Separation Wall at Bethany
On this, the last day of the Christmas season (Candlemas) a moment to reflect on the modern-day sadness of Bethlehem which is surrounded by this very forbidding wall, with the coming and going of Palestinians to the rest of Israel rigorously controlled at military checkpoints. These two pictures show the wall at Bethany where its starkness and the hostility it breeds are shown vividly.
You gave birth to earth’s true hope;
Yet now you are enclosed
By hostile wall and strangling gates,
And quotas, fierce imposed.
May Angel hosts, not barred by walls,
Proclaim their song anew,
‘Let love and concord flood the earth,