Yes, at times smoking argila and eating hummus with pine nuts can re-create a holy land sojourn. Yet those street delights lack the fullness of Israel today. Where are the soldiers? Where are the identification checks? you might ask. And sips of American lemonade with mint just can’t pinch away the yearning to hear the purring of a bulldozer knocking down a Palestinian home.
But what if you could bring an entire interactive experience of occupation to your living room with a “giant two-thirds scale” mock Apartheid wall and adjoining security tower?
Well– you can.
Due to university restrictions on the size of their mock apartheid wall, members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at U. of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) are selling.
“SJP UIUC can no longer make use of it. On top of that, storage costs are nearly $100 per month and SJP has accumulated significant debt holding onto it this long. Since they can no longer use it, it has to go ASAP,” said a member of the group in an email advertising the wall.
A bit more about the barrier from UIUC SJP:
Erected, its size is roughly 18 ft tall and over 100 ft long. It’s fully modular and can be broken down into individual pipes and boards. Each panel, which is a partially assembled, pre-setup unit, measures 18 by 4 feet by 4 inches thick. The structure is anchored using long, rigid pipes running the length on the backside, along with 120 50-lb sandbags to weight it down against the wind. Without the sandbags, the structure is estimated to weight 1,000-2,000 lbs.…Also included is a full-sized, stand-alone mock watchtower, designed to closely mimic this type found in the West Bank. The attached picture below shows the frame itself, without its round, grey skin or the fake windows around the top.
A few months ago during the Scarlett Johansson controversy, a mock Ikea concrete divider spun the separation barrier as apartheid home furnishing. However, reality has parodied satire and now there is a “home friendly” apartheid wall for sale.
Buy it, burn it, knock it down, put it in front of your neighbor’s door, have at it.
Though you might be in competition with Alex Kane, who just wrapped a reporting trip to the region and upon departing he said, “I really messed up by not buying my girlfriend a gift. To get out of the dog house I could order this wall and put in front of her front door. Then when she forgives me, we’ll knock it down together.”
(Editor’s note: This wall and adjoining tower is actually for sale. Those interested in purchasing it can send inquires to [email protected])