Up Against The Wall

There’s nothing like a life-size replica of a very large wall to get one’s imagination worked up over the imaginary malfeasance of the Israeli government. Especially when no context whatsoever is offered regarding the purpose of the real wall; which effectively prevents terrorists from bombing Israeli buses, pizzerias, pubs, and clubs. Note that there are no replicas of such bombed out relics on display, life-size or otherwise.


The life size replica wall at St James’s Church, Piccadilly for Bethlehem Unwrapped.(photo credit: courtesy Richard Millet)

This humongous low-brow sight gag, an 8-meter tall, 30-meter long fake security wall, was brought to Britons by St. James’ Church, Piccadilly, in the West End of London. Londoners have 12 full days to behold the vision of this wondrous barrier that stands between Israeli civilians and death. The fake security wall has been installed in the church courtyard as centerpiece for its Bethlehem Unwrapped festival. Richard Millet wrote about it here.

A very large colon?

A very large colon?

Now not much gets through to my befogged brain in the hours before the coffee kicks in and my day job begins at Kars for Kids, but the sight of this wall, lit up with Klieg lights, kind of wormed its way into my esophagus and lodged there like a ten-pound meatball. What possible response might one make that could match the sheer effrontery of depicting a security measure taken against a hostile population as segregation?

Some believe the most effective way to fight back against this sort of false narrative is to promote Israel’s positive achievements. In line with this theory, might I share my husband Dov Epstein’s suggestion, that Israel mount a counteroffensive in the form of a very large replica of a colon through which an Israeli-invented pill cam travels in real time?

Pill Cam

It will all come out in the end. Israeli invention: the pill cam.

It’s certainly worth a try.

After all, who knows what will come out in the end?

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • http://empiresofsand.blogspot.com/ The Caped Crusader

    …and yet people are still surprised when they learn that Islam was born out of a ‘heretical’ Christian sect. The similarities are obvious, I’m afraid it can’t be denied that Jew-hatred is central to both their religions.

  • Bavi

    How is this an example of Jew hatred! Pointing a finger at something that doesn’t sit easy on certain people minds is not an attack against a religious people. They are not stating Jews are the ones to blame for the perceived apartheid that people wrongly associate with this wall. All they have to do is look back before the wall and see the devastation and frequent terrorist attacks and how they have greatly diminished in number. All you have to do is not label with such harsh terms as racist when people call into question the policies of the Israeli government, instead answer them with logic.

    Instead what you have done Caped Crusader is blame their religion for being racist and ignore the reason behind such a statement and what truth it might hold.

  • WestwardHo

    You are being used for their expiation needs. Expiating their guilt for living the white western 1st world good life, even though they may not feel that special. Therapy via moral condemnation. You represent themselves, but without any sacrifice or self-examination.

    Expiation through finger-wagging.

    And you don’t even get paid for this evidently in-demand service. While the cost is so huge.
    Meanwhile, the Pals have a whole economy built on granting these doses of expiation to white westerners, who are eager to pay them for it. For the real junkies, too much is never enough. More more more!

  • Harvey

    You are a mass of contradictions Bavi
    Not racist ? This bunch of terrorist enablers and I include the Rector of St James , have simply airbrushed the terrorism that took place during the Second Intifada . Palestinian psychopaths were simply able to cross an open border in order to explode themselves and in the process murdered and maimed thousands of Israelis . But no mention of that , not a word . Just a diatribe of lies and propaganda culminating in labelling the wall apartheid or a separation barrier . Not a mention of the desperate need to provide security for its citizens . So yes racist it is . I doubt very much if this pious ‘humanitarian Rector raised so much as a squeak of protest and condemnation from her pulpit when the eviscerated remains of Jews were being plucked from trees and buildings following each new outrage . Her silence and now her failure to understand the suffering of Israelis during those years and her readiness to be a part of this gross lie regarding the wall at best makes her a sock puppet for enablers of terrorism and at worst a willing part of it .

  • walt kovacs

    so happy to see the english continuing the traditions of their forefathers re jew hate and blood libels

    joy to the world, indeed

  • Mario Augusto Puga Valera

    There’s one thing clear: Anti-Zionists, despite not being “anti semitic”, are more than happy to ally themselves with professional judeophobes if that helps their cause.
    Fortunately, they’re not fooling anyone.

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