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Israel: The Wall « Previous | |Next »
April 24, 2005

Israeli/Palestinian politics have a low profile in Australia. When the conflict does surface in the media it is the Israeli perspective that is adopted as a given. The issue of the Israeli wall is a case in point.

The Israeli The Wall snaking across the West Bank. (Photo: Arjan El Fassed)

By August the wall surrounding East Jerusalem will be in place thereby cutting it off from the West Bank. The Palestinians who live there will be able to leave only with permits. The centre of life in the West Bank will become an enclosed prison.

Tanya Reinhart says:

According to United Nations data, 237,000 Palestinians will be trapped between the wall and the Green Line and 160,000 others will remain on the Palestinian side, cut off from their land...What is to be expected for those people, for the farmers who lose their land, for the imprisoned who are cut off from their families and their livelihoods?

Presumably, they will live in poverty in the West Bank.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:46 PM | | Comments (0)