- Between my second and third trips to Israel, the Israeli government built a massive wall enclosing portions of the West Bank from Israel proper. The wall is 26 feet high and either is or will eventually be 430 miles long. Israel built it as a form of protection from terrorist attacks and they call it the “wall of separation”; however, the Palestinians call it a “wall of apartheid.” What is clear is that the wall causes huge delays for Palestinians traveling to and from the West Bank. At the same time, Israel also created three zones in the West Bank: those open to Israelis only, those open to Palestinians only and those open to anyone. We ran into those restrictions during our visit to Bethlehem, a Palestinian town that’s located inside the wall. Our regular tour guide was Israeli so he was not allowed to come with us. Instead he had to arrange for a Palestinian guide to take us to Bethlehem and he called us anxiously when the crowds at the Church of Nativity meant that our trip took longer than he expected...
- ("Ever since the dawn of movies there have been 'fright films'. Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman were first on the silver screen. Later on mythical monsters were replaced by urban monsters, and the 'teenage slasher' movie was born - where lonely baby-sitters and popular football players were the special focus of crazed creatures with hockey masks or with really long fingernails...")