West Bank activists celebrate fall of Berlin Wall VIDEO
by MainStreet, Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 05:09:06 AM EST
The BBC reported on the event:
Palestinians and foreign peace activists have broken apart a section of the West Bank barrier.
They used ropes and at least one truck to pull down some of the concrete blocks forming the Israeli-built wall. The activists carried out the protest to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The barrier, which separates Israel from the West Bank, is a mixture of fences, barbed wire, ditches and concrete slabs up to 8m (26ft) high.
Israeli armed police, who are reported to have arrived shortly afterwards, are believed to have used tear gas to force the activists to stop.
The ISM (International Solidarity Movement) indicated that the section of Wall taken down was near the "infamous Qalandiya checkpoint" at the entrance to East-Jerusalem. Although the International Court of Justice in 2004 pronounced Israel's "Apartheid Wall" illegal, and called for its removal, no significant changes on the ground were ever made by Israel.
After the event, Mushir Ghazzal, an organizer of nonviolent Palestinian resistance, stated:
Today's events prove that we must not wait for Israel to end its occupation on its own - we Palestinians should do it with our own two hands. Like the Berlin Wall at the time, Israel's wall seems to us an undefiable reality, but twice this week it has caved in to the pressure of ordinary people fighting for their rights.
Considering that the Obama administration last week gave Israel the go ahead to continue its colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, who can disagree.