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The thing, whatever it is called, that the Israeli government is building, began as a security fence along the green line supported by Israelis doves, and then evolved to a "barrier" that makes serious inroads into Palestinian territory, supported by Ariel Sharon's government. Last week, the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv published what was supposedly the final map of the fence, a monstrosity that weaves in and out, lengthening the Israeli border and cutting Palestinians off from their livelihoods. It leaves many stranded between the fence and the rest of Palestinian territory, and requiring special permits just to get to their own homes. But the worst was yet to come, because it seems that the Sharon government will go ahead with plans to build more barriers deep inside Palestinian territory, chopping up the small Palestinian area into even smaller ghettos.
The Israeli government protests that the fence does not create a political border, but it creates an actual barrier that people cannot get through at all. Even worse, the fence, as many suspected is not a magic cure for terror attacks and thefts that have plagued Israel. According to the Ma'ariv article, 20 batallions will be needed to patrol this fence. This is a huge force by Israeli standards. It is impossible to imagine that this force will be maintained for any length of time. Eventually, the fence will keep out only innocent people going about their business, while those planning larceny or terror will have no trouble finding a way through.
New York Times
October 25, 2003
Israel May Extend Barrier Deeper in West Bank
By GREG MYRE
Mr. Sharon's comments came as the Israeli Defense
But as the barrier zigs and zags through the West
The map released Friday is largely in line with plans
"The route is being planned now. The moment it will be
Mr. Sharon insists the barrier is solely for security
The international community has been strongly critical
Israel says the barrier needs to go into the West Bank
Meanwhile, violence continued on Friday.
Striking at night in a thick fog, a Palestinian gunman
Israeli troops and Palestinian militants have been
The shooting was unusual in that the gunman, Samir
Palestinian gunmen have frequently fired on Israeli
Heavy fog rolls in from the Mediterranean this time of
Two of the dead soldiers were 19-year-old women, and
After the shooting. Mr. Fouda was fatally shot by
In the Jabaliya refugee camp on Friday, not far from
"Our blood is not cheap and our operations will go on
Nearby, at Mr. Fouda's home, his sister Amal Fouda
In a videotape released to news organizations, Mr.
"You Muslim and Arab leaders, where are you?" he said.
The other Palestinian attacker with Mr. Fouda also
The joint attack by Hamas and Islamic Jihad followed a
Israel did not say how it might respond, but the
"There's an ongoing war on terror and it will
Meanwhile, Einat Osman, a sister of one of the slain
Ms. Osman said her sister wanted to be a combat
"Most of the time she sat in the room and watched
Asked if the family was upset that Adi Osman had been
Gaza was the scene of several other violent incidents
Palestinian medics said an 11-year-old boy, Muhammad
Also, Palestinians fired three mortars on Friday at a
On Thursday night, Israeli troops shot and killed a
Troops also shot dead a Palestinian man who approached
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