According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as of July 2009, once completed, the total length of the new Wall route will be 709 km long. 408 km, which is approximately 58 percent of the Wall, has been completed. Only 15 percent of the total length runs along the Green Line.
According to the Israeli government in its position submitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice on
Seam zone or "closed area"
Due to the construction of the Wall inside the Green Line, many Palestinians have found themselves caged between the Wall and the Green Line, in an area called "seam zone", "closed area" or "buffer zone". According to the Israeli seam zone authority, the "closed area" is intended to enable command and control through the usage of observation systems as well as the provision of space for pursuit of suspects.
The Seam zone is home for over 60,000 Palestinians
The seam zone stretches over some of the most fertile lands in the
The Wall separates Palestinians that live in the “closed area” from the rest of the
Since October 2003, the residents of the "closed area" as well as visitors and humanitarian staff, are required to obtain a special type of permit, usually referred to a "green permit". This allows them to move in and out of the "closed area" through specific gates in the Wall, which do not operate regularly and appropriately.
The Wall in Abu-Dis, Jerusalem area, June 2004.