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Read your comments Wednesday, 21 May, 2003, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
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The Fence
Behind the Fence was broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday, 25 May, 2003 at 1915 BST.

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Because of the high volume of correspondence we receive, we cannot guarantee to publish every single e-mail.


The West Bank is under Israeli rule since june 1967 Arab aggression. The fence was built only in June 2002. Why?
Pierre Salt, France

How can a wall erected by a nation to protect it from another nation be racist or apartheid-inducing? While it does not follow the cease-fire lines all the time it does not deviate to a great extent or create tiny walled prisons across the West Bank. If the fence did in fact strictly follow the 1967 border would peoples' outrage really be any less? It would not seem that way since claims of a fence creating apartheid would still have little factual basis.
Jason Pruzansky, USA

Having seen the evidence of this and many other programmes one must believe that the majority of the people of Israel and the majority of the Palestinians would rather live in peace, in relatively normal circumstances. Irreperable damage has clearly been done on both sides.
Gavin Foley, Eire

Behind the Fence, reveals a highly biased, pro-Palestinian perspective on the "wall of apartheid". How would you like to have someone come into your community to blow themselves up? Would your parents cheer, send you out and then collect money when you become a martyr? Would they be proud that you killed innocent civilians, minding their own business in their houses? How about blowing up school buses?
Wendy RB Hongiman. Florida

Having almost been killed in last November's bus bombing in Jerusalem, I can understand why the Israelis are building this wall. Yet all this talk of the wall is missing the point. Shouldn't we be looking at the root cause?

This act of terrorism is not out of sheer desperation from a people under so called "occupation", as portrayed by the Media. This act of terrorism is taught in their schools, their religious meetings, in their Koran and religious writings, by their parents, and at summer camps.
David , UK

What I find so totally depressing is that the state terrorism of Israel, a nation founded in terrorism and sustained by terrorism - and I don't think there is an alternative description of these appalling acts - is endorsed by America in that they continue to pour funds and weapons into Israel. Equally depressing is that no nation seems prepared to condemn Israel, but more importantly who is prepared to support Palestine with sanctions against Israel and to rescue the Palestinians?
Roger Smith, UK

The fence is an abomination and the deep resentment it creates will last for generations

Susan Hannis
I would like to mention that the segregation of humans with a physical barrier has failed in the past, and the hatred and anxiety created will fuel more of what the creation of this fence is trying to prevent, 'terrorism'. The international community is at fault for not intervening in this issue, and as in the past, intervene when it is too late, and when the hatred has been built. I hope governments have not forgotten valuable lessons of the past.
Hasan Kalaji, United Kingdom

The programme did not fully explain the reasons behind the need to erect a fence. Unfortunately, it is there for the protection of Israelis and not, as implied, to 'steal' Arab land.
H Conway, UK

If you want Israel to withdraw from the west bank it needs a border fence and security

Osher
We commend the BBC Correspondent programme for bringing this matter to the attention of the viewers at a peak viewing time. The many issues surrounding the fence were well presented from the various viewpoints involved. Perhaps now more people will understand the frustrations of Palestinians at the continual erosion of their land and human rights. The attitude of the Israeli government (and the world leaders who refuse to challenge it) makes us feel physically sick because we are so angry - why can't they see that their policies are increasing the danger to themselves?
Anita, Meg and Brian Wilkins, England

We need more programmes like this, showing the real cruelty and warmongering of the Israeli government and the suffering to both communities. The fence is an abomination and the deep resentment it creates will last for generations. How dare Sharon talk peace when he is doing this? What is even more extraordinary is that the rest of the world lets him do it.
Susan Hannis, UK

The fence was being blamed because an Israeli woman who married a foreigner found that instead of illegally crossing the 1949 ceasefire lines, she has to use the border checkpoint. What is the problem? So the new fence doesn't follow the ceasefire lines, this is inline with UN resolution 242, which says that the new border should be based on security considerations. If you want Israel to withdraw from the west bank it needs a border fence and security.
Osher, England

