Tuesday, 4 November 2008

The Writing On The Wall

The apartheid wall, Israel on one side, Palestine on the other.

Banksy specials in Bethlehem.

The mural below is huge and he put his life at serious risk during the fighting of 2004 to paint this on the segregation wall.

Five fingers of the same hand, this picture is on the Palestinian side of the Bethlehem checkpoint. Palestinians require a palm print, a permit and identification to pass. A quick flash of my British passport was all I needed to get through. No questions, no finger prints.

I met Palestinians who used to have a 5 minute journey to the the home of a brother. It now takes at least one to two hours to arrive depending on the queues at the checkpoint. One man I spoke to at a checkpoint was queuing at 8pm in the evening in order to sleep at work ready for the morning. He said that the Sunday morning queues meant that he would never arrive on time.

More work by Banksy who met an old Palestinian man while working:
Old man: You paint the wall, you make it look beautiful.
Banksy: Thanks.
Old man: We don't want it to be beautiful, we hate this wall, go home.

On the other side of the wall, this painter below had written in German "I come from Berlin"

I thought the Great Wall of China was moving, this will reduce you to tears.

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