The Apartheid Wall in Pictures

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April 21, 2009 by Gsmith

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Children play an improvised game of football near Qalqilya, Palestine

In the early 1990s, Israel began constructing a huge wall to separate itself and its external colonies from the people who had been pushed into refugee camps. The wall is called the “anti-terrorism barrier” by English speaking Israelis, and the “apartheid wall” by their Palestinian brothers and sisters on the other side of it.

The project is almost complete fifteen years later, with much help from western governments like the U.S. and Canada which financed its construction.

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An elderly Palestinian gentleman walks past an 'art project'

A rather acerbic bit of propaganda has been placed on the wall, ostensibly as ‘art’. It depicts two mocking faces staring out at passersby.

The goal of the apartheid wall is not merely physical segregation, but psychological subjugation. It serves as a constant reminder of the ‘otherness’ of the Palestinian working people, who have lived in Israel/Palestine for countless generations, but who are now separated from their land and neighbors and denied citizenship in the country of their origin.

A 'security checkpoint' near Bethlehem

A 'security checkpoint' near Bethlehem - Note Texas flag in background

The vast majority of Palestinian people have never been involved in crime or radical politics, but all are forced to go through humiliating ‘security checkpoints’ when they need to cross the apartheid wall. It is common for both Israeli citizens and stateless Palestinians to stand in line for hours, only to be refused entry arbitrarily. It is also not unheard of for working people to be mocked and humiliated by teenage soldiers as they attempt to reach relatives, employment or medical care on the other side.

Of particular interest is the flag of the Republic of Texas flying next to the Israeli flag. A large contingent of IDF soldiers volunteer from parts outside Israel, such as The United States. Is it any wonder that the west is starting to be seen as partly responsible for the conditions of occupied Palestine?

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Women traverse steel prison gates at the Qalandiya checkpoint

Crossing the frontier is an especially humiliating process for Palestinian women, who have typically been raised in very conservative forms of Islam and Christianity, where modesty is prized. It is not uncommon for women to be forced to partially uncover and sometimes completely disrobe in front of male soldiers who are ostensibly checking for smuggled goods or weapons.

The Bethlehem ghetto - now completely enclosed

The Bethlehem ghetto - now completely enclosed

Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ is said to have been born, is a holy place for Christians. Much of the city now resembles a large prison.

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16 thoughts on “The Apartheid Wall in Pictures

  1. James says:

    “When they cry peace and safety then sudden destruction comes to all the world” 1 Thes 5:3. They put a sign written in three languages over Jesus’ head while crucifying Him also.

    I saw this in a dream right before they started building it. When it is finished the world will wander after the beast (Chatholic Church) while America sets up the image to the beast (sunday worship law)

  2. Grégoire says:

    Dear James,

    Thanks for reading! One minor point…

    The meme that the Catholic Church is ‘the beast’ or ‘the whore of all the earth’ is, I believe, deprecated now. The last reference I can find of this is in McConkie’s book. I know many Mormons do retain that idea. I hope that the LDS church will someday apologize and atone for this bit of bigotry. I’m not a believer and certainly not a Catholic but this sort of thing tends to divide working people and set them against one another, when we should be working together to better the world.

    Believers and non-Believers, Protestant, Mormon, Catholic, Jew and Muslim all have much more in common with each other — as workers and intellectuals who produce things of value — than any do with the fatcats they support. This is why I believe the ruling class found it important to build this wall (and why they’re building walls like this on the American borders now). They don’t want working people to identify with one another, but rather they want us all to separate and fight along race/religion/national lines. If we’re fighting, we’re divided, and when we’re divided we’re easy prey for the rip-off artists.

    Just something to think about. Thanks for the comments!

  3. James says:

    With all due respect Gregoire, if we truly do believe the scriptures as the infallable word of God, then there is historically only one institution that meets the requirements as the beast that was in power for 1260 years as predicted in revelation, who changed the commandments of God and was drunk on the blood of the saints durring the dark ages, who is a city that sits on seven hills (Rome) and received a head wound (pope taken hostage in 1798 and dying in exile) and now the wound is being healed. Today the papacy has almost as much power as it did before Berthier, Napolians general, took the pope hostage. Soon America (the two horned like a lamb beast) will create laws that emulate the beast of those dark ages and force everyone to worship the beast in that sunday laws will force people to worship on sunday. The Morman church has gotten away from scripture as it’s foundation and thats why no ones writting about it any more. In the end everyone will either serve God or receive the mark of the beast. I noticed you included Moslim in your reply. Listen to how they speak about Mormans and see if we are truly in the same boat. You are taking a very proletarian approach in your humanistic ideas.

