News, June , 2007
The new Israeli occupation roadblock in Al-Dhahiriya, near Hebron, is a site of humiliation for Palestinian workers
Wednesday June 20, 2007 12:59 by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News nisreen at imemc dot org
Palestinian laborers are exposed to humiliation on the new Israeli occupation roadblock, located south of Al-Dhahiriya near Hebron, on the borders of the West Bank and the 1948 lands.
On the new roadblock, which was established a few days ago, laborers face ritual humiliation as manifested in long waits and ransacking of property despite the fact that the workers hold permission to enter 1948 lands.
Laborers reported that the procedures at the roadblock make their life very difficult. They assaulted and detained for many hours on a daily basis.
The laborers added that the humiliation does not end when they reach the worksite at Beer Al-Saba'a (Bir Sheeva). The laborers are harassed as they work by constant invasions of the area, with Israeli occupation forces claiming that such invasions are designed to apprehend illegal laborers in the area.
Abdul Hadi Hantash, maps and settlements expert, said that this roadblock forms one part of an Israeli plan to establish 32 similar posts throughout the West Bank, reinforce the siege of the West Bank and divide the area into isolated cantons. These procedures aim to hinder the movement of goods and of people.
He added that these plans pave the way to control hundreds of dunums of Al-Dhahiriya lands, located to the south part of the aforementioned roadblock.
The construction of this roadblock, named Wad Al-Khaleel, started after the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada. During its construction, the Israeli army confiscated hundreds of dunums belonging to several families in Al-Dhahiriya area. The farmers are forbidden from reaching their lands and are deprived of their main source of income since the establishment of the roadblock.
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