Good news for SkyWatch Friday!
Beginning on Sunday, this wall will be torn down.
The residents living across the street in the south Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo will be able to see more sky.
The Gilo residents will also be able to see their neighbor village again, Beit Jala.
I should also say that Gilo, built in 1972, is just over the Green Line.
The problem between them began in 2000, during the second intifada.
Some Palestinian gunmen used a few buildings of the village to shoot into the windows of the Gilo houses on an on-going basis.
That is why the protective wall was put up, to protect those living in Gilo from shells and bullets flying into their bedrooms
The snipers who came into and used the village hoped Israel would respond heavily to their gunfire and attack the Christian village, causing very bad press for Israel. Well, we didn't.
To learn more about this you can see
IDF statement on how/why/when the wall will be dismantled
Pre-1948 history of Gilo
Photos of Gilo under siege
Briefing by then-mayor Ehud Olmert
Happy SkyWatch, hopefully with many sightings of the Perseid meteor shower tonight.
UPDATE: Haaretz just now (Aug. 13) published a slideshow of 8 photos of different sections of this small wall.