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The principle judicial body of the United Nations today decided to open hearings next February on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory.



Issuing an order in response to a request from the General Assembly for an advisory opinion on the matter, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) also ruled that written statements should be submitted by 30 January 2004. In addition to UN Member States, Palestine was invited to provide documents to the Court.






The expulsion and brutality experienced by Palestinians refugees is the longest of any other refugee group in the world—they continue to be denied justice and their homeland during all talks, dialogue, or accords. The Occupation Forces continue unhindered to carry out massive incursions in an attempt to further expel Palestinians in refugee camps throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Apartheid Wall slashing through the West Bank has no concern for the lives, families, homes and communities that lie in its path – an experience far too familiar in Palestinian reality. The Wall denies Palestinians their most basic human rights, freedom of movement, freedom of access to health, water, food and other essential needs and in the process, makes them the subjects of harassment, assault and unacceptable mental stress.

Barbed wire is often incorporated into the structure of the Apartheid Wall. In some cases, it is a pre-barrier to the Wall, but it is also used to deny people access to land while the Wall is being built, while lands are being razed and in any other numerous incidents to further separate people from their communities, lands, schools, work and livelhood. The photos below, taken in the northeast West Bank over the last year, demonstate the intense quantity of the barbed wire being used and the severity of its pressence.



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8 December – The United Nations General Assembly, at the resumption of its long-running tenth emergency special session on Palestine, adopted a resolution today asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of a separation barrier between itself and the West Bank.



The recorded vote in the 191-member Assembly was 90 in favour, 8 against (Australia, Ethiopia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 74 abstentions. Nineteen delegations were absent.






While the Wall locks Bethlehem city into a single ghetto, it’s path is paving way for Israeli settlements to further occupy additional Palestinian land. By revealing the Wall’s path side by side with existing Israeli settlements and their “approved” expansion, the map confirms the swallowing of Bethlehem’s lands for settlement expansion. Finalized in December 2003, this map by the Palestine Land Development Information System (PALDIS) offers a transparent view of the Apartheid Wall around Bethlehem.



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The Apartheid Wall is entirely separating Ramallah from northern Jerusalem while slicing the district from multiple directions. The Wall’s massive land grab is giving way to the expansion of Israeli settlements and industrial zones through some of the most fertile lands in the Ramallah area. Focused on Ramallah city and surrounding villages and refuges camps, this new map from the Palestine Land Development Information System (PALDIS) makes horrifically clear the coming expulsion Palestinians will face around Ramallah city as communities are encaged into ghettos.




The Apartheid Wall is rapidly being built in neighborhoods throughout East Jerusalem including Abu Dis, Eizarya, Sheikh Sa’ad, Sawahre and Jabel Mukaber. The following photos are from the area Shayah, which includes areas between Tour and Eizarya, where the Wall is tearing through the middle of the community and separating some 100 homes to the west of the Wall, into Jerusalem, though Eizarya residents are, under the racist Israeli system, “West Bank ID holders”*.

November 9th, the International Day against the Wall, was declared by communities devastated by the Wall in the northern West Bank during an organizing meeting of the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign in June 2002. The goal of the day, which coincided with the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was to highlight the Palestinian-led struggle for the fall of the Apartheid Wall.

As the international community, the mainstream media and others debate over what to call Israel’s latest measure of oppression, control and land confiscation – is it a wall? a fence? or the ever-so-vague “barrier”? – the function of racist domination remains the same. The Apartheid Wall is confiscating more Palestinian land, impeding Palestinian access to their farms, schools, families, jobs, etc., dividing communities and illegally shifting disputed borders.

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.

As part of the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s week of activities against the Wall, beginning on November 9th, more than 1,000 people from the Tulkarem area demonstration against the Wall on Thursday the 13th. During this demonstration a main crowd marched from Tulkarem city towards the isolated village Baqa ash Sharqiyya where a similar crowd of demonstrators was marching to the Wall. These photos capture the march from “both sides” of the Wall and the Israeli assaults that followed.



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In Ramallah on Nov 9th over 2,000 Palestinian shut down the city streets and central area, the Manara, to demand the destruction of the Wall as part of the national and international day against the Apartheid Wall. Participants included residents from the city and surrounding villages, representative from political parties, organizers and students. The following images are from the march and speaking event which followed.



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On November 9th residents from Zububa, a village in the Jenin district surrounded by the Wall on three side, held a demonstration where sections of wires were torn down from the Wall. The following images were taken after the Occupation Military arrived and fired tear gas and bullets at the demonstrators.



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On November 9th hundreds of residents from Qalqiliya city marched throughout the streets of their imprisoned community to mark the national and international day against the Apartheid Wall. Demonstrators were attached by the Occupation Military at the Wall’s watchtower when the attempted to raise the Palestinian flag and sustained sound bombs and tear gas being fired at them.



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The November 9th demonstration in Ramallah was the largest in Palestine, and saw the closing down of the “Manara” city center for two hours in what was a union of countless individuals, organizations, community members, political parties, students and youth. The call to stop the Apartheid Wall resonated throughout the city, declaring that the countdown for the fall of the Wall has begun.

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With consideration for International Day Against the Wall on Nov 9th, Khalil Abu Arafeh created a cartoon of the Wall for the Palestinian daily press, Al Quds, to be published November 8th.



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Amnesty International is adding its voice to worldwide protests against Israel's construction of the fence/wall in the Occupied West Bank. The organization calls on the Israeli authorities to stop the construction of the fence/wall in the West Bank that is affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.




Download posters with the Campaign’s call to Stop the Wall! for activism. Posters available in Italian, German, English, and French! If you are interested in volunteering to design more posters, or other materials in various languages, for the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign please see Get Involved.







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