Members of ADAPT write in with an explanation of the wall that has been constructed outside of Usdan. I’d like to add that in the past few days the wall has received some damage, most likely from those who don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, what the purpose of the wall is. As with any political statement, there are those who will agree or disagree, and then there are those who will refuse to engage and/or will actively stifle others’ voices. Don’t do that?
From Saturday until Wednesday you may notice a free-standing 9-feet-tall wall in the Usdan courtyard. As members of Awareness, Dialogue, and Action about Palestine/Israel Today (ADAPT), we intend for this wall to represent the very real Israeli West Bank separation barrier. This barrier has devastated Palestinian life in a number of ways, including the seizure of Palestinian land for its construction, the blockage of Palestinian access to vital health and medical services, and the restriction of movement that has made it extremely difficult for Palestinians to sustain themselves economically. Much of the controversy over the wall stems from the fact that a great deal of the 640km (400-mile) barrier, started in 2002, is being built on territory Israel occupied in 1967, rather than along the internationally recognized boundary between Israel and the West Bank (BBC).
You may also notice that the wall will be mostly blank, in contrast to the actual separation barrier, which is covered in artwork and graffiti done by Palestinians and international activists. We invite everyone to come and paint whatever they want on this wall. We will have supplies and spray paint available. There is no restriction as to the views that may be expressed on the wall (except for obscene material). Please only join us in painting it during the stated times- lunchtime Sunday to Wednesday– as we intend for this to be an opportunity for tangible dialogue on an issue that many on campus are afraid to talk about.