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Isolating Palestinian cities, mass punishment reflecting the Israeli racism

 Isolating Palestinian cities, mass punishment reflecting the Israeli racism
22-11-2014,00:09

Al Qassam website - The Israeli military and security measures in and around villages and cities in the West Bank and in occupied Jerusalem using concrete cubes turned them into isolated cantons, according to Palestinian citizens and officials.

Eyewitnesses said the Israeli army closed the entrances of al-Ram, Northern Jerusalem, Sinjil, Aboud, Deir Abu Mishaal and a number of Jerusalem towns using concrete cubes during this week, in addition; it has set up military checkpoints in different locations.

Palestinian districts in eastern Jerusalem and in the West Bank have been witnessing clashes with the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) for several months; in protest at the occupation policies, the daily arrests and the repeated storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by settlers.

And as a result of the escalated storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians have recently carried out attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank that resulted in the death and injury of a number of Israelis, the last one was on Tuesday (18/11), when two Palestinians, who were killed on the spot by the Israeli police, attacked a synagogue in West Jerusalem, killing 5 Israelis and injuring others.

Occupation racism

For his part, Ziad Abu Ein, the man in charge with the settlements and the Wall file in the Palestine liberation organization (PLO), said that Israel is creating new ghettos by closing the main entrances to cities and villages in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, similar to the apartheid cantons in South Africa, according to Anadolu News Agency.

He added that Israel started to use this method as a mass punishment each time the Palestinians carried out attacks against Israeli targets. He pointed out that Israel used this method in the first intifada (uprising) in 1987 and in al-Aqsa intifada in 2000. He went on:" Since 2002, Israel has isolated 11 Palestinian towns with the Separation Wall and electronic gates, and has set up 63 checkpoints in the West Bank."

At the entrance of al-Ram town, scores of Palestinian vehicles are stranded after closing its entrances, and citizens are moving on foot. The entrance to the town usually witnesses violent confrontations with the Israeli occupation troops.

According to citizens, closing the gates has stopped normal life in the town, traders and employees have to reach their work places on foot, which takes a lot of time. Furthermore, merchants said they cannot enter goods or foodstuffs into the town.

Israel intensified its security measures at the military checkpoints in the West Bank and set up flying roadblocks between the Palestinian villages and towns under the pretext of maintaining security.

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