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***image2***My name is Rasmi Sweity from the village of Beit Awa, the wage earner for a family of 10 with 8 children, as well as for my mother and father.



This Apartheid Wall which is being built by the Occupation steels land and property, and has taken all of my lands and leaves me nothing, not for my brothers nor for my family.



This is the land that we live off of, our main source of income and we do not have another source. Where do we go? They expelled us one time (1948), and a second time (1967), and this is the third, and where do we go..








The people in Zawiya continue their resistance to the Apartheid Wall, which is currently threatening and destroying their lands. For ten days, people in Zawiya of all ages have been demonstrating in an effort to reach their lands and stop Occupation bulldozers from destroying them. However, since the first days, there have been large numbers of Occupation Forces blocking all exits of the village, preventing the people from reaching their lands.



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***image1***Hundreds of people demonstrated for the second day in a row against the Occupation forces building the Wall on their lands in Zawiya village, west of Salfit.



Large numbers of Occupation forces invaded the village today and started marking more of Zawiya's lands for the Wall's path. These new marks show that the Wall will pass less than 50 meters from the high school and the nearby houses in the village.






***image1***Hundreds of people demonstrated for the second day in a row against the Occupation forces building the Wall on their lands in Zawiya village, west of Salfit.



Large numbers of Occupation forces invaded the village today and started marking more of Zawiya's lands for the Wall's path. These new marks show that the Wall will pass less than 50 meters from the high school and the nearby houses in the village.






***image1***Hundreds of people demonstrated for the second day in a row against the Occupation forces building the Wall on their lands in Zawiya village, west of Salfit.



Large numbers of Occupation forces invaded the village today and started marking more of Zawiya's lands for the Wall's path. These new marks show that the Wall will pass less than 50 meters from the high school and the nearby houses in the village.






***image1***Hundreds of people demonstrated for the second day in a row against the Occupation forces building the Wall on their lands in Zawiya village, west of Salfit.



Large numbers of Occupation forces invaded the village today and started marking more of Zawiya's lands for the Wall's path. These new marks show that the Wall will pass less than 50 meters from the high school and the nearby houses in the village.






***image1***Yesterday people from the village of Biddu, as well as several neighboring villages north west of Jerusalem confronted Occupation Bulldozers destroying their lands for the Wall's path. Villagers gathered early in the morning, as work on the Wall started, and headed towards the lands being destroyed. Occupation soldiers immediately began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who were quickly surrounded, with soldiers taking up positions on the rooftops of several village homes.




***image1***Yesterday people from the village of Biddu, as well as several neighboring villages north west of Jerusalem confronted Occupation Bulldozers destroying their lands for the Wall's path. Villagers gathered early in the morning, as work on the Wall started, and headed towards the lands being destroyed. Occupation soldiers immediately began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who were quickly surrounded, with soldiers taking up positions on the rooftops of several village homes.




***image1***Yesterday people from the village of Biddu, as well as several neighboring villages north west of Jerusalem confronted Occupation Bulldozers destroying their lands for the Wall's path. Villagers gathered early in the morning, as work on the Wall started, and headed towards the lands being destroyed. Occupation soldiers immediately began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who were quickly surrounded, with soldiers taking up positions on the rooftops of several village homes.




***image1***Yesterday people from the village of Biddu, as well as several neighboring villages north west of Jerusalem confronted Occupation Bulldozers destroying their lands for the Wall's path. Villagers gathered early in the morning, as work on the Wall started, and headed towards the lands being destroyed. Occupation soldiers immediately began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who were quickly surrounded, with soldiers taking up positions on the rooftops of several village homes.




***image1***Yesterday people from the village of Biddu, as well as several neighboring villages north west of Jerusalem confronted Occupation Bulldozers destroying their lands for the Wall's path. Villagers gathered early in the morning, as work on the Wall started, and headed towards the lands being destroyed. Occupation soldiers immediately began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators, who were quickly surrounded, with soldiers taking up positions on the rooftops of several village homes.




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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