A picture taken on December 25, 2017 shows members of the Palestinian Jumaa family, whose house became encircled by Israel's controversial separation barrier, north of Ramallah. AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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The logic of an Israeli wall north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank appears clear – on one side Palestinians, on the other the Israeli settlement of Beit El. But look carefully and you will see a small gap in part of it leading into a courtyard where the Palestinian Jumaa family live.The newly built part of the wall which stretches along the road next to the settlement has left the 25 members of the extended family on the opposite side to the rest of the Palestinian town of El-Bireh.The wall cutting off the Jumaa family is different from Israel's controversial separation barrier sealing off the West Bank from Israel.According to the United Nations, around 65 percent of the separation barrier has so far been constructed, with more than 80 percent inside the West Bank.More than 400,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank.
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