Part One: Out of 660 road barriers only 23 have been up lifted most of them for minor use

Part One: Out of 660 road barriers only 23 have been up lifted most of them for minor use
 
On the 16 of the last month the Israeli army announced that it began to remove 100 barriers in the West Bank in implementation of the decisions of the political level in Israel claiming that the target barriers are mainly earth mounds.
 
An Israeli military spokesperson said the removal of these barriers would take some days and the process has to be completed before Eid Al Fetter ( the feast of the slaughtering) in November.
 
The spokesperson claimed that this decision came as “a continuation of the Israeli government’s efforts to improve the economic situation for the Palestinians of the West Bank while maintaining the operational flexibility of the Israeli army and security apparatuses”.
 
He went on to say that “this decision is an implementation of the improvements that were initiated by Ehud Barrak,  the minister of defense, based on security evaluations done by the commander of the central leadership of the Israeli army and by the chief of staff,  Jabi Ashkenazi”.
 
Is this what has been done?
 
After having a number of field trips by LRC field researchers it was found that only 23 barriers as followed:
1.     19 in  Hebron governorate  along roads number 60 and 35;
2.     2 in Bethlehem governorate;
3.     1 in Haris village, Salfit;
4.     1 in Azzun as Shamaliya, Qalqiliya.
Out of this big fuss the Palestinians were allowed to use only seven roads at the time they are prohibited from using the most vital roads whose opening facilitates their movement to a great extent and whose number is about 637. Is this the Barrak’s improvements made after nine years of torment and closure?! No real impact has been noticed on the life of Palestinians as a result of the “generous Israeli improvements”. 
 
One Palestinian affected by these barriers compared the Israeli “improvements” to a mountain’s birth to a mouse”, adding that “Barrak offers use only misleading media bubbles and thousands of bombs against Gaza”. All of the removed barriers, except seven, lead to arid land or to agricultural fields and they shouldn’t have been closed in the first place.  The Israeli move is meaningless in compare to the Palestinians’ daily suffering at the Israeli checkpoints. 
 
To support what are we saying, table one offers detailed information and photographs about the removed barriers:
 
Is it necessary to have these barriers?!
 
Table 1: Barriers recently removed in Hebron governorate on roads 35, 60 and 317
#
Location
Barrier type
Nearby colony
Areas connected by barrier
Notes
From
To
1
Khirbet Hasaka
Earth mound
None
Hasaka
Bir Mahjar
It is located three meters from Road No.35
2
 Bir Nahjar-Farsh Al Hawa
Iron gate
None
Idhna
Farsh Al Hawa-Bir Mahjar
Connecting between Hebron and road No.35
3
Farsh Al Hawa
Earth mound
 
Before Telem colony’s Military camp
Arid land affiliated to Hebron
Road No. 35
4
Farsh Al Hawa
Earth mound
 
Before Telem colony
Arid land affiliated to Hebron
Road No. 35
This barrier is only few meters from the one mentioned in point three
5
Farsh Al Hawa
Earth mound
 
Before Telem colony
Arid land affiliated to Hebron
Road No. 35
This barrier is only few meters from the one mentioned in point four
6
Tayba-Tarqumiya
Earth mound
 
Before Telem colony
Arid land affiliated to Tarqumiya
Road No. 35
Not used by Palestinians
7
Suba Junction
Earth mound
 
Telem and Idora colonies
Suba and the land to the north east of Idhna
Road No. 35
Next to Suba gate which is opened during daily work hours only
8
Zaghayer quarter
Earth mound
 
None
Zaghayer quarter
Road No. 35
A minor entrance that leads to some houses and barley used
9
Halhul bridge
Iron gate
Military watch tower
Halhul
Hebron
Vital road that can be re-closed at any time by soldiers manning the nearby watch tower
10
Ar Ramah quarter
Earth mound
 
None
Land to the north of the living quarter
Road No. 35
Dirt road linking between Ar Ramah quarter and Halhul and Road No. 35
11
Hahul-Wadi Qabun
Earth mound
 
None
Wadi Qabun quarter in Halhul
Road No. 35
Opposite Barrier mentioned in point ten separated  by Road No. 35
12
Qayzon-Hebron
Earth mound
 
None
Qayzon agricultural land
Road No. 35
 
13
Bani Nai’m
Earth mound
 
Kiriyat Arba’
Wadi Al Juz Land west of Bani Na’im
Road No.60
An uneven dirt road connecting between arid land
14
Al Hijra
Earth mound
 
Hagai
Al Hijra south land
Road No.60
 
15
Wadi ash Shajna
Earth mound
 
None
Wadi ash Shajna land
Road No.60
 A dirt road leading to arid land
16
Karma
Earth mound
 
Otne’il
Khirbet Basim
Road No.60
 
17
Wadi Qabun
Earth mound
 
None
Agricultural land
Road No.60
Leads to agricultural land
18
Wadi Qabun
Earth mound
 
None
Agricultural land
Road No.60
Leads to agricultural land
 
19
Ar Radeem land
Earth mound
 
Shema and nearby outpost
Ar Radeem land
Road 317
It connects a Radeem with as Samu’ town and is only used by one family and there is a nearby open road in better condition
Source: LRC field work on 17.10.2009
 

Table 2: Barriers recently removed in Bethlehem governorate
#
Location
Barrier type
Nearby colony
Areas connected by barrier
Notes
From
To
1
Artas
Earth mound
Efrata
Artas
Road No. 60
2
Talita
Earth mound
None
Talita
Beti Jala
Once removed the street was paved
Source: LRC field work on 20.10.2009

Table 3: Barriers recently removed in Salfit and Qalqiliya  governorates
#
Location
Barrier type
Nearby colony
Areas connected by barrier
Notes
From
To
1
Haris
Earth mound
Revava
Haris
Road No. 505

2
Azzun ash Shamaliya
Earth mound
Ma’ale Shomron
Azzun ash Shamaliya
Road No. 55
 
Source: LRC field work on 20.10.2009
 
 
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