Tunnels and Roads, Closures, Crossings and the Segregation Wall: Toward a Unique Racist Reality

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Tunnels and Roads, Closures, Crossings and the Segregation Wall: Toward a Unique Racist Reality
By: Ahmed Jaradat, Alternative Information Center (AIC)
08 August 2006
 

New construction work has recently begun at the western edge of the town of al-Khader, in the south Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank. Under heavy security, huge machinery filled the area, stirring up clouds of dust and noisily bulldozing ground close to residents’ homes. The main western entrance, which used to link Bethlehem to the whole of the southern West Bank and neighboring villages, had the ill fate of being located to the west of settlement bypass Road 60, and is now off-limits to these residents. The Israeli civil administration has ordered the town’s inhabitants to use the southern entrance at al-Khader as a temporary solution until a Palestinian-only tunnel, still under construction at the main entrance, is completed.

New construction work has recently begun at the western edge of the town of al-Khader, in the south Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank. Under heavy security, huge machinery filled the area, stirring up clouds of dust and noisily bulldozing ground close to residents’ homes. The main western entrance, which used to link Bethlehem to the whole of the southern West Bank and neighboring villages, had the ill fate of being located to the west of settlement bypass Road 60, and is now off-limits to these residents. The Israeli civil administration has ordered the town’s inhabitants to use the southern entrance at al-Khader as a temporary solution until a Palestinian-only tunnel, still under construction at the main entrance, is completed.

When the Wall and its connecting tunnel are in place, most of the town’s agricultural land will fall to the west and south of the barrier, which will result in the isolation of the farmers from their land and the loss of their main source of livelihood.

Palestinians throughout the West Bank are made to endure such situations. Large swathes of land have been isolated behind the Wall and access to them is dependent upon specific procedures and permits from the Israeli civil administration. Obtaining these permits is a complicated procedure, as Palestinians in the northern West Bank, where the Wall has been completed, have experienced.

Al-Khader’s municipality has engaged a number of lawyers in

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