A tour of Jerusalem’s ‘dark side’ was offered free of charge by Amos Gil, chairman of Ir Amim a non-partisan advisory and monitoring organization in Jerusalem that observes and analyses military, political and social events including the construction of the separation wall, begun in 2004.

For five disturbing hours, by bus and on foot, we followed the tortuous and divisive route of the wall, stopping at several viewing points. Amos described how it slashes through Israeli and Palestinian neighborhoods—physically and mentally. Amos clearly stated there could never be a Jerusalem solution without a Palestinian solution. At the Bethlehem checkpoint we could easily see the hills and buildings beyond, including the Church of the Nativity on the location where Jesus is alleged to have been born. We were told there was a Palestinian refugee camp immediately on the other side of this section of the separation wall.



The whole area looked like a penitentiary and it wasn’t clear who was in or who was out. It felt as if everyone were locked down.

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Our tour of the
Our tour of the separation wall began at Independence Park i...
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Bus tour of the separation wall
Bus tour of the separation wall...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - looking into the Palestinian W...
Israeli checkpoint
Israeli checkpoint between east and west Jerusalem...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - looking into the Palestinian W...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - looking into the Palestinian W...
Checkpoint at the
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - looking toward Bethlehem...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - looking toward Bethlehem...
Tour of the separation
Tour of the separation wall - Israeli secruity is very tight...
Checkpoint at the separation
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Checkpoint at the separation
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Checkpoint at the separation
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Checkpoint at the separation
Checkpoint at the separation wall Peace Be With You....
Looking at Bethlehem
Looking at Bethlehem...
Checkpoint at the separation wall
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Checkpoint at the separation wall
Checkpoint at the separation wall...
Height of the separation
Height of the separation wall is about 20 feet (8 meters)....
Height of the separation
Height of the separation wall is about 20 feet (8 meters)....
Our guide for the tour of
Our guide for the tour of the separation wall was Amos Gil, ...
Our tour of the separation
Our tour of the separation wall...
For five disturbing hours, by bus and on foot, we
For five disturbing hours, by bus and on foot, we followed t...
Detailed map showing the circuitous route of the wall; it
Detailed map showing the circuitous route of the wall; it wa...
Our tour of the separation
Our tour of the separation wall - site overview and tower...
Our tour of the separation
Our tour of the separation wall - site overview...
West Bank
West Bank...
Bethlehem
Bethlehem...
Bombed building in the West Bank
Bombed building in the West Bank - shelled by Israel becaus...
Muslim kids in East Jerusalem
Muslim kids in East Jerusalem...
Smaller protective barriers in front of
Smaller protective barriers in front of the wall...
Graffiti on the wall - it
Graffiti on the wall - it divides many neighborhoods....
Many residents have long detour walks
Many residents have long detour walks to go a short distance...
Protest graffiti on the wall
Protest graffiti on the wall...
Protest graffiti on the wall
Protest graffiti on the wall...
Electric wires at the top of
Electric wires at the top of the wall...
Protest graffiti on the wall
Protest graffiti on the wall...
Amos Gil showing the tortuous route
Amos Gil showing the tortuous route of the wall....
Taking notes
Taking notes...
The wall slices neighorhoods in half
The wall slices neighorhoods in half...
Where the wall cuts through upscale
Where the wall cuts through upscale neighborhoods it's given...
Where the wall cuts through upscale neighborhoods it's given a
Where the wall cuts through upscale neighborhoods it's given...
Looking through an unfinished space in
Looking through an unfinished space in the wall...
Male and female soldiers
Male and female soldiers on guard in an upscale neighborhood...
Overview of the far eastern edge
Overview of the far eastern edge of Jerusalem...
Map of our travel
Map of our travel...
Boy gazing over the wall
Boy gazing over the wall...
Overview of a new road that
Overview of a new road that cuts through Muslim East Jerusal...
Boys sitting on the wall with a donkey
Boys sitting on the wall with a donkey...
View of the wall in the distance
View of the wall in the distance...
Palestinian worker walking home from Israel
Palestinian worker walking home from Israel...
Approaching a major checkpoint between Israel
Approaching a major checkpoint between Israel and Palestine....
Approaching a major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in Palestine.
Approaching a major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramalla...
Approaching a major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in Palestine. Many
Approaching a major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramalla...
A major checkpoint between Jerusalem and
A major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in Palesti...
A major checkpoint between Jerusalem and
A major checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in Palesti...
Israeli guard approaching our group at
Israeli guard approaching our group at the checkpoint betwee...
Double barrier in places where trouble
Double barrier in places where trouble is likely....