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The West Bank Barrier February 2007 • In June 2002, Israel accelerated construction of the Barrier. • It stated that the Barrier was a temporary security structure to prevent the entrance of suicide bombers into Israel. • In many places the Barrier separates Palestinians from other Palestinians, from their families, from their farm land, and from humanitarian services such as water resources, hospitals and schools. • The UN objection to the Barrier is to the route in the West Bank and not to the Barrier itself.
CONCRETE BARRIER 10 % of the Barrier is made up of 8 -9 meter concrete slabs. This type of Barrier is mostly found in urban areas. FENCE-LIKE BARRIER Spans 50 meters wide consisting of: - barbed-wire, patrol roads, electronics, trace sand, and ditches. This type of Barrier is mostly found in rural and agricultural areas.
Please wait while Barrier Route Total length 703 km 58% Constructed (406 km) 9% Under Construction (65 km) 33% Planned (232 km) (As of 5 Oct 2006) slide is loading
Access Through the Barrier • There are 60 gates in the Barrier that allow some access to land, however, fewer than half are open to Palestinians. • Palestinians must obtain permits from the Israeli army to cross a gate. The permit is valid for one gate only. • Gates are generally open 3 times a day for 20 minutes and can be unpredictable. Next slide: Qalqiliya
Green Line West Bank Barrier Please wait while slide is loading Constructed Planned Palestinian Built-up Alfe Menashe Settlement Israeli Settlements 55 Settlement expansion Barrier Gates IKONOS imagery Jan 2004 No Access for Palestinians Restricted Access for Palestinians Seasonal Access for Palestinians (As of Nov 2006) Please click here to activate optional layers Habla Tunnel Road 55
Life Adjacent to the Barrier Farmers at Qaffin Gate wait for the IDF to let them pass. The Gilo checkpoint in Bethlehem, 1. 5 km inside the West Bank.
Opinion of the International Court of Justice On 4 July 2004, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion to the General Assembly on the legality of the Barrier route. The Court: • concluded that the Barrier route running inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem violated international humanitarian and human rights law. • called on Israel to halt construction and dismantle the parts it had built.
Methods and Credits USE This Power Point Presentation may be used, however, must be accompanied by the date and source. METHODS OCHA o. Pt has been monitoring the status of the West Bank Barrier since 2002. Maps are based on satellite imagery analysis and validated by field observations. MORE RESOURCES OCHA-o. Pt documents and maps are available at