By William Parry
This attractive publication of images 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 pictures exhibit outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the trouble it has dropped at tens of millions of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and important remedy. combined with the photographs are pix and vignettes, providing 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 lower into Palestinian land and strangled entire groups and a strong visible list of the way neighborhood and foreign graffiti artists have battered it with their purely guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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In our veins runs Palestinian blood. ’ BETHLEHEM 41 Graffiti in a Jerusalem suburb reads: Mirror, mirror on the wall, when will this senseless object fall? Antoinette Knesevich, a former music teacher at the neighbouring Aida refugee camp, shows me through her brother’s home, which is shared by three generations of the family. Opposite this mirror is a baby’s crib. The family had 80 dunams confiscated by the Israelis when the Wall was built. Antoinette is 40 AGAINST THE WALL patient and philosophical about their predicament.
Right, top Ali, from the Aida refugee camp, next to Banky’s image of a girl frisking an Israeli soldier. Right, middle ‘Hanthala’, the famous creation of the late, great Palestinian political cartoonist, Naji al Ali, looks out towards a free Palestine, beyond the Wall. Aida refugee camp. Right, bottom ICAHD is the Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions. It is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.
Before the Wall, 56 AGAINST THE WALL the company trained and employed 15 staff, mainly from the Aida refugee camp. There are now six, including Jimmy and Randa, working reduced hours, four days a week to stay afloat. ‘Holy’ graffiti is common on the Wall. This (below, right) is from Psalms 72:12: For He shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and him that has no helper. They’re waiting. BETHLEHEM 57 Faccouseh Handicrafts, which opened in 1970, is struggling to survive. Run by Jimmy and Randa Faccouseh (opposite page, bottom), the company specialises in high quality, hand-carved figures and nativity sets made from local olive wood.