By William Parry
This attractive booklet of photos captures the graffiti and artwork that experience remodeled 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 images convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, exhibiting the difficulty it has delivered to tens of millions of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and important therapy. combined with the photographs are images 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 beautiful photographic essay of ways Israel’s concrete wall has lower 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 basically guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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English produced three pieces for the Wall, all near the Aida refugee camp. He describes the idea behind each: ‘The concept behind Pardon our Oppression was to link American support to the oppression of the Palestinian people. Since Israel is our welfare state, we have a certain responsibility for the Palestinian people that we don’t seem to want to acknowledge. ‘The second piece I did was a Guernica with kids being bombed by a little American pilot – again, with the same underlying thematic. ’ 58 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 59 Left English’s ‘Pardon our oppression’ © Pictures on Walls Below English’s mural eight months later.
It’s a snapshot of the past, of former, happier, securer lives. Since the Wall was erected, the family have rented a home just outside of Bethlehem for the sake of their sanity. The ground floor of this beautiful home is used as the office of the family business, Bassem Khoury Architectural Bureau. Bassem and his daughter, Dima (pictured), are both architects. 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.
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. 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.
Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry