The West Bank Barrier is a wall built by Israel as a separation barrier between Israel and Palestine. Once completed it will have a length of 700 kilometers (430 miles).
The wall has numerous effects on the life of Palestine’s including reduced freedom, loss of land, economic effects, increased difficulty in reaching medical or educational services in Israel as well as road closures.
In 2004 Amnesty International published the following press release:
Since the summer of 2002 the Israeli army has been destroying large areas of Palestinian agricultural land, as well as other properties, to make way for a fence/wall which it is building in the West Bank.
In addition to the large areas of particularly fertile Palestinian farmland that have been destroyed, other larger areas have been cut off from the rest of the West Bank by the fence/wall.
The fence/wall is not being built between Israel and the Occupied Territories but mostly (close to 90%) inside the West Bank, turning Palestinian towns and villages into isolated enclaves, cutting off communities and families from each other, separating farmers from their land and Palestinians from their places of work, education and health care facilities and other essential services. This in order to facilitate passage between Israel and more than 50 illegal Israeli settlements located in the West Bank.
The aim of this post is to give you an impression about how it looks like right behind the wall on the Palestine side.