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Hundreds march against wall in Beit Surik


Message to the Free World - Hundreds march against wall in Beit Surik


"MESSAGE TO THE FREE WORLD" Hundreds March Against Apartheid Wall in Beit Surik

[Beit Surik, NW Jerusalem] Nearly 1000 Palestinians gathered in the village of Beit Surik today to protest the planned building of the Apartheid Wall in this region. Joined by Palestinian political figures and dozens of Israeli and International peace activists, the people of Beit Surik, men and women, old and young, led a march through their village onto a hilltop overlooking the area where they gathered to deliver a message to the "conscience of the world."

"This wall is not being built for security, it's an attempt to ethnically cleanse us from our land" said Mohammad Ayyash, head of the Biddu village council. Fadwa Khader, a member of the Popular Committee to Resist the Apartheid Wall, northern Jerusalem, asserted that the path of this wall and its ramifications will lead to violations of international humanitarian law, not to mention basic human rights. "We will resist the Israeli government's attempt to wall us into little cantons and continue to struggle for our right to live in freedom" she said. Also speaking were: Jamal Nasser, the Governor of Jerusalem, who delivered a message on behalf of President Arafat, Ziad Abu Zayyad, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem, Mohammed Rabie, member of the Popular Committee to Resist the Apartheid Wall, northwest Jerusalem, Ishai Minuchim an Israeli from the Yesh Gvul (Refusenik) movement and Jenny from the International Solidarity Movement.

A joint press release from the North / Northwest villages of Jerusalem: Qatanna, Beit Anan, Beit Surik, Beit Dukko, Biddo, Beit Ija, Nabi Samuel, Beit Ikssa, Bir Nabala, Rafat, Qalandia, Al-Gadeera and Al-Jeeb called on "all Free Nations in the world to take part in this human struggle to tear down this Apartheid Wall the same way that you united to end the apartheid ideology of South Africa."

For photos, please email: info@palsolidarity.org Please see the corresponding appeal from the Beit Surik village council at: http://www.palsolidarity.org/wall/appealpna.php


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"For the tyrant has the power to inflict only that which we lack the strength to resist"... Krishnalal Shridharani

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