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May 16, 2009

Last Wednesday

Pope Aida refugee camp.jpg
Making the point.

(image: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images. caption: Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his visit to the Aida refugee camp, with the Israeli separation barrier in the background, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 13, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI called for a Palestinian homeland, urged youths to shun “terrorism” and lamented Israel’s wall that towered over his first trip to the West Bank)

  • pcalvin

    It is a powerful image, the Pope and his audience wedged into this corner of the lower white walls with Arabic script, a confining space with the high wall and fencing behind them. The wall behind them reminds me of prisons or the Berlin Wall. The people are in shadows and the wall in the sunlight, the high camera position allows us to see/feel it all. Whoever chose the location for the event couldn’t have done better.

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