THE ANTI-TERRORIST FENCE
The anti-terrorist Israel is building does NOT encircle the West Bank, like some people pretend. It just runs along the Israeli border. The West Bank has another border with Jordan.
Palestinian terrorism has forced Israel to build that protective fence.
The international organisation Doctors of the World has qualified the attacks by Palestinian terror organizations against Israelis as "crimes against humanity". The report also concludes that "the Palestinian Authority cannot deny any responsability, at least because of it's ambiguous attitude towards those groups until now."
The security fence is a passive means to stop Palestinian terrorists from reaching Israeli civilians. The fence does not constitute a border and it's route is not final.
A section of the fence is made up of a cement wall. But that section is only 7 km long, on a tolal of 170 km ! And it is built on Israeli territory ! It was erected in an area where Palestinian snipers from Kalkilya and Tul Karem fire on cars passing on the Trans-Israel highway. This type of wall exists on European highways as a sound barrier.
The remaining 163 km of the security fence are made up of an electronic barrier, much like the one already in place around the Gaza Strip, and along the borders with Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. These fences never stopped the signing of peace accords between Israel and it's neighbours. Moreover, they can be moved easily and their route has been changed following those accords.
The North part of the fence has 41 gates for Palestinian farmers who have fields on the other side, as well as for children going to school. Thus, check points and road blocks between Palestinian villages won't be necessary anymore. This will considerably improve the every day life of Palestinians.
During the construction of the fence, 63 000 olive trees were displaced. The location of their re-planting was determined by their Palestinian owners.
No village is deprived of it's water source. Each villager can continue to work as before.
The fence is not an annexation of Palestinian territory. On the 170-km already built, only 1,6 % of the disputed territories have been affected. If Israel wanted to annex territories, it would be ridiculous to take such a small area.
Israel has created a compensation fund equivalent to 75-million dollars (Canadian). This sum is renewable every 5 years. But the majority of eligible Palestinians do not claim their compensation because of orders issued by the Palestinian Authority forbidding them to do so !
Israel did not want to build a fence, and resisted doing so for more than 35 years. It is building now because Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the other Palestinian terrorists have left Israel no choice. It is these groups who are to blame for the fence.
Source : Information letter from the Israeli embassy in France : http://www.amb-israel.fr/
Visit the official Security-Fence site : http://www.seamzone.mod.gov.il/Pages/ENG/default.htm
The Right To Live - Video Clip
This film about the security fence against terror is a compilation of questions and answers relating to the process of constructing the fence and the considerations that led the State of Israel to build it. Click below...
Let's remove all fences in the world!
To our big surprise we discovered that there exist some fences and barriers in the world, outside of Israel. Some of them even can be found at major UN members. Please help the world get rid of the fences and write to the heads of state and representatives to the United Nations. You'll find a sample letter at the end of this page.
Let's start with the fence between Mexico and the USA
There is really no need for this fence since the millions of illegal Mexicans in the United States do not commit suicide bomb attacks in American restaurants. Write to Mr. Bush and Mr. Powell today. (Nobody told them about this fence.)
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: (202) 456-2883
U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Fax: (202) 647-1533
Then we continue with the fence between North and South Korea
A totally useless fence since the regimes of both countries share the same democratic values. Remind their representatives about this.
Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the UN
820 Second Avenue, 13th Floor,
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 972-3105/3106/3128
Fax: (212) 972-3154
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN
335 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 439-4000
Fax: (212) 986-1083
A fence in Europe?!
Could it be? But those people live in peace! The fence between Cyprus and the Turkish occupied territory should be removed at once, not only opened during daytime. Write about this to:
Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN
821 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 949-0150
Fax: (212) 949-0086
Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN
13 East 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 481-6023/6024/6025
Fax: (212) 685-7316
Another fence in Europe!
In Northern Ireland this time, where thanks to wise British policy, Catholics and Protestants live in peace together for centuries. Let's get rid of this fence! Write to Mr. Blair. He does not know of these fences in Belfast!
Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Fax : 0207 925 0918
A fence in Holland...
This is a good fence, as friendly Dutch people know how to build. It is only meant to keep illegal immigrants from leaving the harbor area of Hoek van Holland. But the purpose is like any other fence: keep the wrong people out of your country. Write to:
Minister President, J.P. Balkenende
Ministerie van Algemene Zaken
2500 EA Den Haag
Fax: +31-70-356 46 83
Scandalous! A fence between India and Pakistan!
