Almost everything about this picture looks depressing to me: the starkness of the separation wall, the wet pavement and the skinny santa with a droopy bag. On the bright side, the children are probably experiencing a nice moment in a tumultuous part of the world. I heard Jimmy Carter on the radio the other day as I was on my way to work talking about his new book on the region, and I think it might be an interesting read. Has anyone read it? Apparently the separation wall, which is the subject of many pictures we see, is a big topic of discussion in it.
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A Palestinian dressed as Santa Clauss distributes candy to children in front of the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, 23 December 2006.