January 21, 2004
Israeli Wall Construction
[Bethlehem, West Bank] The wall must
fall! Does anyone really believe that the path of the Israeli
security wall can be justified? It's so ridiculous that it's laughable
-- well, more accurately -- sickening. Israel needs the wall for
"security," so they have to take 50% of the land of
the West Bank. Well, you know -- for security. It's all for security.
It has nothing to do with land-grabbing. Land-grabbing is an unfortunate
part of this security plan.
I feel for the leaders of Israel.
They must have struggled over this decision for many months. They
don't want to have to take any land, but they do need to build
this wall. And it just so happens that their best route for the
wall is through the West Bank and not on the internationally recognized
borders. I mean why would you build it on your own land? Why not
build it on someone else's property? Doesn't everyone build their
fence on half of their neighbor's property?
This seems quite reasonable to me.
So I resolve to build my own security fence. (I want protection
from Israeli tanks.) I could build my fence right around my apartment
on the space my landlord owns. That should work just fine. However,
using Israeli super-logic, I will instead build a security fence
that encloses my apartment plus a narrow swath to and surrounding
Tel Aviv. I don't technically own this property, yet I need it
for my own security, so I will take it. I'm sure that Israel will
understand my serious stance on security, because I am merely
mirroring their own.
My wall starts in Tel Aviv tomorrow.
I will begin by bulldozing a few parks. If there are apartment
buildings near the path of my fence, I am so sorry, but I will
have to demolish those for security purposes. I know people will
understand. I don't want to do it, but I have to for security
purposes. Residents of the apartment complexes can easily find
other living arrangements -- either here or in Jordan. If I have
to destroy family businesses that have been operating for generations,
I apologize for that too. Can't you see that I am making painful
concessions! But it shouldn't be too difficult to find a new
line of work for your family. I don't want to put you out of business,
but I have to for my own security purposes. The people who used
to be residents of Tel Aviv will be required by me to have a special
permit to travel. I'll review travel applications and issue permits
as fast as I possibly can. But I'd get in line now though, if
I were you. If you work outside Tel Aviv, I'd suggest finding
work inside. If you used to go to a school outside, to make your
life easier, I'd suggest finding a good school inside. If you
want to go to the beach for a swim, I'll generously have a gate
there that I will open and close when I feel like it. Enjoy your
swim! Hope you can get back in.
I'm excited by my new plan, and I'm
sure everyone else shares my excitement. The world will be a much
safer place after I implement these security measures. Some may
call this plan extreme, but I take security very seriously.
shepherd boys avoid Israeli wall construction.
boy watches Israeli wall construction from his front yard beside
I guess this means that the boy will now live in Israel instead
It's logical to assume then that his mother and father will now
be made citizens of Israel --
with all the rights and privileges of other Israeli citizens.
Sorry kid -- logic doesn't apply in this place.
wall construction at Bethlehem checkpoint.
village on hill on the wrong side of the Israeli wall.
community in Bethlehem which approves of the path of the wall.
(Israeli settlement, Har Homa.)
For more on the wall,
Israeli Security / Apartheid Wall