Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ)

Ray Dolphin. the West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ)

Ray Dolphin. the West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine

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Ray Dolphin. The West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine. London: Pluto Press, 2006, 256 pages. Paper $22.95.

In the second part of 2002 the construction of a 670 kilometer wall began. Ray Dolphin provides evidence that this does not serve except a territorial annexation of land. However, all this was done under the guise of "security." The major settlement blocks that are originally implanted throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem and contravened international law are now annexed to "Israel." The wall took also abundant land and water reserves for future settlement expansion. Thus, the wall is not built for security but indeed political interests of settlers.

The author investigates both the wall's impact on the daily lives of Palestinians and the legality of the wall in the context of international law and later he discusses the significance of building the wall on the future of the political process. Concerning the former, he explains how disastrous it is for the Palestinian community being cut off from family members, from clinics and schools. A special focus is made on Qalqilia and Jayous, the farmers who cannot access their lands, crops and water supplies and the case of de-Palestnization of Jerusalem that left the inhabitants in separated cantons devoid of territorial, political and economic integrity. …

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