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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It’s Hard to Imagine a More Powerful Metaphor Than Building a Fence.

posted by on January 23 at 14:32 PM

Oh, here’s one: Knocking it down.

Today’s big story in the NYT stars Hamas knocking down an Israeli-built border fence between Gaza and Egypt that had cut Palestinians off from essential supplies.

The history-making quote, in my opinion, is here:

People began pouring over the fence before dawn, said one witness, Fatan Hessin, 45. She had crossed into Egypt to be reunited with a childhood friend. I am not Hamas or Fatah, but I thank Hamas for this, she said.

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I believe they penetrated it. They didn't knock it down. Erection and penetration work better as a metaphorical couplet anyways.

Posted by kinaidos | January 23, 2008 2:52 PM

Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 3:28 PM

How many missiles have they fired through the hole by now?

Posted by Fnarf | January 23, 2008 3:40 PM

josh, why do you think that is the history making quote? thanks!

Posted by infrequent | January 23, 2008 3:41 PM

No, they definitely knocked it down, you can see pictures if you search.

Posted by Megan W | January 23, 2008 5:39 PM

They even have pics of the bulldozer.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 23, 2008 5:42 PM


Why would they fire missiles into Egypt?

Posted by keshmeshi | January 23, 2008 10:37 PM


Because Egypt built a big wall along the border to prevent them from leaving.

Posted by six shooter | January 24, 2008 8:33 AM

Read the whole article.

The Israelis didn't build the wall/fence -- the Egyptians did.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2008 9:29 AM

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