Israel and the West Bank – When crossing the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank I have always felt privileged and ashamed to hold a European passport. I faced no challenges but some delays when crossing to the other side, be it Israel or Palestine. Unlike me, for Palestinians the wall is more than a mere physical barrier. It is a major obstacle to fully enjoy their rights as human beings, as it poses severe limitations to their freedom of movement, to their right to seek medical care and access their own land, and develop their own economy.
Whether it is meant to be a permanent national border or a temporary barrier, the international community has a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the rights of Palestinians be protected and their violation be duly addressed.