Somebody had the idiotic idea that if they put up rocket-repelling walls, particularly on walls of public buildings such as schools, somehow the people of Sderot will feel better about the endless Qassems falling over their heads.
Fences and walls, barriers and checkpoints, Arrow missiles and surgical strikes from a distance — it took some decades, but anybody else noticing how convergence and separation from the Palestinians are now the norm? I don’t feel any sadness about it, because the interaction with the Palestinians has been an empty one with little cultural or socially redeeming value – other than, of course, to teach us about terrorism and the unfortunate and slowly-corrupting influence of having one’s army in the midst of another’s population. That’s probably not the kind of interaction that one would seek from another nation. I get much more out of my interaction with Italians or French. On the other hand, I am always sad that one can’t just ride a trolley or train to, say, Damascus or Beirut; to safely enter a place like Jericho as one could in the past; to be a part of the larger Middle East and the culture that surrounds Israel. These barriers just hasten that process of division and distancing.
Here’s the article about this latest “technology.” Don’t expect it to win any architectural prizes.