The treatment of the Palestinians is shameful

Connelly
Stealing land by creating fences (which are not even on recognised borders), stealing olive trees from poor Palestinians, killing innocent journalists and aid workers (and then claiming they are armed terrorists), these are the security methods of a democratic country?
Mr S Hasaragi, England

Whilst some points that you have made did have some truth in them, the program was completely one sided. Even though you claim that the program represents Israelis, it represents a great minority. I am not going to discuss political issues with you at this time, but all I would say is that your programme was offensive, prejudiced, and anti-Semitic - to a level, anti Israeli and completely one sided. I am guessing that since not enough substantial information has been gathered in the research for the making of the programme, you probably have nothing to say. But go on, prove me wrong, show me that the Israeli people are animals and that the programme is justified.
Mo, UK

The treatment of the Palestinians is shameful - it is hardly surprising that the Arab world feels the West is anti Muslim Israel can only survive with the financial backing of the USA and until the Americans use this financial power to get the Israelis to conform to United Nation Resolutions, there will never be peace
Connelly, England

A very good programme with a clear message.. Why does Israel have the right to do what it likes when others cannot? Is it not logical that the fence was / is going to cause more problems than it fixes. My congratulations to all who try to stay peaceful with each other.
Nik Read, England

They build the fence to keep out murderers

Philip Lumley
Having just watched tonight's Correspondent about the security fence I cannot understand how the world is standing by and letting the Israeli Gov treat the Palestinians in this way. Having watched a programme last week about the Gaza Strip I felt so utterly frustrated that no one seems able to stop Israel doing what it wants, is this some ongoing atonement for the holocaust, can people not see that the Jewish State is quietly doing to the Palestinians what Hitler tried to do to them, they of all people should have more compassion and understanding and not allow their government to carry out this in their name.
Liz Bodman, UK

Your report was totally biased against the Jews. They have suffered unremitting terrorism for years that has killed hundreds and wounded thousands. They build the fence to keep out murderers. Your report did not highlight this. You depict the Jews as the terrorists and the Palestinians as the victims. This is biased reporting and distorts the truth.
Philip Lumley, UK

I never cease to be appalled by the ruthless brutality of Israel and its illegal settlers. What a disgrace that the British government stands by and does nothing.
Alan Bruce, UK

The BBC is pro-Palestinian, whatever it decides to talk about and excuses the murder of people by Palestinians, insinuating that land is a sufficient excuse.
Anon

If your cities were being wrecked every day by suicide bombers, wouldn't you try and stop the murderers reaching their targets

Andy
If your cities were being wrecked every day by suicide bombers, wouldn't you try and stop the murderers reaching their targets?
Andy, England

About 120 suicide bombers entered the Israeli territory to murder more than 800 men women and children. Don't you think that this by itself is a good reason for the fence? Have you seen a suicide attack result? Can you imagine a screaming child with his guts spilled on the road.
Joe, Israel

Are the Israelis getting too carried away with the world's attention on other issues

M Siddiqui
We have had walls and fences like this for years in Belfast. Fat lot of good it did us! Segregation like this just does not work: It just serves to heighten divides and causes more problems than before.
John McManus, Northern Ireland

How one can judge this wall as a security fence, given that Israel already has claimed to have its forces and hi-tech monitoring radars all over the Palestinian areas. Are the Israelis getting too carried away with the world's attention on other issues? It is an appalling fact that Israel does not even allow access to essential aid workers into affected/destructed Palestinian areas, let alone journalists.
M Siddiqui, UK

"Wall of apartheid"? When I began my study of the Arab/Israeli conflict, I was amazed that three Arabs were elected to the first Israeli Knesset. Mind you, this was just several months after five Arab countries went to war against her vowing her complete annihilation. I remember pondering this for the longest. Would I - I'm speaking as a non-Jew, now - have been so charitable?
Fred Garcia, Bronx, New York USA

