This Is Tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories | NatGeo
The West Bank wall is a living canvas of Israeli-Palestinian narratives.
This is an amazing article. Definitely worth checking out. I found it recently on National Geographic, which you know I love. And I found the subject especially sensitive and fascinating.
The photos are breathtaking and eye-opening. The whole situation over there is. Amazing how people can just go about their trip and see the birthplace of Christ so other important places in the Christian community. All the while, over there, walls are being built. It is an exceptionally sensitive area of the world and it has been for some time now.
“I aim to show the artistic aspect of the conflict, resistance through graffiti, painting, and colors,” says Israeli photographer Yoray Liberman, who traveled to Bethlehem, the epicenter of Palestinian tourism. “I also reflect the impact the separation wall has upon the landscape, the ecology, and nature, to emphasize how big and massive the wall is in comparison with human beings.”
So when I saw this take on the region, I had to read it. It’s an interesting way of looking at the place as more than the region with some of the most tense conflicts and problems in the world. And just see it from a touristic point of view; be it religious or not. Politics always find a way to make you think ‘What are they thinking?’.
It’s very sad to think that walls and separation are accepted as the norm in 2017. However sensitive the subject, I believe it needs to be addressed. And most importantly, a solution must be found. So that when people visit such a region, they don’t have to take selfies with a wall behind. No matter how interesting the graffitis on them are.
It’s interesting to see how people have adapted and adjusted to their lives in those conditions, however harsh they are.
Let me know what you think of the article and about the subject in general. Or maybe if I should still post comments on these types of articles.