This Wall Saves Lives

Last week we wrote about St James Church in Piccadilly, London that’s built a replica of the security barrier we have in Israel. You know, the one that has dramatically helped reduce the number of our children blown to bits on buses, in discos and in pizza restaurants.

Update: Dave has posted an incredibly strong letter from Kay Wilson, who survived being stabbed multiple times by Palestinian terrorists, to the church hosting this abomination.

If I was running Israel (or the world) I’d have shipped over one of the exploded buses that we sent to US campuses a few years back and parked it next to their life saving wall.

It appears they have encouraged people to come along and write suitable graffiti messages on their wall.

I say suitable of course: read this Facebook status (shared with friends so this link won’t work for all) from some friends of mine:

Sharon and Lesley again at the St James market place today armed with our bag of acrylic paint and wall brush.

With no support from anybody the sense was one of antagonism, being watched as we were by the wardens present it seemed, in case we dared to write on the wall. Seeing our paint Tom, a St James warden approached us to say we could only use their now worn out felt pens. Explaining the uselessness of those pens and the fact that others had used spray paint Debbie, another warden said she’d get us some of theirs. Returning a while later she produced grey – the shade they use to obliterate posts they don’t approve of. In the end Tom told me I could paint one message on a designated spot, provided I was professional and refrained from being abusive. Odd that seeing that others could write what and where they wanted as many times as they wanted!

So I painted This Wall Saves Lives, started to write that 1340 Israeli citizens have died as a result of terrorist attacks since 2000, but Tom’s space and location didn’t permit!

Church replica wall

Church replica wall highlight crop


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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