Since 2002, Israel has been constructing a Barrier throughout the West Bank, which it states is a security measure to protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian militant attacks.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) opined in July 2004 that the Barrier route in the West Bank is illegal under international humanitarian and human rights law. This section provides information and up-to-date maps on the Barrier construction and its humanitarian impact.
February 2008 [ PDF ]

West Bank Closure Map | December 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements in December 2007.

The Barrier Gate and Permit Regime Four Years on: Humanitarian Impact in the Northern West Bank

OCHA-UNRWA Special Focus detailing preliminary findings of survey of Barrier-affected communities in the northern West Bank.
November 2007 [ English ]

Map from Special Focus: 'The Barrier Gate and Permit Regime Four Years on'

OCHA-UNRWA Special Focus map detailing preliminary findings of survey of Barrier-affected communities in the northern West Bank.

Closure Update | October 2007

Movement within, and in and out of, the West bank is controlled by numerous checkpoints, road blocks, earth mounds, trenches and gates. These physical obstacles, some staffed by soldiers and others unstaffed, combined with the Barrier, flying checkpoints and a complex system of permits, form an integrated and coherent system that restricts the movement of around 2.4 million Palestinians to their basic services, places of worship and even to their families in the West Bank.
October 2007 [ PDF ]

West Bank Closure Map | September 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements in September 2007. As of 22nd of October 2007, the updated Barrier map no longer appears on the IDF seam zone web site. This may imply the latest projections may be reviewed.



The Humanitarian Impact on Palestinians of Israeli Settlements and Other Infrastructure in the West Bank | July 2007

The report examines the humanitarian impact on Palestinians from the ongoing settlements in the West Bank and other Israeli infrastructure, such as the Barrier and the roads that accompany them. The analysis shows that more than 38% of the West Bank is now taken up by Israeli infrastructure. Roads linking settlements and other infrastructure to Israel ? in conjunction with an extensive system of checkpoints and roadblocks ? have fragmented the West Bank into a series of enclaves separating Palestinian communities from each other. The socio-economic impact has been profound.

East Jerusalem : The Humanitarian Impact of the West Bank Barrier | July 2007

This report examines the humanitarian, social and economic consequences of the Barrier on East Jerusalem. The construction of the Barrier, in conjunction with other restrictions, has meant that Palestinians living in the West Bank can no longer travel freely into East Jerusalem, the city that has been the religious,social and economic centre of their lives for centuries.
July 2007 [ English ]

East Jerusalem - closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
July 2007 [ English ]

South Qalqiliya: 'Azzun 'Atma Closed Area | July 2007

The winding route of the Barrier in the ‘Azzun ‘Atma area allows for territorial contiguity to be maintained between four Israeli settlements - Etz Efrayim, Elqana, Sha’are Tikva, and Oranit - and between these settlements and Israel.
July 2007 [ English ]

North Tulkarm: Villages affected by the Barrier | July 2007

Living in a Closed Area: North Tulkarm villages affected by the Barrier | The map shows Palestinian communities, Barrier route, Israeli Settlements and Closed Area between the Green Line and the Barrier.
July 2007 [ English ]

Map of West Bank Barrier Route | June 2007

721km is the total length of the West Bank Barrier | The map shows the phases of Barrier route as constructed, under construction and projected | 10% of the West Bank land physically separated by the Barrier between the Green Line and the Barrier.

Special Focus | The Humanitarian Impact of the Barrier since the International Court of Justice Opinion | July 2007

Three years ago today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion stating that the route of Israel's Barrier in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its associated permit and gate regime, constitute a serious breach of international law. In this Special Focus, OCHA looks at several communities in the northern West Bank that have been severed by the Barrier from their neighbouring communities, from agricultural lands and livelihoods.
May 2007 [ English ]

West Bank

A 17 pages booklet with in-detail maps of all governorates, key figures and barrier projections. Detailed maps of Hebron's old city and East Jerusalem.

Closure Update | April 2007

Movement within and in and out of the West Bank is controlled by numerous checkpoints, roadblocks, earthmounds and gates. These manned and unmanned physical barriers combined with the Barrier and complex permit regime, restrict the movement of around 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank.
April 2007 [ English ]

West Bank - closure map | Apr 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements April 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Salfit - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Tubas - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

West Bank - closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Tulkarm - closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Hebron Old City closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Bethlehem - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Hebron - closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Jenin- closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Jerusalem - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Nablus - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Qalqiliya - governorate closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
April 2007 [ English ]

Ramallah - closure map | Mar 2007

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements March 2007
March 2007 [ English ]

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 21 – 27 March 2007

Five Palestinians, including three children, were killed and more than 35 injured when sand barriers of a wastewater collection pool collapsed flooding the nearby Bedouin Village and al Nasser area in the northern Gaza Strip with sewage water.
December 2006 [ English ]

Tubas - closure map | Oct 2006

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements October 2006
December 2006 [ English ]

Tulkarm - closure map | Oct 2006

Updated closure map: Checkpoints, road barriers, trenches, closure count, barrier route and settlements October 2006
Related Themes
Barrier and Checkpoints Barrier Maps
Related Articles
The West Bank Barrier

A short description of the West Bank Barrier and the controversy surrounding it.

External Resources
Seam Zone

The Israeli Seam Sone Authorities (Ministry of defence)

International Court of Justice

The ICJ Advisory ruling on the legal consequences of the construction of a Wall in the occupied Palestinian Territory


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