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RN Documentary: Stories from Behind the Wall

From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Series: RN Focus on Torn Lives - Stories from the Holy Land
Length: 29:30

The first in a two-part series about Israel's security fence: Part 1 looks at the dramatic consequences the barrier is having on the daily life of ordinary Palestinians. (29:30)

2004092423_small In the summer of 2002, Israel began erecting a barrier to seal off the occupied Palestinian territories, following a series of Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel. 150 kilometers of the 700 kilometer structure have already been built. The barrier is due to be completed by the end of this year (2005). Israel calls it a security fence. Palestinians call it The Wall. The documentary portrays the impact on the daily life of ordinary Palestinians, ranging from a man who now has an 8-meter high concrete barrier in his backyard to a woman who is living illegally in Jerusalem with her West Bank husband. The consequences of the barrier are being felt by almost all Palestinians. Children and adults have to scramble through holes in the structure to get to and from school or work. People have to make long detours to get medical care, sometimes with deadly consequences. Poverty and unemployment are increasing. Families are being separated. People are being forced to move to be on the "right" side of the barrier. The second documentary in this series - "On the Edge of a Volcano" - looks at the widely diverging views in Israeli public opinion about the security fence. "The Barrier", a one-hour special, combining the Palestinian and Israeli perspectives, is also available on PRX. For more information, contact joan@SchardtMEDIA.org

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Piece Description

In the summer of 2002, Israel began erecting a barrier to seal off the occupied Palestinian territories, following a series of Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel. 150 kilometers of the 700 kilometer structure have already been built. The barrier is due to be completed by the end of this year (2005). Israel calls it a security fence. Palestinians call it The Wall. The documentary portrays the impact on the daily life of ordinary Palestinians, ranging from a man who now has an 8-meter high concrete barrier in his backyard to a woman who is living illegally in Jerusalem with her West Bank husband. The consequences of the barrier are being felt by almost all Palestinians. Children and adults have to scramble through holes in the structure to get to and from school or work. People have to make long detours to get medical care, sometimes with deadly consequences. Poverty and unemployment are increasing. Families are being separated. People are being forced to move to be on the "right" side of the barrier. The second documentary in this series - "On the Edge of a Volcano" - looks at the widely diverging views in Israeli public opinion about the security fence. "The Barrier", a one-hour special, combining the Palestinian and Israeli perspectives, is also available on PRX. For more information, contact joan@SchardtMEDIA.org

Transcript

In the summer of 2002, Israel began erecting a barrier to seal off the occupied Palestinian territories. The move followed a series of Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel. The 700-kilometre structure is due to be completed by late 2005. Israel calls it a security fence. The Palestinians call it The Wall.

CD 219.389-2 (0’20”)

Radio Netherlands, the Dutch International Service, presents “Stories from Behind the Wall”, part 1 of “The Barrier”, a 2-part series, produced by Eric Beauchemin.

QALANDIA CHECKPOINT

The Qalandia checkpoint, 11 kilometres north of Jerusalem on the West Bank. Dozens of taxis are waiting in the hot sun to transport people to towns and cities in the northern part of the territory. Cars on both sides are backed up several hundred metres. Hundreds of people are shuffling through turnstiles to get in. There are far fewer people heading south. I join them...
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Musical Works

Baladi Dance, Claude Latson, The Middle East, Selected Sound 5134, 1994, 0:40

Bulldozer: Start/Drive w/Brush, The Premiere Edition 2, PE27, 1995, 0"50

M-16 Automatic: Multiple Bursts, The Premiere Edition 2, PE23, 1995, 0:03

Related Website

http://www.rnw.nl/humanrights/html/torn_lives.html