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WATCH: Separation wall forces once-bustling town into decline

Bir Nabala in the West Bank, just a few kilometers northeast of Jerusalem, was once an active center of commerce. But since 2006, the separation wall has turned it into an enclave isolated from Jerusalem and much of the West Bank. Residents have left and businesses have shut down. This B’Tselem video, released in conjunction with a new report on the wall, tells the story of Bir Nabala’s decline, through the stories of two banquet halls.

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    1. Jan

      I wonder how long it will be before Israel declares this a “closed military zone” and takes over the property only to later turn it over to Israeli Jews.

      This is a damnable travesty.

      Is this what the Jewish state has become?
      A stealer of land? A stealer of hope?

      I think so.

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    2. The monstrocity of the bombings created a monster in reply, more hidden, often quiet in the instance, strangling to economic death, sometimes slow bodily death, but mostly not the bright deaths of bombing, this ‘not’ its righteousness. But most people were not bombers, nor the direct supporters of bombing. Victory has changed the Israeli face, as did the bombings. We all have boarders which limit our caring; I know this everytime I am panhandled at an outdoor Starbucks. West Bank/Israeli politics is about the nature of these boarders. Perhaps economic livelihood can be endpoints to create a bridge; that, and family. But I have not as yet seen the commonality of family breaking the walls in the mind.

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    3. The Trespasser

      Sad story. Hardly unique though.

      Back in 1997-1999 we were buying quite a lot in Shuafat. It was only 10 minutes’ drive from Givat Zeev to Neve Yaakov, and at least half of population were buying all goods in Shuafat due to much lower prices on pretty much everything – no VAT, hardly any other taxes, lower running costs – kind of offshore zone.

      Since 2nd Intifada broke at least 4 supermarkets were closed in Shuafat, let alone other businesses like home appliances or vehicles repairs.
      That happened at least 5 years before first segments of wall appeared.

      When Atarot industrial zone was closed quite a lot of Palestinians were literally crying (as those who worked in Gaza industrial zone) – but could not do a thing thing to make sure there won’t be another attack, so Jewish and Arab businesses owners lost money which they invested while Arab and Jewish employees were fired.

      Anti-normalization campaigners really did a great job – even fiercest Arab-haters would do it better.

      @Jan – this guys hope was stolen by Arafat back in 2000.
      Anyway… the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on.

      p.s. The funnies part is that Palestinians won’t ever get more than Ehud Barak offered at Camp David.

      p.p.s. Even funnier is that the only group which benefited from Arafat’s ruling is Jewish ultra-right extremists.

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