We Ran The Wall!
Over the weekend of 26th – 27th March 2020, we were joined by runners from all around the world to run 750km — the length of the Israeli Separation Wall in Palestine.
We ran to remember the human cost of the Wall, to demand freedom of movement for Palestinians, and to raise £15,000 to rebuild a demolished Palestinian home.
There were well over 400 people running in total from across England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey, South Africa, Burundi, Mauritius, Australia, Egypt, Dubai, UAE and of course, Palestine — where our friends at Right To Movement had an incredible 140 people taking part and our partner Holy Land Trust another 30.
Why did we run the Wall?
Home demolitions, land confiscations, illegal settlements, the Separation Wall... this is how Israel is annexing Palestine. Actions speak louder than words.
In April 2013, Amos Trust took a team to Bethlehem to run the first Right to Movement Palestine Marathon. Since then, we have taken people to run in solidarity with Palestinians demanding their freedom of movement and to raise funds for our partners in Gaza and on the West Bank. As the marathon cannot happen this year, we are inviting you to join with runners in Palestine to Run the Wall.
We set up this project in partnership with Right To Movement, the Palestinian network of runners who created the Palestine Marathon.
On Your Marks, Get Set... a crowd of runners gather at the start of the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem.
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A little bit of background
Work began on the Israeli Separation Wall in 2002. When it is completed it will be 750km long. The Wall — also known as the Apartheid Wall, the Separation Barrier or Security Fence — has had a devastating impact upon Palestinians. It cuts deep into the Palestinian West Bank, denying communities access to their land and the right to movement. It puts a stop to any effective dialogue.
In Urban areas (such as around Bethlehem), the Wall consists of 8 metre-high concrete panels. Elsewhere, it is a combination of electric fences, razor wire, military access roads, bypass roads and watch towers.
In 2004 the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that Israel’s separation Wall was illegal, violated international law and should be dismantled. It also recommended that Palestinians affected were fully compensated.
Build Bridges — Not Walls.