Tag Archives: West Bank wall

February 24

Mark Thomas: Extreme Rambling

British comedian and activist Mark Thomas recently walked the entire length of the West Bank wall created a stage show and book out of the experience. I admit I don’t know Thomas’ work – and that the idea of mining the Wall for comedy makes me a little nervous – but this sort of performance […]

Wall: A Monologue

Writer David Hare has penned a marvelous and beautifully written essay about the West Bank Wall. The monologue was originally performed on stage at The Royal Court Theatre in London and now appears –  slightly shortened –  in the New York Review of Books. Find it here. (And thank you to Andrew for pointing this […]

Audacity and the Wall

I’ve finished a new draft of my West Bank Wall chapter and will post a short sample soon. It was a difficult chapter to write. There are so many facets to the Wall that I had trouble knowing when to stop. What struck me most during the writing, and during my time in Palestine earlier […]

Article: “Berlin Wall is gone but Israel’s inhumane barrier still stands”

I found an excellent essay about the West Bank Wall on the Herald Scotland website. The author – who, oddly, is not named – writes eloquently on many of the ideas I mentioned in my last post. You can find it here. [Correction: David Pratt wrote the aforementioned Herald Scotland piece.]

Walls in Berlin and Palestine

Along with the Berlin Wall anniversary celebrations this week came the parallels between the Berlin Wall and the wall Israel has built around the West Bank. (The photo is of graffiti on the Wall in Ramallah.) These comparisons were inevitable, of course, and so was the subsequent scoffing of the West Bank Wall’s supporters. There […]

Making Light of The Wall

This Israeli commercial for a cell phone company is a shameful example of how some Israelis view the Occupation. I don’t know what I find most offensive: the light-hearted portrayal of a symbol of apartheid, or the fact that the Palestinians in the commercial remain invisible.

March 14

Barbed Wire in Bethlehem

I went to Bethlehem to photograph some of the graffiti on the Wall – which I did – but found myself more enamoured with the coils of concertina that is everywhere. Perhaps I have seen too much of it in the past year, but there is an aesthetic to barbed wire that I find beautiful […]