#443BLOCKED! 70 Palestinians and Internationals blocking settlers-only road 443 in occupied West Bank of Palestine


Oct 16, 2012

70 Palestinians and internationals blocking settlers-only road 443 in occupied west bank. The protest was called #443BLOCKED

Reported by PSCC | Oct 16, 2012

About 50 Palestinians joined by number of international activists blocked today the Apartheid Road 443 (known as Modi’in, which passes on West Bank lands, connecting Tel Aviv to Jerusalem). The road was blocked for about 30 minutes to Israeli and settler traffic.

Soldiers and Border Police who arrived on the scene physically attacked protestors and journalists, and used pepper spray and sound bombs. One Palestinian protestor was detained and beaten. He was released an hour later.

The direct action today was organized in light of the increasing settler terrorism against Palestinians and their properties during the current olive harvest season, including the torching, uprooting or setting fire to olive trees, the theft of harvested olives, and the attacking of Palestinian families while picking olives.

Mohamad Khatib, of the PSCC emphasized, “We organized this action today to stress that as long as Palestinians suffer under the daily practices of the occupation and settler terror, Israeli daily life can’t continue on as normal.”

Khatib added, “We call on people of conscience around the world to support the Palestinian struggle by engaging in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, and to take serious actions to boycott companies that are complicit with the Israeli apartheid, such as Veolia, which operates transportation routes that use Road 443, which is built on Palestinian lands.”

Background, Road to nowhere: During the occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, the Israeli army destroyed the villages of Yalu, Beit Nuba and Amuasse in the Latrun enclave. “Canada Park” and a number of settlements were built on their lands.

Most of the residents of these three displaced villages currently live in villages near Highway 443, such as Beit Liqya, Beit Sira and Beit Ur. In the eighties, thousands of acres were confiscated by Israel along the road, claiming that the road will serve as the main traffic artery for these villages to Ramallah.

However, the road has been closed for years to Palestinian vehicles. Following the High Court ruling on Route 443, a small section of the road was opened last week for Palestinian traffic, but is still nearly useless for the villagers, as access to Ramallah from it is prohibited, turning it into a highway to nowhere for Palestinians.

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In Media

  • Oct 16, 2012 | Palestinians block settler only road in the West Bank to protest – (hebrew)
  • Oct 16, 2012 | Palestinians block road to protest settler attacks | Al Akhbar English



(Some) Examples of attacks by Jewish Colonists in Palestine

I emphasize, just some examples….
For a full overview see: Category Settler Violence


Jewish settlers write offenses against Jesus on Monastery – Oct 2, 2012

Zionist settlers attack 38 year old man in Majaz, Sept 16, 2012

3rd time in a week Havat Ma’on settlers chased palestinian kids – July 31, 2012

Settlers attack & wound 5 men, torch 400 olivetrees,kill 20 sheep July 7, 2012

Israeli settlers attack & torched a mosque in WB Palestine – June 19, 2012

Terrorist settler assassinates 2 Palestinians in Al-Khalil – June 17, 2012

Israeli colonists and occupation militia attack farmers in Tuqua – May 30, 2012

Israeli Settlers set olive trees on fire, shoot a Palestinian in ‘Urif – May 26, 2012

#JerusalemDay: settlers provocative march Al-Aqsa May 20, 2012

Settlers attack a school and injure 8 students – April 23, 2012

Masked Jewish settlers attack and stone Palestinians – Febr 28, 2012

Israeli Settler attack on Al-Aqsa and compound – Al-Quds – Febr 19, 2012

Israeli Settler Attack – Savages torch car and paint racist slogans – Febr 16, 2012

Israeli Settlers displaying their “Intelligence & Morals” – Febr 7, 2012

Illegal Settler raze & confiscate Palestinian land under protection of Israeli Army – Febr 6, 2012

Settler attack in Al-Janyeih: Anti Palestinian Graffiti – Febr 5, 2012

Jewish savage extremists destroy Muslim Graves on a cemetery in Beisan – Jan 25, 2012

Settlers torch a car of a 53 yr old woman in Tel Rumeideh – Jan 16, 2012

Cars & mosque vandalized in ‘price tag’ settler attack – Jan 11, 2012

Jewish settlers break into Muslim shrines to perform Talmudic rituals – Jan 6, 2012

lers torch 2 cars and a car wash station – Jan 4, 2012

Settlers Attack on a Mosque & 5 Cars – Dec 19, 2011

“Milchamah” – “War” Settlers attack a mosque Dec 15 2011

J’lem Mosque set alight in ‘price tag’ attack Dec 14, 2011

Settlers vandalize Muslim graves in Jerusalem – Nov 10, 2011

Christian & Muslim Cemeteries vandalized by zionists in Jaffa – Oct 7, 2011

Radical Jewish terrorists torch Mosque in Tuba – Oct 3, 2011

Settlers Cut Down 200 Olive Trees inh Qusra – Oct 6, 2011

Israel supplies weapons and training to illegal colonists in Palestine

The full album and resources about Settler Violence

Click to see the Album Ethnic Cleansing of Negev Bedouin

Click to see the Album House Demolitions

Click to see the Album Settlement Construction

Israeli attacks against Christians and holy sites


Essential information/resources

  • Israel Arms & Trains Illegal Settlers for Rampage in Occupied Palestine – In Photos
  • Leaked document “Operation Summer Seeds”: Israeli forces train & arm settlers to attack Palestinian protesters – Source
  • Netherlands blocks EU report about Settler Violence, The Rights Forum exposes it – Source & Translations
  • MP Barghouthi warns of massacres after Israel arms, trains settlers – Source
  • Israel gives settlers weapons for September- Source
  • How US “charities” break tax laws to fund Israeli settlements – EI
  • France’s JDL’s “Travel Agency” Call for “Militant Rampage Trip”- Source
  • Israeli settlers to be armed with dogs as well as tear gas and stun grenades – Source
  • Topic – Settler Terrorism – Source
  • Video – Settler Attack dogs of the West Bank | Video | Reuters.com



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