West Bank Wall to become prime tourist attraction

Written by Gareth Carpenter

Monday, 9 February 2004

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West Bank Wall - tourists welcome

The Israeli government has unveiled an ambitious plan to turn the controversial West Bank Wall into a money-spinning tourist spot.

"We think it could one day be the next Great Wall of China," said government spokesman Yevi Grossman. "Once completed, it will be one of the very few manmade structures to be visible from space."

Grossman denied that the wall, currently being built through Palestinian territory in the West Bank, was illegal and causing massive disruption to local occupants.

"Most of the Palestinians love it," he claimed. "Many of them have said that their garden fences were in a state of terminal disrepair anyway, and it had settled disputes between neighbours."

The Israeli government said that the wall would ‘fit into the aesthetics of the area'.

"Barbed wire fencing and concrete blocks can look very appealing if they are painted beige," said foreign ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled.

Meanwhile, the Israeli foreign ministry has confirmed that paying tourists will be able to man machine gun posts along the wall for as little as US$30 per 15 minutes.

"Of course the guns won't be loaded, but we're not stopping people from bringing their own ammunition," said Peled.

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