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Feb 19, 2007 at 11:21 PM

cover of The Road Map Hits the Wall pamphletIsrael is building a “security fence” around the West Bank. “Fence” (think “Great Fence of China” or the “Berlin Fence”), is a misnomer to the point of absurdity. This 8 metre high apartheid wall is made from concrete 2 metres thick, and when completed, will stretch hundreds of kilometres. Surrounded in places by a trench and rolls of razor wire, it is interspersed with watchtowers.

Israeli authorities claim they are building the Wall for security purposes, but it snakes well inside the West Bank, sometimes by several kilometres and in many cases to encompass Israeli settlements. B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, says this “... is in order to increase the likelihood of their annexation into Israel.” ...

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Israeli troops detained a 9-year-old Palestinian at school. It's 'becoming normal', locals say

(CNN)  The day before we met, human rights campaigner Aref Jaber recorded the arrest of a 9-year-old Palestinian boy, taken out of school in the West Bank city of Hebron by armed Israeli soldiers.

His footage shows soldiers inside Ziad Jaber elementary school, arguing with the school principal and other teachers, as they attempt to remove Zein Idris and his 7-year-old brother Taim.

At one point on the video, one of the teachers is told that if he does not let go of Zein, the soldier will break the teacher's arm.