Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
The Security Fence
"Let me talk about the wall. I think the wall is a problem…. It is very difficult to develop confidence between the Palestinians and the Israel…with a wall snaking through the West Bank." President George W. Bush, July 25, 2003
BACKGROUND AND COMMENTARY
- Israeli Security Barrier: Bar to Terror or to Peace?
by John F. Burns, New York Times, October 4, 2003
Bunrs describes the effect that the recent decision to extend the Israeli security barrier around the large settlement of Ariel - a large settlement deep in the West Bank - will have on the neighboring Palestinian village of Haris. One Palestinian hauntingly tells him, "I can't marry, I can't build a house. Life is not worth living. I want to die. Many of us do not care if we live or die."
- The Wailing Wall
by Thomas Friedman, New York Times, September 7, 2003
Thomas Friedman argues that Israelis feel they need the security wall for protection from suicide bombers, but the key is where that wall is built. Friedman believes that if it's built along the Green Line, close to the boundaries proposed by President Clinton, it could establish the basis for peace; conversely, a wall that cuts deeply into the West Bank would be a "disaster".
- AN ISRAELI VIEW Chronicle of a good idea gone sour
by Yossi Alpher, Aug 11, 2003
A former Senior Advisor to Ehud Barak and former supporter of the separation fence, in principle, Alpher reexamines the political and military ramifications of the fence constructed along the path proposed by the Sharon government.
- When Is a Fence Not a Fence?
By Dennis Ross, Wall Street Journal, Aug 4, 2003
Former Middle East peace negotiator Dennis Ross argues that there is no problem with the concept of a security fence, which can provide Israel with additional security; however, he believes the route of current fence threatens the viability of any future Palestinian state.
- The One-Fence Solution
By Gershom Gorenberg, New York Times Magazine, August 3, 2003
Gorenberg describes the construction of the Israeli Security Fence and talks extensively with Col. Dany Tirza, the architect of the project. The article includes pictures of the fence and an extensive description of the issues around the Palestinian city of Qalqilya, which has been fenced in.
- Background: Separation Fence Traps 12,000 Palestinians
By Arnon Regular, Ha'aretz, July 31, 2003
Ha'aretz reports on the social and economic effects of the fence which now traps 12,000 Palestinians in villages along the Israeli border between the Green Line and the fence.
- Security over Settlements
By Americans for Peace Now, July 29, 2003
APN supports the concept of building a security fence, but believes that the fence should closely follow the Green Line instead of veering deeply into the West Bank to protect settlements. They argue that doing so undermines Israel's interests and violates President Bush's Road Map to peace by continuing the confiscation of Palestinian land.
- Barrier to Peace at Israeli Border
By David Newman, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2003
Professor Newman argues that Israel's unilateral construction of a border that walls in the Palestinian population sets up a "physical and emotional scar running through the heart of this bitterly contested landscape."
- Stonewalling the Peace Process
By Patrick Connors, AlterNet, July 21, 2003
Connors describes how the unilateral construction of the security fence will isolate 210,000 Palestinians and effectively annex 50% of the West Bank to Israel while simultaneously imprisoning the Palestinians in 3 disconnected enclaves.
- The Bad Fence
By Neve Gordon, Z-Net, May 29, 2003
Professor Gordon describes how the security fence will isolate and eventually depopulate the Palestinian village of Mazmuriah near Jerusalem.
Israeli Separation Options for the West Bank-July 2003
By Foundation for Middle East Peace
FOR MORE DETAIL
- Humanitarian and Emergency Policy Group of the Local Aid Coordination Committee:
The Impact of Israel's Separation Barrier on Affected West Bank Communities
[read] (PDF Document)
The Separation Barrier: Phase One Completed - Hundreds of Thousands
Palestinians Directly Harmed
Behind The Barrier: Human Rights Violations As a Result of Israel's Separation Barrier Position Paper, April 2003
[click for a summary]
Download the position paper:
View Btselem's map of the route:
click here to download an aerial photo the northern portion of the "Jerusalem Envelope"