Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian demonstrators and international activists protesting the Israeli Apartheid Wall in the West Bank.
The scuffles occurred on Thursday when the demonstrators sat in front of the armored bulldozers near the village of Wallaje in al-Quds (Jerusalem), trying to stop the Israeli forces, Reuters reported.
Palestinians have been regularly staging demonstrations against the "apartheid wall," saying the land, which is being confiscated by Israel to build the barrier, belongs to local families.
Israel has been pushing ahead with the construction of the wall – whose course encompasses Israeli settlements in the West Bank – since 2002 under the pretext of "security fortification."
Estimated to run some 720 km across the West Bank, the wall isolates acres of Palestinian fruit orchards and olive grooves, inflicting a heavy blow on Palestine’s already crushing economy.
Locals believe that the barrier is part of Tel Aviv’s attempt to annex or fragment the territory sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
The International Court of Justice declared the barrier illegal but Israel has ignored the non-binding ruling.