West Bank Closures
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2004.
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Diary of Falamiya – A Village on the Road to Dependency
November 7, 2002
Man with chainsaw: “ If I don’t do it, someone else will.”
Man hugging olive tree: “ That’s what people in Nazi Germany used to say.”
Man with chainsaw: „ Well, at least Hitler was a leader who knew what he wanted.”
Man hugging olive tree: “ Are you saying that you admire Hitler?”
Man with chainsaw: „ God forbid, no! My grandparents were killed at Auschwitz.”
This peculiar exchange takes place between two Israelis with different agendas to say the least. From his position between the branches of a partly cut down olive tree, Adam is trying to persuade David, the chainsaw man, to halt his work.
The request does not go down well, however. David revs up his tool and brings the snarling machine down on a branch dangerously close to Adam who clings to the trunk. So close, in fact, that the blade brushes Adam’s forearm, inflicting a superficial cut.
The meeting occurs in an olive grove near Falamiya, a small Palestinian village of approximately 700 inhabitants, situated in the West Bank between the cities of Qalqiliya and Tulkarem, some three kilometres from the border with Israel. Falamiya is a farming community which makes its living from the fertile, well-irrigated lands along the northern part of this border – a livelihood now threatened by the fact that 28 square kilometers of terrain constituting three-quarters of the village’s land with its tens of thousands of olive and citrus trees will eventually end up on the Israeli side of the so-called security fence.Eva Balslev and Sune Segal: Security or Separation? / The Humanitarian Consequences of Israel’s Wall of Separation
The Wall in the West Bank
PENGON / PALDIS, 2003.
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Enclaves and Closed Areas between the Wall and the Green Line
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2003.
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