LONDON, (PIC)– Amnesty International considered that the Israeli apartheid wall built on Palestinian lands in occupied West Bank represents an ongoing violation of international law because “it is cutting off Palestinians from their farmland.”
The organization said in a report: “Palestinian farmers in the northern West Bank village of Jayyus, who for years have had trouble accessing their land through the military fence/wall (which in this area takes the form of an electrified and heavily guarded fence), are now faced with Israeli settlers setting up additional obstacles.”
It pointed out that the settlers have installed a caravan outpost to the north of the Israeli settlement Tsufim near the city of Qalqilya on the farmers’ land in an apparent reaction to the resolution issued by the Israeli High Court ruling that the fence should be re-routed in order to return some of the land to the Palestinian farmers.
Ann Harrison, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa program, said: “Settlers obstructing the re-routing of the military fence, because it gives a fraction of the Palestinian farmers’ land back to them and frustrates the settlers’ own plans for settlement expansion, is just outrageous.”
She added that the international law demands removal of the wall and the settlements from the Occupied Palestinian Territories “but the reality on the ground is so distant from that, that it feels as though bulldozers have been driven straight through the Geneva Conventions and the International Court of Justice.”
Aug 12, 2012 | by occpal
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