Activists block T.A. road with materials from W. Bank separation fence
Activists in a left wing group that calls itself the "Anarchists Against the Fence" blocked a main Tel Aviv road Saturday using barbed wire taken from the West Bank separation fence. The activists placed the barbed wire, taken from the section of the fence near the village of Bil'in, at the corner of Rothschild and Bar Ilan streets in central Tel Aviv.
On the barbed wire, the activists hung signs also taken from the fence, warning trespassers in Hebrew, English and Arabic that the fenced area is a closed military compound and anyone who tries to cross the fence or vandalize it in any way is putting his or her life at risk.
According to the activists, blocking the traffic on a central road was designed to symbolize the limiting of motion the fence imposes on the Palestinian people every day. "The disruption that our roadblock created is nothing compared to the disruptions caused by the army's checkpoints, the apartheid roads, the settlements and the separation fence," they said. The Anarchists blocked a different Tel Aviv street in a similar way some four weeks ago.
That's right - no arrests, no police beatings.
Just over a year ago, similar activity by the camp protesting the "disengagement" policy of Sharon and Co. would surely have prompted a harsh police reaction.