Posted by: morgan1965 | February 6, 2011

Tearing Down Walls of Separation

In order to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, one has to go through the wall that Israel has built. Some folk call this massive wall Israel’s Separation Barrier, while others call it the “Apartheid Wall” or the “Berlin Wall.” This wall is still under construction, and it is expected to stretch a distance of more than 400 miles. This wall is about 25 feet high, and it is a combination of concrete and wire fence.

A few weeks ago when our tour bus reached the Bethlehem gate / Israeli checkpoint, we were allowed to enter Bethlehem with little fanfare. Entry into the City of Bethlehem for us Americans was done with relative ease; but our exit was checked by Israeli soldiers to insure that no Palestinians were attempting to leave Bethlehem illegally.

As I sat there on our bus, I was reminded of Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall.” Frost says, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” He is right. A wall is a wall, and walls are built to separate people. Walls are never pretty, even when people paint pictures on them for the purpose of beautification.

Frost says too, “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, and to whom I was like to give offense.” Something there is that doesn’t love a wall that wants it down” The Israeli Separation Wall is used to keep the Palestinians confined to the areas designated for them. Obviously, the Palestinians find this wall to be offensive.

There used to be a wall that separated East and West Berlin, the Berlin Wall. This wall, built in 1961, became known as a symbol of communism. In 1987, the late President Reagan, while visiting Germany, declared: “tear down this wall.” Two years later, on November 9, 1989. East Germany opened the Berlin Wall, and the city of Berlin was later unified and the wall came down.

The Separation wall is still under construction. Does it make for good neighbors?
When will this wall come down? The Apartheid Wall is down. The Berlin Wall is down. The walls of segregation in the United States are down.

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”

Think about it!

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