Mourning and Action, Lebanon

Public-Art, Mourning and Resilience

Commemorating 30 Year Anniversary of Sabra-Shatila Massacres and 65 Years of OccupationSeptember 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project worked with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon.The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice research, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; Estria Foundation and International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and others.Be a part of our journey and follow us on Facebook, Tumblr & Twitter @BTSMAP
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 Click link to hear a rap song by youth from Ahlam Laje’a Center (Refugee Dreams) in Shatila Refugee Camp: shatila children rap song 1 (1)Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Report Back!<br /><br /><br /><br /> Public-Art, Mourning, &amp; Resilience: Commemorating 30 Year Anniversary of 1982 Massacres and 64 Years of Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /> November 8th at the Women&#8217;s Building in San Francisco<br /><br /><br /><br /> Check out our event photos on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/65003496@N06/sets/72157632087895563/
  1. Reports From Youth Journalists, Shatila Refugee Camp



    Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Report Back!Public-Art, Mourning, & Resilience: Commemorating 30 Year Anniversary of 1982 Massacres and 64 Years of Resilience

    November 8th at the Women’s Building in San Francisco

    Check out our event photos on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/65003496@N06/sets/72157632087895563

  2. Ammar-Egypt from BTSMAP on Vimeo.

    KPFA Interview w/ Dr. Susan Greene & participants of The Sabra Shatila Mural Project in Shatila Refugee Camp Lebanon! Starts 35min in…

    We were invited into the KPFA studios for an interview with Malihe and Khalil of “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa” where we were asked about the Sabra-Shatila Mural Project and Palestinians living in Lebanon.

  3. &#8220;When the #martyrs go to sleep, I wake up, and I tell them, &#8216;May you wake up on a homeland, made of clouds and anxious of love.&#8217;&#8221; - Mahmoud Darwish. Painted on the side of the #Shatila Mosque where the bodies of the martyrs of the #SabraShatila Massacres lay. Follow @Btsmap for more info. #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #FreePalestine

    “When the #martyrs go to sleep, I wake up, and I tell them, ‘May you wake up on a homeland, made of clouds and anxious of love.’” – Mahmoud Darwish. Painted on the side of the #Shatila Mosque where the bodies of the martyrs of the #SabraShatila Massacres lay. Follow @Btsmap for more info. #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #FreePalestine#PublicArt, Mourning &amp; Resilience&#8230; Come to the Women&#8217;s Building in the #SF #Mission on Nov 8th! Watch videos, see photos, and hear stories from the #SabraShatila #Mural Project in #Shatila Camp #Lebanon! Find us on #Twitter or #Facebook for more information! #Art #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #SanFrancisco #SF #BayArea #Oakland #Palestine #Beirut

  4. #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Shatila #Camp #Mural #Art #Artist #Children #Kids #Streets #StreetArt #Graffiti #Palestine #Refugee #Water

    #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Shatila #Camp #Mural #Art #Artist #Children #Kids #Streets #StreetArt #Graffiti #Palestine #Refugee #Water

  5. #Sunset over #Beirut and the #Mediterranean #Sea #Lebanon

    #Sunset over #Beirut and the #Mediterranean #Sea #Lebanon

  6. Peace and love from #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon!

    Peace and love from #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon!

  7. Amazing crew of folks we worked with & got to know @ #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Community #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #Artists #Children #Child #Refugee #Camp #MiddleEast

  8. Artist Mohammed Eldairi of #Gaza City painted this portrait of #RachelCorrie in #Shatila #Refugee Camp. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that it&#8217;s military bears no responsibility in he killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003. As we work here commemorating the #SabraShatila #Massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. #Palestine #Beirut #Lebanon #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #AerosolArt #Mural #Art #Artist #Palestinian #Olympia #WA #BayArea #CA #SanFrancisco #Oakland #Berkeley  #MiddleEast #Martyr #Solidarity #Israel #USA #Occupation

    Artist Mohammed Eldairi of #Gaza City painted this portrait of #RachelCorrie in #Shatila #Refugee Camp. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that it’s military bears no responsibility in he killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003. As we work here commemorating the #SabraShatila #Massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. #Palestine #Beirut #Lebanon #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #AerosolArt #Mural #Art #Artist #Palestinian #Olympia #WA #BayArea #CA #SanFrancisco #Oakland #Berkeley #MiddleEast #Martyr #Solidarity #Israel #USA #Occupation

  9. Public-Art, Mourning &amp; Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Thursday, November 8th<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Women&#8217;s Building, 3543&#160;18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Doors open at 7, Refreshments<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Multi-Media Program at 7:30pmSuggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>For Event Information: 415-271-0576 or http://www.facebook.com/events/395517007187014/?fref=ts September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon. The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> “… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…” ~Judith Butler</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.

