|Photo copies from PalistineHistory.com.|
Here are photos we saw of the wall as we headed back into Israel from the West Bank.
Here are some other pictures of the wall that I found online:
|You may recognize this image. It's a replication of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel's|
ceiling masterpiece by Michelangelo, this scene of God creating Adam.
|The German reads I am a Berliner, drawing a parallel to the Berlin Wall. |
(Photo by Henry Duval, taken December 2007.)
|Photo copies from the International Middle East Media Center, |
In some places, the wall separated communities, neighbors, families.
|Photo from Palestine History.com.|
In some places, the wall tracks the "Green Line", which was a border agreed to in 1948 by Israel and its neighbors: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (not Palestine), but in many places, the wall encroaches further into the West Bank, east of the Green Line. The Green Line is the dividing line that many groups suggest now for a two state solution. Here is a map showing the placement of the wall (shown by the red line) compared to the Green Line.
|(Photo by Etan J. Tal.)|
There is an interesting 2 minute video embedded in a BBC article about Israel's use of the wall as a blockade of Gaza. Here's the link for that: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8533303.stm
The taxi driver we spoke to who drove us past the way said he used to go to Jerusalem (from his home in Bethlehem) pretty frequently since the two cities are less than an hour away. But since the wall was built, he has to apply for permission to travel to Jerusalem. Each of the four times he has sought permission, he has been denied.
If you'd like to learn more about the wall, here is a link to an interesting Washington Post piece done when the barrier was first being built by Israel:
For more information about the wall, here is a website from Palestine History.com:
Considering we visited Bethlehem on Christmas day, I thought this cartoon was quite poingnant:
Cartoon copied from http://sydwalker.info/blog/2008/12/17/hateful-songs-and-sniggers/