Palestine page 11
Location: Bethlehem, PalestineThe Graffiti Wall Museum, Bethlehem, where we ended our holiday.
A very chilling and moving thought provoking place. We all deeply felt this place.
....hard to imagine these twelve metres high! The sheer scale of it took away your breath. The wall dominated every move we made and as we walked, we started to get a real feeling of oppression and being just hemmed in.
.. with lots of original Banksys..this one was life size.
.. a portrait of the doctor who was murdered by the soldiers in the watchtowers when she ran to help a wounded Palestinian. She has since become a martyr.
....the wall towers at a twelve metres high block of concrete with a layer of barbed wire and lights on top of this. Buildings are no more than six feet away. The Palestinians have no rights, no electricity, no running water. If there is a problem with the Water tanks kept on the roof permission has to be sought from the Israelis to go up onto the roof. Buildings have to keep the upstairs curtains close at all times in case they can see over the wall. They have no right of free movement. It makes you reassess any thoughts you might have had beforehand.
..,poems and life stories are posted at intervals between the watch towers...and are harrowing.
..the towers are manned 24/7 by Israeli soldiers. Israel erected, owns, manages and maintains the wall. The height of it is overwhelming and overpowering.
... we started to spot the many Banksy....simple but evocative
..and one of his most famous depictions...
... he would be here wouldn't he.....Trump embraces a watch tower...this imposing graffiti stretched from top to bottom so it made a big statement!
At the end of our walk along this section of the wall, we came to a Victorian styled 'pub' The Walled Off Pub, which has been decorated by Banksy.......upstairs by contrast was a small art gallery full of vibrantly coloured art.
........and so our tour came to an end with strong uncomfortable mixed emotions.. We have had and seen many most memorable scenes on this holiday in particular but this one will haunt those who came here today for many years to come. What must it be like to live with this twelve metre high monstrosity outside your front door! A must see very sad place.