|An amazing coming together in so many ways. So honored to have returned with |
CJNV again. There is real power and determination in Palestinian
Solidarity with the hunger strikers.
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From: `CJNV 2017`
Date: May 21, 2017 2:28 PM
Subject: Action Press Release
To: `CJNV Delegation 2017`
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2017
Contact: Sharon Goldtzvik, +972(0)52.7315127 (Local Calls) /
(+1) 202.500.6362 (USA/WhatsApp)
Twitter: follow #WeAreSumud
IDF Storms Sumud Freedom Camp in Palestinian Sarura Village At Midnight
Soldiers Punch, Shove, and Beat Several Palestinian, Israeli, and N.
Jewish Camp Members -- IDF Tears Down Tents, Confiscates Generator,
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
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
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
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,
Against Settlements, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All That’s Left:
Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
Contrasting with President Trump’s visit to the region this week and the
failures at the political level, Sumud: Freedom Camp demonstrates the power
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.
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 :
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.
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From: Oriel Eisner
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,
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
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
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
Youth Against Settlements, Holy Land Trust, Combatants for Peace, All That’s
Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
This is a powerful, diverse group of Palestinians, Israelis, and
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
which the civil and human rights of all people are recognized
We are proud to be here, standing arm and in arm with such incredibly
You can follow the entire action on our social media channels or by using
We`ll be here as long as possible.
CJNV Trip Leader and member of IfNotNow Colorado