Stop the `Wall' petition sent to UN chief

ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Palestinian Social Committee (PSC) on Sunday handed over a petition to the UN Resident Coordinator in the UAE to forward it to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, demanding immediate demolition of the apartheid wall, restoration of the occupied territories to the Palestinians and ending the Israeli occupation.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Mon 19 Apr 2004, 12:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:06 PM

The petition, which was signed by all Arab and foreign embassies in the UAE, which participated in the 'Stop the Wall' festival held last month in the capital, was handed by a Palestinian group representing the PSC and the Palestinian embassy in the UAE to Nadir Haj Hammou, UN Resident Coordinator in the UAE at the UN House in the capital.

The petition letter titled: 'Stop the Wall', which was made available to Khaleej Times read: "We the undersigned are shocked and horrified by the apartheid wall being constructed by the state of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories, and call upon the leaders and people of the world to use all their influence to stop this wall immediately".

"Expected to be the largest land grabbed since 1967, the apartheid wall in its current projection will enable Israel to control some one half of the West Bank, and is expected to run to a length of some 769km. The wall (deceptively referred to as the 'security fence' is currently snaking its way up to six km inside the West Bank, and in some areas it will reach approximately 16km. The wall consistently follows a path that allows maximum settlements annexation and large-scale control of Palestinian lands".

"Life behind the apartheid wall will become intolerable: Palestinian will be imprisoned in walled ghettos, deprived of the basic human rights and they lose large parts of their land, water resources and sources of livelihood. Such oppression and misery have already begun in the areas where the wall is currently being built. Some 10 per cent of the West Bank population is already unable to access their lands and means of sustenance, which was caused by the wall's 'first phase'.

The latest opening of three 'crossing points'- located on and dividing Palestinian lands-only further highlights the institutionalism of this land theft. In less than a month since the gates were opened, people have been shot, beaten, humiliated and prevented from accessing to their lands. This wall and its so-called crossing points are inhuman and illegal".

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