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I visited Israel and Palestine in 2007, and was amazed at the number of walls and check points that people have to travel through in their day-to-day lives.
Not everyone is allowed through, and the crossing of the lines marked out by the walls is very symbolic. Some people view areas as their land, others as historically belonging to their own people.
The walls around Bethlehem, graffitied by Banksy and others with the contrasting motifs of masked bombers and donkeys, made a real impact on me. A place of peace is in the midst of a war.
Alrededor del mundo aparecen paredes para dividir vecinos
Por Bernd Debusmann, corresponsal especial
TIJUANA, Mexico, April 30 (Reuters) - What do Tijuana, Baghdad and Jerusalem have in common?
TIJUANA, México, 30 de abril (Reuters) - ¿Qué tienen en común Tijuana, Bagdad y Jerusalén?
They all have walls that divide neighbors, cause controversy and form part of an array of physical barriers around the world that dwarf the late, unlamented Iron Curtain.
Todas ellas tienen muros que dividen barrios, causan controversia y forman parte de una serie de barreras físicas en todo el mundo que hacen que la antigua y no lamentada Cortina de Hierro parezca pequeña.
There are walls, fences, trenches and berms. Some are reinforced by motion detectors, heat-sensing…
We are two french director and have recently finished a 52’ documentary called “The walls of Shame”.
The fall of the Berlin Wall gave us hope for the end of divisions. However, 20 years later, many walls, be it of concrete, metal or wire, have been erected thoughout the world. In the U.S.A., in Israel, in Europe, and in many other parts of the world. The aim of these new walls is not to prevent people from going out, like in Berlin, but to prevent them from coming in. In our so-called global world, these walls are for us the evidence of a global crisis.
In Mexico, in Israel, in Berlin, we met those who live near these walls,…
Sahar Vardi, 18, from Jerusalem, has been sentenced today (25 Aug) to 7 days in military prison (more will likely follow after she is released).
Sahar is the third conscientious objector, and the first woman, to be imprisoned among a new group of high school seniors, who signed a collective declaration of refusal to serve in the Israeli army of occupation, and in the work of organising which she has been very strongly involved.
While she stresses the importance of resisting the occupation of Palestine as a motive for her refusal, Sahar’s conscientious objection is also rooted in a wider pacifist position. In a letter to the Minister of Defence, declaring her refusal to serve in the military, She wrote:…
My name is Omri Evron, and I am a 20 year old socialist peace activist from Israel. In October 2006 I was supposed to be drafted into the IDF, but I refused to do so. As a consequence I was court-martialed and sent to an IDF military prison where I was put in solitary confinement for a few weeks.
This is the letter I wrote before being imprisoned (sorry if it’s a bit too long):
Tel Aviv 12 October 2006
I, Omri Evron, refuse to serve in the army because I am faithful to the moral principles in which I believe. My refusal to enlist is in protest against the longstanding military occupation of the Palestinian…
“Enraged by the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001, Jonas Moffat was set to join the US Air Force – until 90 minutes with the PLO turned his worldview upside down”
Pondering from these Prison Walls
Not far from Tel Aviv, as I lay here in my Ramla prison cell staring at the ceiling, not much is there to do besides recap the events in my life that caused me to arrive in this position. I am wearing all black, as if my future self knew before I left my cozy apartment in Ramallah, that this color would represent the mood I currently occupy. Yesterday, I spent the whole day in questioning. “Viscous” is but an understatement for…
I live in Beit Sahour, a village in the Westbank (Palestine) with a majority of christian Palestinians. Recently a group of Jewish settlers arrived to the east side of the town to create a new settlement, taking land from Palestinian farmers and posing a direct threat to the safety of the Palestinians who live near there. Settlers often carry guns and attack Palestinians (which we never hear in the media! but believe me, i saw that with my own eyes!).The settlers said they want to prevent the Municipality of Beit Sahour to build a childrens hospital there. Arab children obviously dont deserve medical treatment?! .We resist the start of this new settler outpost. How? .By non-violence and by confusion! .With…
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