"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Wall: Part Two

 Picture of the Israeli wall, encircling all Christian and Muslim Palestinian communities, taken from the web.
Whenever crossing the walls, we were requested to switch off our cameras.


The hotel in which we were based for most of our stay was located within Palestinian-controlled territory.
To enter or leave Israeli-controlled land entailed passing through heavily armed gates, check-points and barriers. This was a very quick and easy procedure for us as tourists.
For Palestinians, however, moving from one town to another invariably involves long waits, thorough body-searches and vigorous questioning.

The current long-standing impasse, which suggests neither the hope nor will for a fair and lasting peace, is an ominous tragedy for everyone.


2 responses

  1. It is such a difficult problem, seeing the Jewish people oppressing as they have been oppressed, which is, of course, what we all do … There are glimmers of hope within the communities, though, and outside of political realm, where Jewish and Palestinian families come together to share their experiences. I recently saw a movie trailer – “The Other Son” – a “switched at birth” scenario where a Palestinian boy was unknowingly raised by Jews and the Jewish son raised by Palestinians … http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_other_son/

    November 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    • Yes, it’s such a complicated issue, which stirs up appallingly deep and existential fears..

      November 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

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