By William Parry
This attractive publication of images captures the graffiti and artwork that experience reworked 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 photos convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, exhibiting the problem it has dropped at tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, combating their entry to paintings, schooling, and important remedy. combined with the pictures are pics and vignettes, supplying a heartfelt and encouraging account of a humans decided to uphold their dignity within the face of profound injustice.
“A singular achievement—both a gorgeous photographic essay of the way Israel’s concrete wall has reduce into Palestinian land and strangled complete groups and a strong visible list of ways neighborhood and foreign 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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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. ‘They can build Walls and surround us like animals or prisoners, but the Wall will not bring them security – only justice will bring them that.
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.
Above Grade School Guernica (photo courtesy of Ron English). 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 Painting of a giant baby, blowing soldiers made of money, by Blu, near Aida refugee camp. Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillips entitled one of their pieces, Who’s paying for this? Israel currently receives $3 billion annually from the United States in military aid. Overleaf Painting by Sam3.