Nir Kafri

Untitled, Israel, 2004

C-Print, 160x235 cm

Courtesy of the artist

“The wall creates a barrier not only against people, but also against most of the animals living in the area. The damage to the ecological systems on both sides of the wall goes well beyond the route itself. The damage to animals also damages the reproduction capacity of those plants dependent on them for pollination or dissemination. This may hurt the natural population and the ecological systems in the short and long term (…) The longer and wider the barrier and its related infrastructures, the greater the environmental damage.”

From the professional report on environmental aspects of the separation barrier in the Judean Hills submitted to the Supreme Court of Israel on the 15th of April, 2004, by Dr. Ron Frumkin, Dr. Tamar Achiron-Frumkin, Prof. Yehuda Enzel and Prof. Yoram Eshet,

“The separation barrier and the fence in certain places are elements that cannot be ignored. In a country where the mind functions in lines that so clearly lead in the wrong direction, it is no wonder that Highway No. 6 and the separation wall almost overlap and that the travelers on the road view it as something normal. “

From End of the Road by Tsur Shezaf

“The creation of borders has become the prevalent solution to all the problems of society in Israel. On the one hand, the border enables one to distance the problem from daily life and thus supposedly solve the social and political conflicts. On the other hand, the border delineates, separates and defines the “problematic” object as the “other”, while attributing to it demonic characteristics that threaten anyone outside it. Spatial separation has thus become a goal in itself, and it is what creates, in the words of Bourdieu, the Israeli Habitus; the obvious, the unquestionable, becomes the definitive truth.”

From a lecture named "Instead of Borders" given by Dr. Haim Yaakobi, at a conference of 'Bimkom'.

“The concept underlining the Security Fence project views it as a central element in providing an overall response to the problem of terrorism. The guiding principle is: “more defense, less offense”: the overall response to terror is based on combined defensive and offensive levels. The fence is an essential defensive component in coping with terrorism. Without the fence, the IDF is forced to strengthen the offensive level in order to foil terrorism in populated areas.”

From the "Security Fence" site of the Ministry of Defence.