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October 20, 2009

The wall

The 15-minute film entitled “Walled Horizons” was made in honor of the fifth anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s  opinion that the barrier’s  route through the occupied West Bank is illegal.

Israel credits the barrier, which it began constructing in 2003, with helping to halt the wave of deadly suicide bombings unleashed on the Jewish state at the height of the latest Palestinian uprising in 2002.

The Palestinians view it as an “Apartheid Wall” that carves off large segments of the West Bank, splitting families, separating farmers from their land and slicing east Jerusalem off from their hoped-for future state.

Although Israel has long accused the United Nations of bias towards the Palestinians,  the film has been praised as “ a very balanced piece of journalism.”

‘Walled Horizons’  includes footage of the aftermath of suicide attacks carried out prior to the wall being built. It features top Israeli security officials involved in the wall’s construction who present the  project as a desperate response to the violence of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted in 2000.

 It is hoped that the virtual disappearance of such attacks in recent years might encourage Israel to rethink the barrier for continued construction comes at the expense of tens of thousands of Palestinians.”

According to UN figures, Israel has so far completed 256 miles of the planned 435-mile barrier, a network of walls, barbed-wire fences, trenches, and closed military roads. When completed, 85 percent of the wall will have been built inside the West Bank, leaving 9.5 percent of the territory and 35,000 Palestinians between the barrier and the Green Line.
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