Palestine Freedom March: Jenin to Jerusalem
Palestine Freedom March: Jenin to Jerusalem Report Day #1
Today, Friday the 30th, the March for Freedom began in Zububa, in the heartland of the northern West Bank. The march will continue for 21 days from village to village, along the route of the Apartheid Wall and ending in Jerusalem. Today the marchers walked from Zabuba to Anin.
The much anticipated march began at 9:30am and traveled to Taiba where they spent two hours before continuing on to Anin. The marchers arrived in Taiba at approximately 11:30am. Although the Israeli army was present, they did not interfere with the march. Only when entering Taiba there was a short-lived encounter with Israeli border police near the school which is close to the Israeli fence. Palestinian youth spontaneously began to shake the fence and hang Palestinian flags. The Israeli border police responded by throwing sound bombs but the situation did not escalate.
Participants in the march include the Committee to Resist the Wall, The National and Islamic Forces, the Union of Palestine Medical Relief Committees, and popular committees and village councils of the 89 villages, towns and cities through which the march will pass. The International Solidarity Movement, the IWPS and Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall are participating in the march and joined the march in Zububa. Additional groups and organizations will join the march at different points along the route. Gush Shalom will be joining the march August 18 when it reaches Jerusalem.
Palestinians representing other areas in the West Bank also joined the march today. People from Budrus, Biddu and Tulkarem were present for the first day of the Freedom March and discussions took place in each village about the impact of the Wall on the lives of Palestinians and their communities.
It was estimated that 200-300 people joined the march from Zububa to Anin today. The participants in the March will stay in Anin tonight. Tomarrow morning the march will leave Anin for Khirbet Suruj.
In defiance of Israeli policies of
separation, closure, land confiscation, home demolitions
and other forms of collective punishment and oppression,
the Freedom March is a national show of courage, and the
commitment to fight for justice and self- determination for