[Maybe people will start to get the idea of what Zionist apartheid really looks like, since most of the western world haven't a clue. No doubt we could see some serious controversy over this, but the Zios aren't going to want to give it too much attention so may choose to try to ignore it, being such a powerful image all on its own. I guess we'll have to see. - Zen]
(London) St. James’ Church in central London unveiled an eight-meter-high replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall that entirely surrounds the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
It is an effort to bring to London some of the reality of what it is like to live in Bethlehem in 2013.
The wall deliberately obscures the facade of the historic St. James’ Church “because that is what has happened to Bethlehem’s holy sites and historic places.”
“This Christmas we’ve built a huge wall across the front of our church. We’d really like you to come and see it because it’s what the people of Bethlehem are experiencing today,” explains Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of the church, in the brief video above.
The wall is part of the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival, which features a week of events, starting on 29 December, including music by Reem Kelani and Nigel Kennedy, comedy with Jeremy Hardy and Mark Steel, as well as films and panels.
“Unwrapping” traditional images
“We’re unwrapping the traditional, Victorian, sentimental images of Christmas and showing this is what Bethlehem today looks like – an eight-meter high concrete separation wall surrounding it,” explains Justin Butcher, the festival’s director.
Butcher said that the replica took eight months to plan and eight days to build before it was unveiled on 23 December.
During the time it is up, people are invited to write their own messages on it. MORE