Now, this is really bad, A fence between two major United Nations members, India and Pakistan.
Look what is says at the website of Tribune:
"A farmer with his bullock cart moves along the Indo-Pak border fence near Amritsar on Monday. He has agricultural land beyond the fence." &emdash; PTI photo
Write your letter to:
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN
8 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10021
Telephone: (212) 879-8600
Fax: (212) 744-7348
Permanent Representative of India to the UN
235 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 490-9660
Fax: (212) 490-9656
Another one in Europe! Is it possible?
In Solana's own country! Spain erected a barbed wired fence, guarded by soldiers, in Ceuta, on the border with Morocco, in order to keep illegal workers (without bombs) out of Spain. Write to:
Presidente del Gobierno de España, José María Aznar López
Complejo de La Moncloa
At least one fence in Africa too...
Residents living near the Botswana border with Zimbabwe have welcomed a move by the Botswana government to erect a 10-foot-high electrified fence to separate the two countries. Officially, the fence is to keep out livestock from Zimbabwe suspected of carrying foot-and-mouth disease but people are hoping it will block the path of thousands of illegal immigrants who are fleeing the political and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe.
And now, a fence between two Arab countries !
Saudi Arabia is building a security "screen" on its southern border with Yemen aimed at curbing the flow of militants and weapons. Saudi Arabia is battling a wave of violence, blamed on militants linked to Saudi-born Osama bin Laden. Tons of weapons, ammunition and explosives have been seized, many of which are believed to have been slipped across the border from Yemen.
Only after we get rid of all these fences, one could ask Israel not to build a fence that protects it's citizens from Palestinian terrorists.
Sample letter on the anti terror barrier
Subject: Israel's right to defend herself and build an anti-terror barrier
I protest against the objections your government has made against Israel's building of a security barrier. This barrier is built to keep the murderers among the Palestinians out of Israel. As long as your own country maintains fences such as......, your government has no moral right to object Israel's doing the same.
Source : upjf http://www.upjf.org.
Original text Take-A-Pen: http://www.take-a-pen.org/english/Fences.htm
Saving Lives: Israel's Security Fence
Source : Government of Israel, http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH0o3l0
* The security fence would not have been needed had there been no terrorism against innocent Israelis.
* The fence is not a border. The border will be determined by negotiations.
* The Palestinians will not be cut off from their fields, places of commerce and urban centers.
* The terrorists target their victims for death. Death is irreversible. Inconveniences caused by the fence are reversible.
* The right to live free from terrorism must take precedence.
* A legitimate temporary security measure, the fence will help to end terror and restore calm - steps that are necessary for renewing the peace process.
More than 900 people were murdered in attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists since late September 2000.
Thousands of Israelis have been injured, many of the victims maimed for life. The terrorists infiltrated Israeli cities and towns and carried out attacks - including suicide bombings - on buses, in restaurants, shopping malls, and even private homes.
No other nation in the world has before this time faced such an intense wave of terror, especially in the form of suicide bombings.
In almost all of the cases, the terrorists infiltrated from Palestinian areas in the West Bank. The Palestinian leadership has done nothing to stop them and has even encouraged them.
* The security fence - a temporary defensive measure, not a border
* A fence, not a "wall"
As a result of the unceasing terror, Israel decided to erect a physical barrier. The absence of such a barrier makes infiltration into Israeli communities a relatively easy task for terrorists. No terrorists have infiltrated from the Gaza Strip into Israel in recent years, because an electronic security fence already exists there.
The Government of Israel has an obligation to defend its citizens against terrorism. This right of self-defense is anchored in international law.
The security fence will not annex Palestinian lands, change the legal status of the Palestinians, nor prevent the Palestinians from going about their daily lives. It will not establish a border, which is to be determined by direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Despite the many pictures being shown in the international media of a tall concrete wall, more than 97% of the planned 720 km. (480 mile) security fence will consist of a chain-link fence system. Less than 3% of the fence will be constructed of concrete. The short concrete sections are intended not only to stop terrorists from infiltrating, but also to block them from shooting at Israeli vehicles traveling on main highways alongside the pre-June 1967 line.
The security fence forms a strip approximately the width of a four-lane highway. At its center is the chain-link fence that supports an intrusion detection system. This technologically advanced system is designed to warn against infiltrations, as is the dirt "tracking" path and other observation tools.
The decision to build the security fence was taken only after other options were tried, but failed to stop the deadly terrorist attacks.
