By William Parry
This wonderful booklet of photos captures the graffiti and paintings that experience remodeled Israel’s wall right into a residing canvas of resistance and solidarity.
Featuring the paintings of artists Banksy, Ron English, Blu, and others, in addition to Palestinian artists and activists, those images convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the trouble it has dropped at tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, combating their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important remedy. combined with the pictures are photos and vignettes, delivering a heartfelt and encouraging account of a humans decided 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 the way neighborhood and overseas graffiti artists have battered it with their merely guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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This] was inspired by a woman Eduardo Galeano described in The Book of Embraces,’ says Swoon. ‘She wore a huge patchwork skirt filled with a million and one pockets, which were in turn filled with a million and one scraps of paper, each of which contained a few words that would remind her of a story. ’ The second large image [pictured here and located opposite the Aida refugee camp] was pasted onto a spot that had been stained by fire. The fire was started in protest because it was there that a 17 year old boy had climbed a ladder to place a Palestinian flag at the top of the Wall: he was imprisoned for 8 years for this simple act.
Right Ahmad, outside Bethlehem checkpoint, 2006. He sells gum after school but says he wants to be a doctor when he is older. 62 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 63 In an interview in 2008, English told me: ‘American support of Israel remains unquestioned in the United States. As an American taxpayer, I help fund what has become, in many instances, oppression for the Palestinians and their children. ’ Above Grade School Guernica (photo courtesy of Ron English). Right Ahmad, outside Bethlehem checkpoint, 2006.
In my life I’ve not seen one happy day. We’re not going to stay here because peace is coming – peace is doomed. Israel doesn’t want it. We’re here to stay because we’ve no other choice. ’ Adjacent to the factory, the family owns a large, elegant home, though in need of maintenance, with dozens of olive trees and fragrant bushes in that were in bloom. It and a nearby beautiful Ottoman building were the only buildings that existed on this road in the 30s, Alberto says, established well before the State of Israel came into existence.