The Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall are historic examples of our wall building skills. The Berlin Wall, Security Wall, and Peace Wall are modern constructs of fear and suspicion. How will this race of hod-bearers respond if we find intelligent life on other planets? Walls?
Sarah Silverman’s tweet in support of Jewish women’s protest for parity of esteem at the Wailing Wall has delivered a wrecking ball blow to the authorities in Jerusalem. All they were asking was to pray, as is their custom, at the wall. They were arrested. So much for the unifying tenets of religion.
The Israeli state has also undertaken a major building programme in semantics, Security Fence, Security Wall, Security Barrier. The purpose is to separate the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Belfast we have devised more user-friendly terminology for a structure separating Catholics and Protestants. A Peace Wall. The express purpose of these constructions is to provide ‘freedom and security’ for the divided peoples.
The wealthy demonstrate their otherness with walls. Their penchant is for ostentatious dwellings set in walled, gated and security intense compounds.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety” Benjamin Franklin