Despite its numerous commitments, the Palestinian Authority has failed to fight terrorism. The obligations that were violated by the Palestinian Authority were contained in the Oslo Accords and subsequent agreements, as well as in the Roadmap that was presented to the sides in May 2003.
Had there been no terrorism, Israel would not have been compelled to build a fence to protect its citizens.
The Palestinians must dismantle the terrorist organizations, confiscate weapons, arrest the planners and perpetrators of terrorist acts, stop incitement and resume security cooperation with Israel; all these steps are required by the Roadmap. These measures are imperative for renewing the peace process.
* Black - sections of the fence already built
The route of the fence has been determined solely on the basis of security needs and topographical considerations.
The fence is being built in such a way that, if necessary, the relevant parts can be moved to different locations. In this context, it will be remembered that when Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon, in fulfillment of UN Security Council Resolution 425, the UN delineated the border between Israel and Lebanon. Israel moved its security fence, sometimes only a few meters, to comply with the new border.
Israel has made the use of public lands a priority in building the security fence, in order to avoid, as much as possible, the use of private lands. If this is not possible, then private land is requisitioned, not confiscated, and it remains the property of the owner. Legal procedures allow every owner to file an objection to the use of their land. When private lands are used, owners are offered full compensation, in accordance with the law; this compensation is offered both as a lump sum and also on a monthly basis.
* Taking into consideration Palestinian humanitarian needs
In addition to its efforts to ensure the security of its citizens, Israel attaches considerable importance to the interests of the local Palestinian residents. Israel recognizes the necessity of finding an appropriate balance between the imperative need to prevent terrorism and defend its citizens, and the humanitarian needs of the Palestinians.
Most Palestinians will be on the eastern side of the fence. They will not be cut off from their commercial and urban centers. No Palestinians will have to relocate. Israel will make every effort to avoid causing hardship and interference with their daily lives.
Dozens of crossing points have been set up to enable the movement of people and goods. The security fence was located, to the greatest possible degree, on unused land to avoid harming agriculture. Palestinian farmers will have access to their fields and will reach them through special gates that are being built into the fence. Trees affected by the construction will be replanted.
* Saving lives must always come first!
The security fence has only one purpose: to keep the terrorists out and thereby save the lives of Israel's citizens, Jews and Arabs alike.
The security fence is not an obstacle to peace, as the Palestinians are trying to portray it. In fact, by providing a barrier to terrorism, it will help restore quiet to the region and thereby increase the chances of achieving peace. It will not create permanent facts on the ground that will affect the outcome of negotiations.
The Palestinians seek to blame Israel, the victim of terrorism that is taking a purely defensive measure. Moreover, they ignore the hundreds of innocent victims murdered by Palestinian terrorism emanating from the West Bank. There would have been no need for a security fence had there not been an orchestrated campaign of terrorism that targets Israeli men, women and children for death. Death is permanent. It is irreversible. The inconvenience caused to Palestinians by the security fence is temporary and reversible, once terrorism stops and peace is achieved.
Copyright © 1999 State of Israel. All rights reserved.
Since the South African apartheid system was dismantled over ten years ago, many today are unaware of what exactly that nation's racist land policies were. The South African government established nine bantustans &emdash; sectors for black segregation &emdash; in the 60s and 70s, in the effort to separate non-white South Africans from whites, and from each other. To demonstrate just how fallacious the comparison to Israel's security fence is, we summarize South African apartheid policy here, alongside the facts of Israel's anti-terror security fence:
Issue Apartheid South Africa Israel's Security Fence Goal of separation
The explicit goal of bantustans was the elimination of rights of the majority South African black population, to ensure white hegemony.
The explicit goal of the security fence is preventing surreptitious terrorist entry to Israel, which has caused the murder of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
A central goal of official apartheid "separate development" was to strip black South Africans of their citizenship.
West Bank Palestinians were never citizens of Israel. (Arabs, meanwhile, constitute 15% of the Israeli citizenry.)
Between 1950 and 1986, about 1.5 million Africans were forcibly removed from "white" cities to rural reservations.
The security fence causes no transfer of population.
Opposition to nation
South African blacks, cordoned into bantustans, did not seek the destruction of South Africa, but rather the removal of the apartheid regime.
The majority of Palestinians in the territories dispute Israel's very right to exist; this has bred terror, and ultimately, the need for the fence.
South African bantustans were an effort to force a permanent international status on lands, and the black population living there.
