The Small Differences

November 9, 2009 at 22:02 2 comments

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This milestone on the road to democracy in Europe has been thoroughly celebrated, not least in Berlin.

Some Palestinians thought that they’d take advantage of the event in order to protest against the wall that Israel has erected to keep “martyrs” and other “freedom fighters” from blowing themselves and — more importantly — Israeli civilians to smithereens in cafés and on buses in Israel. They did this by reenacting the famous footage from Berlin when the first segment of the Wall fell, and joyous East Berliners streamed over to the western side.

I saw the event on the eight o’clock news this evening, and it was very well thought through. Before the lenses of scores of cameras from international media outlets, a segment of the concrete wall was torn town, and masked Palestinians with flags in their hands rushed through to the Israeli side. It looked very much like Berlin two decades ago, and the whole stunt must be described as a media success, conjuring up uncanny parallels.

The only thing is that I just can’t remember any East Berliners that night in November 1989 rushing through the breach shouting “a thousand shaheeds marching on Jerusalem!”


Entry filed under: Politics.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marissa  |  November 11, 2009 at 13:07

    yeah i also saw it and i dont really get why the media was there and the police were not.. does the media have no responsibility to report crimes they know are going to take place (aka destroying government property, throwing rocks at soldiers, and just being very scary in general)…

  • 2. Mikael Tossavainen  |  November 12, 2009 at 09:48

    It was probably for the best that there was no police or IDF presence at the scene. Just imagine what those pictures would have looked like…


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