By William Parry
This gorgeous e-book of photos captures the graffiti and artwork 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 convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, exhibiting the problem it has delivered to tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and important therapy. combined with the pictures are pictures 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 gorgeous photographic essay of ways Israel’s concrete wall has minimize into Palestinian land and strangled complete 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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Additional resources for Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine
Although the family was sheltering in Bethlehem just a few kilometres away, they were declared absentees by the new State and their properties were confiscated, says Hanna, who is 62. ‘Of course I’ll stay here,’ he says. ‘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.
To get from one home to the other prior to the Wall would have meant a 30 second walk; now, it’s easily a 20 minute walk away. On this street, shops have closed up, and handsome homes are abandoned. Barbed wire, smashed windows and padlocks tell wordless stories. In the homes that are still occupied, the owners I spoke to shake their heads at the unimaginable transformation of their neighbourhood and livelihoods. Anger, resignation, hopelessness, desperation – the artwork on the Wall is an antidote to these emotions.
Israel executes two types of house demolition orders: those pertaining to planning laws and those pertaining to military penal codes. ICAHD estimates that over 24,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967. Under the 4th Geneva Convention, Occupying Powers such as Israel are prohibited from destroying property or inflicting collective punishment (unless for ‘imperative military purposes’). Israel will argue that homes are demolished because they were built without a permit.
Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry