The Gaza War—Through the Eyes of Palestinians and Supporters
On the Palestinian side, the view was and is significantly different. Instead of visual odes to peace, war protests, and images of life inconvenienced and interrupted by air-aid sirens and trips to shelters, there is stark anger and enmity—in the colors of the Palestinian flag.
“Children’s Massacre” by Raouf Karray, Tunisia
I’ve spent the last few weeks searching out the artists. None are participating the Notebook Project, according to Morag. I googled images and combed through social media sites. Ultimately, I discovered the Palestine Poster Project Archives. This well-organized, searchable database of poster images from 1894 to the present was created by Dan Walsh for his masters’ thesis project at Georgetown University. From there, I was able to browse posters created in 2014 and select images to post here. Many of them were created in Arab countries and in the U.S.A., often by members of artists’ collaboratives, such as Justseeds and Dignidad Rebelde, which develop projects dedicated to causes such as justice, peace, and the environment.
“End Israeli Apartheid” by Kevin Caplicki, New York, USA, a member of the Justseeds collaborative
“Long Live Free Palestine” by Jesus Barraza, Oakland, CA. Published by Dignidad Rebelde
When I asked Dan Walsh if he could supply bios and links to the Palestinian artists’ own sites, he wrote, “It’s not likely to happen. The artists are crazy hard to pin down,” which is the same response I got when I contacted graphic designers and design professors in Israel who are working toward peace. “They’re in hiding,” I was told.
“Israel Does Not Fear Our Laughter” by Nidal El Khairy, Amman, Jordan
“Never Seen That” by Raouf Karray, Tunisia
The following two works were done by Palestinian artists I found on Behance. I contacted them by email to get permission to post. Then I asked questions like, “Where do you live, where do you go to school, are these posters for sale?” No answer. It could be a language issue, or it could be a desire to remain somewhat anonymous.
“Gaza Bleeds” by Maram Hasaba, Palestinian Territories
“Gaza Wins” by Ahmed Eimirat, Palestinian Territories
“Visit Israel – Land of Holy Terrorism” by Ahmed Abu Nasser, Palestinian Territories
“Silence=Death,” artist unknown, USA
“Palestine Self-Determination: An Inalienable Right of the Palestinian People,” signed by “Dranger,” published by the United Nations Public Information Office
It was announced in August that a major collection of posters from the project’s archives, “The Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters,” has been accepted for formal review by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Memory of the World program. If included, the poster collection will join a register with such historically significant documents as the Book of Kells and the Gutenberg Bible. The Liberation Graphics Collection comprises 1,700 posters created by Palestinian and international artists in solidarity with the Palestinian quest for liberation and sovereignty.
For further information, visit http://www.palestineposterproject.org, an open educational resource.