Il Muro: Furto di Terre ed Espulsione Forzata

  • Il Muro non viene costruito sulla Linea Verde del 1967, o per lo più vicino ad essa, ma piuttosto penetra in profondità la Cisgiordania, espandendo il furto delle terre e delle risorse dei Palestinesi perpetrato dagli Israeliani.
  • Una volta completato, il Muro annette di fatto il 50% della Cisgiordania, isolando diverse comunità in cantoni, enclavi o “zone militari”.

El Muro: Robo de Tierras y Expulsión Forzada

  • La construcción del Muro ha tenido como ruta de referencia Línea Verde, que demarca la frontera de 1967, pero la mayoría de la veces se adentra en Cisjordania aumentando el robo por parte de Israel de tierras y recursos naturales.
  • El muro anexará, de facto, el 50% de Cisjordania, aislando comunidades entre cantones, enclaves y “zonas militares”.

Abu Dis has been transformed into ghetto by the Apartheid Wall—residents are unable to go outside their imprisoned neighborhood into the rest of Jerusalem, torn away from schools, markets, family, and deprived of the basic ability to travel. These photos, from early September 2003, show the daily routine of residents in Abu Dis attempting to “cross the Wall”. The “openings” in these pictures have now been sealed shut and razor wire stretches across the top of the Wall.

In Jayyous, a village of 3,000 in the northern West Bank, Najah Shamasneh cradles her granddaughter in her lap and listens to her husband Yusuf tell of the loss of their agricultural land. The Shamasneh family's 25 dunams(about 6.25 acres), their sole source of income, now lies on the western side of the wall that Israel is erecting in the West Bank.

In a recent article for the International Herald Tribune, Jonathan Cook, a freelance journalist living in Israel, describes a humorous e-mail circulating on the Internet that explains the “law of diminishing territorial returns” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

On August 21, 2003 the Israeli military “continued” with its plan to expel residents in Nazlat ‘Isa by demolishing over 100 shops--what remained of the commercial area after the demolitions in January 2003-- as well as five homes. A full press release from this disaster is available at Latest News.





More about Nazlat 'Isa on this site.

Palestinians have been watching with despair the visits of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Washington. Amid the rhetoric of negotiations, more than 100 bulldozers are working every day to continue construction of the wall, highlighting the actual path that the road map is paving.

While President Bush was correct in calling the wall "a problem" and referring to it as "a wall snaking through the West Bank," on the ground there is no sign of an end to what has been called the largest "project" ever undertaken by Israel.

***image2***The following excerpts have been abstracted from a book review featured in the August 2003 edition of the Palestinian English language monthly This Week in Palestine.

The Wall in Palestine: Facts, Testimonies, Analysis and Call to Action, Edited by The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) Jerusalem, 2003, 199 pages.


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This map, from the Palestine Land Development Information Systems (PALDIS), details the Wall’s devastating effects on Palestinian communities as they are separated from their land while the entire West Bank is being torn apart into disconnected ghettos. If the Wall is completed in its entirety, 54% of the West Bank lands will be walled into these ghettos with another some 4.5% imprisoned into enclaves.

In July 2003, families from Jayyus, a village east if Qalqiliya, began sleeping in tents on their land which has been isolated by the Apartheid Wall—the area which is being de facto annexed by Israel. Jayyus has had 72% of its lands and seven groundwater wells isolated by the Wall. Seventy-five percent of Jayyus’ 3,000 residents are dependent upon their land for income and/or direct subsistence. Some 300 families have lost their only source of income.




The Wall in Jerusalem is finalizing Israel’s illegal annexation of the city by isolating it entirely from the West Bank and furthering the Zionist plan of “Greater Jerusalem”. The following images, all taken by Mahfuz Abu Turk in the spring of 2003 for the Palestine Chronicle, are from East Jerusalem neighborhoods where the Wall has been built.





More information on this subject is available in The Impact of the Wall's First Phase on Water in The Wall in Palestine: Facts, Testimonies, Analysis, and Call to Action by PENGON.

The Apartheid Wall coils around Qalqiliya nearly 5 km, imprisoning the city’s 42,000 residents.





By Bethlehem, the Apartheid Wall is furthering the separation of the area from Jerusalem. Through Bethlehem city and neighboring communities, the Wall consists of 15 km of razor wire or concrete (as by Rachel’s Tomb) and often built in combination with settler by-pass roads. 15,000 dunums of agricultural land is isolated by the Wall towards the ever expanding settlements.

On January 21, 2003 the Israeli military destroyed 63 shops Nazlat ‘Isa’s commercial area as part of the process to forcibly expel residents from communities near the Apartheid Wall. Nazlat ‘Isa is north of Tulkarem and now trapped between the Wall and the Green Line, in the Israeli de facto annexed area. More information is available in Latest News.





The map presented here was produced October 7, 2002 by the Israeli military. It was the first military map to become available indicating that the settlement Alfe Menashe, south of Qalqiliya, would be included on the west side of the Wall—in the de facto annexed area by and for Israel. The military has yet to make public a map of the Wall’s entire path.


For a map of the Wall's entire path from the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign click here.

There has yet to be an “official” map of the Wall’s entire path released by the Israeli military. The following map was the first to become available, on September 18th 2002, in a case filed by the Palestinian human rights group, LAW, to the Israeli courts regarding residents’ lands affected by the Wall in the villages Attil, Baqa ash Sharqiya, Deir al Ghusun, Nazlat ‘Isa, and Quffin. At this time, the route of the Wall was to extend for 115 km and did not include the effective annexation of the settlement Alfe Menashe, south of Qalqiliya.


Massive Mobilization in Palestine, 2000 Strong Demonstration in The Hague as ICJ Oral Arguments Begin

Latest News, PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - Dutch coalition "Stop the Wall"

FEBRUARY 23RD, 2004 --
In the Palestinian occupied territories, demonstrations took place in all major cities following a
call by the anti-apartheid wall campaign. All political parties, diverse institutions and local groups participated in the

Cracking Under the Strain

Jonathan Cook, Al-Ahram Weekly

SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2004 -- Severe cracks surfaced inside the Israeli government this week as its senior law officers publicly
fell out with the defence establishment and the Foreign Ministry over the country's future strategy in the face of the July
verdict of the International Court of Justice that the separation wall being built in the West Bank is illegal. [MORE]

United Nations Convention on the Crime of Apartheid

United Nations Convention, United Nations

APRIL 11TH, 2004 --
"Observing that the Security Council has emphasized that apartheid and its continued intensification and
expansion seriously disturb and threaten international peace and security, Convinced that an International Convention on the
Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid would make it possible to take more effective measures at the


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