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[TAU, Cohn] Roy Wagner of "Anarchists Against the Wall" to go on a Palestinian speaking tour to the French Senate. June 25, 2010
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(Dr. Roy Wagner is a fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas http://mhc.tau.ac.il/en/?p=45 . His email is Pasolini@post.tau.ac.il .You can read his words appearing on American Friends of Tel Aviv University here: http://www.aftau.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Spotlight_on_Cohn#alumni_say)
The email below is sent by Dr. Kobi Snitz of Weizmann Institute to fellow activists of  "Anarchists Against the Wall", announcing Roy Wagner, as their Israeli representative in a day long session to promote the Palestinian cause at the French senate. There, he will speak of the joint Palestinian-Israeli popular struggle taking place in Jayyous, Maasara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Budrus, Biddu, Beit Liqqiya, The Jordan Valley, Sheik Jarah and Bilin.

 
 
----- Forwarded Message ----
From:Kobi Snitz <ksnitz@gmail.com>
To:againstwall againstwall
Sent: Sun, 13 June, 2010 10:52:52
Subject:[againstwall] Re: speaking in Paris June 25

Hi all,

 Three people volunteered to go to Paris. Only one: Roy Wagner speaks French and it was agreed that he would therefore be the best choice (and a great choice in any case). I am asking for everyone's consent for him to go.

kobi.

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM, Kobi Snitz <ksnitz@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Our friends from Paris have organized a day long session in the French senate about the popular struggle. It is organized in cooperation with a senator and the other senators are invited to attend. They have several Palestinian representatives (from Maasara, The Jordan Valley and Bilin) and they need Israelis who are involved in the joint struggle.

What they need for this is a very good speaker (francophone is ideal but not necessary) who can give them the details of the situation on the ground and also the politics of the joint struggle.

If you can do it and are able to go (or going to be in Paris anyway) please let me know. As usual if there are more than one volunteer we shall have reach consensus between the volunteers and get the consent of the group.

I told Robert that we will have a person for him by Sunday so please email me asap if you are interested.

kobi.

 

Some info on AAtW: 

Dear all,

  Anarchists Against The Wall are starting to organize another fund raising tour in the US fall and winter. It will start around oct 2010 and probably run to jan 2011. The exact dates depend on demand and the sooner we hear about potential dates the easier it would be to accommodate them.

Please let us know if you can host an event and around what time. Once we get an idea of where and when the potential events are we will start making a more precise schedule.

best, Tali and Kobi (for the fall tour)

Anarchists Against the Wall-Fall 2010 Fund Raising Tour call for support.

This coming fall, members of Anarchists Against the Wall(AAtW) will be touring the US and possibly – thanks to your help – arriving at your closest university hall, info-shop, bookstore or festival.

AATW is a direct action group that was established in 2003 to resist the construction of the wall Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied West Bank. The group works in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation. Since its formation, the group has participated in thousands of demonstrations and direct actions against the wall specifically, and the occupation generally, all over the West Bank.

 

This speaking and fund raising tour is meant to inform communities, activists, students and the wider public about the current situation in Israel/Palestine and raise funds to cover AATW's legal expenses which grow thanks to relentless state repression.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are looking for activists in the XXXXXX (TB defined) area, to help organize, publicize and host the tours' events. The main purpose of the tour is to raise legal defense money but we are open to creative suggestions regarding the content and format of events. They could be huge hall lectures, house parties or workshops in activists centers/festivals. 

We have a poster design which can be used to promote the event as well as a lot of video materials of various lengths and types which can be used in the fund raising event or a preceding event.

In addition we will have T Shirts and Zines in English and Spanish that could be sold to raise money,

 

If you're willing to give a hand in this collective effort please contact: 

aatwtour@gmail.com

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

 

ABOUT AATW IN BRIEF

In April 2003, three years into the Second Intifada, a small group of Israeli activists, already doing various political work in the Occupied Territories formed Anarchists Against the Wall. The group was established to organize and more efficiently support Palestinian civilian resistance to large scale confiscation of lands and denial of the freedom of movement, caused by the construction of Israel's wall in the West Bank specifically as well as the occupation in general.

 

Since 2004 AATW activists joined thousands of demonstrations in dozens of villages throughout the West Bank. Starting in Jayyous, which was the first village to rise up against the construction of the wall in September 2002 AATW continued on to many other villages. Those included Budrus,  Biddu,  Beit Liqqiya, and Bil'in, which became a symbol of the popular resistance to the wall for its relentless, already five year old and still ongoing, weekly demonstrations. Lately AATW has joined the struggle in Ni'ilin, Maasara, Nabi Saleh, and also Sheik Jarah in east Jerusalem.

 

Standing side by side with Palestinians, the group has also suffered from a sample of what Israeli repression in the occupied Palestinian territories looks like. Clearly, Palestinians are the ones that suffer most from repression, including 19 killed at demonstrations against the wall. but members of the AATW have also suffered several severe injuries and over a hundred indictments were filed against them. Dozens of others suffer slighter wounds such as brain hemorrhages, fractured limbs etc. Despite the physical danger and mental stress involved, AATW activists continue to put themselves on the line in support of the struggle for Palestinian liberation.

 

AATW cooperates with local popular committees established in villages resisting the wall. These are autonomous non-partisan committees that initiate and coordinate the demonstrations. In addition, the group works with Israeli and international organizations, Such as the International Solidarity Movement, the Coalition of Women for Peace, Gush Shalom and others. While financially AATW is amongst the poorest in the Israeli left, it does the majority of the mobilizing of Israelis to demonstrations in the Occupied Territories.

 

AATW is structured as a non-hierarchal group, composed of several dozens of dedicated activists and a larger support circle of a few hundreds. AATW does not receive funding from any state or government. For this reason, expenses such as transportation, phone bills, first aid etc. are mainly covered by the activists themselves.

For more information about the ongoing activities of AATW please see their website

http://awalls.org

or contact aatwtour@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 
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