Word Watch: Barrier

Friday, February 10, 2006


The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one in which the key players can't even agree on the terms -- important events and places have different names on each side of the divide. What are the various terms applied to the "structure" the Israeli government is currently constructing? At times, it's called a wall, a fence or a barrier, with descriptors like "separation" and "security" often attached. Which word or words one chooses reveals everything about one's political opinion. Brooke examines the impact of the words used on both sides of the conflict.

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