Israel is building a separation wall deep inside the occupied territory. In so doing Israel is contravening the principals of international law and breaching its authority as a temporary custodian. Palestinian land is being trapped in an area designated as the "seam zone" – isolated from both the State of Israel and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since Israel began erecting the wall, the military has been imposing a draconian permit regime, under which, inter alia, every Palestinian who lives inside the seam zone or seeks to enter it is required to obtain a special permit in advance. The permit regime is tantamount to apartheid as it applies only to Palestinians, while Israelis and tourists are exempt from any permit requirement for entering and remaining in the seam zone.
The separation wall violates many of the basic rights of West Bank Palestinians unlawfully and without authority. Their right to property is violated by the land seizures themselves, as well as the denial of access to the lands. Their rights to freedom of movement and freedom of occupation are also violated. The wall impedes village children’s access to education of and disrupts family and community life. Freedom of religion is injured by the denial of access to holy sites. Environmental values such as nature preservation are also damaged. The wall effectively serves as a means of collective punishment, which is prohibited under international law.
By erecting the wall on occupied Palestinian lands, Israel breaches its obligation under international law to ensure OPT residents are able to lead normal lives.
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