Middle East

Oct 9, 2012

Blogging between the Blue and Purple lines an uneasy Middle East

A generation of Druze are facing a curious challenge of identity and loyalty. Crikey goes between the Purple Lines in an uneasy Middle East.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

At the bottom end of Metula’s HaRishonim Street, where old men on tractors cart fruit into Israel’s northernmost building and boxes of fruit out of it again, Hadar Sela and I stand leaning on the yellow fence that opens out onto the UN Blue Line, which separates the country from Lebanon.

The flag across the way is not the red and white Lebanese one, however, with the country’s iconic green cedar at its centre, but rather the bright yellow standard of Hezbollah, with the organisation’s name written across it in green. The first letter of “Allah” reaches towards the heavens with a long assault rifle in its stylised grip. There is an Israeli Defense Forces base draped in camouflage netting a few streets behind us, but it is the Pri Metula packing plant that looks out across the eerily quiet border.

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One thought on “Blogging between the Blue and Purple lines an uneasy Middle East

  1. Gareth

    I’ve really been enjoying these pieces. Thank you.

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