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.
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Picture of the Wailing Wall taken in Jerusalem.
Brick and Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea blossoms overhanging a perimeter wall in Fort Cochin.
“…And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go…”
Good walls are said to make for good neighbours.
“…Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense…”
“Good fences make good neighbours.”
All quotations from: Mending Wall, Robert Frost, 1914