Omar Hajhajleh and Al Walaja: About as Nutty as It Gets

Israel desperately desires Omar's home, the only portion of Al Walaja on the Israeli side of the fence, to continue its relentless confiscation of Palestinian land and the expansion of one of its largest settlements, Har Gilo near Bethlehem. They've surrounded his home—the family's original home is long gone—with a wire fence, and constructed an access tunnel blocked by a huge metal gate. Omar can use an electronic key to open the gate so his family has carefully controlled access to a slightly wider world—and what remains of the original village.

'Living in a Prison, Though I Have the Key': All Alone on the Wrong Side of Israel's Separation Barrier



Palestinian Family Separated by Wall (video, 2011)


Route of the Barrier around Al Walaja ,West Bank, July 2010 (UNOCHA)

Al Walaja & the Nakba (photos by Skip Schiel, 2013)


Photos by Skip Schiel & Teeksa Photography

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