NPR makes ‘extensive’ report on Separation Wall

Posted: April 6, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians

Separation Fence near Abu Dis neigbordhood of Jerusalem

Separation Fence near Abu Dis neigbordhood of Jerusalem

Apparently, the National Public Radio is about to publish a four-part story on Israel’s separation wall (reviewed by the NYT). From the review, it seems that ‘Israel’s Barrier’ is about to focus on the Palestinian side of the issue, presenting the listener with the ‘human side’ of the evil fence that saves lives:

The project, which is the work of the reporter Eric Westervelt and the photographer David Gilkey, is a series of vignettes of life along the wall. Frustrated workers wait at gates for hours; a Palestinian in Bethlehem, cut off from his job in Jerusalem, sits around the house watching Arabic soap operas. Israelis cite a 90 percent drop in suicide attacks; Palestinians point to the significant chunk of the West Bank that now lies on the Israeli side of the wall or has been confiscated for the barrier itself, a wide swath of fences, trenches, checkpoints and holding areas.

Can’t say I am at all surprised. While I believe it is important to present the Palestinian side of the issue, and show the suffering of the people, it is just as important to reflect the context. If any of my readers listen to the presentation, please feel free to let me know.

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