There's something about gated communities. The idea that we can keep "them" out using just a few tons of steel. In Gaza the Israeli government has taken the artform to a new level. Barbed wire isn't enough to keep 1.1 million refugees from 8,000 suburban settlers. You need electric fences, tanks, armored personnel carriers, watchtowers, air support, a network of informants, and a decent navy.

I first saw these fortifications from the other side. It was like the land had been taken over by a race of aliens, never revealing their faces at checkpoints, speaking over loudspeakers, always hidden in armored vehicles with tinted windows.

Gaza, June 2005

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