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Israel Begins Rerouting Bi’lin Barrier: “A Small Victory”

Israel began work today to  a section of its so-called “security barrier” in the West Bank village of Bil’in — two and a half years after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the state to return land to Palestinian farmers. The Jerusalem Post has the video and article.

“Bulldozers were on site Thursday and tracks for the new route were being laid down. Some Palestinians welcomed the development but stressed it fell far short of their demand to dismantle the entire enclosure.”

For the past five years, Bi’lin residents have held weekly demonstrations against the barrier, which accomodates the Modin Ilit settlement bloc at the expense of over half of Bi’lin’s agricultural land.   The newly routed barrier will return some 700,000 square meters of arable land back to the village, with around 150,00 square meters of village land remaining on the settlement side of the barrier. Still a victory for years of nonviolent protest!

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Carol Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is a retired legal services attorney and author of legal texts. She lived in Israel from 1963 to 1966, where she worked on a kibbutz, did graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as an assistant to the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Carol is a long-time activist with Jewish Voice for Peace, and is the JVP representative to the Middle East Advisory Committee and a member of Bay Area Women in Black.

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