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Video: When the walk to school is lined with barbed wire

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On Feb. ​10, Israeli forces installed a section of fence a few hundred meters long, lined with barbed wire, along a dirt path taken by school children in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem’s Tuqu village.

Mondoweiss spoke to some of the students and teachers who take the path to school everyday, and witnessed children as young as five getting caught in the barbed wire.

Teachers said children are scared to walk the path to school, which is guarded by fully armed Israeli soldiers nearly 24/7, adding that their pupils frequently come to class with bleeding hands and arms from being sliced by barbs.

Children complained about the barbed wire ruining their clothes and making the walk to school take longer, as the width of the path, taken by hundreds of students, has been cut in half by the fence and wire.

The fence separates the dirt path from a busy main street often taken by Israeli settlers in the area.

Israeli forces have told local media that the fence was installed to stop students from throwing rocks at passing cars, but as the students point out, the fence only covers a small section of the road, and if they wanted to throw stones they have more than enough access.

Abed Al Qaisi

Abed Al Qaisi is a freelance multimedia journalist covering conflict in the Middle East and Europe. Abed has done work for Al Jazeera English, USA Today, Vice News and more.

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Sheren Khalel

Sheren Khalel is a freelance multimedia journalist who works out of Israel, Palestine and Jordan. She focuses on human rights, women's issues and the Palestine/Israel conflict. Khalel formerly worked for Ma'an News Agency in Bethlehem, and is currently based in Ramallah and Jerusalem. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sherenk.

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5 Responses

  1. Boo on February 18, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Why, it’s nothing more than a clever trap for those “rats”.

  2. annie on February 20, 2016, 1:34 am

    this is an incredible video. it’s so insidious. it’s the life in banustans. what they have in store as a permanent future for palestinians. it gets worse and worse. can you imagine as a child not being able to walk thru the pathways.

  3. Ossinev on February 20, 2016, 6:33 am

    Love to know from the Zionist apologists just what the function of barbed wire AT THE BOTTOM of a fence is. I am not a security expert by any means but I think I get it that barbed wire at THE TOP of a fence stops people from CLIMBING OVER IT. And how exactly does this roll of barbed wire at the bottom of a fence stop people from throwing life threatening stones OVER the fence.

    This is “designed” and installed simply to heap further Nazi standard humiliation on the Palestinians and in this case is quite clearly and unequivocally a barbaric war crime because it specifically targets children in illegally occupied territories.


  4. Ossinev on February 20, 2016, 1:32 pm

    The Israeli Zionist PR outfit” IsraAID ” has apparently been in action in the notorious “Jungle” refugee camp near Calais in Northern France. They appear to have scrambled one of their elite humanitarian units to help the poor suffering refugees especially the children:
    They usually are ready to deploy at a moments notice to help out in earthquake situations etc but recently there appears to have been a move to portray Zion as a “humanitarian force for good ” in the current Syrian refugee crisis with teams deployed to the Greek Islands to”assist”.
    They of course are not deployed to give humanitarian aid or assistance to oppressed / displace refugees under their own control in the Stolen Territories. The preference there is to deploy barbed wire to make the journey to school for this specific class of Untermenschen children more difficult and dangerous.

    I am sure that they have felt great and will continue to feel great about the world standard compassion and humanitarianism inbuilt in Jewish Zionism (not) – especially those lucky ones who got to view the bombing and slaughter of Gazan men women and children in the most recent of the ongoing series of compassionate Zionist killing operations. Who knows perhaps a few of them have experienced the thrill of actually pressing the trigger ?

    No doubt they view with horror and disgust these Israeli Jews who practice true , moral Judaism in their activities in the Stolen Territories and they will fully support Yahoo and his Fascist cabal in the plans to outlaw this form of disgraceful Anti-Semitic humanitarianism being practiced by the various Anti-Semitic NGO`s.

    • a blah chick on February 20, 2016, 2:10 pm

      From the article: “Refugees in the region of Northern France arrived after not reaching England or other destination countries. The refugees, 80% of whom are Kurdish Iraqis, 20% Syrian, Iranian and Afghans…”

      I think the high number of Kurds here is probably why they’re willing to lend a hand. Israel has been mucking it up with the Kurds for years. Recently Little Snakes Shaked said the the Kurds deserve their own state. Also it’s another way to collect intelligence.

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