Voltaire Network

Gaza: France oversees the extension of the Separation Wall

+

With only a restricted number of goods allowed into the Gaza Strip, either from Israel or Egypt, hundreds of tunnels have been dug under the Egyptian border to bring in supplies for the population. Freedom fighters also use them to smuggle in arms.

The Israeli State is transforming the Gaza Strip into a bantustan, modeled on those already tested by its advisors in Guatemala and South Africa.

Accordingly, Israel has been constructing a Separation Wall, which the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared to be illegal. The Wall is at present being extended along the Egyptian border by about ten kilometers.

To begin with, the Separation Wall is built with pipes up to 35 meters deep. They are designed to flood the tunnels and are filled with sea water. A second, overlapping structure is composed of metal sheets 18 meters long and 50 centimeters thick. The sheets, which are said to be impregnable, are equipped with sensors to detect any sabotage attempt.

The construction of the Wall was overseen by U.S. and French technical advisors. This week, the Director of French military intelligence, General of Army Corps (Général de corps d’armée) Benoît Puga, went personally to inspect the site. Examining what is about to become "the biggest prison in the world", according to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own words, General Puga expressed satisfaction with the progress of the encirclement. He declared that we are witnessing the "greatest undertaking in History" to seal underground tunnels and that it could serve as a model in other parts of the world.

One and a half million people live in the Gaza Strip. According to UN Special Rapporteur, Jean Ziegler, the great majority suffer from malnutrition and can only survive thanks to the smuggling through the tunnels.

Voltaire Network

Voltaire, international edition

Article licensed under Creative Commons

The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

Support Voltaire Network

You visit this website to seek quality analysis that enables you to forge your own understanding of today’s world. In order to continue our work, we need you to support our efforts.
Help us by making a contribution.

How to participate in Voltaire Network?

The members of our team are all volunteers.
- Authors : diplomats, economists, geographers, historians, journalists, military servicemen, philosophers, sociologists. You can send us your article proposals.
- Professional-level mother-tongue translators: you can help us by translating our articles.

US jitters over China
US jitters over China
by Manlio Dinucci, Voltaire Network
 
Address of Pope Francis to the Council of Europe
Address of Pope Francis to the Council of Europe
by Pope Francis, Voltaire Network
 
Address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament
Address of Pope Francis to the European Parliament
by Pope Francis, Voltaire Network
 
210. The Swiss Gold Reserves
«Current Concerns», n° 27, 11 November 2014
The Swiss Gold Reserves
Partners
 
209. Popular initiative “Save our Swiss Gold”
«Current Concerns», n° 26, 28 October 2014
Popular initiative “Save our Swiss Gold”
Partners
 
208. Washington wants to change the regime in Russia
«Current Concerns», n° 25, 12 October 2014
Washington wants to change the regime in Russia
Partners
 
207. The long Swiss humanitarian tradition
«Current Concerns», n° 23/24, 5 October 2014
The long Swiss humanitarian tradition
Partners