By William Parry
This attractive e-book of pictures captures the graffiti and artwork 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 photos convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the worry it has delivered to tens of millions of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important remedy. combined with the photographs 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 reduce 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 purely guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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Business has been reduced to a trickle – once employing 50 staff, they are down to five, given the Wall’s economic impact on Bethlehem and the surrounding area. This house is also on the HebronJerusalem Road. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry