By William Parry
This gorgeous 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 images convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, exhibiting the complication it has dropped at tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important therapy. combined with the pictures are images 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 the way Israel’s concrete wall has minimize into Palestinian land and strangled entire groups and a strong visible checklist of the way neighborhood and overseas graffiti artists have battered it with their simply guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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They have taken our land. They have taken our water. They have taken our rights. But written on every forehead of our people is “I am Palestine”. In our veins runs Palestinian blood. ’ BETHLEHEM 41 Swoon, a street artist from New York, joined Banksy and co. in Bethlehem in 2007 as part of Santa’s Ghetto. Two of her pieces in Bethlehem – elaborate, painted cut-outs – were pasted onto sentry towers. The first (pictured opposite) is near the Bahamas Seafood restaurant. ‘[This] was inspired by a woman Eduardo Galeano described in The Book of Embraces,’ says Swoon.
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. 38 AGAINST THE WALL At its peak the Nasser Towel Factory employed 170 staff – as I took photographs, it was preparing to close its doors for good, laying off the remaining 45 staff.
Bassem says that their home is worth a quarter of what it was before the Wall was erected. 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.