[News] Israeli Authorities Change Route Of Wall To Fully Annex Jerusalem For Israel

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Mon Jan 21 10:38:43 EST 2013

  Israeli Authorities Change Route Of Wall To Fully Annex Jerusalem For

author Monday January 21, 2013 08:45author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & 

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that they will re-route 
a section of the Wall east of Jerusalem in order to close off an 
existing gap and fully annex the city of Jerusalem into Israel. The new 
route means the complete encirclement of the Palestinian village of 
Al-Zaim, with the Wall to the West and a security fence to the east.

Other Palestinian towns are also completely isolated and encircled into 
ghettoes, including the town of Sheikh Sa'ed and the city of Qalqilya. 
Israeli authorities isolated these towns in order to create 
Palestinian-free zones and routes throughout the West Bank to allow 
Israeli settlers to travel unencumbered without either having to stop at 
checkpoints or to drive on the same roads as Palestinians. But in order 
to do that, Israeli forces have had to maintain over 600 checkpoints 
throughout the West Bank, and to force Palestinians off their own roads 
and onto dirt roads or trails.

The new route of the Wall will put the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim on 
the Palestinian side of the Wall, along with dozens of other Israeli 
settlements constructed in violation of international law all over the 
West Bank. But Israeli officials have assured the residents of these 
settlements that they will construct other Walls and fences to allow 
them to access Jerusalem without having to go through Palestinian areas.

These additional fences and barriers will, like the Annexation Wall 
itself, be constructed on land seized from Palestinian owners by Israeli 
authorities who claim that they have the right to take the land 'for 
security reasons'. All Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are 
considered illegal under international law and the Fourth Geneva 
Convention, which forbids an occupying military power from settling its 
civilian population on land occupied by military force.

The announcement is seen as a response to the Palestinian encampment Bab 
Al Shams, which was established on the land in question, known to 
Israeli officials as 'E1', last weekend, then demolished by Israeli 
forces. The Palestinian non-violent activists who established the 
encampment entered the area through the village of Al-Zaim.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has openly declared his 
intention to build a settlement on the 'E1' land, and completely enclose 
the eastern edge of Jerusalem, thus effectively annexing the city of 
Jerusalem to the state of Israel. This renders any peace agreement with 
the Palestinian Authority impossible, since one of the Palestinian 
Authority's base demands is sharing the city of Jerusalem. The base 
demands, which Palestinians have asked Israel to recognize time and 
again to no avail, are: the recognition of a Palestinian state with east 
Jerusalem as its capital, the right of return of Palestinian refugees 
and the release of the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners 
being held in Israeli prison camps.

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