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Trees Not Walls! - Thursday in Budrus

Monday, 19 January 2004
For Immediate Release

Villagers continue to mobilize against Apartheid

[Budrus, RAMALLAH] On Thursday 22 January 2004 at 12 noon the villagers of Budrus will again march against the building of a Wall in and around their village that will isolate them from their agricultural lands and imprison them in their cantons, turned ghettos.

One hundred olive tree saplings, donated to the village of Budrus by Rabbis for Human Rights, will be planted by members of the community with the support of international and Israeli peace activists. The saplings will be planted where the Israeli military has uprooted nearly 100 olive trees belonging to the villagers and in the proposed path of the Apartheid Wall.

The construction of the Wall in this region will destroy the economic well being of the community, and put the daily lives of students, farmers, and business people at risk. Budrus and the four neighbouring villages will be completely surrounded by the Wall once it's completed. In addition to the destruction of land, access to municipal services (such as hospitals, government offices, and universities) will be severely obstructed. The people of Budrus invite you to join us in opposing the construction of this Wall and standing up for the basic right of an individual to his/her land and livelihood. A special invitation is also extended to members of the media.

This demonstration is intended to draw international attention to the illegality of such a wall, including the situation of severe human rights violations that it creates. It follows a series of non- violent protests conducted by the villagers of Budrus and precedes the judgments of both the Israeli High Court and the International Court of Justice on the legality of Israel's wall.

DATE: Thursday, 22 January 2004 TIME: 12:00 Noon PLACE: Budrus, West of Ramallah

For more information: Ahmed: +972-66-339-862 Max: +972-53-471-226 ISM Office: +972-2-277-4602 or Huwaida: +972-67-473-308



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