19 June 2008

Beirut-Jerusalem, 325km

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:32 am by lilithhope

An Israeli soldier at a border crossing point showing the distance to Jerusalem and Beirut

An Israeli soldier at a border crossing point showing the distance to Jerusalem and Beirut. Photograph: David Furst/AFP; from Israel seeks Lebanon talks after Gaza pact

There is one particularly interesting thing about this photograph. The names of Beirut and Jerusalem are written in 3 languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic. The Arabic name for Jerusalem is “Al Quds”, but in the photo, the Arabic script under Jerusalem reads “Iyurushalem”, which is a mere transliteration of the Hebrew name for the city… The word “Iyurushamem” does not exist in Arabic, it does not have any meaning.

The Arabic script in that photo has been colonized, and therefore so has the concept, the place that it indicates. “Al Quds” has been made invisible, non-existant.

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