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conversations around this story below.
Tammy - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Neighbourly gesture? You bet it is. Can you think of a more
humane way to deal with this situation? Perhaps Israeli
children and women should just drown themselves in the sea,
as Arab leaders plan (and have planned historically). What
do you suggest a government should to do to protect her
citizens from murderous bombs and kassa rockets? The security
certainly isn't comfortable for either side, but hey, death
is irreversible and permanent -- while fences are not. This
project certainly is divisive - just not in the same way
Palestinian suicide bombs divide Israeli children bodies
into tiny, irreparable pieces.
George Clark - London, England
If we refuse to look at the root cause the problem will
get worse. The billions of dollars and massive military
support of the ever expanding Israel by the USA is surely
one, if not the major cause of a backlash by the Arab world.
Strong elements within Islam are fighting the USA/Israel
alliance. This has resulted in 911, the attack on Iraq and
global terrorism. Arabs see one Palestinian (Muslim) youth
shot almost every week (over 500 children shot for throwing
stones by IDF troops recently, a form of slow genocide).
This has infuriated fundamentalist elements in Islam around
the world. Israel/Zionism is easily the biggest reason for
the conflict between Islam and the west.
Anonymous - Katy, Texas
I don't like the idea of suicide attacks, but when people
talk about how wrong suicide bombers are, they should take
a look at Israeli troops. I saw with my own eyes, a soldier
beat and abuse Palestinian school children for no reason.
They didn't provoke him. So when a force such as Israel
uses such cruelty to scare other people, perhaps Palestinians
are justified in doing the same thing right back.
Jon Adams - Bremerton, Washington
I think Israel should build this wall. They should stick
to the 1967 boundary, pull their own people out and then
leave the Palestinians alone. The Palestians should convice
the UN to recognize this wall as the border between them
and Israel and have UN peacekeepers patrol it, not Israelis,
to keep both sides separate.
Anonymous - Atlanta, Georgia
Why should a country have to justify it's defensive strategy[?]
If a neighboring country to the US was letting its citizens
launch attachs against the US should we be told not to protect
our citizens? I think if the Palestinian people would worry
more about peace, about making peace and not killing children
and innocent people they would be better off. Better they
should teach their children to love life and respect life
and forget about what roll a fence plays in their future.
Better they love their children more then they hate their
neighbors so then maybe their children will stop blowing
themselves up and killing other children. Better they teach
their children to love themselves more then they hate others.
Chris Keenan - Boulder, Colorado
Well done. Did not know about this divisive Israeli project.
Hardly a neighborly gesture. Actually seems unjust and cruel.
Makes me feel sad, anyway. I don't think this has been a
widely reported story. Would be cool to read a mirror piece
written/photographed by a Palestinian journalist.
Bernard Eckholdt - Nashville,
A horrible story. Two people in one space, where might makes
right. Everybody loses. A recipe for endless violence and
Leeron Kopelman - Ann Arbor, Michigan
If Israel has no border, then it must follow that its neighbors
also don't have borders.
Nonetheless, following Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon,
the UN was able to certify that Israel had indeed pulled
back behind the international border -- which seems to indicate
that there is indeed such a border.
Israel's peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan also stipulate
such borders (consider the mini-dispute, over about 1/4
of a mile, regarding Taba -- which originated over differences
between the 1906 and the 1913 borders).
Israel does not have a border with Syria (or rather, there
are several different borders) because Syria has failed
to come to the peace table.
Similarly Israel does not have a border with a not-yet-existing
Palestinian Arab state in the disputed territories. As per
UN Security Council Resolution 242 (the basis of the Oslo
Accords), such borders must be negotiated as part of a comprehensive
Marge and Tony Messina - Sag
Harbor, New York
Read the story. It is fascinating. But have the Palestinians
been asked about the seaming of the area. It sounds to me
like going back to feudal days when cities were surrounded
by walls and moats. Electronic fences are very effective
especially to keep pets in and to keep unwanted animals
out. It's sad that people who can exchange ideas have to
be separated in the same way. ... A great news story.
Ken Green - New York, New York
On page 6 of this story there is a photo with the caption
that photo's of suicide bombers adorn public places all
over Gaza. This is a clear "heroization" in Palestinian
Authority areas of people that kill themselves in order
to kill maximum Jewish men, women and children indiscriminately.
How can one talk "peace" or trust the commitments of those
that don't cease to glorify such barbarians? Indeed since
1993 Arafat was obligated by Oslo to disallow and to actually
dismantle the vast terrorist network in his areas-not encourage
them! (terrorist means those that PURPOSELY target civilians)
Arthur Victor - Turner Falls,
It seems that a lot of journalists covering the Israel-Palestinian
tragedy suffer from a species of 'Stockholm Syndrome' in
their attempts to curry favor with people who would otherwise
treat them as poor Daniel Pearl was treated. Plus a 'fashioradical'
bias which is often simple editorializing masked as objectivity.
San Francisco, California
Very helpful story, unbiased & direct. Thank you.
Mike Ross - St. Paul, Minnesota
Direct, yes. Unbiased...no way. Again, Israel is the clear
aggressor here and the Palestinians the victims...no mention
of their vicious crimes of terror against Jewish civilians.
For instance: The Lebanon Invasion by Israel was in retaliation
for a decade of Arab attacks against Jews in the North.
The check points and curfews, the result of 10 years of
suicide bombings and shootings within Israel proper, and
the Security fence, the result of a nation who is sick of
burying their families for the last 50 years. Wake up Frontline!!!!!!!!!!