In an interview with the Israeli group Anarchists Against The Wall, A-Infos talks to Sahar M’Vardi. The A-Infos interview outlines the successes and failures of the direct action group’s resistance to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the West Bank fence.
A solidarity action group established in 2003, the organization is an Israeli initiative directed mostly by Palestinians living in the West Bank.
Using festive protests and direct action against the fence and wall, the group has become well known for its creative modes of resistance. Most recently, the group built a counter-outpost, which they squatted to demonstrate the double standard the IDF uses against those acting in solidarity with the Palestinians versus those acting against them.
In this action, activists erected a “house” on Palestinian land from which they were forcibly evicted by Israeli soldiers and police officers. This symbolic action served to point out the racism and hypocrisy of the daily erection of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. In effect, the entire occupation of the West Bank can be seen as a mass squatting of Israeli settlers on Palestinian land. This hypocrisy is further revealed through a comparison to the treatment of hundreds of Israelis who in the early 90s squatted in unfinished West Bank houses. Needless to say they were not and are still not targeted or evicted.
“The settlers are many and they have a lot of money. Also, the government and military is definitely on their side” says Ms. M’Vardi. She continues to point out the Gaza disengagement in 2005 was merely a figurative action with no unfeigned results. “Not only are the [IDF] not evicting the settler outposts, they are actually being expanding. There are at least five Israeli construction companies working there as we speak” she says.