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To mark the third year of the Intifada and amplify the call from Palestine to “STOP THE WALL!” the Norwegian People’s Aid & Association of Norwegian NGO’s for Palestine organized a series of lectures, film screenings, and demonstrations from the 26th to the 30th of September in major cities across Norway.




In what those who have been closely following Israel’s plans around the construction of the Wall see as pre-determined, Wednesday’s high profile announcement to build the Wall east of Ariel and Kedumim is outdated, as the current mapping of the Wall is virtually the same as plans that have been made public since the beginning of 2003.

***image1*** The Wall is located in front of me, all the time, as it is just 17 meters away from my home. Not one person in Qalqiliya feels the Wall as I do. It is always there, me and my family no longer see the sky, nor the sunset, nothing but a ten meter high concrete wall.



No one can imagine what I have been through.






***image1*** Abu Muhannad, a resident of Habla village, is a farmer who depends on his land and livestock to support his family of 11 individuals, most of who are children. The Wall around Habla isolates his home and land from the rest of the village, trapping his family in the area Israel looks to annex. Daily life for them is unbearably filled with military and armed patrols, bulldozers, and the uprooting of trees and razing of their lands. The family lives in constant fear for the fate of their land and their personal safety.




***image1***‘Abbas Khaled ‘Ali Yusef is a tradesman from Baqa ash Sharqiya who has lost two shops since the construction of the Wall began and the targeting of the commercial areas along the Green Line. His first shop, a seed and nut toaster for wholesale and retail food provision, was located five meters from the Israeli military checkpoint separating Baqa ash Sharqiya and Nazlat ‘Isa; both villages will be isolated between the Wall and the 1967 Green Line.

On September 8, 2003 the United Nations published an official document, Question of the Violation of Human Rights in the Occupied Arab Territories, including Palestine, which includes a special chapter analyzing the impact of the Wall on Palestinians as well as the illegality of the Wall itself. This report, written by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights, John Dugard, states clearly how the Wall is a means for the illegal annexation of Palestinian land with severe implications for displacing residents.




ACTION PLAN ADOPTED TODAY ALSO CALLS FOR EDUCATING PUBLIC, TABLING OF NEW RESOLUTIONS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SECURITY COUNCIL



Civil society organizations committed themselves to pressure their governments to condemn the construction of the "wall" by Israel as part of its pattern of illegal settlement activity, according to the Plan of Action adopted this afternoon at the conclusion of the United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People.






Nazlat 'Isa, Tulkarem -- Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by the military, demolished today three commercial stores in Nazlat 'Isa, located near the Green Line between Baqa Al Sharqia and Baqa Al Gharbia. Ten days ago, the Israeli Occupation Forces demolished 135 stores in the village as well as five houses. The large scale demolition of the commercial area was the completion of the destruction which began last January with the destruction of 85 stores.

OVER 100 SHOPS AND 5 HOMES DEMOLISHED IN NAZLAT 'ISA FOR THE BUILDING OF THE WALL




Qalqiliya -- Israeli bulldozers, accompanied with three military jeeps along with armed guards of the Israeli construction companies, began bulldozing 50 dunums of lands along the eastern side of the Qalqiliya Wall for its so-called "buffer zone". Among the destruction were vegetables crops and water pipes. The buffer zone of this portion of the Wall will be 50 meters wide and run the length of 2 kilometers.




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The Campaign call is: Stop the Wall, Dismantle parts already built, Return all lands confiscated for the Wall, and Compensate for all losses. Organize through your movement, organization, university, community, etc.



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