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 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.
In a statement, the activists also said:
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.
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.