By William Parry
This lovely e-book of pictures captures the graffiti and paintings that experience reworked Israel’s wall right into a dwelling canvas of resistance and solidarity.
Featuring the paintings of artists Banksy, Ron English, Blu, and others, in addition to Palestinian artists and activists, those pictures convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the hassle it has delivered to tens of millions of individuals, combating their entry to paintings, schooling, and important therapy. combined with the pictures are pics and vignettes, delivering a heartfelt and encouraging account of a humans made up our minds to uphold their dignity within the face of profound injustice.
“A singular achievement—both a beautiful photographic essay of ways Israel’s concrete wall has minimize into Palestinian land and strangled entire groups and a strong visible list of ways neighborhood and foreign graffiti artists have battered it with their basically guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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As he leaves the office, I am photographing in the front garden, which they keep bright and cheerful with flowers. ’ he asks. ’ he adds, nodding towards the Wall. 34 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 35 Walking around the Khoury home is like strolling through a faded photo album. The furniture is covered with sheets, curtains are drawn, there are plates of rat poison on the floor. It’s eerie. Neighbours who were once a minute’s walk away are now several kilometres away, given the Wall’s disruptively circuitous route.
He asks. ’ he adds, nodding towards the Wall. 34 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 35 This walled in, barren space has been placed in the heart of Bethlehem’s former artery with Jerusalem. It has stood barren like this since 2006. Like a toxin, it is blighting the life around it. Jewish-imposed access to Rachel’s Tomb comes at a high cost to the Jewish and Muslim communities and their heritages here in the occupied West Bank. 36 AGAINST THE WALL Inset A Jewish woman who volunteers for Machsomwatch, an organisation of Jewish Israeli women that monitors the conduct of Israeli soldiers at checkpoints, describes the irony whereby Israeli Jews, many of whom endured Europe’s ghettoes decades ago, today ghettoise the indigenous Palestinian population.
It is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories. All of its work in the Occupied Territories is closely coordinated with local Palestinian organisations. Since its founding, ICAHD’s activities have extended to three interrelated spheres: resistance and protest actions in the Occupied Territories; efforts to bring the reality of the Occupation to the attention of Israeli society; and mobilising the international community for a just peace.