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      Photo Essay: Construction Speeds Up on Partition Wall

      Despite recent statements by its top proponents, the Convergence Withdrawal Plan’s main “fact-on-the-ground” – the Partition Wall – continues to be built apace, leaving tens of thousands “outside.”
      By Ezra HaLevi
      First Publish: 8/23/2006, 1:12 PM / Last Update: 8/21/2006, 9:35 PM

      The new 'Way of the Patriarch's' Crossing will resemble Israel's border crossing with Egypt. Heavy traffic has resulted and Jewish residents are being told they will have to put special tags on their vehicles to pass through.
      The wall along the road from Jerusalem to Gush Etzion looms over Highway 60.
      Preparing the ground along Gush Etzion's Route 60 for the Partition Wall.
      Dust-covered grape-vines and olive trees mark the route of the wall due to accelerated construction in recent months.
      The Defense Ministry regrets that the wall, though designed to prevent terrorists on foot from entering Israel's cities, will not prevent roadside shootings or the shelling of communities from areas behind it.
      Each day another segment of the wall is added, obscuring the view of the rolling Judean Hills and reminding residents of the former Kissufim Corridor leading to Gush Katif.
      The new 'Hizme' crossing terminal and concrete wall east of the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev.
      A view to the east - the wall along the road from Pisgat Ze'ev to Maaleh Adumim.
      Givat Ze'ev, the northernmost suburb of Jerusalem, will have much of its land placed behind the wall.
      The walls on both sides of the road from Jerusalem to Highway 443 to Modi'in. Gush Etzion Mayor Shaul Goldstein promises his region's walls will be decorated as well.
      Here, on the road from Jerusalem to Highway 443, the fence is lower than the Arab village that overlooks the motorists.
      Signs calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Olmert, Defense Minister Peretz and Foreign Minister Livni.

      (Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist)