Population Control

This sub-category of involvement refers to Israeli and international commercial involvement in the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of Israel’s intricate mechanisms of control, physical segregation and restrictions on movement of Palestinians.

Across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, Israel deploys various mechanism and structures which severely affect the movement of goods and people. These range from watchtowers, razor wire fences, biometric identification systems, to large-scale physical structures, such as the Apartheid Wall and checkpoints.

Israel’s 700 kilometers long Apartheid Wall snakes its way through the occupied West Bank and is designed to separate East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, facilitating the annexation of more occupied Palestinian land, and physically segregating Palestinians living to the east of the Wall from the rest of historic Palestine. In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Wall was illegal.

In addition to the Wall, there are 106 permanent checkpoints scattered across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza’s border, which severely restrict the movement of Palestinian people and goods, within and between these geographical areas.

Israel is intensifying its siege of Gaza thorough a more advanced system of enclavement and segregation by surrounding it with an underwater and underground barrier.

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