Sunday, February 21, 2010

That Travel Book I Blogged About

I reviewed a Tom Conover book just recently, and now spotted it being reviewed in the NYTimes:

“...Commuting between Palestinian and Israeli zones in the West Bank, with attendant rock-thumpings and checkpoint humiliations...I especially recommend the book’s horrifying fourth chapter, “A War You Can Commute To,” which deals with the Israeli occupation’s interdiction and interruption of Palestinian travel, the retaliatory menaces to which Israeli checkpoint soldiers are subjected and their retaliations in turn upon Palestinian homes. I wish I had the space to consider Conover’s observations, and his reactions to them, with the complexity they deserve. Instead, I will have to settle for quoting from the caption of his aerial photograph of the 60 Road, which carries settlers between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, shooting straight and very high above the S-curves of the local road for Palestinians passing between its pillars: “In much of the West Bank, separate roads carry Israelis and Palestinians. . . . A series of concrete panels on the highway’s left side, near the top, serves to protect Israeli vehicles from projectiles.”

The only reason for any checkpoint, any inderdiction, is Pal. terror. There are no true separate roads for there are roads Jews can't drive along. There are temporary detours necessitated by rockthrowing, molotiv-bottle tossing and shooting.

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