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January 12, 2004

Selective Indignation

Kate Raphael - scourge of the Israeli "apartheid" "wall" - had better start planning the itinerary for her round-the-world tour. According to this site, there are many walls that demand Kate's attention:

First, we start with the fence between Mexico and the USA. There is really no need for this fence since the millions of illegal Mexicans in the United States do not commit suicide bomb attacks in American restaurants. Write to mr. Bush and mr. Powell today. (Nobody told them about this fence.)

President George W. Bush
Postal address : The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Fax : (202) 456 - 2883
E-mail : president@whitehouse.gov

U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell
Postal address : Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Fax : (202) 647 - 1533
E-mail : secretary@state.gov

Then we continue with the fence between North and South Korea. A totally useless fence since the regimes of both countries share the same democratic values. Remind their representatives about this:

Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the UN ,820 Second Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 972-3105/3106/3128, Telefax: (212) 972-3154

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, 335 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 439-4000, Telefax: (212) 986-1083

A fence in Europe! Could it be? But those people live in peace! The fence between Cyprus and the Turkish occupied territory should be removed at once, not only opened during daytime. Write about this to:
Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, 821 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 949-0150, Telefax: (212) 949-0086
Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, 13 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 481-6023/6024/6025, Telefax: (212) 685-7316

Another fence in Europe! In Northern Ireland this time, where thanks to wise British policy, Catholics and Protestants live in peace together for centuries. Let's get rid of this fence! Write to Mr. Blair. He does not know of these fences in Belfast!

Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister
Postal address : 10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Fax : 0207 925 0918

This is a good fence, as friendly Dutch people know how to build. It is only meant to keep illegal immigrants from leaving the harbor area of Hoek van Holland. But the purpose is like any other fence: keep the wrong people out of your country.

Write to Minister President, J.P. Balkenende
Ministerie van Algemene Zaken
Postbus 20001
2500 EA Den Haag
Nederland
Fax +31-70 - 356 46 83
Email here

Now, this is really bad, A fence between 2 major United Nations members, India and Pakistan. . . . .

Write your letter to :
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN ,Pakistan House, 8 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10021 Telephone: (212) 879-8600, Telefax: (212) 744-7348
Permanent Representative of India to the UN, 235 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017 Telephone: (212) 490-9660, Telefax: (212) 490-9656

Another one in Europe! Is it possible? In Solana's own country! Spain erected a barbed wired fence, guarded by soldiers, in Ceuta, on the border with Morocco, in order to keep illegal workers (without bombs) out of Spain. Write to:
Presidente del Gobierno de Espa?a, Jos? Mar?a Aznar L?pez, Complejo de La Moncloa, 28071 Madrid, fax 91-335-32-15

Only after we get rid of all these fences, one could ask Israel not to build a fence that protects her citizens from Palestinian terrorists.

"Queen Esther" at LGF adds:
Thanks for sending this. Here are a few more to boycott:

The fence between Botswana and Zimbabwe.

And, it appears that India is constructing a fence with not only Pakistan, but also Burma. And Bangladesh.

In this strange case, the UN seeks "at the 'highest level' to determine who was responsible for creating several larges holes in the fence between Kuwait's border with Iraq. Go figure.

It sounds like the world likes fences after all (as long as they don't protect Jews!)

Lots of pix and links at the site, and I've added some links here.

It would be contrary to everything Kate learned at Berkeley to privilege some walls over others, so someone please send her this link and give her the name of a good travel agent.

PS In the course of researching these fences, I found out that the "apartheid wall" isn't the first fence built in Israel to keep out terrorists. Gues who built the previous one?

The British.

In 1936, the Arab Revolt erupted in Palestine. Initially directed against the Yishuv - the pre-1948 Jewish community in the country - it subsequently targeted the British administration as well. . . . In an effort to counter the infiltration of these terrorists, the Mandate authorities decided, in the summer of 1937, to fortify the country's northern border by means of an integrated system: a road that was built along the border - "the Northern Road" - from Rosh Hanikra to the area of Kibbutz Manara, and from there to the Jordan Valley; a three-meter-high fence - "the Northern Fence" - that was built along the road and to its north . . . .
Quick! Someone tell the BBC!

And Kate needs to meet the mayor of Israeli Arab town Umm al-Fahm:

. . . quite a few terrorist attacks have occurred under your nose, on the Wadi Ara highway, and some at the very entrance to the city. Do you deny that thousands of Palestinians, some of them hostile elements, have traveled daily from the territories into Israel through Umm al-Fahm?

"I don't deny it. That's what caused the greatest image debacle to the city. Therefore, we have mixed feelings about the [separation] fence. For Umm al-Fahm it is very good. A blessing. For our Palestinian brethren - the beloved members of my nation, who are flesh of my flesh - and for the prospects of achieving peace, the fence is bad and unfair. But now there is a fence. And from the moment it was built, that phenomenon stopped. What will you say now? Are the city's residents to blame for what happened in the past? After all, this is the proof that it was all by chance. They simply chose us as an access route. What do you hear now on the news? Rosh Ha'ayin, Kafr Qasem, Baka al-Garbiyeh. Why? Because the hole in the fence moved there. . . .

And get this:
What do you think about the idea of annexing Umm al-Fahm to the Palestinian Authority?

"Absolutely not. Ninety-three percent of the city's residents are against that, and I am one of them. This is our home, we are citizens like everyone else, and we have it good here."

What's so good here for you? What about all the complaints of persecution, oppression and discrimination?

"It's all true, as you know. Yet our situation here is still far better than it would be if we were in an Arab state. I admit it. I also say it in talks abroad. It's a fact. That doesn't mean that there is nothing to improve. There's plenty."

Judith | 01/12/04 at 01:19 AM | Categories: - Israel vs. the world

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"In the course of researching these fences, I found out that the 'apartheid wall' isn't the first fence built in Israel to keep out terrorists."

Well, duh. How could it be the first of any kind of fence built in Israel when it isn't in Israel? Or has the Israeli government changed its policy of nearly forty years and decided to annex the Occupied Territories and thus threaten the carefully-maintained majority of Jews in the Israeli population?

Most of the other fences you city are built along borders. The exceptions (Netherlands, Northern Ireland) are wholly within the country doing the building. Do you think that might have something to do with why people are more upset by the Israeli-built wall than by the others?

And please let's not call it an 'apartheid' wall. 'Apartheid' was all about a country oppressing its own citizens and denying them human rights. Israel's behaviour in the Occupied Territories has nothing to do with oppressing its own citizens and everything to do with oppressing non-citizens in a country which Israel invaded and continues to occupy illegally. So let's call it the 'illegal occupation" wall. Or the "only country on Earth allowed to ignore UN resolutions with impunity for 39 years" wall. Or the "theft" wall. Or the "theocracy" wall. Or even the "nobody's going to inspect our WMDs" wall.

It will come down, and (given that it isn't in Israel) I really couldn't care less who takes it down or how. Bulldozers, picks and jackhammers, cruise missiles. Whatever. Feel free to keep making stupid jokes comparing it to border fences about it while it lasts. Your idea of geography is endlessly entertaining.

Rob | August 30, 2006 12:41 PM

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