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How I Learned to Love the Wall

The security wall separating Israel and Palestine keeps the "beautiful" from having to look at the "hideous."

They're building a wall in Israel. A new wall: 25 feet high, 300 miles long, electric fencing, trenches, access roads for armored patrol vehicles, electronic fence sensors, electronic ground sensors, thermal imaging equipment, video cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, sniper towers, barbed wire, razor wire, landmines.

And if you think I'm against it, you're wrong. I think it's a good idea. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of this new wall is not to prevent Arab terrorists from sneaking into the forbidden Jewish zones. Rather than a security barrier, the wall functions as a curtain, a dividing screen that separates the ugly from the beautiful.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the Arabs should not enjoy basic human rights. I'm not saying they should be denied access to food, medical care, transportation, education, employment, or water. I'm not saying they're not human beings. All I'm saying is we don't want to be forced to look at them every day. They're not visually pleasing, to use a crass understatement. We came to Israel to build a beautiful country, to inherit our old-new land, the land of milk and honey, lavish landscapes, manly men, and gorgeous girls – not a land populated by unkempt, unclean, unshaven slobs.

Not that they need to be banished. Not that they have to die. We just don't want to see them, that's all. Extreme poverty produces extreme hideousness, and extreme hideousness demands an appropriate concealing device. The wall is not imprisonment. It's not incarceration. It's an aesthetic quarantine.

Israel is a modern miracle. A young, sexy, bubbly nation in the heart of the filth and darkness of the Arab world. It seems only right that half the people who live in this beautiful democracy should be excluded from participating in it: the ugly half. For 50 years they've been cleaning toilets, washing dishes, sweeping streets, scrubbing floors. Which is fine, if that's what you want to do. But at the end of the day, please be kind enough to take a shower. We're talking basic social behavior here, elementary consideration for other human beings. And if you have no money to buy soap, or if you have no running water at home, or if your home has been demolished, we can offer you all the sympathy in the world, but please don't expect us to be eager to look at you. And the wall, in spite of the hypocritical objection of the European community, in spite of the anti-Semitic threats of the International Court, in spite of the ungrateful, backstabbing, double-crossing propaganda of a self-hating minority that condemns it as a crime, does the job. It keeps the Arabs out of sight.

The construction of the wall, therefore, should not only continue according to plan, regardless of the screams and shouts of the pseudo-compassionate world, but also expand. We should put up more walls, walls to hide away the sick, the tired, the obese, the elderly, the gentiles. Our Jewish concrete slabs are perfectly impenetrable, harder than metal, stronger than steel, mightier than any moral value. Just like our 2,000-year-old Wailing Wall, this new one is not temporary. It's not reversible. It's here to stay. The nations of the world can yell and protest all they want, but they would need a lot more than a bunch of trumpets to knock this one down.

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drea

great satire, i think, being a contemporary writer, he really is against the wall, not for it. He uses tons of exaggeration and tons of negitive conotation to prove this. He probably is laughing at his own culture saying that How dare we do this to people, being of jewish culture, we have a as you say fetish kind of thing to purify. Overall great piece.

Mike

... I'm stunned. The whole way through the article I was waiting for some clever clincher to make a point to the contrary.

camera girl

i like the ironic spirit of this article..
i can only assume that the person who wrote this does not actually mean what he says..
but on the contrary satirises the discrimination of the wall
i hope..

Beautyisintheey...

The photo is breathtaking, beautiful. The photo by itself counters the article completely. Imprisoned innocence atop ancient blood, that is an egyptian arabian horse the oldest line still in existence. The article didn't need any clever clincher, the photo says it all.

Vladimir Sokolyev

In theory, the sooner Israel disengages from the West Bak and Gaza and give the Palestinians the lifeless dirt they seem to kill for, the quicker all this criticism over the wall will subside. But then EVERYONE wants their shit both ways.

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