An Israeli official said Friday the separation wall in Jerusalem Al-Quds is being built with the aim of forcing out tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the occupied territory.
"The fence was built on this route for a demographic reason – to remove 50,000 Arabs from Jerusalem (Al-Quds)," said council member in charge of Al-Quds Yakir Segev, Israeli outlet Ynet news reported. "Now, the situation is being left as is. They simply don’t want to say."
Alongside vast expanses of the Arab territories, Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem during the six-day war in 1967. Muslim states and Palestinians insist that there would be no peace in the Middle East until Israel withdraws from East Jerusalem Al-Quds.
In 2002, Tel Aviv started building the 723-kilometer barrier in the West Bank village of Ni’lin, arrogating vast expanses of the Palestinian land to itself to "protect" Israeli settlers.
The Berlin wall, a concrete barrier built to separate East Germany from West Germany, was 155 kilometers in length.
The United Nation’s primary judicial organ, the International Court of Justice, has denounced the structure of the Israeli wall as illegal.
The West Bank has been dotted with other Israeli-built dividing walls and checkpoints which severely restrict the Palestinians’ access to different parts of the area while completely closing off 38 percent of it to them.