The Wall

The Wall is not being built on, or in most cases near the 1967 Green Line, but rather cuts deep into the West Bank, expanding Israel’s theft of Palestinian land and resources. In total, 85% of the Wall is located in the West Bank.

When completed, the Wall and its associated regime will de facto annex some 46% of the West Bank, isolating communities into Bantustans, ghettos and “military zones”.

This means that the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including almost 1.5 million refugees, will be encircled on only 12% of mandate Palestine.

Some 12% of Palestinians in the West Bank will be living in the closed military zone of the Jordan Valley or surrounded on three or four sides by the Wall or isolated between it and the green line. They face increasingly unbearable living conditions - the loss of land, markets, movement and livelihoods - and many will face expulsion.

This includes over 200,000 Palestinians of East Jerusalem, who will be totally isolated from the rest of the West Bank. 98% of the settler population will be included in the de facto annexed areas.

The Wall is not a new “idea” - since 1994 the Gaza Strip has been surrounded by a barrier that cuts off Palestinians there from the rest of the world.

The Apartheid Wall’s Location and Costs

In November 2000 Israeli Prime Minister Barak (Labour Party) approved the first project to build a “barrier”. Construction of the Wall, including land confiscation and the uprooting of trees, began in June 2002 west of Jenin.

As of summer 2010, 520 km of the planned 810 km, or 64%, had been completed. Wall construction was slow for most of 2010 as a result of worries about the financial crisis and ongoing court cases. Instead of building new portions of the Wall, work focused on modifications in the areas of Bil’in, Jayyus and around Jerusalem.

In the latter half of 2010, there was renewed work in Jerusalem where the focus was on closing gaps in certain areas. In Bethlehem, Wall construction has restarted in al Walaja village, where the village will be surrounded on all sides. Work is also ongoing in Beit Jala, where the Wall is being built along a settler road.

The Jordan Valley remains almost completely isolated from the rest of the West Bank as a closed military zone.

According to Israeli military officials, the Wall’s total length will be some 810 km. The cost of the Wall is now estimated at $2.1 billion, and each km costs approximately $2 million. In addition, the Occupation has spent 2 billion shekels to construct alternative roads and tunnels.

The Wall has destroyed a large amount of Palestinian farmland and usurped water supplies, including the biggest aquifer in the West Bank. 78 Palestinian villages and communities with a total population of 266,442 will be isolated as follows:

  • Villages surrounded by Wall, settlements and settler roads - 257,265 Palestinians.
  • Villages isolated between Wall and Green Line - 8,557 Palestinians
  • Villages isolated and residents threatened with expulsion - 6,314 Palestinians.

The so-called “disengagement”, “modifications”, “convergence” and “development” are all part of the Israeli rhetoric that hides the overall strategy for the complete colonization of the West Bank and the expulsion or enslavement of the Palestinian population.

The “modification” of the path of the Wall, far from being a benefit for the local population, often only returns a fraction of what was stolen. It also serves to distract from the ICJ ruling, which calls for the dismantling of the Wall, not the rerouting of small sections. In addition, these modifications often ensure that the lands that remain isolated behind the Wall cannot be accessed by their owners, effectively annexing them. Instead of dismantling settlements, the Occupation continues to expand them, in particular those located around Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Apartheid Wall as a Network

The concrete Wall is present in Bethlehem, parts of Ramallah, Qalqilya, parts of Tulkarm and throughout the Jerusalem envelope. It is 8 meters high - twice the height of the Berlin Wall - with watchtowers and a “buffer zone” 30-100 meters wide for electric fences, trenches, cameras, sensors, and military patrols. In other places, the Wall consists of layers of fencing and razor wire, military patrol roads, sand paths to trace footprints, ditches and surveillance cameras.

The Apartheid Wall’s “buffer zone” paves the way for large-scale demolitions and the expulsion of nearby residents, as in many places the Wall is located just meters away from homes, shops, and schools. The land between the Apartheid Wall and the Green Line has been declared a “seam zone”, and all residents and landowners in this area must obtain a permit to remain in their homes and on their lands.

