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Israeli authorities circle Palestinian land with fence near Qalqiliya

Ma’an News:

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities have started to install a fence around the southern side of Azzun Atma in Qalaqiliya in the northern West Bank.

A two-meter high spiral fence was installed on about 1,500 meters running from the settlement of Oranit to the crossroads of Kafr Qasim and route 505, according to Abdul-Karim Ayyoub, the secretary of the local council.

“With this fence, Israel is isolating the area known as Beer al-Shilla, the artisan well, and about 800-1000 donums (over 8,000 meters squared) of different groves. Farmers will not be able to access their fields even after they pass the gate on the northern side of the road,” he added.

Hani Amer, who is in charge of the artisan well in al-Shilla said that neither the well nor the groves could be accessed anymore, as the Israelis have not left openings or gates leading to the well or to the dirt roads.

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  1. lyn117
    July 29, 2012, 1:12 pm

    According to google, a dunam is 1000 square meters. 8,000 meters squared would be 64,000,000 square meters. 1000 dunams would be 1,000,000 square meters, I guess that’s what they mean.

    Either way, outrageous

    • Avi_G.
      July 29, 2012, 4:57 pm

      A dunam is about a quarter of an acre. So 800 to 1000 dunams are about 200 to 250 acres.

    • tree
      July 29, 2012, 11:13 pm

      Their dunams to square meters math is off by a factor of 100. One dunam is approximately 1000 “square meters” or “meters squared”. (“Meters squared” is the same thing as “square meters”) So 800 dunams would be 800,000 square meters (or “meters squared”), not 8000. One dunam is roughly one fourth of an acre. So we are talking about 200-250 acres here. If it helps to visualize how much land that is, think of 240 acres as a rectangle that is half a mile on the short side and three quarters of a mile on the longer side.

      Also, they surely mean “artesian well” and not “artisan well” . An artesian well is a well drilled where the ground water is under pressure, causing the water level to rise above its confined level when a well is drilled into it. Lack of access to the well could mean a lack of water for drinking and domestic uses as well. It certainly means a lack of irrigation water to any lands that are adjacent to the fenced off area.

      Maybe Fred or hophmi or Oleg can explain to us how this is all just a necessary security measure to keep trees and water out of the hands of their Palestinian owners since we all know how dangerous trees and water can be.

      • Antidote
        July 31, 2012, 12:44 am

        “Maybe Fred or hophmi or Oleg can explain to us how this is all just a necessary security measure…”

        Who needs them when you have the Globe & Mail’s Margaret Wente? She doesn’t even explain anything, it’s apparently common knowledge that all this is done for the best of reasons. Excerpt:

        “Two weeks from now, the United Church of Canada will assemble in Ottawa for its 41st General Council, where it will debate church policy and elect a new moderator. The top item on its agenda is a resolution calling for a boycott of products from Israeli settlements. Fortunately, nobody cares what the United Church thinks about Israeli settlements, or anything else for that matter, because the United Church doesn’t matter any more. For many years, the United Church was a pillar of Canadian society. Its leaders were respected public figures. It was – and remains – the biggest Protestant denomination in a country that, outside Quebec, has been largely shaped by centuries of Protestant tradition.

        But today, the church is literally dying. The average age of its members is 65. They believe in many things, but they do not necessarily believe in God. Some congregations proudly describe themselves as “post-theistic,” which is a good thing because, as one church elder said, it shows the church is not “stuck in the past.” Besides, who needs God when you’ve got Israel to kick around?”

        So there you have it: criticize Israel and you’re dead as a doornail. You wouldn’t know from Wente’s BS that there are plenty of Zionists who aren’t that much into God either. Who needs God when you’ve got the Palestinians to kick around?

  2. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    July 29, 2012, 1:28 pm

    Don’t forget the goats

  3. ColinWright
    July 29, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Qalaqiliya seems to be the lead project in Israel’s ghettoization of her Palestinian population.

    Israel’s so slimy about all this — and at the same time, so obvious. It’s like she’s trying to be as morally repulsive as possible.

    I don’t see how anyone can stomach supporting her. I really don’t. As to the Israelis themselves, the vista of the moral outlook they must have on the universe is truly appalling.

  4. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    July 29, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Fence – Jews only road – Outpost on Hill – more fences – more Jews only roads – more outpost – you get the picture … and we all are supposed to look the other way and stare at the shadows dancing on the wall of the cave?

    • Kathleen
      July 30, 2012, 8:55 am

      Israel continues to undermine U.S National Security and their own

  5. ColinWright
    July 30, 2012, 1:27 am

    It’s all really like watching Nazi Germany 1933-1939 — only this time everyone is clapping.

    Swift, Mark Twain, Orwell — they’d all have a field day. This is so grotesque it would be funny if it weren’t real.

  6. ColinWright
    July 30, 2012, 1:31 am

    Ma’an has a piece on how Israel is monopolizing Palestine’s water supply.

    The Palestinians are going broke buying their own water back from Israel. It’s interesting to realize that in the end, this means that dollars given to the Palestinians simply amount to more aid to Israel.

    • annie
      July 30, 2012, 2:58 am

      Meanwhile in Gaza, 95 percent of the water is not fit for human consumption, and sea water — contaminated with sewage — is leaking into the over-extracted coastal basin, threatening long-term problems of kidney disease. Within two years there may be no drinking water left in Gaza, Attili said.

    • Blake
      July 30, 2012, 10:36 am

      @Colin Wrong: And to think they have to buy what is rightfully theirs! Its like when you order the Palestinians to demolish their own homes they must bear the cost (usually over $200,000 all in all) yet you can confiscate what little they still own for gratis. That’s fair how self chosen one?

  7. Blake
    July 30, 2012, 6:40 am

    I just found out what they did in the Negev yesterday:

    150,000 Palestinians (not bedouins) live in the Negev. After the Nakba they were stripped of their land and confined to the smallest possible areas. The aim was to confine them into 7 compounds Rahat, Tal al-Sabei, Al –Laquia, Hura Kasifa, Shaqib al-Salam & Arara so they could confiscate the rest of their lands. They removed the names of the villages from the ID cards & replaced them with names of tribes in order to portray the people in Negev as nomadic Bedouins who have no land or country.

    Israel used a law known as the “Law for the Expulsion of Invaders” (what more proof do you need that these invaders live in an antonym universe?). The intention was to expel the original Arab land-owners from their land in the Negev.

    (Its quite a long documentary but very insightful about Palestinians inside Israel).

  8. Kathleen
    July 30, 2012, 8:54 am

    Over at Non Intervention head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer takes another swipe at Secretary of State Clinton for her aggressive support of taking down Assad. Scheuer ask who is really responsible for all of the Syrian deaths and support for the rebels. The Leveretts have a great one up at Race for Iran about the situation with Syria they also ask just who is responsible for extending and exacerbating the conflict in Syria. Unable to link. Both important takes on what is going on in Syria.

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