  4. James says:

    Isaiah 8:20
    To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

  5. James says:

    Revelation 14:12
    Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

  6. J. Madson says:

    james,

    im not sure i buy the catholic church interpretation. in fact, im pretty positive i dont.

    Why cant the beast simply have represented the roman empire of the day?

  7. Grégoire says:

    Dear James,

    I like Bible, Qur’an, Book of Mormon and Talmud, and I’ve read at least pieces from all of them. I tend to see these things as mythology, symbolic literature and good advice from wise men in the past, rather than literal history or hard-and-fast predictions.

    I do like Muslims and Catholics. Most of those I’ve met in the past have been ordinary family-type people like myself who go to work every day. I tend to judge people on their individual merits rather than by what group they belong to.

    I guess that’s the fundamental problem I have with walls like these. They assume everyone in a certain group is some sort of a ‘bad’ person. Life is never that simple.

    Anyway, thanks for reading. Have a great day.

  8. james says:

    King Harrod tried to kill all the firstborn children in Bethlehem to prevent Jesus from being a threat to Rome, identifying the pagan Roman Empire as the dragon prophecied in Revelation 12:4
    … and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

    Revelation 13:2
    “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard (greecian empire), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Medo-Persian empire), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (Babylonian empire, as per Daniels visions): and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

    The dragon would give his empire to this beast, which was the so called ‘Holy’ Roman empire. Then exactly 1260 years to the day Napolian fulfilled prophecy by taking the pope hostage giving the beast the head wound.

  9. james says:

    I’ve read the Qur’an also. I have also listened to clerics who call for the systematic anihalation of Jews and Christians.

    The Chatholic Church has an agenda of Eccumenical orientation that supposedly wants to bring people together, but thier true cause is to bring the whole world under the leadership of Rome. They say in thier official doctrins everyone outside of the church are heritics but publicly they try to influence people by supposed ‘good deeds’. You should read what was published about the last synod of bishops. They officially declaired the traditions of the church more endeering than the scriptures. They say the pope has the same authority on earth as God Himself which is the blasphemy prophecied about in Daniel 7:8
    “I considered the (10) horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

    Rome was divided and fell to the ten Germanic Tribes and the little horn (Vatican) cam up amongst them and plucked up the Ostrogoths, Heruli and the Vandals completely destroying them.

  10. james says:

    Please understand, I love everyone, but mathematically there can only be one truth. Only one book in the world claims to have portions given directly from the creators mouth and prophecy being fulfilled with a 100% accuracy tends to prove to me the books of Moses and all the prophets including the new testiment prophets, where inspired by an entity who CAN see the future. Demons can lie, God can’t.
    ‘Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;’Revelation 18:4

  11. theradicalmormon says:

    I read a great article in the FARMS journal one time which came to the conclusion that Catholicism did not meet all of the criteria for the “beast” and that the nearest one could get to a better suspect was what the author called, “hellenistic christianity,” or the version of christianity that came throught the filter of the early greek academics and philosophers, well before the Catholic church was ever instituted.

    Oops. The article actually describes the “Great and Abominable Church,” and not the “beast.” Not the same thing? Apparently not. Another name for the great and abominable church is “Babylon.”

    “In noting the characteristics of Babylon, we should be careful to distinguish between her and the beast in Revelation 17—they do not represent the same things, though the beast supports the great and abominable church (see Revelation 17:3, 7). The beast, for instance, is entirely missing in Nephi’s description of the great and abominable church.”

    “Babylon, the “woman . . . arrayed in purple and scarlet” described in Revelation 17–18, is specifically the Satanic counterpart of the virtuous woman in chapter 12 who symbolizes the Church of Jesus Christ that was forced into the wilderness (see Revelation 12:6 JST)—that is, became inaccessible to human beings. Symbolizing the counterfeit church as an immoral woman underscores the nature of her evil: she is physically and spiritually unfaithful, representing both sexual immorality and idolatry, the twin abominations of the Old Testament. Thus she is the “mother of abominations.”

