|Tzameret Zamir's "Path to Peace" mosaic along the Gaza border|
|Danny Tirza (right) explains to us the context and concerns that went into his design of the wall)|
The visit with Danny marked one of many vantage points through which I have seen the wall on this trip. Not going to lie, as a child of American peace activists, I was actually extremely excited the first time I got to see the wall from the Palestinian side, to see the kind of protest art that would no doubt be present. And the splendor of the barrier in Bethlehem near Rachel's tomb did not disappoint. There were vibrant, poignant, and soaring images that showed the international community was deeply invested in the Palestinians' plight.
|Artwork on the wall surrounding Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem|
|Outside of the Qalandia checkpoint|
|Young IDF soldiers in front of Zamir's latest addition to her mosaic|
Regardless of whether people refer to it as the security fence, separation barrier, or apartheid wall, it is impossible not to imbue such structures with meaning. To go all Joni Mitchell: I've looked at the wall from the so many sides now, from up and down and all around, from segregation to security, and still somehow--it's illusions of Robert Frost and David Hasselhoff singing over a reunified Berlin I recall...
I really don't know this wall at all.