Inapartheid wall, artist Eric Drooker’s contribution to a collective political poster project called Imaging Apartheid, a determined man with a sledgehammer attacks the wall erected by the Israeli government in the West Bank.

Language matters. Drooker, a Jewish New Yorker transplanted to Berkeley, deliberately uses the controversial term “apartheid wall” preferred by many Palestinians and some Israeli critics rather than “security fence” or similar terminology preferred by the present Israeli government. Whether or not one agrees with the use of “apartheid” to describe the situation in the West Bank, one has to appreciate the provocative force of this political poster — and the important questions it raises.

Drooker’s poster invites viewers to see how the wall in effect annexes Palestinian territory without negotiations, thereby hindering serious talks regarding a peaceful settlement with a just resolution for both Israelis and Palestinians. Widely...

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