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AL-NU’MAN VILLAGE: A CASE STUDY OF INDIRECT FORCIBLE TRANSFER

AL-NU’MAN VILLAGE: A CASE STUDY OF INDIRECT FORCIBLE TRANSFER


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In April 2002, al-Nu’man’s residents were verbally informed that the village lay adjacent to the planned route of the Wall. Shortly after, a preliminary road was built along the route of the Wall. The road to al-Nu’man from the neighbouring West Bank village of al-Khas was destroyed, as were the village water pipes. One year later, in April 003, residents received a visit from a man purportedly working as a liaison between Israeli government ministries and residents of areas affected by the Wall. This man, who identified himself as Davier Kahana, showed them maps of the Wall route and bypass roads that would cut through the village. He informed the villagers that there would be no gate in the Wall, meaning they would have no access to either the West Bank or Jerusalem, and told them that the electricity and water supplies to the village would soon be cut. He suggested that in light of these circumstances, residents would be better served to move away from the village.

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