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Palestinian Family Face Daily Struggle of Home Stuck Behind Separation Fence

Omar Hajajlas, father of the Hajajlas family from the village of Al-Walaja, spoke on Wednesday about the daily struggles he faces as a consequence of having his family house located on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.

The Hajajlas’ house is considered a part of the village, but has been on the Israeli side of the barrier since the wall was errected. To facilitate their access to the village and access to the necessary supplies, a gate was created under a tunnel that runs beneath the fence, and which is operated by an electronic key.

Omar revealed that Israeli authorities made them six offers to resolve the matter, including one to buy out their land and relocate them to Palestinian land — something his family was not willing to do.

“The Palestinian air is the same, regardless of whether it is in front of the wall or behind it, because this is all the land of Palestine. And these fences and walls that they built — because they are afraid for themselves — are going to change nothing in the climate or the air of Palestine, or even the relationships between the Palestinian people,” said Omar.

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