The problematic installation of the Separation Wall

In a symbolic attempt to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinians living in the West Bank have broken through the Separation Wall standing on the unofficial borders between the Israeli State and the Palestinian Territories.

Construction of the Wall was started in 2002 in an attempt to include the Israelis who are illegally living in the West Bank in different settlements. However, the Israeli public disregards this fact and associates the Wall with the fall of terrorist attacks in 2003. 

The establishment of the Wall and its associated regime was ruled to be against international law by the International Court of Justice in 2004. During the process of building the Wall, many humanitarian and legal problems were created; Israel went against international law by using Palestinian water reserves for its own good, as well as many resources that were stolen from the Palestinian Territories in order to build the Wall. Many Palestinian villages located in the West Bank were cut in half by the Separation Wall, creating many difficulties for the Palestinian families living there, in addition to the several violations of human rights that takes place at checkpoints.

This act was not done by an organized group, but by young, Palestinian activists. In addition to the symbolic intention, breaking the Wall carries another meaning: one of resistance. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has been going through a rough period. The Israeli attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014 killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and left thousands more injured. The attack on Gaza caused the fury of many Palestinians living in the West Bank and inside the Israeli border. This manifested itself within the increasing tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians, the murder of a Palestinian living in Israel by the Israeli police in the Village of Kafr Kana, and the increasing tension and violence regarding the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem.

The Separation Wall, similar to the Berlin Wall, resembles the occupation of a land. It is an unnecessary division of a land that is supposed to be united. At the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinians hope that someday the Separation Wall will fall, declaring the liberation of their nation. However, nowadays things don’t seem to be going according to the Palestinian dream.