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In the Path of the Apartheid Wall

In the Path of the Apartheid Wall

Ten meters behind the house of Hani A'amer is the fence of the illegal Elkanah settlement. Tomorrow, the Israeli government wants to continue its Apartheid Wall, their so-called "security fence", another ten meters in front of his house. The family will be trapped in a single-family Bantustan. Anti-occupation activists will face the bulldozer and prevent this innocent family from being imprisoned.

WHERE: The village of Mas'ha, in the occupied Salfit region

WHEN: 10 am, August 3, 2003

WHO: Palestinians, Israeli anti-occupation activists, the ISM, the IWPS, Mas'ha peace camp

WHAT: We will put up our tents in the path of the Ghetto Wall. We will not move until the government agrees to move the planned construction and free the family of Hani A'amer. We will not allow violence from the Israeli military or hired-security guards to shake us from our demands.

The past week, hundreds of Palestinians, along with Israeli peace groups and internationals, have protested in several key spots along the Apartheid Wall, (some now calling it a "Ghetto Wall"). The Israeli military forces, who have been firing steel-core, rubber bullets at non-violent crowds, have wounded dozens.

Despite recent speeches by U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice, and President George W. Bush warning the Israeli government not to jeopardize a fragile peace, the illegal construction of the wall continues. Now, it reaches Mas'ha, where for months Israelis and Palestinians have been holding a peace camp, learning how to communicate with each other—and yet the Israeli government wants to bulldoze a path into the heart of this peaceful co-existence.

Sharon promised: "We will make serious efforts not to harm Palestinians while constructing the wall..."

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