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Israeli Wall cuts through Jerusalem 1 (photo from Abu Dis) by Palestine Panoramics

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Palestine Panoramics Palestine Panoramics
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0.62 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 27, 2009
Date taken
Apr 13, 2009

This photo is taken from Abu Dis, a Palestinian village suburb at the edge of Jerusalem. The photo shows Israel’s Wall cutting off Jerusalem from Abu Dis, and zigzagging to cut through the center of Abu Dis itself.

The Old City of Jerusalem is at the top center of the photo; you can see the gold roof of the Dome of the Rock. Abu Dis residential and commercial areas are at the right of the photo (east of The Wall). Abu Dis agricultural land and homes on the left of the wall have been confiscated by Israel.

Land Confiscation: Israel’s wall severs Abu Dis agricultural lands from the rest of Abu Dis. These agricultural lands, now emptied of crops, are west of the wall (left of the zigzag). This confiscated agricultural area is 6,000 dunams (about 6 square kilometers), costing many Palestinian Abu Dis farmers the source of their income. Israel has confiscated an additional 18,000 dunams (~18 square kilometers) from Abu Dis for the construction of the wall, for Israeli settler-only roads, and for the vast Ma’ale Adumim Israeli settlement. Abu Dis retains only 4,000 dunams of its original 28,000-dunam land base.

The Wall impedes Palestinian education. Buildings of the Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University are shown in the right foreground of this photo. One-third of the land belonging to the Abu Dis campus of Al Quds University is underneath or lies on the western side of the Wall and is no longer accessible. The Israeli Wall prevents Palestinian Al-Quds University students from attending their classes on the main campus in Jerusalem. Palestinian students at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis face a double challenge: they can’t attend classes at the Jerusalem campus, and on their daily commute to school they are stopped, and in some cases turned back at the Israeli military checkpoints between their homes and campus.

The Wall prevents Palestinian access to medical care and staffing of medical facilities. At the center horizon of this photo you can see the tall pointed roof of the Augusta Victoria Hospital. This is one of the 6 specialized health care facilities for Palestinians, all located in Jerusalem, west of The Wall. Palestinians from the West Bank require permits to visit these hospitals. The time and difficulty this entails has resulted in an up to 50% drop in the number of patients visiting these hospitals, according to a United Nations report. Further, Palestinian staff at the hospitals must obtain permits to commute to work from the West Bank. Israel no longer issues permits for staff holding West Bank ID cards under the age of 24 years. Permits are valid only for a period of three months, and some are limited to daily access until 7pm. These restrictions make it increasingly difficult for hospitals to provide 24 hour care for their patients.

The Wall prevents access to religious and cultural sites. Palestinian Muslims and Christians of Abu Dis and the entire West Bank can no longer freely visit religious sites in Jerusalem. The Israeli Wall blocks access to the Dome of the Rock (gold dome, top center), just a few kilometers away in the Old City of Jerusalem.

[Tip: Click on the photo, then use the pan and zoom tools to see Israel's Wall and other details. Also click on author: Palestine Panoramics to see more photos.]

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 622 megapixels (65157 x 9557 pixels)
Input images: 96 (24 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 160.9 degrees wide by 23.6 degrees high (top=10.2, bottom=-13.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot A650 IS
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-04-13 07:40:24 - 2009-04-13 07:46:58
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 207.7 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 27.1 to 38.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 20.5 to 31.5 percent
Computer stats: 2037.97 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 6:01:04 (3:45 per picture)
Alignment: 1:37:03, Projection: 25:11, Blending: 3:58:48

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