Archive for the ‘Separation wall’ tag
Even though according to the Oslo accords Israel transferred to the Palestinian Authority full administrative responsibility over area A and civil administration of area B, the IDF is preventing construction and development in 4,700 dunams of these areas citing security reasons. Furthermore, seizure orders were issued for approximately 1,870 additional dunams in these areas for use in paving roads related to construction of the separation fence. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
A B’Tselem report concludes that IDF soldiers shot and killed Samir Awad, a 16 year Palestinian youth, near the separation fence near Budrus, even though he did not pose a threat to them at any time. (B’Tselem)
(Hebrew – B’Tselem)
An investigation into the shooting death of 16 year old Samir Awad from the village of Budrus shows that the IDF force which opened fire on the teen did so in contravention of the rules of engagement and then tried to cover up the story.
(Hebrew – Walla!)
A 17 year old Palestinian boy was killed by IDF fire in the village of Budrus near the separation wall. (Ynetnews)
(Hebrew – Ynet)
The internal Security Service (Shin Bet) has summoned Dr. Kobi Snitz, a mathematician from the Weizmann Institute of Science, for interrogation, and demanded that he not participate in demonstrations against the separation wall. In his interrogation Dr. Snitz was told that the ISS is investigating cases of “deligitimization” of Israel. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
All houses in the small Palestinian village of Arab ar Ramadin are under demolition orders. The village is located in Area C, on the Israeli side of the separation wall. Village inhabitants are separated from their lands and other Palestinian villages in the vicinity. Since no shops, employment opportunities or medical services are available in the village in the village, inhabitants are forced to pass Israeli military checkpoints several times every day.
The separation wall is planned to cut in half the agricultural lands of the village Batir, near Jerusalem, whose terraces and ancient aqueduct are candidates to be added to UNESCO’s World Heritage site list. The wall could separate the villagers from 740 acres of their land.
Israel’s Civil Administration is covertly locating and mapping available land in the West Bank and naming the plots after existing Jewish settlements. The mapping encompasses around 620,000 dunams (155,000 acres). In some places the boundaries of the plots outlined in the maps coincide with the route of the West Bank separation barrier, although Israel has argued before the Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague that the route of the separation barrier was based on Israel’s security needs.
A Border Police force expelled a bus full of Harvard students from the Palestinian village of Walaja while they were on a tour of the separation wall in the village, claiming that the bus was driving on a route reserved strictly for security vehicles. (Haaretz)
(Hebrew - Haaretz)
European Union Ambassador to Israel, Andrew Stendly, has issued an official complaint to the Foreign Ministry regarding the eviction of Bedouin residents and the demolition of Palestinian homes in part of the E1 area of the West Bank in which a Jewish neighborhood is planned that would create territorial contiguity between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Europe Rafi Shutz also heard from the ambassador that the EU is concerned about the rise in the number of houses demolished in the West Bank by the Civil Authority.
According to experts on the Separation Wall in the Jerusalem area, there are increasing signs that Israel is paving the way for construction in the E1 area. For example, after many years of inactivity, Israel renewed work on two roads in the Ma’aleh Adumim area and has opened a new crossing point in Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in the north of East Jerusalem.