of the new book Anarchy Alive will be visiting the Empowerment Resource Centre in London this Monday to discuss the group’s activities and examine the achievements and limitations of the joint struggle, as well as anarchist perspectives on national liberation and the future of Palestine/Israel.
More info about Anarchists Against the Wall can be found at www.awalls.org
More info about Uri Gordon’s book can be found at anarchyalive.com
More info about this event can be found at empowermentinfoshop.com