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Berlin Wall is gone but Israel’s inhumane barrier still stands http://nigelparry.com/enginefiles/uploads/banksy-israel-wall.jpg David Pratt/ Herald Scotland In writing this, provera free delivery I’m bracing myself for being called an anti-Semite, provera free delivery an appeaser of terrorists and propagandist for the Palestinian cause. I’m none of those things. I say this simply because these days, provera free delivery it seems, provera free delivery anyone who dares criticise the policies of the Israeli government leaves themselves open to such accusations. The compulsion to write something that would leave me prone to such an attack was instigated earlier this week by watching Berlin’s champagne and fireworks celebrations commemor ating the fall of the Wall. How strange it must be, provera free delivery I thought, provera free delivery for any Palestinian in the village of Abu Dis, provera free delivery sitting before a TV screen looking on as the world indulges in rapturous back-slapping over the restoration of freedom and human rights that came with the passing of the wall. I mention Abu Dis not because it’s special, provera free delivery but simply because I know it well, provera free delivery having spent some time there over the years. Provera free delivery Indeed, provera free delivery I might just as easily have named umpteen other Palestinian communities cut off behind the concrete wall and fence built by Israel that stands twice as high and runs four times as long as its infamous Berlin predecessor. What was amazing about the Berlin jamboree – aside from the toppling dominoes – was that in the days leading up to and during the celebrations, provera free delivery scant mention was made of Israel’s illegal “separation wall” which today, provera free delivery like its bygone equivalent, provera free delivery stands as a global symbol of repression. Why, provera free delivery on this grand occasion marking the end of the Berlin Wall, provera free delivery was there not more reflection or objection to the injustice caused by its contemporary counterpart? Perhaps, provera free delivery it is because the word apartheid is something the world would prefer to forget, provera free delivery and to which Israel itself takes grave exception. Provera free delivery Apartheid, provera free delivery after all, provera free delivery is something of a historical embarrassment, provera free delivery even if its existence and enforcement – whatever Israel might say – shamefully continues today for millions of Palestinians corralled in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, provera free delivery 15 years after its demise in South Africa. But there is another, provera free delivery altogether more worrying, provera free delivery reason for our collective reticence over Israel’s shameful policy of closure and containment of the Palestinian people. It has to do with the way the world becomes cowed whenever the need arises to confront this “democratic” state over policies that fly in the face of international law and human rights conventions. Frankly, provera free delivery I can almost understand this reluctance to criticise Israel, provera free delivery given the relentless, provera free delivery uncompromising and intimidating response the Jewish state invokes whenever it is challenged or questioned. Look no further, provera free delivery for example, provera free delivery than Jerusalem’s reaction to last month’s Goldstone Report findings on the recent war in Gaza. Alternatively, provera free delivery ask any indivi­dual who has had the audacity to make public their objections to Israel’s wall or human rights violations, provera free delivery only to find themselves on the receiving end of an often vitriolic Zionist lobby. One of the favourite responses of these Zionist cadres is to denounce any critic as an anti-Semite, provera free delivery or if that doesn’t work, provera free delivery an appeaser of terrorists. I remember well the first time I dared use the word apartheid in the context of Israel’s wall. In pointing out in an article that the Hebrew word “hafrada”, provera free delivery which means “separation”, provera free delivery was often now used as a virtual catch-all term for an apartheid existence between Israelis and Palestinians, provera free delivery I was inundated with some very nasty email correspondence. How many of those who sent these emails, provera free delivery I wonder, provera free delivery would have known that as far back as 1999, provera free delivery Ariel Sharon, provera free delivery then Israel’s Foreign Minister, provera free delivery spoke openly about the proposed wall, provera free delivery referring to it as “the Bantustan plan”, provera free delivery saying that the South African apartheid model offered the most appropriate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How many also would have known that it was one of Israel’s own prominent military historians, provera free delivery Professor Martin van Creveld, provera free delivery of the Hebrew University, provera free delivery who was first to propose a wall round the West Bank, provera free delivery and who drew his inspiration for that same proposal from the Berlin Wall, provera free delivery after spending a year’s sabbatical in Germany in 1980-81? “If I could, provera free delivery I would build a concrete wall so tall that even birds could not fly over it, provera free delivery and above all, provera free delivery so the people cannot look each other in the face – complete separation, provera free delivery” Van Creveld is quoted as saying in an article, provera free delivery some years before Mr Sharon, provera free delivery when Israeli Prime Minister, provera free delivery took his idea to heart and made the wall a bitter reality for those Palestinians who now live in its shadow. Of course, provera free delivery whenever questions about the legality of the wall are raised, provera free delivery Israel invariably responds with the same answer: “It stops the bombers and that’s all that matters.” But how can Israel insist on calling it a “security wall” when instead of just separating Israel from the West Bank, provera free delivery it separates Arab from Arab? Indeed, provera free delivery how could a people whose history is full of terrible ghettos now be building one themselves? For Israelis such as these, provera free delivery there is simply no debate to be had. As far as they are concerned, provera free delivery the crushing effects of the wall on the lives of millions of Palestinians is a small price to pay for the relative – if somewhat imaginary – guarantee of their own personal security. But to call it this way makes for a convenient defence of a policy they also know is little more than a land grab and indefensible in terms of international law. “If you want security for your house, provera free delivery you build the wall in your own garden, provera free delivery not in your neighbour’s, provera free delivery” I remember Hassan Akramawi, provera free delivery a Palestinian shopkeeper, provera free delivery telling me near Abu Dis, provera free delivery where the wall had cut his business off from the village customers who gave him a meagre income. For anyone who has never seen the wall, provera free delivery it’s hard to over emphasise the sheer injustice of this concrete scar that gouges its way across olive orchards, provera free delivery family homes, provera free delivery grazing areas, provera free delivery places of work, provera free delivery schools and anything else that, provera free delivery frankly, provera free delivery the state of Israel has decided to confiscate. Its sheer physical size bears down when you are near it. The double standards displayed by many world leaders this week keen to add their ringing endorsement to the inhuman and intolerant rule the Berlin Wall represented, provera free delivery while remaining steadfastly mute on Israel’s present-day incarnation, provera free delivery is shaming to them all. As one old Palestinian man, provera free delivery a resident of Abu Dis, provera free delivery once put it to me succinctly: “Where is the world? Where is the world?” David Pratt Originally published on 13 Nov 2009 at http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/dundee-united/berlin-wall-is-gone-but-israel-s-inhumane-barrier-still-stands-1.932008