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FRI NIGHT VID: Beyond the Wall: climbing in the West Bank

In spring 2016 Palestine's first climbing wall was opened as part of the Wadi Climbing project, to help develop the Palestinian climbing community. Based in the West Bank city of Ramallah and close to the nearby 'barrier' crossing point of Qalandiya to reach East Jerusalem, these places are better known as flashpoints for Israeli/Palestinian tensions.

Primarily through the eyes of West Bank residents, Anas Askar and his brother Urwah, the film takes a look at being a climber in Palestine and the problems that impromptu roadblocks and illegal Israeli settlements can mean in order to just reach the crag. Ultimately, irrespective of where we live the film shows that the reasons why we climb are similar but under some circumstances, the act of going climbing serves an even greater importance.



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No need. I'm not trying to win an argument, I just want to understand the place! The Oslo agreement was discredited a long time ago. Successive American administrations have tried to find a better solution, but all...
PS. The ownership of Ein Prat is distinct from the adjacent settlement. It is a national park that was established (according to the climbing guide) in the 1950s. Presumably by the Jordanians who occupied the West Bank...
thx It costs money to run a national park. It takes a lot of work to equip and maintain a crag. It is irrelevant who made it possible, Palestinian or Israeli. A commercial climbing outfit like Wadi should pay...
Thank you for your contribution Mike. After reading lots of conflicting information on the internet, I contacted a Palestinian climbing friend who told me the access situation is as you describe ie. both Israelis and...
All pay the same fee. As far as I know settlement cars pay the same. Anyone can get an annual pass  which is worth buying if you go more than 4 times a year. (I have one) So I suppose those that live there do this. It...
The entry fee to the park is almost £6 per adult per day, which prices out most Palestinian climbers. Non-Palestinians can park for free in Almon settlement and benefit from a much shorter approach hike. Palestinians...

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