25 Jun 2010
The only difference between watching the Soccer World Cup in Bethlehem and on the rest of the planet is that in this part of the world, a tournament aimed at uniting the people, is being beamed on a wall that separates them, reports Al Jazeera. This report takes us to the West Bank where a Palestinian restaurant is innovatively broadcasting World Cup matches on Israel's infamous apartheid wall. It's pulling in the crowds, but there’s still a tragic irony to this feel good story from Palestine.
Israel began construction of its separation wall in 2002 and Bethlehem is almost completely surrounded by the wall. Before the wall went up, visitors to the restaurant enjoyed beautiful views over Bethlehem. Now, however, they are forced to stare at 12 meters of concrete slab.