[News] Activists smash, cut holes in Israel's separation wall

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Fri Nov 15 12:49:09 EST 2013


*Activists smash, cut holes in Israel's separation wall*
Published today (updated) 15/11/2013 19:02
(MaanImages)

*http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=647607*

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian activists smashed and cut holes in 
sections of Israel's separation wall surrounding occupied East Jerusalem 
early Friday.

A group of activists used sledge hammers to break a hole in part of the 
separation wall near the Palestinian town of Bir Nabala northeast of 
Jerusalem.

Activist Abdullah Abu Rahma told Ma'an that dozens of people managed to 
make a 10-meter hole in the wall and crossed into Jerusalem.

Another group of activists cut tens of meters of barbed wire surrounding 
Israel's Ofer detention center south of Ramallah.

The activists then hung Palestinian flags on the damaged sections of the 
fence.


Activists also cut barbed wire near the village of Bilin and damaged an 
Israeli gate in the area before moving it to the center of the village.

One participant, who wished to remain anonymous, told Ma'an that the 
actions were organized by popular committees and are among a series of 
events due to take place.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli forces had located the damaged 
sections of the wall and repaired some of them.

In October, activists twice cut through sections of Israel's separation 
wall in Abu Dis, leading to clashes with Israeli forces who fired 
rubber-bullets and tear gas at local Palestinians.


Israel began construction of the separation wall in 2002, and when 
completed some 85 percent of the barrier will run inside the occupied 
West Bank, annexing some 13 percent of the total territory.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that sections of the 
wall violate Israel's obligations under international law, and called on 
Israel to cease all construction and demolish the sections already 
completed.

Israel has continued to build the wall, which when complete, will be 
twice the length of the 1949 Armistice Line.




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