Running the Divide

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2014

Issue . 58
P. 89
Features
Running the Divide
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Running and divided cities are not an obvious mix. However, during the course of research for a project on divided cities I have had the chance to run round and through the cities of Belfast, Brussels, Mostar, Nicosia, Beirut, and both Israeli West Jerusalem and occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem.1 I tend to run early in the morning and it is remarkable what a different kind of city you see at that time of the day from the one you encounter later on. In the early morning the city is one of cleaners and garbage collectors, noisily loading trucks and emptying dustbins, sweeping piles of litter into even bigger mounds.