I asked Israel’s only journalist in Palestine to show me something shocking – and this is what I saw

This is the old road from Ramallah to Jerusalem, lined with lost wealth and forgotten hopes and once-loved homes. They all now end, of course, at The Wall

Robert Fisk and Israeli journalist Amira Hass walk alongside a section of 'The Wall' at the West Bank (Nelofer Pazira)

Robert Fisk and Israeli journalist Amira Hass walk alongside a section of ‘The Wall’ at the West Bank (Nelofer Pazira) ( )

Show me something that will shock me, I told Amira Hass. So Israel’s only journalist in the Palestinian West Bank – or Palestine, if you still believe in so unorthodox a word – took me down a road outside Ramallah that I remember as a highway which led to Jerusalem. But now, just over a hill, it deteriorates into a half tarmac road, a set of closed, rusting shop doors, and garbage. The same old summer smell of raw sewage creeps up the road. It lies, green and gentle, in a pool at the bottom of the wall.

Or The Wall. Or, for more cautious scribes, the “Security Wall”. Or, for more squeamish souls, the “Security Barrier”. Or for even more slovenly pens, just the “Barrier”. Or, if you’re really worried about the political implications, the “Fence”. The Fence – like the friendly wooden posts and crossbeams you might find along the edge of a field. Or – if you really want to frighten the TV editors and anger the Israelis – the “Segregation Wall” or even the “Apartheid Wall”. Why, soon we will be talking about the Palestinian “Bantustans” that lie cut off by The Wall and the Israelis-only roads, and the vast empire of Jewish settlements on Arab lands.

Trust Amira to start the ball rolling. The phrase “Palestinian Bantustan” litters her angry digression as she takes me around the Palestinian enclaves of the West Bank and, after an hour or two, the Wall: towering 26 feet above us, stern, monstrous in its determination, curling and snaking between apartment blocks, and skulking in wadis and twisting back on itself until you have two walls one after the other, a double wall but the same wall such are the Alpine twists of this creature. You shake your head for a moment when – suddenly, through some miscalculation, surely – there is no wall at all but a shopping street or a bare hillside of scrub and rock. And then the massive colonial project of Israel’s settlements, all green trees and red-roofed houses and neat roads and, yes, more walls and barbed wire fences and yet bigger walls. And then the beast itself. The Wall.



3 replies

  1. There are TWO possibility.
    This is a punishment for Muslim—or
    This is test of Muslim faith?

    It can be both .
    But according to God’s gaidance :

    What you reap is what you sow.
    God is a not cruel to His people, if there is something wrong it came from you.

    More 70 years Hamas Palestine have bedn strunggling to fight Israel— and millions Muslim pray to God for HELP.. but never listen to their prayer. What is wrong?

    A wise man always look to himself if there is something wrong but a foolish always blame others.

    I urge all Muslim around the world to correct our way to peeform Islamic teaching.

    With my love ❤️

  2. These are something wrong :

    1. Arab Muslim leader never been unity because most Arab Muslim leaders are Hypocrites.

    2. Arab Muslim leader reject Human Right, women’s right, and equality for all people— whereas Human Right is the core of Islamic teaching ( Bible and Al Quran ) in order people can live in peace, happiness and prosperity

    So as long as KSA and others reject Allah laws or Human Right— there is no permanent peace. Killing innocent people will continue , very sad indeed. This is the fact on the ground.

    All my love ❤️

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