Trying To Tear Down The Wall Between Israel And Palestine

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Gal Lugassi - Israeli Peace Activist

By Bill Sorem

Map of Israeli Wall

Opponents of the wall argue that the barrier is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security and severely restricts Palestinians who live nearby, particularly their ability to travel freely within the West Bank and to access work in Israel

Before it was torn down at the end of the cold war, the wall that split the German city of Berlin was 96 miles long and nearly 12 feet high. A wall four times as long and about twice as high now divides Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. That wall, like the Berlin wall, was built in the name of security and is made of tall concrete slabs with electrified wire.  Israel says the number of Palestinian suicide bombings has dropped 90% since the wall has been built. But not all Israelis are happy with the wall.

Gal Lugassi, an Israeli Jewish activist against wall being built by Israel. Last week in Minneapolis she spoke to The Anarchists Against the Wall at the University of Minnesota. She is a conscientious objector to the Israel military, a member of the Shiministim, The Anarchists Against the Wall and the Boycott from Within Group. The group works in cooperation with the Palestinians. They have participated in hundreds of direct actions against the wall, often at great personal risk. She adds a human perspective of the consequences of the apartheid wall.

Ms. Lugassi, a resident of Tel Aviv, has been touring the US describing her experiences and the experiences of Palestinians as well as objecting Israelis.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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