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Fotoutstillingen: Bønn mot muren / Prayer Against the Wall


  • Uranienborg Kirke 15 Holtegata Oslo, Oslo, 0259 Norway (map)

Som ledd i Kirkeuka for Fred i Israel og Palestina (http://www.kirkeukaforfred.no/) presenterer fotograf Ryan Rodrick Beiler en fotoutstilling om kampen mot den Israelske separasjonsmuren i byen Beit Jala på Vestbredden.

Lanseringsarrangement
søndag 20. sept kl 13:00
Uranienborg kirke

As part of the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel (http://www.kirkeukaforfred.no/) photographer Ryan Rodrick Beiler presents an exhibition about the struggle against the Israeli separation wall in Beit Jala's Cremisan valley.

Launch event on Sunday, 20 September
13:00 at Uranienborg Church

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BACKGROUND:

Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank have organized various forms of resistance against the Israeli separation barrier. The barrier was declared illegal in 2004 by the International Court of Justice because 85% of its route lies inside occupied Palestinian territory, rather than on the internationally recognized border between Israel and the West Bank known as the Green Line.

In the West Bank village of Beit Jala, just west of Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians have organized weekly prayer vigils to protest the barrier that would separate the community from olive groves and the Cremisan monastery and convent. These vigils, led by local Catholic priest Father Ibrahim Shomali, have gained worldwide media coverage and have been attended by international church leaders and diplomats.

Area residents have also fought legal battles against construction of the barrier on their land for nearly a decade. In April 2015, the Israeli high court ruled that the army must change the route of the barrier to preserve access to the monastery and convent. But the military interpreted that ruling in the narrowest manner possible, maintaining community access to the religious sites by surrounding them with fences and checkpoints, but still confiscating and dividing land that is privately owned by Palestinian residents of Beit Jala.

Remaining gaps in the separation barrier like this one call into question the Israeli claim that the wall has stopped suicide bombings, the last of which occurred in February 2008. At that time, Palestinians had killed 1,012 Israelis since the beginning of the Second Intifada in October 2000. During the same period, Israelis killed 4,536 Palestinians.

But as this case demonstrates, only two-thirds of the wall’s planned route has been built. Every day, tens of thousands of Palestinian workers lacking hard-to-get permits pass through the barrier’s remaining gaps, indicating that, as former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens told an Israeli newspaper, “It’s clear there is no connection between the wall and the cessation of attacks.”

In Beit Jala, says Father Shomali, “The wall is being used to link the settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo, consolidating the Israeli annexation of our land.”

Covering the hilltops on either side of the Cremisan vally, like all settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, they continue to expand despite the fact that they too are considered illegal under international law.

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Photographer Ryan Rodrick Beiler lived in the Palestinian territories from 2010-2014. He is a member of the Activestills collective of Israeli, Palestinian and international photographers.

Later Event: September 28
Lansering: Farlige Forbindelser II