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The separation barrier saved lives and reduced violence. The separation barrier is mostlya fence.
Israel has the right under international law to defend itself and construct a separation barrier on
its side of the „Green Line‟, the recognized boundary between Israel and the West
Bank, as the US has done on the Mexican border. However, 85% of the separation barrier is builtin the West Bank and annexes nearly 10% of that territory, including its most fertile land andvital water resources. That would be the equivalent of the US annexing over 70,000 square miles
from Mexico when it built its wall. The International Court of Justice, the world‟s highest legal
body, in a 2004 opinion deemed the structure illegal, declaring it amounts to a de factoannexation that violated human rights, and called for it to be immediately dismantled. It further called on states not to recognize the structure, for Israel to pay reparations, and for the UN totake action to stop it. The structure is indeed mostly fence, but is four times as long as the BerlinWall and, in some spots, rises to twice its height.
Cement Roadstone Holdings builds and dismantles checkpoints. There are only 12checkpoints in the West Bank.
These statistics involve a clever redefiniti
on of „checkpoint‟. According to the Israelihuman rights group B‟Tselem, as of December 2012, there were 97 fixed checkpoints in theWest Bank. This number does not include „flying‟ checkpoints, roadblocks, and other closureobstacles. The UN‟s Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs found that Israeloperated 450 closure obstacles in the West Bank in 2012. Cement Roadstone Holdings has played a key role in building checkpoints, but also in the construction and maintenance of theSeparation Bar
rier. To say that Cement Roadstone Holding‟s role in dismantling checkpoints
excuses its conduct in building them is the equivalent of saying that a gunman should be excused
for shooting someone if s/he tends to that person‟s injuries after the fact.
Administrative control over the West Bank is still in the hands of Israel and there has not been a solution to the issue; therefore, where Ahava operates in the West Bank is in Israeliterritory.
All of the West Bank is considered to be occupied territory, including where Ahavaoperates. While the Oslo Accords specified temporary arrangements to be made until a finalagreement was reached, it was not a final-status agreement, nor did it declare that the West Bank is no longer occupied. These settlements are thereby illegal under the 4
Geneva Convention,which states no occupying power can transport its citizens into occupied territory. Therefore,
Ahava‟s extraction of minerals from the Dead Sea in the West Bank is illegal.