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Tour of West Bank wall
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AUDIO: Dreaming of breaking down the walls
Think tank leads West Bank tour in hopes of fostering greater Israeli understanding of Palestinian issue. Ynetnews joined one such tour, listen to special audio report.

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IPCRI’s target is “two states in one space”, so the two peoples could live together, sharing the same borders. “It’s basically a two-state solution, but allows more integration and relationship between the Israeli and Palestinian states, Riman Barakat, co-director of IPCRI says. The idea is to have no wall or checkpoints between the two sides, allowing Palestinian citizens to live in Israel as residents of particular cities and Israelis to live in the West Bank as Israeli citizens but residents of Palestine. They are exploring different creative methods for governments and institutions, for ways to guarantee collective and minority rights, reconciliation, and how security is going to work. To achieve this, they created research groups with experts and spoke to Knesset and Fatah members. IPCRI is funded by several governments, including the US through USAID grants, as well as some European governmental institutions in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. There are also individual sponsors and regular contributors.

 

IPCRI also organizes various lectures in which they bring Palestinian officials or figures to speak to the Israeli public. For instance they hosted Nabil Shaath to speak to students of Tel Aviv University:

 

IPCRI-co-director Riman Barakat speaks at Tel Aviv Univeristy (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
IPCRI-co-director Riman Barakat speaks at Tel Aviv Univeristy (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

 

See photos of the "Breaking Down Walls" tour:

 

Freelance guide Hisham explains history while lawyer Lior on the right side listens (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Freelance guide Hisham explains history while lawyer Lior on the right side listens (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Hisham, Breaking Down Walls-coordinator Osama and -project manager Dareen (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Hisham, Breaking Down Walls-coordinator Osama and -project manager Dareen (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Student from Sderot Avia Infeld (Photo: Margarita Erbach)  (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Student from Sderot Avia Infeld (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

The Wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
The Wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Hisham describes situation of the people (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Hisham describes situation of the people (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Overview of the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Overview of the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Graffiti paintings on the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Graffiti paintings on the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Graffiti of Leila Khaled (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Graffiti of Leila Khaled (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

The wall in Area C (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
The wall in Area C (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Arlette who has had a flourishing family business (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Arlette who has had a flourishing family business (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

 

Wooden scene of the birth of Jesus and the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Wooden scene of the birth of Jesus and the wall (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

 

The wall in front of Arlette's house ruined her business (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
The wall in front of Arlette's house ruined her business (Photo: Margarita Erbach)


Graffiti next to Aida Refugee Camp (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Graffiti next to Aida Refugee Camp (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Next to Aida Refugee Camp (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Next to Aida Refugee Camp (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

Key symbolizes the homes Palestinians left behind following the establishment of the state of Israel (Photo: Margarita Erbach) (Photo: Margarita Erbach)
Key symbolizes the homes Palestinians left behind following the establishment of the state of Israel (Photo: Margarita Erbach)

 

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