2010 23.5″w, 19″h collage, digital photography
This work, which also comments on the ubiquitous cell phone in Israel. Some months later, an editorial by Thomas L. Friedman, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, described a similar scene, in which he discussed Israel’s erecting of a wall around the West Bank to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from entering the country. As of 2010, there had been no successful attacks since 2006. Simultaneously, there was a rise of the high-tech industry in Israel — which does a great deal of business digitally and over the Internet and is largely impervious to the day-to-day conflict — suggesting that even without peace, Israel can enjoy a rising standard of living. Foer presents another type of wall, one made of cell phones, separating Palestinian territory from Israel, and cutting off social interactions.