[QODLink]
Middle East
Israeli plan for new border wall
Israeli PM says wall along Egypt border will protect country's Jewish character.
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2010 18:22 GMT

 

Israel has approved plans to erect a wall along part of its southern border with Egypt, a project that will cost at least $270 million.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement on Sunday that the wall is a "strategic decision to ensure the Jewish and democratic character of the state of Israel."

The wall reportedly is to stop illegal infiltrations. Israeli police say that 100 to 200 people infiltrate the country's 210km southern border every week, a large majority of them being refugees from northern Africa.

However, Palestinians believe the new barrier is another example of Israeli land grab.

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Analysts say China moving back toward 1950s-era public trials aimed at shaming and intimidation.
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
join our mailing list