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At 6:00am on July 20th, 2004 Occupation forces moved into Barta'a Sharqiya with hundreds of troops, and a large number of bulldozers, and began demolishing factories and shops in the village's commercial area, demolishing some 26 commercials buildings in the course of the day, destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of Palestinians. This video shows the razing of several small shops, and the flattening of a larger commercial building. There is also a longer video available for download that shows the full extent of the destruction wrought on the people of Barta'a Sharqiya.

Every day for the last few weeks Occupation forces have been working to clear the lands northwest of Jerusalem for the Apartheid Wall, and every day the villagers of Beit Duqqu, among many others have stood together on their lands trying to stop the senseless destruction.



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As the Israeli Apartheid Wall rips through the fabric of Palestinian communities, it takes with it thousands of dunums of precious olive and citrus trees and fertile farming land. As of June 2003, some 102,320 trees had been uprooted in the Jenin, Tulkarem, and Qalqiliya districts while the ongoing construction of the Wall, at an ever rapid pace, can only ensure more wreckage. For Palestinians, who have become more dependent on agricultural resources and development since the Occupation has crushed labor economy, this land razing has a devastating impact on sustainability.

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