The “security fence” consists of two high-rise metal fences, topped by razor wire and equipped with sensor pads, movement detectors, spotlights, and infrared cameras. It’s patrolled 24 hours a day by the military.
No, we’re not talking about Israel’s security barrier.
The “apartheid wall” described above surrounds Melilla which, together with Ceuta, is a leftover of Spain’s colonial past in northern Africa.
There’s more than a hint of hypocrisy here. While Spain and much of Europe condemn Israel for building a security fence on disputed territory, the Socialist government in Madrid – which talks grandly of an “Alliance of Civilizations” – does exactly the same. Only, unlike in Israel’s case, this wall isn’t there to stop terrorists and save lives. It’s intended to keep out Sub-Saharans looking for a better life.
Spain even gets EU funding for it.
(Wall Street Journal, 26Sep05) – a subscription is required to read the full article.