walls, fences, towers and checkpoints

Posted by Dominic on Monday, March 6th, 2006

Sunday was a very new kind of experience for me. We traveled with a group of Israeli women who are human rights activists to visit the highly militarized, occupied Palestinian areas near Nablus. I have never seen anything quite like the complex mixture of walls, fences, towers and checkpoints that exists throughout this region.

Maya, our young Israeli friend came along also. She had grown up so close to this area but had never seen any of it. Maya also had the opportunity to speak with a few Palestinians for the first time. The conversations while at times were difficult for both, an openness remained. It gives me some faint hope that peace might come some day.

We came to Jerusalem today and spent hours walking the ancient walls of the old city. It’s one of the holiest cities on earth and birthplace to monotheism. Christians, Jews, and Muslims living together and sharing a piece history. Next we are headed to the occupied city of Bethlehem to meet with a young Palestinian woman who has generously agreed to share a few days of her time.

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One Response to “walls, fences, towers and checkpoints”

  1. On March 22nd, 2008 at 8:43 am, Joni said:

    Not only informative, but also, thought provoking!
    Thank you!

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