The Occupation has created agricultural “gates” in the Wall; these do not provide any guarantee that farmers will have access to their lands but instead strengthen Israel’s strangling system of permits and checkpoints where Palestinians are beaten, detained, shot at and humiliated. In total, there are:

  • 34 fortified checkpoints - 3 main terminals, 9 commercial terminals, and 22 terminals for cars and workers that control all Palestinian movement.
  • 44 tunnels will connect 22 small ghettos inside 3 main ghettos.
  • 634 checkpoints or other military obstructions including trenches, roadblocks, metal gates under Occupation control.
  • 1,661 km of settler roads connect settlements and settlement blocs and complement the Wall system.

Creating Ghettos

The ghettoization project in all of its forms imprisons the Palestinian population and, in many places, isolates it from basic services. This, along with the loss of land, markets, and resources, results in the inability of communities to sustain themselves adequately and with dignity.

Northern Ghetto

The northwestern part from Jenin to Qalqiliya (the “first phase” of 145 km) is complete while continuing south until Salfit. From there it merges with the other portion of the Wall to form a ghetto in the north.

Within the “first phase”, 13 villages west of the Wall have been de facto annexed to Israel and some 50 villages are separated from their lands.

Also in the “first phase”, Israel has confiscated 36 groundwater wells and at least another 14 wells are threatened with demolition in the Wall’s “buffer zone”.

Central Ghetto

Salfit, the most fertile area of the West Bank known as the “food basket”, will lose more than 50% of its land – isolated behind the Apartheid Wall.

North of Salfit, the Ariel settlement bloc cuts into 22km of the West Bank, separating the Central Ghetto from the North. This annexes 2% of the West Bank.

The Wall winds 22km into the West Bank to annex the settlement blocs creating two fingers: Immanuel and Ariel. The route of the two creates small, isolated Palestinian ghettos. Communities like ‘Izbat Abu Adam, Dar Abu Basal and Wadi Qana are isolated inside the settlement blocs themselves. Another three villages, Az Zawiya, Deir Ballut and Rafat, east of the Ariel Finger, are to be surrounded on four sides by the Wall and connected to the reset of the West Bank by tunnel. More than a dozen villages located along the route of the Wall will collectively lose thousands of dunums of productive land.

Jerusalem

The Wall encircles the Holy City and the ring of settler colonies around it, furthering Jerusalem’s isolation from the West Bank. The Wall rips through villages and neighborhoods, separating families, cutting social and economic ties, and ghettoizing areas stolen by the Zionist project in its plans for Jerusalem as the future capital of Israel.

New settlements are under construction around Jerusalem built on the annexed lands. This seeks to enlarge the number of Jewish settlers in the area in the project to change the city’s demography. Some 25 villages and neighbourhoods will be completely isolated from the rest of Jerusalem and the West Bank and squeezed into five different ghettos. The Wall in Jerusalem is almost completed. Only small parts in the north and east of the city are still under construction. The Jerusalem district will, in total, lose 90% of its land when the Wall is completed. It is a central component of the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from Jerusalem.

The right of Palestinians to live in Jerusalem is also under threat, and of the 396 Palestinian structures that were demolished by Israeli forces in 2010, many were located in Jerusalem.

Southern Ghetto/Bethlehem/Hebron

In the southern West Bank the Apartheid Wall encircles Bethlehem by continuing south of East Jerusalem in both the east and west. With the land isolated by the Wall, annexed for settlements, and closed under various pretexts, only 13% of the Bethlehem district is available for Palestinian use. In Bethlehem and Hebron concrete walls surround the main holy sites, Rachel’s Tomb and Abraham’s Mosque respectively. Rachel’s Tomb is already inaccessible to Palestinians and is being annexed. The Wall isolates thousands of dunums from Hebron district, threatening cattle rearing, which is a main of source livelihood in the area.

Jordan Valley

Since 2000 the Valley has been surrounded with 6 checkpoints controlling all access. The Occupation announced in February 2006 a plan to annex 28.5% of the Valley, including 24 villages with a population of 52,000 along with their water resources and the Eastern aquifer. 200,000 people living in the Tubas and Nablus regions who own land or have family in the Jordan Valley are denied access.

Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip, with a population of some 1.5 million people in 365 km2 is one of the most densely populated places on the globe. It is a prison that has been completely surrounded for years by walls and razor wire. The Wall in Gaza extends to about 55 kilometers starting from northwest of Beit Lahia until southeast of Rafah. Along the Wall runs a “buffer zone” which ranges, since the Gaza assault, between 300 – 600 meters. Anyone approaching the buffer zone runs the risk of being shot. The consequences of the buffer zone have been severe. 25% of the most fertile agricultural lands in Gaza are not useable. 15% of Gaza farmers are deprived of work, joining the ranks of the unemployed and becoming dependent on the food aid.

