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Twenty years after Berlin, Palestinians crack Israel's wall
Published Friday 06/11/2009 (updated) 09/11/2009 17:24
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Click image to see more photos from Friday [courtesy Ahmed Meslah]
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Marking the 20th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Palestinians tore down a section of Israel's wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin on Friday.

During a weekly protest against the barrier, which cuts through the Ramallah-area village's center and isolates residents from 60 percent of their farmland, some 300 demonstrators methodically dismantled a concrete section before Israeli forces opened fire.

"When one concrete part started to come down partially, the Israeli army arrived and started shooting large amounts of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and even live ammunition," said organizer Ahmad Mesleh. "Dozens of soldiers came through the gate and are currently following the demonstration into the village."

Mesleh said protesters first gathered in front of Ni'lin's health clinic, where they prepped supplies and marched toward the wall. They burned tires and removed an eight-meter concrete slab with a hydraulic car-jack.



"Twenty years ago, no one imagined that the monstrosity that divided Berlin would ever be taken down, but it took only two days to do it," participant Muhib Hawaja told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

"Today we proved that we too can pull it off, right here and right now. That is our land beyond the barrier, and we have no intention of ceding it. We will triumph because justice is on our side," he added.
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1 ) Daniel / UK
06/11/2009 22:52
That took barely 25 people. There are 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank. Imagine how much of the wall could be torn down if let's say 25,000 people went out one day to take down a bit of the wall. God helps those who help themselves. That wall can be gone if everyone put their minds to it.

2 ) Dweikat / Palestine
06/11/2009 22:56
Respect!

3 ) Bill / USA
07/11/2009 00:53
Absolutely amazing! Sometimes it takes only a single, dramatic event to remind people of their own inner strength. I hope this video is replayed endlessly, and leads to a campaign of unarmed, yet very powerful, resistance.

4 ) Layla / Palestine
07/11/2009 08:30
Now that is how its done! More power to ya!

5 ) GT / mt
07/11/2009 10:58
hats off!

6 ) Oddgeir / Norway
07/11/2009 19:09
Yes, tear down the wall of shame! Show the Israelis that their harassment of the palestinian people will fail.

7 ) khawaja / nilin
07/11/2009 20:28
thanks for your support

8 ) Rosy / CA
07/11/2009 22:40
The wall is illegal. Israel was told that a long time ago. The wall should have been torn down long ago. Israel never obeys international law on any level however.

9 ) AJK / USA
09/11/2009 09:27
Tear down that wall! Daniel, you are so right..The army wouldn't be able to handle everyone! I pray that the Palestinians will get back what is and what has been rightfully theirs! I also hope that more people from my country become more aware and will support Palestine!!! God bless Palestine!

10 ) Debra Solomon / Nederland
10/11/2009 02:37
!!!!!!!! ROCK THAT DANG WALL DOWN !!!!!!!!

11 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
10/11/2009 16:13
Yet another way to support the Palestinian struggle against the ugly separation wall: donate a car jack to our Palestinian friends! The wall will fall!

12 ) Pat M / USA
12/11/2009 06:09
The wall is illegal. The settlements are illegal. Israeli border policies are illegal. Three strikes and you're out!!!!!

13 ) Jim Pike / USA
23/11/2009 10:19
I noticed that there are holes in the wall. Were they used to put the wall up? It seems like an easy way to pull the slabs down, like they did. If Israel is serious about keeping the slabs up, you'd think they would wrap iron between the tops or something to hold them together.

14 ) em / australia
11/02/2010 14:15
yeh like pat says what about the USA block all the funds it sends to Israel, im sure that would get their attention.

15 ) James / usa
15/11/2010 21:06
wasnt the wall put up to stop suicide bombers? BTW how many suicide bombers have there been since the wall is up? many things were tried to stop them, seems to me that if this works its fine. Unless of course the PA could stop it on their own? which they cant
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