Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pic a Day Advent #picadayadvent PEACE

   When I thought about PEACE the first thing I could think of was the replica WALL installed as part of an arts program at an inner city London Church. St James, Piccadilly sought to highlight all the issues and things it connects with today in what became known as the 'apartheid wall.'

"A central London church has unveiled a replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall in the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank to raise awareness on the dire situation of those living in the small Palestinian city.
London's historic St. James Church has erected an eight-meter-high real size replica of the apartheid wall for a 12-day "festival of hope" featuring music, art, food and poetry in the Christmas holiday period.
Organizers say the centerpiece of the festival aims to bring attention to what it is like to live in Bethlehem, the town where Jesus is reputed to have been born nearly two millennia ago. 
The wall is a real life model of the one separating millions of Palestinians from their schools, universities and their jobs.

“This Christmas we’ve built a huge wall across the front of our church. We’d really like you to come and see it because it’s what the people of Bethlehem are experiencing today,” rector of the church Reverend Lucy Winkett said.
The festival website also explained that the wall is symbolic of the walls that divide and confine people and restrict free movement all over the world."

"According to Justin Butcher, the festival’s director, the replica of the apartheid wall in Bethlehem took almost eight months to plan and eight days to build before it was unveiled on 23 December.

One reason I chose this picture is that when you look into the story you soon also read stories sympathetic to the Israeli perspective in the story. They felt the Palestinian misinformation campaign had been so successful this sort of thing was happening... we have a long way to go for PEACE!!

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