Israeli peace activist looks on as his countrymen form a defensive line to stop the local Palestinian residents interupting the demoliton of one of their houses. I would like to re-emphasise that under international law, this house is in legally recognised Palestinian territory. Under Israeli law, it is in Jerusalem. The Palestinian residents will therefore have to pay up to 80,000 sheckels for the priviledge of having their house destroyed.
The otherswise peaceful farming village of Al Walaja is very well accustomed to regular incursions by the Israeli military. It is important to note that the residents of the village are not being accused of any crime. It is simply the location of their village which earns them this hostility. Without destroying Al Walaja, it would be impossible for Israel to connet its illegal colonies in the Gush Etzion settlement block with Jerusalem.