    Public-Art, Mourning & Resilience

    Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.

    Thursday, November 8th
    Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room
    Doors open at 7, Refreshments
    Multi-Media Program at 7:30pmSuggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away.
    Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.
    For Event Information: 415-271-0576 or http://www.facebook.com/events/395517007187014/?fref=ts September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon.The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.
    “… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…” ~Judith Butler
  10. #SabraShatila #Murals #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Oakland #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Art #Mural #StreetArt #Graffiti

    #SabraShatila #Murals #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Oakland #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Art #Mural #StreetArt #Graffiti

  11. #Shatila Refugee Camp September 2012 @btsmap #Lebanon #Palestine #Handala

    #Shatila Refugee Camp September 2012 @btsmap #Lebanon #Palestine #Handala

  12. Follow @btsmap #SF to #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #SabraShatila #Murals #Art #StreetArt #Graffiti #BayArea #CA #Oakland

    Follow @btsmap #SF to #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #SabraShatila #Murals #Art #StreetArt #Graffiti #BayArea #CA #Oakland

  13. #SabraShatila #Murals #ShatilaCamp #Beirut #Lebanon #FreePalestine #Palestine #Art #Mural #FollowMe #StreetArt #Graffiti #Colors #SunShine #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Oakland

    #SabraShatila #Murals #ShatilaCamp #Beirut #Lebanon #FreePalestine #Palestine #Art #Mural #FollowMe #StreetArt #Graffiti #Colors #SunShine #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Oakland

  14. A truck transporting wood and furniture maneuvers the tight corners and electric cables #SabraShatila #beirut  #lebanon #palestine #streetart #shatila

    A truck transporting wood and furniture maneuvers the tight corners and electric cables #SabraShatila #beirut #lebanon #palestine#streetart #shatila

    Ammar Abo Bakr of #Egypt paints these lines connecting the murals. The lines represent the exposed electric system that hangs dangerously throughout the camp #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Shatila #Art #Graffiti #StreetArt #Mural #Murals

    Ammar Abo Bakr of#Egypt paints these lines connecting the murals. The lines represent the exposed electric system that hangs dangerously throughout the camp #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Shatila #Art #Graffiti #StreetArt #Mural #MuralsPublic-Art, Mourning &amp; Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.Thursday, November 8th<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Women’s Building, 3543&#160;18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Doors open at 7, Refreshments<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Multi-Media Program at 7:30Suggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away. For Event Information: 415-271-0576September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon. The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&#8220;… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…&#8221; ~Judith Butler</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.

  15. &#8220;Young people from the community varnishing the black line drawing. The images on this portion of the mural were inspired by drawings based on Palestinian Children Stories. References for the images and the stories were published in a book by Al Jana Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts titles, &#8216;We Exist.&#8217;&#8221; -Federicko Alvarado #SabraShatila #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #AlJana #Art #StreetArt #Children (Taken with Instagram)

    “Young people from the community varnishing the black line drawing. The images on this portion of the mural were inspired by drawings based on Palestinian Children Stories. References for the images and the stories were published in a book by Al Jana Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts titles, ‘We Exist.’” -Fredericko Alvarado #SabraShatila #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #AlJana #Art #StreetArt #Children (Taken with Instagram)

  16. Mustafa from the #WestBank sketches out his design #SabraShatila #Murals #Palestinian #Artist #StreertArt #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

    Mustafa from the #WestBank sketches out his design #SabraShatila #Murals #Palestinian #Artist #StreertArt #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken withInstagram)

  17. But first we grid! Director Dr. Susan Greene gets us goin! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

    But first we grid! Director Dr. Susan Greene gets us goin! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

  18. The next morning the walls buffed and ready&#8230; Everyone was excited to sketch the designs! (Taken with Instagram)

    The next morning the walls buffed and ready… Everyone was excited to sketch the designs! (Taken with Instagram)

  19. Buffin the walls at #Shatila Camp #SabraShatila #Murals (Taken with Instagram)

    Buffin the walls at #Shatila Camp #SabraShatila #Murals (Taken with Instagram)

