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Today secondary students in Azzun Atman were forced to remain inside their classrooms and banned from playing football outside by Israeli soldiers--who then tore down the school’s Palestinian flag. Adjacent to the village’s co-educational school in the south is an Israeli military checkpoint; just a few hundred meters thereafter lies the Israeli settlement Sha’are Tiqva.

In June 2002, the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign put out a call for International Day Against the Wall on November 9th, which was decided upon by communities affected by the Wall as it coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this day, events and actions will take place worldwide against the Wall in solidarity with those in Palestine, further amplifying the Palestinian national call to Stop the Wall!

In late August 2003, the Israeli occupation forces informed the Red Crescent that there would be “real changes” taking place in Jubara, a small hamlet of 300 residents south of Tulkarem. Such declared changes, then not specified yet predictable, had already begun with the building of the Apartheid Wall and are now escalating as Israel’s expansionist policies are advancing to expel residents from Jubara.

Displacement a word that reflects the unfortunate reality waiting for Palestinians, this word shapes the living reality of suffering and pain. Abu Amar is living this reality, the summary of his life best paints the picture.

Throughout this week, villagers whose lands have been isolated by the Wall in the northern West Bank found an Israeli military order declaring that the lands isolated behind the Wall formed a “demarcation border” and prohibiting passage to these areas almost entirely. The orders, which constitute a grave and blatant next step in Israel’s illegal land grab, come at the same time that the United Nations postponed voting on a Security Council resolution regarding Israel’s Apartheid Wall.

The people in the village of Falamya are appealing for international organizations to intervene immediately so farmers can access their isolated land behind the Apartheid Wall, where nearly 6,000 citrus and fruit trees are perishing. The Wall has brought massive devastation to the some 600 residents in Falamya, which is northeast of Qalqiliya.

On Tuesday October 6th, the Municipality of Jayyus, a village in the Qalqiliya district which is separated from 72% of its land by the Wall, sent out an appeal for support for residents’ to reach their land. There are two “access gates” in Jayyus which are claimed by the Israeli military to be for farmers to reach land on the “other side” of the Wall; however, the gates are a means by which Israel seeks to legitimize the Wall and confiscation of Palestinian land and intensify the humiliation which Palestinians suffer under all aspects of the Occupation.

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.


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.


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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