By William Parry
This gorgeous publication of images 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 photos show outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, displaying the complication it has dropped at tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals, fighting their entry to paintings, schooling, and very important treatment. combined with the photographs are photographs 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 gorgeous photographic essay of ways Israel’s concrete wall has lower 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 in simple terms guns, paint and spray cans.”
—Joe Sacco, writer of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza
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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. The furniture is covered with sheets, curtains are drawn, there are plates of rat poison on the floor. It’s eerie. Neighbours who were once a minute’s walk away are now several kilometres away, given the Wall’s disruptively circuitous route.
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. Pictured: Sabir, father of 6, employed by the factory for 30 years; Yousef, father of 5, who has worked with NTF for 21 years; and Abu George, who has 4 children and has been with the company for 50 years. Thick layers of oily dust coated much of the machinery and indicated the passing years of declining business. BETHLEHEM 39 View from the rooftop of the Nasser Towel Factory (NTF), run by Alberto and his brother, Hanna (a previous mayor of Bethlehem).
The view from the Khoury family home on p 33 shows the house above. 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.