  20. A note from Nidal. Soon we&#8217;ll be publishing a #Flickr album incorporating the voices of the #Artists and participants of The #SabraShatila #Murals!  For now follow us on #Instagram @BTSMAP and watch as the walls come alive and the story unfolds! (Taken with Instagram)

    A note from Nidal. Soon we’ll be publishing a #Flickr album incorporating the voices of the #Artists and participants of The #SabraShatila #Murals! For now follow us on #Instagram @BTSMAP and watch as the walls come alive and the story unfolds! (Taken with Instagram)

  21. Drawing workshops with the youth of &#8220;The Refugee Dreams Center&#8221; at #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

    Drawing workshops with the youth of “The Refugee Dreams Center” at #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

  22. Ammar Abo Bakr discussing the #politics of #graffiti in #Egypt. &#8220;The day that Ammar arrived he told us about the situation with the revolution in Egypt. He talked about what graffiti #artists face everyday. He says they are chased by the army and shot at regularly. He has friends that have been killed. Their work is constantly painted over the artists go right back and paint more.&#8221; -Tania Nabousli @tnt_koufeyi #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

    Ammar Abo Bakr discussing the #politics of #graffiti in #Egypt. “The day that Ammar arrived he told us about the situation with the revolution in Egypt. He talked about what graffiti #artists face everyday. He says they are chased by the army and shot at regularly. He has friends that have been killed. Their work is constantly painted over the artists go right back and paint more.” -Tania Nabousli @tnt_koufeyi #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

  23. #MotorScooterCity&#8230; Where the magic happened #SabraShatila #Murals! #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon More to come&#8230; Follow @BTSMAP! (Taken with Instagram)

    #MotorScooterCity… Where the magic happened #SabraShatila #Murals! #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon More to come… Follow @BTSMAP! (Taken withInstagram)

  24. Before #SabraShatila Commemorative #Murals at the #Shatila Camp! #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

    Before #SabraShatila Commemorative #Murals at the #Shatila Camp! #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

  25. The center of #Shatila Camp&#8230; Within 10 days of work by community members, #Palestinian #Artists from #Gaza, the #WestBank &amp; #Jordan, an #Egyptian #Artist &amp; 3 #US Artists from the #BayArea these walls were filled with bright colors and messages commemorating 64 years of resilience and 30 years since the #SabraShatila Massacres. Follow @BTSMAP on #Twitter, #Instagram, #Facebook, and #Tumblr to watch as the story unfolds&#8230; (Taken with Instagram)

    The center of #Shatila Camp… Within 10 days of work by community members, #Palestinian #Artists from #Gaza, the #WestBank & #Jordan, an #Egyptian #Artist & 3 #US Artists from the #BayArea these walls were filled with bright colors and messages commemorating 64 years of resilience and 30 years since the #SabraShatila Massacres. Follow @BTSMAP on #Twitter, #Instagram, #Facebook, and #Tumblr to watch as the story unfolds… (Taken with Instagram)

  26. Site of #SabraShatila Murals #Shatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

    Site of #SabraShatila Murals #Shatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

  27. Around #Hamra&#8230; Our first day in the streets of #Beirut #Lebanon. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

    Around #Hamra… Our first day in the streets of #Beirut #Lebanon. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

  28. August 21st 2012 we traveled to #Beirut #Lebanon to facilitate a #Community #Murals Workshop w/ #Palestinian #Artists from throughout the #MiddleEast&#8230; This photo was taken in #Hamra. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

    August 21st 2012 we traveled to #Beirut #Lebanon to facilitate a #Community #Murals Workshop w/ #Palestinian #Artists from throughout the #MiddleEast… This photo was taken in #Hamra. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

  29. Sabra Shatila Massacres September 16th - 18th 1982.

    Sabra Shatila Massacres September 16th – 18th 1982.

