Abrasha Blum gave a talk about 'Anarchists Against the Wall'. AAtW is a Israeli and Palestinian group which opposes the state run border control and sanctions- which have depleted all resources from the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West bank. With the most densely populated part of the world in those regions and surrounded on all sides by walls settlements and tyrannical military checkpoints. Palestine is surrounded and completely dependent on Israel, who controls who and what enters and exits Palestine. SO the people are without construction materials, sufficient medical supplies and other necessities of life.
The AAtW Presentation, by an Istaeli Jew, who is a veteran, the presentation was about daily life and provides video evidence about the harsh reality of the situation. The group opposes the walls, with a nonviolent spirit and incredible diligence, in face of arrest, brutality, intimidation, harassment of families and even murder. The examples are well documented and presents the case that Americans need to stop funding Israel's military campaign, or the oppression at every level will continue. AAtW continues to use nonviolence and is continually beaten and abused. Blum said "The wall was theoretically created to end Palestinian attacks, but if that were really the intent of the wall, it would have been build on the Israeli side, taking Israeli land. It is clear that this is an excuse to take land and create a divide, between communities as it separates friends and children in schools". The talk was as inspirational as it was compassionate.
One key organizer Ben Jones said "Justice before Peace, you can't have one with out the other. As an Israeli he knows that his presence could be oppressive, so he has to work to eliminate oppression, as part of a joint struggle"
One audience member "I liked that he was balanced and he wasn't condoning any behavior, but he did condemn the Israeli Apartheid, made the distinction that anti-apartheid is not anti-Jew. He [the speaker] was very well spoken".
The audience did ask questions about gender oppression and opportunities to make a realistic change for palestinians.
It is worthy to mention that the speaker was so humble that he even felt uncomfortable being applauded.
How long will the cries for freedom go unanswered?