The Palestinian territories will hold a referendum on a new border wall between Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on December 14, the Palestinian Authority said on Monday, adding that the move was meant to “avoid the establishment of a military wall.”

The Palestinian Authority called the proposed barrier a “historic moment” and a “national tragedy” that would “defeat the aims of the Zionist entity.”

The PA will hold the vote in response to the US request for an additional $3.8 billion for the wall.

The Palestinians have long resisted the wall, arguing that it will undermine their right of self-determination and that it would create an obstacle to Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

The Palestinian territories are the largest and most populous in the Middle East, encompassing parts of East Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.

Israel captured the West