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A few months ago I was in London marching against the Gaza war. Now I am in Israel witnessing Remembrance day and Independence day—when even the hippies get patriotic

By Joy Lo Dico   May 2009

Imagine this: a steel staircase planted in the middle of a field, surrounded by rolling hillocks and swaying grasses, a fire escape going nowhere. If it were in London, it would be an art instillation. But it’s in the southwestern tip of Israel. I am standing on a deck at the top of the staircase with four fellow journalists and two Israelis, surveying the countryside. Looking over to where the sun is beginning to dip from the horizon, the countryside stops abruptly. Where there should be a horizon, there is instead a wall extending as far as the eye can…

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