Separation Wall & Volkswagen Beetle (rt. 6) (Israeli Landscape)


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I took these shots along rt. 6 while in Israel. On my return to the States, I read this post at +972. The author is critical of the way in which the Separation Barrier snaking along and over the Green Line is tucked into and thereby naturalized by a landscape photograph at Ben Gurion International Airport. The photograph is intended to promote to tourists the country and its look. But it’s hard to see how this might be otherwise short of creating a one state solution to the Israel-Palestine territorial conflict. On the Israeli side of the Wall, this is how it looks, driving up rt. 6, the major interstate speedway cutting up and down large parts of the length of the country. In the center of the country, the Wall comes into and out of view. Between Netanya in Israel, along the coast, and Tulkarem in the West Bank, rt. 6 cuts right up close to and quickly alongside the Wall, which remains, indeed, very much part of the landscape.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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