Repression of popular resistance

Popular resistance to the Wall, which consists of demonstrations and various means of direct action, began with the first demolitions in 2002 and has continued ever since. Repression by Israeli forces has been severe. There have been 16 people killed in demonstrations against the Wall, half of them under 18. Thousands more have been injured, and hundreds arrested. From 2008 – 2009 in the village of Ni’lin, for instance, nearly 500 were injured by Israeli fire, and more than 70 were arrested. The first wave of killings and serious repression lasted for a year and began in 2004 with the killing of 5 people in Biddu, which had organized mass demonstrations against the construction of the Wall. In 2005, 3 children were shot dead in Beit Liqya. A similar wave of killings occurred during 2008-2009, when Occupation forces killed 5 in Ni’lin and 1 in Bil’in, again in response to ongoing resistance.

Repression continued in 2010, and arrests in villages protesting the Wall increased. This is not to say that violence disappeared; protestors are continually beaten and injured by projectiles at demonstrations. In March 2010, soldiers shot and killed Mohammed Abdelqader Qadus (16) and Usaid Abd Qadus (19) in the village of Iraq Burin. The village had been holding weekly demonstrations in protest of settler violence and land confiscation.

Arrests related to actions against the Wall and settlements continued to increase. From our grassroots committees and local human rights NGOs, there has been an estimated 250 arrests of human rights defenders (HRDs) in response to actions against the Wall and settlements. This number does not include Jerusalem, where an estimated 750 Palestinians, many of them minors, were arrested in 2010.

Despite this repression, grassroots action against the Wall and settlements continue to expand across the West Bank. Friday protests continued in the villages of Bil’in, al Ma’sara and Ni’lin as well as the Saturday protests in Beit Ummar. The weekly protest in an Nabi Saleh, which began a year ago, remains strong.

Marches against the checkpoint in Beitin, the Wall in al Walaja and Beit Jala have also been organized, in addition to the protests against the settlements that were also occurring every Saturday in Iraq Burkin and more recently in the old city of Hebron.

These demonstrations are costly for Occupation forces. During the trial of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, documents presented revealed that ammunition used against demonstrations from August 2008 – 2009 cost 6.5 million NIS (1.83 USD), and the concrete wall erected in Ni’lin, a response to the continued cutting of the fence, cost 8.5 million NIS (2.39 USD).

Settlement expansion and settler violence

Despite the pretense of international political pressure, settlement expansion continued in 2010, with a considerable amount of activity taking place in and around Jerusalem. In January, 600 new settlement units were approved in East Jerusalem in the settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev and around the Palestinian neighborhood of Shu’afat. This was followed in March by the approval of 1600 housing in Ramat Shlomo, north of Jerusalem, as well as 1300 units in Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Yakoov, and Har Homa. Construction on many of the buildings in Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Yakoov began or reached various stages of approval throughout the year. In April, the Occupation municipality approved 321 settlement units in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

New homes for settlers were built around Bethlehem, where Occupation authorities are also in the process of continuing Wall construction. In March 112 settlement units were authorized for construction in Betar Illit, while in June construction on 100 units began near Beit Jala and al Walajah. At the end of the year, a plan to build 90 housing units in the Gilo settlement was approved.

Settlement activity continued in other areas of the West Bank as well. According to the PNA, during the first half of 2010, 1135 housing units were built, 339 in East Jerusalem and remainder in other parts of the West Bank. Also in the first half of 2010, 3009 settlement residential units were under construction, 1029 in the West Bank.

More construction is planned, and media reports in June reported settler councils planned to build 2,700 new housing units, many in the northern West Bank. Other reports in September revealed that 12,000 housing units were planned for East Jerusalem settlements, and that 50,000 more new housing units were in various stages of planning, approval or construction through the remainder of the West Bank.

Settler violence against Palestinians also increased in 2010, with more than 300 “incidents” recorded by UN OCHA. Of these, 205 related to attacks and damage of property by settlers. In 108 cases settlers attacked and wounded Palestinians. As has been the case in past years, attacks intensified during the yearly olive harvest, in particular in villages around Nablus, where Palestinian residents faced dozens of settler attacks.

