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Palestinians protest ‘Apartheid’ wall

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As Germans marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinians dug a hole into the separation wall in the occupied West bank, in a symbolic gesture to remind the world of their own ordeal.

“It doesn’t matter how high the barriers will be, they will fall,” the Palestinian activists who organized the event wrote in a statement cited by Ma’an News Agency on Sunday, November 9.

“Like the Berlin Wall fell – The Palestinian wall will fall,” the statement added.

Each year on November 9, Germans mark the collapse of the Berlin Wall that was a symbol for the communists’ oppression.

In occupied Palestinian territories, another apartheid wall was approved in 2000 in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli 43 mile-long barrier was built on large tracts of Palestinians lands that have been seized by the Israeli government.

The Israeli separation barrier is a mix of electronic fences and concrete walls that will eventually snake some 900 kilometers (540 miles) along the occupied West Bank and leave even larger swathes of its territory on the Israeli side.

Defying the Israeli heavy security measures, a group of Palestinian activists have used hammers to create a cavity into the wall that crosses through the West Bank village of Bir Nabala, between Al-Quds and Ramallah.

Calling it “apartheid wall”, the activists who appeared at the Palestinian TV said that the aim of knocking on the wall was to send a message to Israel that the barriers “will not prevent them from reaching Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa mosque”.

Knocking the Israeli barriers is not the first, last year a similar action was taken by a group of activists, according to Al Jazeera.

Palestinians maintain that the wall is nothing but an Israeli attempt to pre-empt the borders of their future state.

Branded “illegal” by the UN, the wall The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in 2004 that “the construction of the wall, and its associated regime, are contrary to international law”.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Israeli barrier “causes serious humanitarian and legal problems” and goes “far beyond what is permissible for an occupying power”.

Deeming it a cause for “unnecessary suffering” to Palestinians, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said that the wall “cut social ties and isolated villages from their farmland and citizens from their livelihoods.”

Israel was created on May 15, 1948, on the rubbles of Palestine.

Later in the 1967 Middle East War, Israel occupied other Palestinian lands along with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.

Israel returned Sinai Peninsula to Egypt under the 1979 Camp David peace accords.

Israel occupied the holy city of Al-Quds, the West Bank and Golan Heights in the 1967 war and later annexed them in a move not recognized by the international community or UN resolutions.

Since then, Israel has adopted a series of oppressive measures to force the Palestinians out of Al-Quds, including systematic demolition of their homes and building settlements. ONISLAM


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