    “It appears in Revelation that while the symbol of the unvirtuous woman represents false religion, the beasts, the image of the beast, and its horns represent other aspects of the devil’s kingdom. The “Mother of Harlots” cannot represent kingdoms or governments—the beast and its horns do that (see Revelation 17:12; also Revelation 13: 1 JST)—but she can represent the false beliefs and ideologies that often capture and motivate governments. The same evil genius, Satan the old dragon, is behind both, but the beast and the harlot symbolize separate entities with separate functions in the evil empire.”

    Stephen Robinson is the author. Check out this quote:

    “In Doctrine and Covenants 86:3, the Lord identifies the whore, Babylon, as the apostate church: “After they [the apostles] have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign—behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.”

    “Clearly, whatever denominational name we choose to give it, the earliest apostate church and the great and abominable church that Nephi and John describe are identical. The fact is, we don’t really know what name to give it. I have proposed hellenized Christianity, but that is a description rather than a name.”

    “The historical abominable church of the devil is that apostate church that replaced true Christianity in the first and second centuries, teaching the philosophies of men mingled with scriptures. It dethroned God in the church and replaced him with man by denying the principle of revelation and turning instead to human intellect. As the product of human agency, its creeds were an abomination to the Lord, for they were idolatry: men worshipping the creations, not of their own hands, but of their own minds.”

    The entire article can be found here:

    http://mi.byu.edu/publications/jbms/?vol=7&num=1&id=168&q=beast

  12. theradicalmormon says:

    Thanks for the photos and commentary by the way. We hear of this wall and the crossings but never have these images to match them up with. The sufferring of the Palestinians makes me so sad. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring peace to this world in the end. Mankind is too stupid, too selfish and proud. I am so grateful that, as Ammon notes:

    “Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.”

  13. Joseph says:

    Wow, I got so caught up in the pictures and descriptions of the actual post, I missed the discussion for awhile. I think radicalmormon presents most closely what I believe. More importantly, I believe, like Gregoire, that any religious bigotry is divisive and destructive. And such bigotry is what has led to this horrible wall being pictured here.

  14. Grégoire says:

    Dear James, Joseph & TRM,

    One of the best and most meaningful parts of my own Mormon experience was memorizing the articles of faith before my baptism. There’s one that says something like ‘we believe man will be judged for his own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression’.

    To me that was much more than just a renunciation of the original sin concept. It really goes to the core of the whole idea of *collective punishment* and denounces it at its root. No ethical person (and certainly no observant Mormon who believes in this statement) can pretend to find justice in the idea that you can punish large groups for a few bad apples.

    Anyway, thanks for reading…

  15. james says:

    You are absolutely right Gregoire, our Father loves us in spite of the fact that we inherently have the nature of our fathers in the flesh. In fact he knows we did not even ask to be born in this wicked world, and in the love of a perfect Father He shows us mercy while retaining the dignity of righteousness. Jesus did not have an earthly father’s nature to inherit and that was His only advantage while on earth. He used only the power that is available to us from God through the Spirit and prayer. He passed the test and recieved our sins on His head making it possible for us to receive His spotless charcter, Christ in us.
    we are judged for our own individual sins and not the sins of our fathers. The Grace of God forgives us while we are still sinners. Then and only then can we walk in faith because we see it is a gift from God and not an inherited right. That love received in the heart shines to other people, leading them to everlasting life.
    This much I am sure we agree on… The point I think you are missing in the previous statements is this. The bible doesn’t condemn the people of the harlot who sits on many waters; which are people tribes nations and tongues. He explicitly condemns the docrine, the wine in the cup decieving the masses. To the faithful within the fallen church he says “Come out of her MY people”. The worst plagues pronounced on mankind are in the future 7 last plagues. They are upon the heads of those who receive the mark or seal of the beast. God’s seal is His Sabbath the seventh day of the week and one of the 10 Commandments written in stone. It is not a fairy tail ment to scare people. The world will enforce a Sunday Law and this is when the ultimate descision must be made, Individually! If God’s mark is the Sabbath, then conversly it makes sense that the mark of the beast is a spurious sabbath (the image to the beast) which was originally errected in the dark ages by the Catholic church. God is revealling these truths to all those who search the scriptures as if it is the ultimate truth, right now. He knew we where going to forget, thats why He says “remember the Sabbath”.

    Peace.

  16. james says:

    Correction: I meant to say “He loves us while we where yet sinners” instead of “He forgives us…” Because forgiveness only comes through repentance and putting away of our sins.

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