Nablus – “Throw what is in your hand and come fight against me. Put down your weapon and come.” murderers! “Al-Khatib confirmed:” Ah, murderers. ” The female soldier shouted and called on one of the soldiers to photograph her in preparation for her punishment.
This is not the first confrontation in the field between Abeer (42) and the occupying soldiers, but it is the most prominent recently. It took place in the northern Jordan Valley, when he and other activists in the popular resistance confronted the occupying authorities. who wanted to build a settlement outpost there.
Abeer Bala received no punishment that the Israelis would take against her and she continued to resist. It was not the first time she had confronted the occupation soldiers in the field. Rather, it condemned her for 13 years or more, not as one of the employees of the Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, but as a woman who made her way and her companions made their way.In the arena of popular resistance and still.
Abeer’s words, “You taste killers,” were not the first against the occupier, but they were the first with this expression after the confrontation with the occupation intensified. And she has many expressions that are spread across her and are perpetuating her struggle, such as “settlement has reached our bedrooms” and “we must confront apartheid.”
Al-Khatib comes from Al-Jadira, one of 16 villages isolated by the wall of Israeli apartheid and settlement, northwest of Jerusalem. Perhaps it contributed to the refinement of her rebellious personality and facilitated her involvement in the popular resistance.
Displacement and demolition operations
Abeer tells Al Jazeera Net that what she sees of the “cruelty” of the occupation through assassination, arrest, settlement and injustice against the Palestinians, provokes her and makes her stand up in her face with anger and violence. Abir is attached.
She added, “I did not lose sight of the scene of the occupation soldiers throwing baby formula on the ground and mixing it with water in the Homsah area in the northern Jordan Valley. Food”.
Abeer’s movement in the field stems from itself, as the occupation oppresses and invades every day, the land is confiscated and robbed, and the settlement “has reached our bedrooms”, and therefore what the Palestinians are doing is a natural response to the crimes of the profession.
Abeer does not see that she as a woman is alone in the field, even if it happens sometimes. She says the cries of Palestinian women are always present in the field and everywhere, as it is no less important than others fighting in. their places.
“In the Wall Resistance Commission, there are about 150 employees, half of whom are women, and their role is not less than me, but more importantly, and each of us is a fighter in his place,” says Abeer.
The popular resistance lost its martyr, Jawaher Abu Rahma, in 2011. The occupation also arrested dozens of female resistance fighters, such as Nariman and Ahed Al-Tamimi, as well as the women stationed in Al-Aqsa mosque, such as Hanadi Al-Halawani. and Khadija Khweis, among others.
From and to the field
Under the pressure of oppression and injustice, Abe was the first and only woman to sleep for 16 days in the desert of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, in refusal to demolish and relocate the inhabitants of the Bedouin community. .
“It was 2016, and I was the only woman among the 7 activists of the popular resistance who opposed the demolition process, and we rang the bell and the Khan al-Ahmar case took the lead locally and internationally” until the Israeli Supreme Court has postponed consideration of its decision to demolish the area.
Abeer returned to the ball and spent 8 months in the same place and continued to defend him, and she hardly counts the areas she visited in the West Bank, and what oppressed her the most, was her inability to enter her city of Jerusalem to go in solidarity with the people in the Sheikh Jarrah area and other places.
A few months ago, Al-Jazeera Net saw a field confrontation with Abeer in the town of Al-Lubban, south of Nablus, when she and her colleagues arrived before 7am to help the town’s students reach their schools. , who are attacked by soldiers. and settlers together.
Abeer says on that occasion that they decided to organize it directly as soon as they heard about it, and they continued until the arrival of all the students was secured, which angered the occupying soldiers, who attacked and assaulted the protesters.
Estimates of popular resistance activists suggest that the field participation of Palestinian women is estimated at 10 to 50% by its various forms, such as campaigns to boycott Israel and support the steadfastness of the Palestinians. As far as Jerusalem is concerned, its logistics and field participation exceeded 80 . % in the ranks of the popular resistance.
Abeer and her companions prepare in a good and orderly manner for any activity, but at the moment they can make a decision as soon as they appeal to their compound or an area is attacked by the occupation army and settlers, and it it may happen that you take part more than once a week.
How about preparing for the confrontation?
Before any event, Abeer armed with the power of her faith and the power of the truth she fights for, and she acknowledges the real fear of soldiers equipped with the latest weapons by which they practice their terror against activists and defenseless civilians.
She recalls that she was hit dozens of times by tear gas and poison gas, as well as rubber bullets that penetrated her body, and when she and others once tried to free a young man effectively near Ramallah from the hands of the occupation soldiers, a soldier hit her with his rifle on her leg which broke, in addition to several arrest attempts.
Abeer prepares well every time she goes to the field. Before she leaves early, she kisses her children, especially her 10-year-old child Mustafa, who was born at the beginning of her involvement in the popular resistance after she helped him. teaching, and she also contacts her parents and husband.
She wears comfortable clothes and cleans her bag of any important documents and personal phone “for fear of arrest or martyrdom” – as she says – and most of all, she prepares her homework before it all, so she prepares food, washes clothes and goes out as if she will not return.
Munther Amira, an activist in the popular resistance, says that Abeer is one of the few active women in the popular resistance, yet her participation in direct and indirect activities in the field is “distinguished” by her initiative in volunteer campaigns such as building of schools and support farmers and landowners.
Amira adds to Al Jazeera Net that Abeer’s presence in the field sends “resignation” and “protection” among the contestants.
After “Masafer Yatta” in the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, tens of kilometers from her home, was Abeer’s last destination. While talking to us, she said she was getting ready to go there with other resistance fighters to arrange an opportunity to prevent the occupation army’s training among the residents, and she did what she said.