Ni’lin Pulls Down Wall for Second Time Near Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall

9 November 2009

On Friday, the residents of Ni’lin once again dismantled a section of the concrete wall constructed on their land by the Israeli military. Though Erroneously reported by some organizations as the first time this has happened, the residents of Ni’lin had also torn down the wall in September.
This week’s demonstration and dismantling held special importance for Palestinians, as it coincided with the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Annexation Wall in Palestine, which is approximately 70% complete and is being built mostly on privately-owned Palestinian agricultural land throughout the West Bank by the Israeli military is, in some places, made up of the same 3 meter-high concrete blocks that were used to separate Germany for decades.

Sections of the barrier in occupied Palestine, of which over 80% is made up of a series of fences, have been dismantled by Palestinians and solidarity activists since 2003. In 2007, activists including people working with the Palestine Solidarity Project, dismantled large sections of the fence in the Hebron district.