The Apartheid Walls of Israel

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An Israeli girl plays with an inflatable hammer in a park in Jerusalem 26 April 2012. (Photo: Reuters - Amir Cohen)

By: Rami Zurayk

Published Saturday, May 19, 2012

More than ever, Israel finds itself under siege. The British Guardian newspaper published a long article naming the apartheid walls built or being built by our enemy to separate the Zionist elite from the rest of the world. Their latest achievement in this vein is an almost completed wall between the Sinai and Naqab deserts on the Egyptian-Palestinian borders, costing almost half a billion dollars.

The declared aim of this construction is to prevent African “infiltrators” who attempt to cross the borders illegally looking for work. According to statements made by the Israeli army, these refugees create a “crime industry,” and are involved in drug trafficking and terrorism (the Israelis being the experts in terrorism, and exporting it all over the world, will not allow any competition).

This is all happening while the racist entity seeks to make inroads into Africa in order to affect countries’ foreign policies, strike business deals, snatch concessions and lay their hands on resources, and, of course, to keep tight control over the trade and trafficking in blood diamonds.

All this takes place under the cover of charity and humanitarian work in African countries, supporting them in achieving the UN’s millennial aims. With this, Israel proves, in case anyone still had any doubt, that it is practicing colonialism openly. It will complete its occupation of Palestine through settlements which are built on its racist ideology.

The other reason for building the Sinai wall is that there is now a new equation, imposed by the Egyptian people when they ousted Hosni Mubarak, the collaborator. The Israeli army now believes the Egyptian border to be “hot” and that it has to separate itself in the South for fear of military operations.

With this, Israel now has open borders only in the East, and then only until the Arab people move to close the Wadi Araba gate.

Rami Zurayk is Al-Akhbar's environment columnist and author of the blog Land and People.

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect Al-Akhbar's editorial policy.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


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