By Isabel Kershner
During this relocating account of the obstacles among Israelis and Palestinians, top Israeli journalist Isabel Kershner strains the path of the wall Israel is construction and experiences its profound results on humans residing on either side. Kershner offers wealthy and insightful snap shots of Israeli settlers feeling deserted at the unsuitable aspect of the fence; Palestinian farmers offended at being bring to a halt from their lands and groves; Arab households break up up in a city now divided via the barrier; and Israelis protesting that it truly is a drawback to peace. Exploring the explanations for the barrier and its political and ethical implications, Kershner makes a speciality of the folks devoted to their factors. because the destiny dating among Israelis and Palestinians is being made up our minds, this crucial ebook addresses some of the most arguable options.
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All the major Palestinian cities in the northern West Bank get their electricity from Israel, Sami explains, as his wife serves glasses of thick and sticky artiﬁcially ﬂavored strawberry juice and several small children mill around. ” Azzam sits by me in silence most of the time, looking lost in thought. ” Then Sami pulls out the green permit authorizing his presence as a “permanent resident of the Seam Zone,” a legal alien at home. It is valid from June 2004 till June 2005. After that, the mayor is supposed to organize its renewal.
It works. It prevents terror. It hasn’t removed my initial dilemmas,” he says of his fears that the barrier will turn into a permanent border, condemning much of the settlement enterprise. “Till today, it is not clear to me how it will all end. But a great thing has happened. If property prices went down here 30 percent during the intifada, now we’re ﬂourishing! We have 1,000 new housing units planned in [the new neighborhood of] Givat Tal; 300 are already under construction. ” 22 BARRIER Modesty aside, the victory has also had a sobering effect and has given Eliezer pause, not only because dozens of Jewish settlements will remain outside the fence, but because of what it taught him about the inner workings of the Jewish state.
While Meisar, Um Qutuf, and Baqa al-Gharbiya all fell on the Israeli side of the 1949 line, making their residents full citizens of the new Jewish state, the village of Qaffin remained out of bounds in the Jordanian-held West Bank. Though there was no physical barrier between Metzer and 36 BARRIER Qaffin—other than some concertina wire here and there to deter thieves— a veil of hostility punctuated by occasional Jordanian and Israeli army patrols was enough to keep the populations apart. Yet the two were symbiotically linked, for when the armistice lines were drawn up by the Israeli and Jordanian negotiators, about half of Qaffin’s farmlands fell on the Israeli side of the divide.
Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Isabel Kershner