The Kites are Flying: Background information

In 2002, Israel decided to build a “security fence” in the West Bank.

What is the fence?

In fact, it’s part-wall, part-fence. Most of its 440-mile length is made up of a concrete base, topped by five metres of wire. Ditches and rolls of barbed wire are on either side of the fence.

A giant fence has been built between Israel and Palestinian territories

Why is Israel building it?
It says the fence will stop Palestinian would-be suicide bombers from entering Israel and attacking Israeli people.

What are the main objections to the fence?
Palestinian land has been taken away to build the fence and hundreds of Palestinians have been cut off from their land, schools or places of work.

What does Israel say about the fence?
It says the fence is purely for security and that it is temporary. It says it has nothing to do with a future border and there’s nothing to stop the fence being removed once the two sides agree who’s having what land. 

What does the United Nations think about the fence? 
It’s not happy. It’s issued a report saying the fence is not a good idea and that it is illegal.

Check out this webpages: Israel & Palestine  There is a guide to understand this conflict. Take a close look at it and take notes of anything that you believe important in your folder. (we’ll discuss this later next class)

Let´s watch a video to understand a little bit more about the CONFLICT ZONE

You can also ask your parents for help. They can probably explain the conflict to you. Anyway, we’ll talk about this on Wednesday!!

Now….we are ready to start reading the book!!

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