I had the opportunity to spend a night in Ramallah. It was my first time in Area A. The West Bank is divided into three types of governance. Area A is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, Area C is controlled by the Israeli Defense Forces, and Area B is controlled by a mix between the two. Of course, functionally, all areas are occupied by the IDF. Nonetheless, seeing the Palestinian flag waiving in Ramallah was quite moving.
Unfortunately I don’t know any Arabic. If you know what this says, please let me know.
The wall, with some sky, on our way from Jerusalem to cross the first checkpoint towards Ramallah.
Beyond the brush in front you can see a dark area before the building–this was a pile of trash and rubble.
I became really interested in finding the “ends” of the wall. As one Palestinian living in Hebron later told me, he know 15 ways out of the West Bank into ’48 (inside of Israel’s pre-1967 borders). Which redoubles the question—what is this wall really about?