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    Sunday, November 9, 2008

    Signs of the times

    Tapuach Junction, West Bank - Friday, Nov. 8

    I'm now out of Nablus, having crossed the massive Huwwara checkpoint on the city's southern edge. I'm waiting at a bus stop with Jewish settlers to take me the final leg to Jerusalem.

    The mood here can be summed up by the black-and-white poster glued to the metal side of the bus stop, which is defended by cement blocks for passengers to duck behind in the case of attack:

    "Struggle for the Land of Israel," the sign reads.

    "No to a Palestinian state!"

    "They are S-C-A-R-Y!!!"

    Yes, with hyphenated letters and three exclamation points.

    A 15 minute drive north, in the Old City of Nablus, the walls are plastered with photos of Palestinian "martyrs" - members of Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - who died in the last intifada. The ancient stones are also covered spray-painted swastikas.

    The middle ground is unrepresented anywhere in these parts

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    And it can be paraphrased?