March 2007

Pictures from Bethlehem

View of Bethlehem and the surrounding landscape

Bethlehem is surrounded by the “Security Wall” – or the “Apartheid Wall”

The wall around Bethlehem separates Bethlehem from the countryside

The tomb of Rachel is situated on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Rachel was the first wife of Jacob, and the tomb was a sacred site for all three religions:
The Jews, the Christians and the Muslims.

Today Rachel’s tomb is surrounded by the wall, so it is only ascessible from Jerusalem
and for the Israelis even it is situated on the West Bank.
On the picture it is seen as a round cupola a little to the right of the center.

Map of the wall around Rachel’s tomb.

Some pictures of the wall – and a olive tree.

The wall is 8 meters high and filled with graffiti on the Palestinian side.

Workers on their way through the checkpoint

Israeli settlement on the neighboring hill.

The Israelis have their own separate roads.

Military order of expropriations

Asad, 17 years, the day he was released from Israeli jail
after two years.

Conference in Ramallah for preparing an international art
academy in Palestine.