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27 MAY 2008

Israel is building its own Berlin Wall

"The structure in question (misleadingly called a fence or barrier) is in fact an ingeniously designed system of population control that includes 4–metre deep trenches on either side of a concrete wall or coiled wire through which an electric current runs, trace paths to register footprints, a two–lane military patrol road, and watchtowers at regular intervals. In other words, a maximum security prison in which an entire population is trapped.

Israel's stated reason for building the wall is to prevent attacks from suicide bombers. One wonders then why Israel did not build the wall along the Green Line. In fact, Israel's wall is clearly designed to help Israel grab Palestinian land and to make life so intolerable for Palestinians that they will be forced to emigrate.
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Future generations will wonder why so many people remained silent for so long while Israel adopted a policy that slowly destroyed a nation. This month marked the 14th anniversary of the fall of the hated Berlin Wall. Why does the world watch in silence as Israel builds a much crueler wall in the West Bank?"

(Ida Audeh, 28 November 2003, Ramallah Online via Speakout Column in the Rocky Mountain News)

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Simon Perkins
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