Al Ma’asara is Not Deterred

7 August 2010

Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals, this time with a large group of Canadians, convened in Al Ma’asara on Friday to march toward the site of the unfinished Annexation Barrier visible from the edge of the village. Although construction of the barrier is currently halted, most of the work is done with the base of the wall and the patrol road already cutting through land belonging to residents of Al Ma’asara, Um Salamuna, Wadi An-Nis, and others in the area.

Demonstrators were stopped, per usual, by soldiers before reaching the main road. In honor of the 65 year anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, participants chanted slogans calling out parallels to Israel’s own nuclear arsenal. Speeches were made in English and Arabic, calling for the soldiers to leave the army, to stop following the lead of right-wing fascists, and to join the movement for peace. After 30 minutes of sitting in front of the military blockade, the demonstration dissipated peacefully.