The security fence is a temporary defensive measure, not a border; inconveniences caused by the fence are reversible.
South African "separate development" was an outgrowth of imperialist, colonial policy.
Israel is "colonial" neither with regard to the source of its population (mostly refugees), nor their deep historical relationship to the land.
The Israeli security fence, therefore, differs from South African measures in its rationale, its goals, its effect, and its historical context. A far more appropriate comparison can be made, therefore, between Israel's fence and other democratic nations' border fences, such as the British "peace line" http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/images/photos/belfast/peaceline/peaceline3.htm in Ireland, or the US border fence http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~robles/mexw/fence.jpg with Mexico.
Source : Honest Reporting, http://www.honestreporting.com
July 9, 2004
AN IMAGINARY &endash; OR NOT SO IMAGINARY &endash; SCENARIO
An imaginary individual decides to visit his imaginary relatives. He collects his wife and imaginary children, prepares a suitcase, and sets out on his way. In order to get to his relatives, he has to pass through a barrier. There is a long line of people waiting to pass through this barrier, and our imaginary friend is waiting patiently with his family. At the end of the line, tough-looking people in uniforms check with a frustrating slowness every single person passing through the barrier. Another person in uniform gives our imaginary friend a form, in a language he doesn't understand, and asks him to fill in the details. On this form, our imaginary friend is required to explain who he is, who his companions are, his destination, and his intentions.
Next to the long line where our imaginary friend is waiting patiently there is another line, in which other people pass through the barrier quickly and without any checks, as if to emphasize the injustice of this imaginary world.
When our imaginary friend reaches the checkpoint, he is required by another official in uniform to open his bag. His belongings are scattered and thoroughly checked. He is asked to remove certain elements of his clothing, and may even be asked to spread his arms. From this checkpoint our imaginary friend is sent to another official in uniform, who glances at the form he has filled in, and repeats the same questions &endash; Who are you? Where are you going? Who are you traveling with? What are you going to do when you get there? etc.
At this stage, when our imaginary friend feels that he and his family have experienced the very depths of injustice and humiliation, he is permitted to pass.
This unimaginary scenario takes place every minute in every sea - and airport of every country in the world &endash; and nobody complains. It is quite obvious that every sovereign country in the world has the right to check the people wishing to enter its borders. With regard to every country in the world, this is called "passport control". With regard to Israel it has come to be called "barriers", "walls", "fences", etc.
Every country in the world surrounds itself with a wall, and with control checkpoints. In every such checkpoint you will find people in uniforms, and in many places you will also find soldiers with firearms. Every country in the world has a wall. The physical shape of the wall is a function of the purpose of the wall. When the purpose of the wall is to check tourists and innocent bystanders, the physical shape of the wall will be a modern, comfortable, air-conditioned terminal. When the purpose of the wall is to prevent the free passage of terrorists bearing arms and explosives, whose intention is the murder of innocent citizens without discrimination, the physical shape of the wall is concrete, with watchtowers, etc.
No country in the world is faced with the relentless, intensive, and mind-numbing horror of the effects of terrorism to the degree that Israel is. Yet Israel is the only country in the world that has been told by an international court of justice that it does not have the right to close its borders and check people wishing to come in or pass through.
If the basic right of the Palestinian Arabs to move freely from place to place is being exploited by the Palestinian terror organizations to implement terrorist activities inside Israel, then Israel's natural basic right as a sovereign nation is to prevent the entry of such individuals &endash; even at the cost of the construction of a wall/fence/barrier.
FACT: No international court of justice prosecuted Jordan for violating the basic human rights of the Palestinian Arabs by not allowing them free passage into Jordan &endash; despite the fact that until 1967, all the West Bank territories were under Jordanian rule.
FACT: No international court of justice prosecuted Egypt for violating the basic human rights of the Palestinian Arabs living in Gaza by not allowing them free passage into Egypt &endash; despite the fact that until 1967, the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian rule.
FACT: It is a fact, however, that virtually no suicide bombers have gained entry into Israel in areas where the wall/barrier has been constructed.
FACT: The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that certain parts of the wall should be re-routed, but also that security considerations should be balanced against the needs of local residents.
FACT: The Palestinian Authority does not want the wall, because the wall reflects the concept of two countries for two people. The PA wants one binational state in which, based on demographic statistics, the Jews will very quickly become a minority, leading to the inevitable end of the State of Israel.