The wall fell again. As crowds of people flocked to the German capital to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall today, thousands of kilometres away Arabs in two West Bank villages silently worked to destroy parts of the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine.
In a symbolic action reminiscing the pivotal moment in the collapse of communism, and reminding the world about an aggression as old, a couple of Palestinians used hammers to break through the separation wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala while others in Rafat cut through 20 metres of the Israeli security fence bordering their village. The event passed off peacefully as the Israeli army did not arrive during the action.
At an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War.
The 83-year-old accused the West, particularly the United States, of giving in to “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the communist bloc a quarter century ago. The result, he said, could partly be seen in the inability of global powers to prevent or resolve conflicts in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and most recently Ukraine.
“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said.
US President Barack Obama appeared to share some of Gorbachev’s concerns for Europe, though he blamed Moscow for the current tensions.
Paying tribute to the East Berliners who pushed past border guards to flood through the Wall on November 9, 1989, Obama said in a statement that “as Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us, we have more work to do to fully realise our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace”… see more