Dec 30, 2010

#BDS: Photostory: Volvo equipment used in house demolitions (part 2)

Israeli forces are using Volvo construction equipment and trucks in the destruction of Palestinian property. The Electronic Intifada has previously documented the use of Volvo equipment by the Israeli government in its destruction of Palestinian property ("Photostory: Volvo equipment used in house demolitions," "Volvo: Symbol of safety or human rights abuses?").


Volvo construction equipment and trucks were seen in action on the construction site of Israel's wall near al-Walaja village in the occupied West Bank. The wall will surround al-Walaja from all sides, completely isolating the villagers from their land, near East Jerusalem and on land of the original part of the village which was occupied and destroyed by Zionist forces in 1948, and which is now annexed to parts of Gilo settlement. The villagers of al-Walaja have resisted the wall's construction and have tried to change its path by bringing the case to an Israeli court. On 8 November, Israel's high court suspended the construction of the wall near al-Walaja for 45 days, but the court also ruled that bulldozers can continue to excavate along the wall's path. 

Volvo bulldozers being used to build Israel's wall in al-Walaja village, occupied West Bank, June 2010. (Anne Paq/ActiveStills)

Israel's wall being built in al-Walaja village, December 2010. (Anne Paq/ActiveStills)

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