Battir and the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Topographic Maps Connect People To People. Battir ®Illustrator file, JdS cartographer February 2016 [From Battir to Berlin in Memory of the downfall of Berlin Wall. Balloons for Freedom. Battir, November 9, 2014]

Today Battir joined the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the same spirit as the event in Berlin, hundreds of white balloons were released into the air, carrying messages of peace and hope from the children of Battir. In Berlin the balloons trace the historic route of the Wall; in Battir, they follow the planned route of Israel’s Wall across the Battir landscape which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 2014. http://extrazoom.com/image-62190.html

From Battir to Berlin in Memory of the downfall Berlin Wall. Balloons for Freedom, Battir November 9, 2014. © Jasmine DESCLAUX-SALACHAS, Cartographe. From Battir to Berlin in Memory of the downfall Berlin Wall. Balloons for Freedom, Battir November 9, 2014. © Jasmine DESCLAUX-SALACHAS, Cartographe.

Hassan Muamer, spokesperson for the event organizers: “This is an initiative of the Battir community. We want to share the joy of the German people and send a message of peace to the world. The fall of the Berlin Wall symbolizes a victory of humanity over the politics of separation, exclusion and oppression. But new walls are being planned. As a result of years of hard rehabilitation work on the unique Battir terraces that have been cultivated for over two millennia, the Battir landscape was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. However, it was also put on the List of World Heritage in Danger.”

 

 

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