Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry

By William Parry

This attractive ebook of photos 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 pictures convey outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the worry it has dropped at tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, combating their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important therapy. combined with the pictures are graphics 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 ways Israel’s concrete wall has minimize into Palestinian land and strangled entire groups and a strong visible checklist 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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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. 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 Graffiti in a Jerusalem suburb reads: Mirror, mirror on the wall, when will this senseless object fall?

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. The image of a woman contains a quote about how, by matching the resonant frequency of any structure, it is possible to bring that structure down without using so much force. ’ 42 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 43 44 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 45 44 AGAINST THE WALL BETHLEHEM 45 ‘Dead city’ reads the graffiti in English and Spanish along a span of the Wall that separates Rachel’s Tomb from Bethlehem.

Neighbours who were once a minute’s walk away are now several kilometres away, given the Wall’s disruptively circuitous route. 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.

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