U.N. Condemns Israeli Wall

October 26, 2003

On 10/24, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon announced plans to further extend the wall which Israel is building across the West Bank to include a section deep in the Jordan Valley near the border with Jordan.

The wall, which includes electronic fences, razor wire, trenches and concrete barriers, puts thousands of acres of West Bank land and tens of thousands of Palestinians on the Israeli side while further cantonizing the West Bank into isolated communities. It is part of Israel's program of annexing the West Bank and preventing a future Palestinian state.

The new plan came 2 days after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution denouncing the wall by a vote of 144 to 4 opposed (including the U.S.). The U.S. recently vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council.

The resolution "demands that Israel stop and reverse the construction of the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, which is in departure of the Armistice Line of 1949 and is in contradiction to relevant provisions of international law."

Commenting on the U.N. resolution, Israel's deputy Prime Minister Olmert said: "the fence will continue being built...If the whole world is on one side and America and Israel on the other side, I'm proud to be on the American side."