Positions and Practice

Week 1 – the global image


Two Walls

In  recent years, I have had the opportunity to visit several countries in the Middle East (Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, UAE and Saudi Arabia). The title of this post refers to two walls less than 10 kilometres apart – the first being the Wailing Wall beneath the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) in Jerusalem, the second a section of the barrier – in this case in Bethlehem – which divides the Palestinian territories of the West Bank from the rest of Israel. I believe the photographs below can be seen in the context of the “global image” to the extent that they illustrate the challenges of two peoples and two faiths co-existing in a restricted (and disputed) geographical area.


Wailing wall 1


West Bank Wall




Waiting for the school bus, Bethlehem