Prior to this, the apartheid wall had already been condemned by human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Amnesty demanded that construction of the wall ‘must be halted immediately’.
The Israeli government, and other apologists for the wall, attempt to justify it under the pretext of security, specifically related to Palestinian suicide bombings. Despite this, the wall amounts to collective punishment of a population which contravenes the Geneva Conventions.
Israel’s former prime minister, Ariel Sharon, remarked in 2004 that ‘terror built the fence’. However, by simply looking at a map of the route that the wall takes, it is clear that it does not lie on the border between Israel and the occupied West Bank. Its path captures important Israeli colonies, which is a clear indication of rapacious land grabbing, not merely self-defence.