[In response to a Political Rant disguised as an Architecture Article in January 1, 2006 New York Times]
There is so much I could say about your very distorted view of the Security Fence in your article on January 1st titled "A Line in the Sand".
"The wall destroys the space for those who once occupied the middle ground: those who refuse to divide the world into good and bad, civilization and barbarity."
Let it suffice to say that my twenty-eight year old niece who's only crime was to be a young Jewess taking her daughter for pizza in the heart of Jerusalem, lies comatose for the past four years, the result of a suicide bomber's attempt to destroy the fabric of Israeli society. It is not we that "divided the world into good and bad, civilization and barbarity." It was the Palestinian Arabs by their very actions!
"It [the security fence] threatens to sever the threads, already fragile, that might one day be woven into a more tolerant image of coexistence."
The Palestinians have already severed any threads with over 2,400 terror attacks over four years! When our Palestinian neighbors decide to live in peaceful coexistence the gates can open and commerce and culture shared. Until then I have many other nieces and nephews that need to be protected from people who don't understand the concept of peace coexistence.
Shilo, Benyamin, Israel
Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)