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Even animals are divided by Israel’s Wall and occupation threats to the local environment

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Israel’s “Separation Wall” through the occupied West Bank separates human beings; that much we know. What isn’t so well-known, though, is that it also divides ancient ecological corridors; the Wall has a devastating effect on the environment and the population of land-dwelling mammals.

Slicing through the landscape, the Wall is made up of hundreds of kilometres of concrete and wire fencing, at some points three metres deep and eight metres high. The Israelis call it a “security fence”; some Palestinians refer to it as an “Apartheid Wall”.

The Wall is mostly completely impenetrable and one must cross though heavily guarded military checkpoints. In this, it has been successful in its main purpose of redefining human relations by separating Israelis and Palestinians.

However, it is not only human beings which the Wall has played a critical role in segregating. Spare a thought for the smaller non-human animal species, those which have no political agenda. Those animals which once roamed free across the West Bank landscape are now also confined to either side of the barrier.

Animals have been passing through these lands for millennia, migrating according to the seasons, and dispersing plant seeds along the way, thus ensuring the vitality of this ancient ecological corridor. Ever since Israel’s started to build the Wall in 2000, though, these migratory routes have been disrupted and halted abruptly, cutting animals off from their native feeding and breeding grounds. Causing devastation to the environment and driving many species to the brink of extinction, the Israeli Wall and occupation are two of the biggest threats to animals and the environment in the West Bank today.

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