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Audioblog

Ray Dolphin

04 Oct '07 - 10:48 by houck021

Interview with Ray Dolphin, the Irish author of the book The West Bank Wall. Unmaking Palestine.

Ray Dolphin, who works as a consultant for the United Nations and is stationed in Jerusalem, explains what the actual purpose is of the West Bank wall. In his book he shows that the stealing of more Palestinian land is the real motive behind the building of the wall. It makes the creation of a viable Palestinian state impossible because it cuts up the West Bank in innumerable little Batustans, between which the Palestinians cannot move freely.

Dolphin: 'Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel would determine its permanent borders by the year 2010.  Now obviously this date may slip, but Im not sure if youre aware that Israel is the only country in the world which has never declared where its borders lie.  He has said and members of his party Kadima have said that the Wall, which is supposed to be a temporary security barrier, will play a large part in determining where these borders lie.  So Id just like to say something about [what happens] if the Wall becomes a border, which it is in many respects already, what that means for the people concerned, and also for the West Bank and the two-state solution.'

Click here to listen to the interview

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