Queen Rania, now in London for several days, has posted her reflections on the celebration of Berlin’s wall coming down with a reminder that Israel’s wall is going up. The entire essay is printed on Huffington Post. Here is a sampling of Queen Rania’s thoughts about walls:
According to the Israeli government, their “Separation Barrier” is meant to divide Israel from Palestine, and protect Israelis from attacks. But to ‘protect’ illegal Israeli settlements, the wall snakes deep into Palestinian land, cleaving families from friends, homes from schools and universities, and workers from their land and their jobs. Innocent Palestinians, suffocated. A nation, imprisoned.
I know this wall is only the symptom of a greater division - the figurative wall of hate, fear, and mistrust that divides the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. But that does not justify - legally or morally - what is happening in Palestine. It is an affront to human freedom, an assault on human dignity, a scar on our collective well-being. Until the barriers, blockades, and barbed wire are history, Palestine’s history will be irreconcilable.