The Stop the Wall Campaign is a coalition of Palestinian non-governmental organizations and community-based “popular committees,” youth and women that mobilize and coordinate efforts on local, national and international levels. These efforts are focused on stopping and dismantling the Wall in the West Bank, resisting Israeli occupation, and defending Palestinian communities’ rights to their land and water.
In recent years, Stop the Wall has been working to develop and strengthen bodies such as the Land Defense Coalition, which aims to strengthen the will and determination of people from Palestinian villages which face expulsion and confiscation of land – such as South Hebron, the Northern Jordan Valley, the eastern part of Nablus and many other locations in the West Bank, particularly the Bedouin areas, including those in Jerusalem.
The campaign’s efforts are focused on stopping and dismantling the Separation Wall, and opposing Israel’s policy of land and resource confiscation from Palestinians living under occupation. The Wall’s route currently snakes through the West Bank cutting off many communities from one another and from their agricultural land, and grabs precious land and water resources away from Palestinians. The World Court in the Hague ruled in 2004 that the Wall violates international law.
If you listen to the people who are forced to flee their homes, they want an end to violence. They want land reform. They want their human rights. Rather than building walls, we need to build a safer, more prosperous world for all.
This issue of Insights celebrates the grassroots movements and organizations engaged in claiming their rights to land and home, as well as the communities and movements working every day to tear down walls — both physical and political.