Al-Ma’sara, 4th January 2013 – The first demonstration of the 2013 started with the bang of two sound grenades. This is the way in which today the Israeli soldiers decided to block the non violent demonstration in Al-Ma’sara. Despite the non-violent behavior of the demonstrants, almost 25 soldiers surrounded the entrance of the village, blocking the attempt of some demonstrants to reach the main road.
Al-Ma’sara and the 8 surrounding villages are threatened by the expansion of Gush Etzion settlement block and the preparation of the infrastructure for the illegal apartheid wall started in 2006. The segregation wall will be a 14km electrical fence with armed support and military guard and will annex an additional 35.000 mq. Further, the new wall will effectively isolate Al-Ma’sara and the other villages from the rest of the Palestinian communities and cuts off their main water supply, negatively impacting health and income of the villages.