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Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel's Separation Barrier. For Fun. [Paperback]

Mark Thomas
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"horrifying and hilarious"--Evening Standard

"a terrific, funny read"--ShortList

"blisteringly powerful"--Bruce Dessau

"...a funny, poignant travelogue, underpinned by fine reporting"--Living South Magazine

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Bestselling author Mark Thomas finds a very British way to try to comprehend the Middle Eastern problem

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'Good fences make good neighbours, but what about bad ones?'

The Israeli Barrier is probably the most iconic divider of land since the Berlin Wall. It has been declared illegal under international law and it's impact on life in the West Bank has been enormous.

Mark Thomas - as only he could - decided the best way to really get to grips with this huge divide was to use the Barrier as a route map, to 'walk the wall', covering the entire distance with little more in his armoury than Kendal Mint Cake and a box of blister plasters.

He was tear-gassed, stoned, sunburned, rained on, hailed on and even lost the wall a couple of times.But thankfully he was also welcomed by Israelis and Palestinians - from farmers and soldiers to smugglers and zookeepers - earning a unique insight into the deep-rooted tensions but also the life-affirming glory of the real Middle East.And all without hardly ever getting arrested!

'John Pilger with laughs' Guardian

About the Author

Mark Thomas has worked as a comedian for over twenty years. His activist, campaigning brand of comedy has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations. However, recently he has been invited to give evidence at various government select committees. He is one of a limited number of people to be awarded a UN Global Human Rights Defender Award and has also been awarded a Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour amongst other citations. His three-year campaign to stop the building of the Ilisu damn in Turkey was ultimately successful and saved 78,000 Kurds from being displaced.
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