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Security (Apartheid) Fence

  • Here is what the Zionists will say is true about the Fence:
  • Since 2000 Israel has experienced 122 suicide bombs, 19,500 violent attacks, over 900 dead and thousands injured and traumatised attacks they claim only a few kilometres from Israeli population centres.
  • They claim the Palestinian Authority has refused to take practical action to stop the attacks. Indeed it stands accused in the eyes of Israelis and the Israeli government of condoning and indeed inciting attacks.
  • The Israeli Government has a “duty to protect its own citizens”. With “every accountable government having such a duty”.
  • The security fence being built by Israel is a defensive and last-resort measure which has been taken in response to the sustained terror.
  • If the terror against Israelis ceased, support for the fence in Israel would quickly fade.
  • The fence has no ideological, territorial or political motive. Its purpose is to defend innocent men, women and children from being murdered. Israel claims to want to withdraw from Palestinian territory, not annex it.
  • The legal status of the territory enclosed by the fence does not change. That status would be finally resolved in a negotiated peace agreement.
  • The current route of the fence does include parts of the West Bank where thousands of Israeli citizens live in settlements (notably the area towards Ariel in the centre of the West Bank area). The reason for this, they claim,  is that “Palestinian terrorist groups treat these citizens as legitimate targets for attack“. Israel ‘s says its duty to protect its citizens extends to them as well.
  • Since a security fence was created in 1994 around Gaza (with the agreement of the Palestinian Authority) not a single suicide attack against Israel has been “successfully” carried out from there.
  • The completed stretch of the current security fence near the Israeli town of Hadera has resulted in a reduction in attacks against Hadera (previously a frequent target).
  • 5% of the security fence is a concrete “wall”. And this is only because in these areas Arab snipers have frequently fired at Israelis, they claim.
  • The Palestinian population have recourse to the Israeli authorities to lodge objections to the route of the fence, and its implementation. Palestinian landowners have a right to compensation for the use of their land by Israel , and for reduction in crop yields.
  • Israel has replanted 68,000 Palestinian-owned fruit and olive trees which were uprooted to make way for the fence, in locations selected by the Palestinian owners. The contractors building the fence do not get paid by Israel ‘s Defence Ministry unless they carry out the replantings.
  • There are currently 41 gates in the fence to enable Palestinian farmers to reach their fields, and to enable Palestinian vehicles to cross.
  • The fence has been rerouted several times to reduce its impact on Palestinian daily life.
  • Of course the fence creates inconvenience and social disruption. But, as is the case with the Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank the responsibility for the “inconvenience” lies with the terrorists (and their supporters) who have forced Israel into taking these measures. (knew they would say that!)
Isn’t the security fence a form of apartheid, separating Jews and Arabs?
  • The fence has nothing to do with either “apartheid” or discrimination.
  • Thousands of Jews will live beyond the protection of the fence, in settlements in the West Bank .
  • At the same time the security fence will protect Arab citizens of Israel , many of whom have been killed in suicide bombings.
  • The fence will also protect thousands of non-Israeli residents of the country, and Christian and other non-Jewish tourists.
  • Since the intifada began, Palestinian terrorists have killed citizens of China , Bulgaria , Russia , Ghana , Switzerland , Turkey , Rumania , the Philippines , the UK and the USA , in Israel . Measures by Israel to prevent further such crimes are not “apartheid” measures, but protection of the right to life, regardless of ethnic origin or nationality.
Doesn’t the security fence make a two-state solution and peace impossible?
  • A two-state solution and peace will require negotiation, an end to violence, and compromise. In this context, the future of the security fence would also be subject of negotiation.
  • Israel dismantled expensive security structures in the past in the Sinai in the context of peace and diplomatic agreements with Egypt , and the same could happen again. The existence of the fence does not prejudge the outcome of future negotiations
  • For these reasons, the fence is not an obstacle to a two-state solution. The true obstacle to a two-state solution is outright Palestinian rejection of Israel, and the Palestinian demand for a ‘right of return’ into Israel.
  • The Palestinian campaign against the fence is intended to divert attention from these roots of the conflict. The security fence is a symptom of the conflict, not its cause.

Summary of Zionist claim :

The fence is not the inevitable outcome of Israel policy, but the inevitable outcome of Palestinian policy. In the words of Dennis Ross and David Makovsky (Financial Times, 14 October 2003 ): Hamas and Islamic Jihad are the builders of the fence…..

I ask you fellow Boycotters, do YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT!?

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