Walking in Palestinian Shoes

Palestinians walk through a gate as they cross at the Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tackled the biggest issues dividing the two sides at a meeting on Tuesday — final borders, Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees, an Israeli official said. It was the first time the two men discussed these matters in depth, the official said.

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Date posted: August 29, 2007
By Joharah Baker for MIFTAH

Many times, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict deserves lengthy and deep analyses. There are historical, cultural, political and religious considerations that need to be picked apart before reaching some sort of theory as to why this tiny slice of earth is so tormented.

Then there are those times when a simple glance at the obvious is enough to clarify the complete injustice of the Israeli occupation. This is not even about the more significant issues such as political assassinations, home demolitions, prisoners or military operations that claim scores of lives. No, this is about everyday matters, most often taken for granted, which when one takes a moment to contemplate, show just how sinister a military occupation can be.

Take an innocuous trip to the coastal town of Herzeliya. One of the more ritzy areas in Israel, the main mall in the town center is picture perfect. Not only is the actual structure aesthetically appealing, but the spacious piazza onto which the mall opens is breathtaking, overlooking the equally picturesque port, lined with sailboats, motorboats and luxurious yachts.

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