Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Forgotten West Bank

Just a brief note to those inclined to think, based on media reports, that all of Israel/Palestine is now a war zone or, at least, extremely unsafe. My experience in and around Jerusalem and in trips to the West Bank suggests otherwise. Until Hezbollah can lob missiles further than Tiberias or Haifa, or until the Palestinians in the West Bank decide somehow to join the conflict in Gaza, life in Jerusalem may continue more or less as usual. Apart from the darkening war clouds, the loss of life and what I perceive to be Israel's disproportionate response, I regret that the excitement in Gaza and Lebanon means that the daily injustices suffered by the Palestinians in the West Bank will not likely attract the world's attention for some time.

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