PSP Destroys Illegal Barriers in Al-Khalil Region

15 September 2006

 

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On September 15, 2006, Palestinian and international activists, at request of local residents, removed and destroyed large sections of a razor wire barrier erected on Palestinian land in the Hebron region. The fence, which is designed to isolate and bisect a village, was repeatedly cut, metal stakes removed, and the razor wire ripped to be rendered unusable. The activists worked in teams, sabotaging the fence in many strategic areas. By the end of the action, the activists had destroyed large tracts of the barrier, and created more than six entry and exit points in the fence, allowing the residents of this village to move more freely. Each entry/exit point created spanned more than seven meters. Having accomplished their goal of opening the crossings, the activists returned safely without being observed by IOF soldiers.

On September 17, 2006, for the third time in approximately two weeks, Palestinian and international activists carried out a successful direct action to remove illegal fence and razor wire barriers in the Hebron region. The activists were able to open at least six entry and exit points in this barrier. The sections of the barrier targeted were very near to an Israeli Army checkpoint which is often closed and severly limits the ability of the Palestinians in the area to travel between villages and to the city of Hebron. The activists again succeeded in cutting this other fence and leaving before the IOF spotted them.

The route of the fence (soon to be Wall) has isolated some families by placing them on the ‘Israeli’ side of the barrier, seprating them from their villages. Many farmers in the villages have similarly had their land annexed; the barrier making their land inaccessible. Now, by destroying the fence in several locations, PSP was able to create access points for farmers and other travelers to enter and exit the area, accessing their land during this harvest season. This action was also designed to slow the progress of the construction of the Apartheid Wall which is has begun in many places in the south Betlehem and Hebron regions.