As world marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Israel’s Wall has become a new global icon for oppression

Symbolically, the wall in Palestine is this century’s Berlin Wall, albeit four times as long as that hated Cold War icon and more than twice as high. Under construction since 2002, it is expected to eventually extend for 709 kilometers through the West Bank. A series of concrete slabs, barbed-wire “buffer zones”, trenches, electrified fences, watchtowers, thermal-imaging video cameras, sniper towers, military checkpoints and roads for patrol vehicles have dismembered the cities of the West Bank and segregated them from occupied East Jerusalem.

The wall defies international law as well as United Nations Security Council resolutions, and deviates considerably from the original boundaries demarcating land captured by Israel during the 1967 War. It is more than twice the length of the Green Line, Israel’s recognized border with the West Bank. Israel maintains that it is intended as a defense against terrorist attacks; Palestinians view it as a cynical, long-term maneuver aimed at annexing more land to Israel and inhibiting Palestinian movement within the Occupied Territories.

“A country is not only what it does, it is also what it tolerates" 


When King Faisal cut off oil supplies and deprived the west
from oil in October 73 and said his famous quote/saying, ” We
and our ancestors survived on dates and milk and we will
return to them again.”
On that day Henry Kissinger -Minister of foreign affairs- visited
him to try to pull him back from his decision. He said in his
memoirs that when he met King Faisal in Jeddah he was sad
so he made a joke and told King Faisal, ” My plane ran out of
oil so will your majesty order it to get supplied with oil and we
are ready to pay at international rates ? ”
He continued in his memoir saying that King Faisal didnt laugh
and raised his head and looked at him and said,
” And I’m an old man who wishes to pray in Al-Aqsa before I
die so will you help me in my wish ? “

The Proper Response To J Street

Posted by: Varda Epstein in Varda November 24, 2014

When I was a little girl, sometimes I wanted things I could not have. Candy before dinner, for instance. And no matter how much I wanted it, my mother said no.

Still, I never walked into a synagogue and hacked anyone to death with a meat cleaver.

According to J Street however, if I had, my mother’s denial to grant me my wish would have, by all accounts, been a contributory factor. By the same token, J Street would have us believe that you don’t have to think it’s a good idea for a little girl to spoil her appetite with candy in order to see that my mother went WAY too far saying no to me.

Of course, my mother and I are just stuck. I’ve been demanding that candy for too long, my mother saying no for too long, for either of us to see the other’s side.

J Street’s immediate response following the Har Nof Massacre was this quote Boston Globe reporter Michael Cohen (The Mike Report)

Imagine a rape, if you will. Is it an act of aggression? Or is it the victim’s fault for wearing tight or revealing clothing?

According to J Street, the rapist cannot be excused for his actions. At the same time, we can understand how his lust got the better of him as he watched beautiful young girls walking by him, for years on end. Anyone would snap.

By the same token, the victim should understand that if she is going to be beautiful, someone will desire her. If she would just offer herself to the rapist, he wouldn’t have to force himself on her.

But both sides are still stuck in their own, self-centered ideologies. The rape victim can only think that she doesn’t want to be raped. While the rapist can only rape.

No wonder that rape continues. Until both sides are ready to compromise, more of the same is to be expected.

(continue to Israelly cool to read the rest of this excellent article)


Gaza tunnels gathered Algerian young man with his mother after 24 years of deprivation
Viva Gaza

Moving back to my favourite Idea of Gestalt. Multistability could be used to symbolise both cultures existing around the same subject, negative space and positive space could be used to present the idea of them existing in harmony.


Learn, sir.
Gaza’s been under attack for almost 3 days and still. They are not surviving..they’re not! They are teaching us how to to withstand and resist..Bravery and patience.
All they’re asking for is to be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.
“اللهم اغفر لنا تقصيرنا و قلة حيلتنا ”
حسبنا الله و نعم الوكيل.

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Is this a Debate?

Russell Brand on The Trews