20\4\2014 Although negotiations continue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, there has been no change on the daily practices Israeli government and settlers implement in the occupied territories. Reports indicate that, in March, the Israeli government approved the building of 2840 housing units in the city of Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.

8 \ 2 \ 2014, Dozens of volunteers of Palestinians Farmers Union, Stop the Wall Campaign, Kafr al-Labad Association, and some farmers, planted olive seedlings in "Alhvasi" region, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Palestinian and Arab Society for the Protection of Nature .
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January 2014 witnessed increase in the continues settlers' crimes against Palestinians and their property, as well as the reveal of further settlement expansion plans that the Israeli government agreed on. 

Friday 31 of January, in coordination with the international Stop the JNF Campaign the Union of Palestinian Farmers and the anti-apartheid Wall Campaign planted olive seedlings in the village of Sebastia in Nablus, a continuation of the activities of anti-113anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish National Fund. 
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19\1\2014 - In a joint effort with the Stop the JNF campaign, the anti-apartheid Wall Campaign and the Union of Palestinian Farmers planted 113 trees in Al Hamma and Ain Al Beida areas and in the northern Jordan Valley, coinciding with the 113 anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish National Fund.

Only in November, Israeli govermental bodies, military and settlers together have been responsible for uprooting and destroying 786 olive trees, approving the establishment of 2680 settlement units and confiscating 5248 dunums.

15 \ 11 \ 2013, a group of activists of the Popular Resistance , demolish a section of the concrete wall, about ten meters near the town of Bir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem, dozens of participants pass to the other side of the wall which lead to the city of Jerusalem.

The occupation government is carrying out a process of ethnic cleansing in the Palestinian territories in full view of the rest of the world.  Settlement expansion is happening at a ferocious rate alongside land confiscation and daily attacks by the Israeli army and settlers against Palestinian citizens and their property.

  The Popular Resistance Campaign launched a series of events against the wall and settlements from the village of Betien, east of Ramallah. More than 150 people participated in the demonstration to reclaim land confiscated by the "Bethel" settlement

 

Ramallah – 30/6/2013 - Monthly report issued by the Wall and Settlements Information Centre: 98 attacks carried out by the Israeli occupation forces and extremist settlers during June 2013

1 – Attacks by the Israeli occupation forces include:

Salfit - On Sunday 2nd June the occupation forces notified villagers from Bruqin in Salfit that they must evacuate more than 100 dunams of land. The mayor of Bruqin, Nafid Barakat and resident Salah Amer are the owners of the land and Mr Barakat had just replanted the land 4 months before receiving the evacuation notice.

A group of settlers have also attacked citizens in their cars in the village of Yasuf, Salfit and closed the main street of the village.

Al-Ma’sara: Israeli occupation forces suppressed the weekly march against the separation wall in Ma’sara. The IOF intercepted the march and attacked demonstrators, beating them, preventing them from reaching the wall and injuring a number of them.

Beit Ummar: Three demonstrators were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by the IOF at the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar and dozens of citizens suffered the effects of tear gas and smoke bombs.

The Occupation suppresses the weekly demonstrations against the wall and settlements and demonstrations condemning the martyrdom of captive Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh

The legitimate and rightful weekly demonstration of the Palestinian continued this Friday against the occupation, the apartheid wall, & the settlements.

Youth and foreign solidarity activists in Nabi Saleh was wounded by rubber bullets, after Israeli occupation forces suppressed the protest march of the village, north-west of Ramallah, against the settlement and confiscation of Palestinian land.

During Israeli Occuaption Forces (IOF) suppression of the weekly march of the residents of Ni'lin, west of Ramallah, dozens of tear gas canisters were fired.  

 

The people of the town of Ni'lin said Friday prayers on their land near the Apartheid Wall and during the Friday sermon the khatib, or person delivering the sermon, stressed the need to stand by the prisoners and called for an end to solitary confinement and the implementation of their demands.  

