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American Jewish Activists assaulted by troops at Sumud Freedom Camp
An amazing coming together in so many ways. So honored to have returned with

CJNV again. There is real power and determination in Palestinian
nonviolence.
Solidarity with the hunger strikers.
Jim
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From: `CJNV 2017`
cjnv.2017@gmail.com
Date: May 21, 2017 2:28 PM
Subject: Action Press Release
To: `CJNV Delegation 2017`
cjnv-delegation-2017@googlegroups.com
Cc:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2017


Contact: Sharon Goldtzvik, +972(0)52.7315127 (Local Calls) /

(+1) 202.500.6362 (USA/WhatsApp)

sharon@uprisecommunications.com

Twitter: follow #WeAreSumud


IDF Storms Sumud Freedom Camp in Palestinian Sarura Village At Midnight

Soldiers Punch, Shove, and Beat Several Palestinian, Israeli, and N.
American

Jewish Camp Members -- IDF Tears Down Tents, Confiscates Generator,
Threatens

Activists With Pepper Spray -- No Arrests Made

Activists Vow To Stay And Rebuild

Around midnight on Saturday night, approx. 25 IDF soldiers arrived at Sumud

Freedom Camp, which re-established the Palestinian village of Sarura in the

South Hebron Hills on Friday. About 90 activists were present, approx. 60

American, Canadian, European and Australian Jews, 20 Palestinians and 10

Israelis. When soldiers arrived, activists sat down in nonviolent civil

disobedience. The army did not produce any orders to evacuate the area. They

demanded that activists leave, threatening them with pepper spray.

One Palestinian nonviolent activist, Riyad Al Halees, was verbally
threatened

by a soldier who said, `I will kill you one day.` Another soldier shoved Al

Halees, who fell into a group of other activists.


An American Jewish activist was punched in the ribs by a soldier, causing a

bruise.


Several activists stood around the camp`s generator. A group of soldiers

shoved, punched, and kicked the nonviolent activists to forcibly remove them

in order to seize the generator. One soldier hit an American Jewish activist

in the leg with the butt of his gun, causing a large visible bruise. Another

soldier punched an American Jewish activist in the face. A Canadian Jewish

activist was thrown into a table by a soldier.

Soldiers tore down three tents and confiscated tent poles and sleeping

mattresses. They also confiscated a generator and threw the camp`s food on
the

ground.

After approx 45 minutes, the soldiers left the area. No arrests were made.

Activists remained in the camp for the night.

This morning, activists have already begun rebuilding the camp. Additional

Israeli, Palestinian, and Jewish activists are expected to join today to

strengthen the camp.

About Sumud: Freedom Camp: Camp organizers represent a historic coalition

comprised of members of the Popular Committee of the South Hebron Hills,
Youth

Against Settlements, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All Thats Left:

Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.

Contrasting with President Trumps visit to the region this week and the
many

failures at the political level, Sumud: Freedom Camp demonstrates the power
of

grassroots leadership to create nonviolent resistance to discrimination,

inequality, and occupation and build a future in which the civil and human

rights of all people are recognized unequivocally.


Sumud Camp sends a message of solidarity from Sarura to Standing Rock, and

asks for organizations and individuals to donate to sustain the camp and to

release solidarity statements.
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Adam Greenberg 葛天杰
May 21 at 1:11am
We are in the Palestinian village of Surura, at Day 2 of Sumud Freedom Camp.
We just got raided and attacked by the Israeli military. We were eating
dinner and singing around the fire. They came in with numbers and began
tearing down our tents. They pushed, threw, choked, and assaulted many of
us. I got a rifle stock to the back of my head.

But the resistance was beautiful. We stood together, arm in arm--
Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from around the world. And we sang. `We
will build this world with love`. `We will build this tent again.`
We remained nonviolent as they literally tore the central structure down
over our heads.

We will build this world with love. And we will build this camp again. We`ve
been building for two days, and just reclaimed Fadeh`s home that he was
evicted from over 20 years ago. We will stand with him and build again.

We could use your support. Share the videos, share the story, and DONATE :
tinyurl.com/donatesumud

We will stand by the families who just returned to their land. We Will do
more than resist. We are supporting and building a movement in a way that is
unprecedented in Palestine. We`re doing it all over the world. Stay strong.
Live and support each other.
I believe that we will win.
#NoDAPL #WeAreSumud



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Oriel Eisner
info@ifnotnowmovement.org
Date: Fri, May 19, 2017 at 8:22 PM


If Not Now

Today, we helped build a Freedom Camp in the West Bank, inspired by Bab Al

Shams and the water protectors at Standing Rock.

This is the final phase of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence delegation,
which

40 IfNotNow members from all over the country are part of. We`ve joined with

another 100 Diaspora Jews as part of the third annual solidarity delegation
to

the West Bank.

We`re culminating a full week of Existence is Resistance work alongside

Palestinian partners by taking direct action to help two families return to

their land.

We just posted a photo directly from the encampment on Facebook -- help us

amplify this bold Palestinian-led resistance by sharing it.



The encampment is called Sumud Freedom Camp, and today`s demonstration is a

result of nearly a year of coalition building and strategic thinking.

The Coalition is made up of the Popular Committees of the South Hebron
Hills,

Youth Against Settlements, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All Thats

Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.

This is a powerful, diverse group of Palestinians, Israelis, and
International

Jews.

Just take a look at this snippet of their statement of purpose: `We are a

diverse community whose sacred values compel us to join in shared nonviolent

resistance to discrimination, inequality, and occupation and build a future
in

which the civil and human rights of all people are recognized
unequivocally.`

We are proud to be here, standing arm and in arm with such incredibly
powerful

nonviolent leadership.

You can follow the entire action on our social media channels or by using

#WeAreSumud.

We`ll be here as long as possible.

Oriel Eisner
CJNV Trip Leader and member of IfNotNow Colorado
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