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Kombizz Kashani

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the W A L L

the WALL - (09/11/09 : Which anniversary)? - Double Standards!

1989: Berliners celebrate the fall of the Wall

The Berlin Wall has been breached after nearly three decades keeping East and West Berliners apart. At midnight East Germany's Communist rulers gave permission for gates along the Wall to be opened after hundreds of people converged on crossing points. They surged through cheering and shouting and were be met by jubilant West Berliners on the other side. Ecstatic crowds immediately began to clamber on top of the Wall and hack large chunks out of the 28-mile (45-kilometre) barrier. It had been erected in 1961 on the orders of East Germany's former leader Walter Ulbricht stop people leaving for West Germany. Since 1949 about 2.5 million people had fled East Germany.
After 1961, the Wall and other fortifications along the 860-mile (1,380-kilometre) border shared by East and West Germany have kept most East Germans in.
Many of those attempting to escape have been shot dead by border guards.

The first indication that change was imminent came earlier today when East Berlin's Communist party spokesman, Gunther Schabowski, announced East Germans would be allowed to travel directly to West Germany. The move was intended to stem an exodus into West Germany through the "back door" which began last summer when the new and more liberal regime in Hungary opened its border. The flow of migrants was intensified last week when Czechoslovakia also granted free access to West Germany through its border. West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has hailed the decision to open the Wall as ;historic; and called for a meeting with East German leader, Egon Krenz.
The Israeli West-Bank barrier is a barrier being constructed by the State of Israel, consisting of a network of fences with vehicle-barrier trenches surrounded by an on average 60 meter wide exclusion area (90%) and high concrete walls up to 8 meters high (10%). It is located mainly on Israeli-occupied territories in the West Bank and partly along the 1949 Armistice line, or "Green Line" between Israel and Jordan which now demarcates the West Bank. As of April 2006[update], the length of the barrier as approved by the Israeli government is 703 kilometers (436 miles) long. Approximately 58.04% has been constructed, 8.96% is under construction, and construction has not yet begun on 33% of the barrier. The Jerusalem Post reported in July 2007 that the barrier may not be completed until 2010, seven years after it was originally supposed to be finished.

The barrier is highly controversial. Supporters argue that the barrier is necessary to protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian terrorism, including the suicide bombing attacks that increased significantly during the Al-Aqsa Intifada; The significantly reduced number of incidents of suicide bombings from 2002 to 2005 has been partly attributed to the barrier;
Opponents of the barrier object that the route substantially deviates from the Green Line into the occupied territories captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. Therefore they argue that the barrier is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security, violates international law, has the intent or effect to pre-empt final status negotiations, and severely restricts Palestinians who live nearby, particularly their ability to travel freely within the West Bank and to access work in Israel. In a 2004 finding, the International Court of Justice declared that "Israel cannot rely on a right of self‑defence or on a state of necessity in order to preclude the wrongfulness of the construction of the wall. Construction of the barrier is ;contrary to international law. Settler opponents, by contrast, condemn the barrier for appearing to renounce the Jewish claim to the whole of the Land of Israel. Two similar barriers, the Israeli Gaza Strip barrier and the Israeli-built 7-9 meter (23 - 30 ft) wall separating Gaza from Egypt (temporarily breached on January 23, 2008), have been much less controversial.

Comments 18

  • Dario Piva 05/19/2010 20:23

    bella e significativa,good.
    Dario Piva
  • Janhus 05/19/2010 18:35

  • LATIN PURE Modelo 03/14/2010 16:09

    very good!
  • bombamo Michèle 02/07/2010 9:03

    great document!!!
  • Carole59 12/07/2009 23:09

    everybody had it in his head !

    Geeting it on a photo was another matter

    Le poids des mots, le choc des photos !!!!!!!!

  • Petite dame 12/07/2009 18:53

    quand les photos font mieux que les mots

    bravo pour le parallèle....mais bon sang quand est ce que les hommes arrêteront de construire des barrières?

    amitiés Cathy
  • redfox-dream-art-photography 12/07/2009 5:02

    Very very touching................
  • ookii 12/05/2009 0:11

    the wall were the end of a dream... its distruction is perhaps a hope in the future... but the human problem is the man...
  • Andreas Boeckh 12/04/2009 21:52

    But may be there is hope: Walls don't last forever.
  • Mariajose Puig 12/03/2009 20:39

    In spanish language, please.
  • vicente fernandez san vicente 12/03/2009 19:33

    El hombre es el unico animal que tropieza dos veces con la misma piedra.
    Buen documento.
    Saludos vicen
  • Priscilla Lee Parker Rendon 12/03/2009 11:57

    Muy buena comparacion..el antes y el despues..No se ha aprendido nada. La historia se repite. El hombre contra el una pena, que sea asi. Saludos desde Ecuador. Priscilla
  • Daniel Rodriguez Fuentes 12/03/2009 9:00

    Horma guztiak kampora!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Michele Critelli 12/02/2009 0:11

    bravo, un buon lavoro
  • Kaith Kakavouli 12/01/2009 16:52

    stupid methods of stupid people....
    if we go back.....they had to create to states, one for Israel people and one for Palestinians.....
    where is the second promised land?????
  • roberto posella 11/30/2009 8:15

    grazie... +++++
  • lucy franco 11/29/2009 23:15

    bellissima testimonianza........ottima fotografia
  • roby burchi 11/29/2009 20:06

    E' uno schifo! La storia non ci ha insegnato niente!