 

The Stop the wall campaign in cooperation with the Farkha International yearly camp organized a march in solidarity with farmers who are on their land in the valley Qana. Qana is located close to Deir Istiya in Salfit district and is one of the spots of the West Bank that was first ethnically cleansed from its Palestinian population and  its nature devastated by the Israeli settlement project. Today Wadi Qana is completely isolated by the Wall and is surrounding 9 settlements, with a total population of over ten thousand settlers.

17-7-2012 This morning, the occupation forces uprooted and confiscated 30 olive trees from the land of Mohammad and Saqer Shihadeh in the village Qusra. Fath Allah Mahmoud got a notice to stop working on his land which is close to the «Majdolim» settlement. Qusra is located in the south of Nablus distirct. The settelment «Majdolim» was build on the village land in the seventieths and the occupation forces is still confiscating more land more to expand the settlement. 

 

Around 80 volunteers attended a day of environmental and solidarity activities, organised by Stop the Wall, in the village of Dura al Qare’ in Ramallah district. The volunteers cleaned the water springs of the village and helped farmers irrigate their crops.

Hebron – 22/6/12 The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) used tear gas and sound bombs to repress a large solidarity march to the village of Susia, in the hills to the southeast of Hebron. The village has experienced multiple cases of house, tent and cave demolitions, leading to the displacement of more than half of the village’s residents, as Settlement associations, who consider the village to be illegal, pressure the IOF to clear the area of Palestinians.

 

Bil’in: Ahmed Abdul Fattah Bernat (19 years) injured his foot and dozens of Palestinian and International activists suffered from temporary asphyxia due to tear gas during the weekly march against the apartheid wall and settlements on Friday. Protestors marched under the banner “Popular Resistance in Bil’in continues” and were met with a hail of tear gas, flash-bang grenades and rubber coated metal bullets as well as being sprayed with chemical imbued “skunk water”.

 

Around 160 Palestinian youths attended a day of voluntary activities in Wadi Qana, a valley in the Salfit district. Stop the Wall called for this activity in order to carry out environmental and agricultural work for the benefit of the Palestinian citizens and the surrounding landscape.

A group of more than 60 Palestinian youths participated in a trip to the village of al Walaja, to the west of Bethlehem, on Friday 15th June 2012 in order to reach out to the local community and to enhance the Palestinian presence in the area which has experienced much land confiscation, settler violence and repression by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) over the years.

"The only alternative that would be acceptable to me would be your complete withdrawal from all Palestinian land.” The case of Khalid Abdullah Yassin.

Nabi Saleh: The information office of the popular committee in Nabi Saleh reported that 3 children, Mahmoud Shaker al-Tamimi (14 years), and Islam al-Tamimi (16 years), and Muhammad Bilal al-Tamimi (11 years), were wounded by rubber coated bullets during the weekly demonstration against land theft.

Nabi Saleh: During the weekly protest at Nabi Saleh on Friday 18th March, against the wall and settlements, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and skunk water at protestors, injuring two Palestinians, Wa'ad Tamimi (15 years), and Walid al-Tamimi (16 years) and one international activist. A choir from Scotland attended the protest and sang songs of solidarity at the front of the procession.

Attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank continue apace, while the occupational forces provide the aggressors' with protection. The attacks, ranging from destruction of fruit trees to seizure of land, demonstrate Israel's continued commitment to policies of terrorism and ethnic cleansing as they continue to expand and build on stolen land.

 

Bil'in:  Around 100 protesters gathered to protest the colonial apartheid Wall in Bil’in and show support for the ongoing hunger strike in Israeli jails. In response dozens of tear gas canisters and flash-bang grenades were launched into the crowd, setting fire to many acres of land and more than 20 olive trees.

The occupation forces destroyed  this early morning an agricultural shed in Zabda village in Jenin district.

The owner of the shed is the farmer Mahmoud Jalal Hamdan, who used this space to store agricultural equipments.

The villagers confirm that this shed is located close to the apartheid wall.

Demolitions by the Israeli occupation authorities, in particular in area C, have been at the rise during 2011 and continue at accelerated speed in 2012 with almost 100 structures demolished since the beginning of this year.

The first time I went to Turkalem, in the northeast of the West Bank, I did not know much about the situation there. I basically knew that it was mainly an agricultural region.

In Turkalem I met Faize Taneeb, an organic farmer, which already makes his story intresting, but the conditions he has to wrok his land, are the ones that make his case a special one.

