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IDF Prevents Farmers from Accessing Crops Beyond the Apartheid Wall (english)
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10 Jul 2003
Despite Promises:IDF Prevents Farmers from Accessing Crops Beyond the Apartheid Wall:For more information on the Wall of Apartheid see
Deir Al Ghasoon, Occupied West Bank; July 10, 2003
At 9:00 AM today 40 Palestinians and 7 international volunteers
attempted to pass through a gate in the Wall of Apartheid to plant
crops on their land that lies on the other side. Israeli authorities
have repeatedly assured the farmers that they would be allowed
through to tend to their land. Despite these assurances, 16 soldiers
and 4 Israeli policemen pushed the farmers and the internationals
back through the gate and closed it.
This is the first time that a group of farmers has attempted to
obtain access to their fields. Individual farmers have been
prevented access in the past.
The soldiers responded to attempts to negotiate passage through the
gate by pushing the people back and telling them that they had 5
minutes to vacate the area.
Local press was called but they were stopped by soldiers at a
checkpoint and were not allowed to proceed to the area to report on
the denial of access of Palestinian farmers to their land.
Deir Al Ghasoon villagers own 3000 dunams of land that lie on the
other side of the wall and 500 people depend on harvesting it for
their livelihood. This is only one of several villages where the
residents have been cut off from their land and wells.
ISM Press Release
10 July 2003
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