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Left-wing activists, Palestinians cut hole in separation fence

By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent

Left-wing activists and Palestinians cut a 30-meter hole in the security fence south of Mount Hebron on Saturday in a demonstration against its construction and route, which they said deviates from the Green Line.

The activists said it took Israel Defense Forces at least an hour to reach the site of the incident. There were no clashes between the activists and IDF troops.

Jonathan Pollack, one of the protesters, told Haaretz the group had arrived at the site at around 1:30 PM, and had joined forces with a group of Palestinians from a village near Dahariya.

The demonstrators even succeeded in disarming the electronic wiring and posts that reinforce the fence.

Pollack stressed that the part of the fence that was destroyed deviates from the Green Line set out in the ceasefire agreement following the 1948 War of Independence. However, he said the activists’ Saturday protest was against the fence in its entirety. “The fence is a symbol of the occupation, whose aim is to control the Palestinian population,” he said.