“We shouldn’t link our popular resistance to a time-bound goal. It should continue as long as its main reason exists, which is the Israeli Occupation."

The occupation forces oppressed the Anti-apartheid Wall and -settlement weekly protest around the West Bank by using metal bullets covered with rubber, gas, and sound bombs against Palestinian and international protesters, which caused dozens of suffocation cases.

Occupation forces suppressed the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh village, which came under the title of “Loyalty for Our Prisoners” in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners strike currently being held in occupation prisons. Many of these prisoners were incarcerated arbitrarily for their political actions against the occupation.

Protesters were shot by metal bullets covered with rubber, which injured 4 protesters. They were also shot by tear gas canisters, causing dozens of suffocation cases among the protesters.

Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are on hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day in protest of being forced into isolation cells and being deprived of family visits.

Under the title"We Will Not Forget Our Prisoners" dozens of suffocation cases in Bilin weekly protest. Dozens were seriously suffocated during the weekly protest in Bil'in after shooting tear gas bombs and bullets towards the protesters and the international activists by the occupation forces.

On Friday, a young man and a child were injured during the weekly protest against the Apartheid Wall in al-Ma'asara village in Bethlehem after the occupation forces attacked the participants.

The villagers of Nilin had conducted Friday prayers on their land near the Apartheid Wall. During the sermon, Murad Amira Al-Khatib mentioned the need to close ranks in the face of Occupation and called for the expeditious implementation of the reconciliation agreement.

The Apartheid Wall fact sheet provides basic information about the Wall, including location and costs as well as how the Wall is part of a network, which includes checkpoints, tunnels and settler roads. The fact sheet also explains the ghetto system and the position of the international community. It concludes with the repression of popular resistance to the Wall in 2010 as well as settlement expansion and settler violence.

Click here to download the Apartheid Wall 2010 fact sheet.

The cement curb-like structure is deceiving to the viewer. It looks harmless next to the winding road. At most, its existence might strike the viewer with curiosity, not alarm. Yet this curb not only brings a reminder of the occupation’s past violent actions but also a bleak future. For this curb is the start to the route of the Apartheid wall that is being built in the small Palestinian village of Umm Salamuna. 

The Apartheid Wall fact sheet provides basic information about the Wall, including location and costs as well as how the Wall is part of a network, which includes checkpoints, tunnels and settler roads. The fact sheet also explains the ghetto system and the position of the international community. It concludes with the repression of popular resistance to the Wall, which is discussed in much more detail here.

An extensive PowerPoint presentation to download and use in your awareness raising events. It illustrates the racist separation and expulsion perpetrated by the Occupation all over Palestine and highlights how the Occupation's policies in the West Bank and Gaza are mirrored inside the Green Line.

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Within the Palestinian lands occupied in 1948, the Palestinian minority and the Jewish majority generally live in separate areas. This geographical apartheid is clearest in the big cities where in some cases Palestinian neighbourhoods are separated from Jewish neighbourhoods by a walls and fences. This is only the more visible part of the structure of racist exclusion, discrimination and dispossession Israel is built upon - an intricate system of "Jewish first" or "Jewish only" allows the Zionist state to oppress and control the remaining Palestinian population.

Download the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s Flash Presentation for organizing against the Wall in your area! The new flash presentation is an activist tool of 92 slides that gives updated information and images about the destruction and forced expulsion caused by the Apartheid Wall. The presentation offers the history of the Apartheid Wall, with occupanying maps that illustrate the general Occupation plans in Palestine and the West Bank and Jerusalem in particular. Additionally, the maps included clearly explain the Wall’s path through the entire West Bank.

My name is Khalid Al-Salfiti. Originally from Salfit, I have been living in Jerusalem since I was 12, when I was orphaned. I came to Jerusalem to find work, and at the time, in the year 1962, the city was bustling. When I grew older, an acquaintance who knew me well gave me money to buy a shop in Jerusalem -the Old City- and until today this shop is my work and my income. It has allowed me to care for my family and to buy a home.

At the end of July 2003, just over a year after beginning construction, the Israeli military announced the completion of the Wall's "first phase", which runs 145 km through the northern West Bank districts of Jenin, Tulkarem, and Qalqiliya. Though "completion" has been declared, the reality is strikingly different; the destruction of land and the demolition of homes and markets continue in this area on a daily basis.

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