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Activists break down Israeli separation wall on Berlin anniversary

Credit: Ma’an News agency

A group of Palestinian activists smashed a hole in an Israeli 'separation wall' to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

According to the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency, the group of youths were members of "popular resistance committees" in a group of villages northwest of Jerusalem, avoided Israeli security patrols and broke open the wall with sledgehammers and pick axes in the village of Bir Nabala, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

The group of activists managed to evade Israeli security forces and breach the wall. Credit: Ma’an News agency

The group claim that their aim in destroying the wall was to stress that Jerusalem is an Arab and Palestinian city, and that neither the construction of the separation wall nor Israeli military reinforcement could prevent Palestinians from reaching Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Credit: Ma’an News agency

In a statement, the activists also said:

No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation.

– Palestinian activists/Ma'an News Agency

The Ma'an News Agency also reported that the activists also called upon Palestinians to unite and take part in the battle for Jerusalem, and to defend the al-Aqsa mosque and all Islamic and Christian holy sites.

Graffiti marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is seen on the separation wall. Credit: Ma'an News Agency

Israel began building the separation wall in 2002, and the route has been the target of regular demonstrations by border towns whose land is cut off by its path.