They either accept peace and live side by side with the State of Palestine or it should be forced upon them

Fiaz Hussain
Yet again the BBC distorts the truth regarding anything to do with Israel. Are the railings at Downing Street an instrument of Apartheid? Would the wall be built if Arafat hadn't declared the 2nd intifada? When was the last time you showed some true apartheid, i.e. the Australian policies to Aborigines? You would if Australia was a Jewish State. Wouldn't you?
John Klineberg, England

Why is the Scotsman calling the Israeli security fence (to protect them against terrorists) a wall of apartheid? Let's empathize with the Israelis this time. They have had daily terrorist bombs killing innocent civilians (yes!! this is the campaign now, not against the military. Many Palestinians are now aware of Hamas' destroying Palestinian life.
Beverly Sladon, USA

I think it about time that the world took a stance on this issue. This clearly violates International Law. Now that the so called roadmap is due to be accepted by the Israeli government, my fear is the clear reservations that they want enforced within the roadmap. They either accept peace and live side by side with the State of Palestine or it should be forced upon them. The Palestinians have made all the concessions so far, it's about time Israel does the same.
Fiaz Hussain, England

Sounds like another Israel bashing from the "unbiased" BBC. When will your reporters recognise that all little Israel wants is to live in peace without having to compromise its very security and existence which has been under threat for 50 years. If the Arab sovereign states would contribute in some way to peace rather then training terrorists (eg Syria-Hamas & Hezbolah) then there wouldn't be a need for a wall. When was the last time you heard a Syrian or Iranian leader offer to sponsor a peace process? It's about time the BBC got rid of its pet hates and concentrated on issues reporting honestly and balanced.
Lee Kauffman, UK

Wasn't the Berlin wall built to keep people from leaving - not prevent them from entering

Atilio
Maybe if the Arabs were faced with the killer bombers in their neighbourhoods they would understand. Israelis deserve a safe state.
Patty Belkin, USA

Why do you describe what is obviously a wall - 30ft high, concrete, hundred's of miles long - as a fence? Does a unique, inverted from of English apply to your coverage of the Middle East? Assassination = targeted killing - Military assault = Incursion - Held without charge or trial = administrative detention. Is it coincidence that all these perversions of language paint the illegal Israeli occupation in a better light?
Ron F, UK

Wasn't the Berlin wall built to keep people from leaving - not prevent them from entering? I have a fence around my house to keep unwanted people out, why not around my country?
Atilio, USA

The USA has an open fence to its north, yet has a closed fence to it south to keep out millions of poor, uneducated people who want to live in the USA

Richard
Many countries have a Fence some to keep out people others to keep people in. Some have a Fence that can be a mountain or a river or made out of iron. Britain has a large body of water to keep out millions of people who want to live there. The USA has an open fence to its north, yet has a closed fence to it south to keep out millions of poor, uneducated people who want to live in the USA. If either country were having its children being blown apart at dinner on a regular basic both governments would really close its fences tightly. Having a lot of people who have little regards for laws of the land or those who speak the English way of life is a problem. Israel has a problem - this helps solve the problem.
Richard, USA

The fence is a wide structure which requires uprooting thousands of trees and its route dips beyond the Green Line in several areas. Beside the fact the fence was not built on the demarcation line, it also separates Palestinian communities, denies access to land to farmers, breaks off water lines, and de facto illegally annexes more land and water resources for Israeli consumption.
Natalie Maamari, Tripoli, Lebanon

The fence is a big tribute to the Israeli segregation policy which is based on demographic change anxieties that threaten Israel as a state of a Jewish majority. In addition, the fence gnaws on the most fertile land in the Palestinian territory which is a vital agricultural basket in the Palestinian territories and produces 42% of all fruit and vegetables in the West Bank. Moreover, the area dedicated to this fence represents approximately 10% of the West Bank and also includes the last water reservoir used for irrigation in the West Bank.
George Nasser, Bethlehem, Palestine

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