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Bi'lin Popular Committee Building
Remember the Orange Trees
MAIA Mural Brigade
Bi'lin Popular Committee BuildingBi'lin, West Bank June 2, 2008 Since 2005, the people of Bil’in have been leading protests against the construction of the Wall in their village, with participation from Israeli and international activists. The construction of the Wall has resulted in the de-facto annexation of 2,400 dunums of land (600 acres) - over 50% of the land belonging to the village facilitating massive Israeli settlement expansion east of the Green Line. The 3rd Annual International Conference on the Joint Popular Struggle. The image chosen for the Conference is a cartoon by Palestinian cartoonist Naser Al Jafari that appeared in Al Quds newspaper after an action in which the people of Bil’in chained themselves to the olive trees, that were slated to be uprooted (for a video of this action click here). It shows the tree and protestor in an embrace. While our original idea was to paint something on the ‘outpost’ the villagers built on their land which lies on the other side of the Wall in protest of the illegal Israeli settlements being built on their land, the Palestinians in Bil’in preferred that we paint in a more visible building in the village. So worked to finish a mural on the village council building in before their annual conference.
Ibdaa CenterD’heisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, West Bank 2001 A four-story mural produced in collaboration with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), in the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. The mural hugs the stairs and tells a history of Palestine, one era per floor, ending with hopes and dreams for the future. The Ibdaa Cultural Center is a grassroots community-based project in the West Bank‘sPalestinian Dheisheh refugee camp. The name, “Ibdaa,” (ابداع) is translated from Arabic as “creation” or “creative ability” – “To Make Something Out of Nothing.” Since being founded in 1994, Ibdaa Cultural Center, with long-time partner the Middle East Children’s Alliance, has served more than 1,200 children and youth annually and provides employment and income for more than 70 families in the refugee camp. The mission of the Ibdaa Cultural Center is to create a positive atmosphere for children and youth in the refugee camp to assist them in developing competence, creativity and leadership skills through a range of social, cultural and educational activities.
Remember the Orange TreesBeit Hanoun, Gaza 2004 Mural designed and painted by and with the staff of the Tagrheed Cutltural Center for Youth. The town had been under total curfew for a month and under siege for much longer. The Israeli army had destroyed thousands of acres of orange groves. The director of the center said he wanted the children to remember what the orange trees looked like. In 2004 Break the Silence was Susan Greene and Eric Drooker. Below is Eric’s article about the mural in Beit Hanoun. GAZA STRIPED, An Artist Under Occupation, By Eric Drooker, 2004 It was simultaneously a very good thing, and a very bad thing.
MAIA Mural BrigadeGaza, Palestine
2011 and 2013
Imagine there is no water for up to 14 hours, or more, every day. Imagine that the water you do have is polluted. And then imagine that if you dig a well on your own property you risk being jailed or worse for not having the correct permit. This is what is happening in Palestine where the Israeli Occupation systematically denies Palestinians adequate quality and quantities of water, often diverting it for the use of Israelis. Environmental inequities exist all over the world, including here in the USA. This is why we invite you to join the #Water4Gaza campaign and participate in a global movement for environmental justice! This month, we invite all people who are united in Palestinian solidarity and the universal right to clean water to bring attention to #Water4Gaza through supporting the MAIA Mural Brigade, an art and activism campaign.