Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Action against uprooting of trees and building of the Wall in Beit Jala / Action contre la construction du Mur a Beit Jala, 03.03.2010
(c) Anne Paq/Activestills.org, Beit Jala, 03.03.2010
Troops Attack Protesters At A New Wall Section Construction Site Near Bethlehem
author Wednesday March 03, 2010 18:00author by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC NEWS
Israeli soldiers attacked, Wednesday morning, home and land owners from Beit Jala town, near Bethlehem southern West Bank, when they protested the destruction of their land to build a new section of the separation wall.
Residents along with international and Israeli supporters gathered near the site and tried to stop the bulldozers from destroying their olive trees.
Troops arrived at the location and attacked people using rifle buts and batons and removed them while bulldozers continued its work. The army started to bulldoze land at the new location on Tuesday.
35 families will lose their lands and their homes will be blocked by the Wall. In total 75 acres of land will be taken for the wall from those families, Beit Jala Municipality told IMEMC.
A few years back Israel took part of the lands owned by the families to build a road that connects Israeli settlement in southern West Bank with settlement surrounding the nearby Jerusalem city.
The army in 2006 said it will take over the rest of land to build the wall close to the settler's road. Residents haired a layer and was fighting in the court. Addeel Hammad, a house owner affected by the news wall section. Spoke to IMEMC:
"On Monday they came to my house and gave us the new orders that they are starting the work and then started to work on Tuesday, they uprooted olive trees and destroyed the sewage system."
Lamyia al-Arrja, council member at the Beit Jala Municipality told IMEMC that the new wall section will have devastating effect on the residents:
"The Wall will cut through people's homes and lands, destroying trees. Residents will not have the ability to expand their homes anymore. The town of Beit Jala was affected a lot by the settlements and settler's roads, and now we are completely surrounded because of the settlement, their roads, and the wall."
Back in 2004 the International Court of Justice in the Hague announced the Israeli wall built in the West Bank as illegal.
Israel a pris la décision de renouveler la construction du Mur a Beit Jala, pres de Jerusalem, le 03/03/2010. Le mur sera construit juste en face des maisons palestiniennes, sur des terres privees palestiniennes, et bien loin de la Ligne verte. Un groupe d'environ 30 Palestiniens, des Israéliens et des internationaux ont organise une action visant à arrêter le travail des bulldozers, qui ont commencé à déraciner les arbres et a niveler les terres le 02/03/2010. Dès que le groupe a atteint les bulldozers, les soldats israéliens ont violemment poussé les manifestant. Le groupe a refuse de partir et a maintenu sa position en s'asseyant sous les arbres menaces. mais l'armée israélienne a utilisé la force pour les pousser jusqu'a la route. 300 dounams (30 hectares) appartenant à 35 familles font l'objet d'une confiscation. Beit Jala a déjà perdu les trois quarts de ses terres en raison de la construction de la route 60 et la colonie de Gilo.
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