Walking the Green Line: 48 Years of Occupation

It is now 48 years since the Six-Day War, a short military campaign with long-term consequences for Israel and the Palestinians. Writer Nir Baram spent a year meeting people on both sides of the Green Line.

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Balata refugee camp, August 2014.
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Accompanied by a photographer, filmmaker and a desire to hear the voices that are not normally featured in the media, award-winning novelist Nir Baram journeyed extensively around Israel and the West Bank during the past year.

The 10 chapters that constitute “Walking the Green Line” paint a complex political picture, as Baram talks to settlers and kibbutzniks, politicians and activists, ex-prisoners and soldiers, those born after the occupation began and those who remember Israel before June 1967.

The major events of the past 12 months form a vivid background to “Walking the Green Line.” Baram was in Kibbutz Nirim, near the border with the Gaza Strip, during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge; he visited settlements and settler outposts in the midst of the election campaign; and walked through East Jerusalem during times of high tension and violence.

Each week, Haaretz will be publishing another chapter from "Walking the Green Line.”

Part 1: The boys from Balata
Part 2: A zero-sum game in Samaria
Part 3: 'The first Jew he ever met'

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