Geography Paper on The Apartheid Wall
The building of a wall by the Israeli government does not only affect their security but also the livelihood of Palestinians. This is because of the fact that a wall tends to prevent people from accessing resources. This goes against current economic trends such as globalization and liberalization that are highly appreciated by countries worldwide for the reason that they allow people to travel freely from one region to the other. Thus, a wall that is intended to separate one country from another goes against the will and aspirations of the population, especially in disadvantaged countries. The effects of the wall build by the Israeli state will thus be explored.
Palestinians view this barrier set up by Israel as illegitimate and they refer to it as “the apartheid wall”. I support the Palestinians due to a number of reasons that will be outlined here. The first reason is that the wall will render uninhabitable around 733 square kilometers of land that belongs to the Palestinians. This means that displacement of Palestinians will take place, leading to conflict. At the same time, the Jordan valley will be isolated from the rest of the land where Palestinian live. Consequently, access to food supplies by the Palestinians will cease and the population depends on the produce coming from this region. Thus, the act of building the wall will affect supplies in this district. Some individuals in the population will be forced to engage in crime in order to meet family needs (Rogers and Ben-David 210).
The second reason why I do not support the building of the eight meter high wall is the limitation on freedom of movement. When a wall is erected, people will be unable to move to and from the isolated regions. Thus, Palestinian-Israeli economic activities will come to a halt in the event the wall is completed. This means that the economic wellbeing of the populace in both realms will be affected significantly. It is therefore wise for the Israeli government to abandon the move due to the negative economic effects brought about by the endeavor. It is also important to mention that the move violates the constitutional right of free movement. The majority of schools, hospitals and markets visited by Palestinian citizens are located in Israel. It would therefore be inhumane for the Israeli government to deny access to these facilities. The political and economic status of Palestine is way below that of Israel hence the need for support (Svensson 66).
The third reason is about water availability to the population. The apartheid wall isolates an area where two basins are located. They are situated at the Jawvien west and north-east and hold 507 million kiloliters of water. These wells serve the population with much needed water for both domestic and commercial use. Thus confiscation of these resources will raise tension and bring about conflict between members of the community.
On the other hand, the Israeli government is trying to make its borders safe from terrorism and other forms of violence. Thus, the building of the wall may help mitigate or reduce the levels of attacks on the civilians or innocent citizens. This denotes that they feel justified to build the wall as a way of protecting the public.
In conclusion, the two countries should find ways to reach a resolution that will see business thrive despite the construction of a high wall. Palestinians are disadvantaged by the move both economically and environmentally. This is why I support the Palestinian’s side of the story.
Rogers, R., and Ben-David, A. “Coming to Terms: a Conflict Analysis of the Usage, in Official and Unofficial Sources, of ‘Security Fence’, ‘Apartheid Wall’, and Other Terms for the Structure Between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.” Media, War & Conflict 3.2 (2010): 202-229. Print.
Svensson, Mats. Crimes, Victims and Witnesses: Apartheid in Palestine. Chicago: Real African Publishers, 2013. Print.