  30. LAST WEEK SAW THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. TODAY MARKS ANOTHER SAD ANNIVERSARY, THAT WILL NOT EVEN BE MENTIONED ON MOST OF THE MASS MEDIA OUTLETS THAT GAVE US SUCH EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 COMMEMORATIONS. EXACTLY 30 YEARS AGO, AT 5:00PM ON THE EVENING OF 16 SEPTEMBER 1982, LEBANESE CHRISTIANS OF THE PHALANGIST MILITIA WITH THE COOPERATION OF ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES ENTERED THE UNDEFENDED PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMPS OF SABRA AND SHATILA IN WEST BEIRUT. IN THE COURSE OF A 40-HOUR RAMPAGE, THEY SHOT, HACKED, STOMPED, DRAGGED, BULLDOZED AND BURNED TO DEATH POSSIBLY AS MANY AS 3,500 CIVILIANS, AND DEMOLISHED HUNDREDS OF THEIR HOMES. THE PHALANGISTS’ INTENTION WAS TO SO TERRORIZE THE 500,000 PALESTINIANS IN LEBANON – ALREADY REFUGEES FROM GALILEE IN 1948 – THAT THEY WOULD FLEE THE COUNTRY.

  31. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>The never-ending horror story – Sabra and Shatila 30 years later<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982.  A massacre so awful that  people who know about it cannot forget it.  The photos are gruesome  reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of  rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were  recoiling from it all those years ago. For the victims and the handful of  survivors, it was a 36-hour holocaust without mercy.  It was deliberate, it  was planned and it was overseen.  But to this day, the killers have gone  unpunished.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Sabra and Shatila – two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon – were the  theatres for this staged slaughter.  The former is no longer there and the  other is a ghostly and ghastly reminder of man’s inhumanity to men, women  and children – more specifically, Israel’s inhumanity, the inhumanity of the  people who did Israel’s bidding and the world’s inhumanity for pretending it  was of no consequence. There were international witnesses – doctors, nurses,  journalists – who saw the macabre scenes and have tried to tell the world in  vain ever since.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Each act was barbarous enough on its own to warrant fear and loathing.  It  was human savagery at its worst and Dr Ang Swee Chai was an eye witness as  she worked with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on the dying and the  wounded amongst the dead.  What she saw was so unimaginable that the  atrocities committed need to be separated from each other to even begin  comprehending the viciousness of the crimes.

    fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

    THE NEVER-ENDING HORROR STORY – SABRA AND SHATILA 30 YEARS LATER

    It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982.  A massacre so awful that  people who know about it cannot forget it.  The photos are gruesome  reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of  rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were  recoiling from it all those years ago. For the victims and the handful of  survivors, it was a 36-hour holocaust without mercy.  It was deliberate, it  was planned and it was overseen.  But to this day, the killers have gone  unpunished.

    Sabra and Shatila – two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon – were the  theatres for this staged slaughter.  The former is no longer there and the  other is a ghostly and ghastly reminder of man’s inhumanity to men, women  and children – more specifically, Israel’s inhumanity, the inhumanity of the  people who did Israel’s bidding and the world’s inhumanity for pretending it  was of no consequence. There were international witnesses – doctors, nurses,  journalists – who saw the macabre scenes and have tried to tell the world in  vain ever since.

    Each act was barbarous enough on its own to warrant fear and loathing.  It  was human savagery at its worst and Dr Ang Swee Chai was an eye witness as  she worked with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on the dying and the  wounded amongst the dead.  What she saw was so unimaginable that the  atrocities committed need to be separated from each other to even begin  comprehending the viciousness of the crimes.

  32. elkoufeyi7:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>في مخيّم شاتيلا…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />In Shatila Camp in Beirut.. 

    elkoufeyi7:

    في مخيّم شاتيلا…

    In Shatila Camp in Beirut..

  33. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that its military bears no responsibility in the killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003.   As we work here in Shatila Refugee Camp to complete the murals commemorating the massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. rachelfcorriefoundation.org<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The artist who painted this portrait is Mohammed El-Dirri who is from Gaza where Rachel was run over by an Israeli driven bulldozer.  Rachel was trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition.  Two families including children were inside the home at the time. 

    On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that its military bears no responsibility in the killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003.   As we work here in Shatila Refugee Camp to complete the murals commemorating the massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie.rachelfcorriefoundation.org

    The artist who painted this portrait is Mohammed El-Dirri who is from Gaza where Rachel was run over by an Israeli driven bulldozer.  Rachel was trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition.  Two families including children were inside the home at the time.

  34. “We’ve been painting at the camp for the last two days… it feels like I’ve been here for weeks… I have so much to tell you… I wish I spoke Arabic. I fell in love with a 6 year old girl… she showed me how to eat raw pistachios and no

    matter what I’m doing it’s never too long before she taps me on the leg and says “marhaba.” All of the artists we are working with are amazing… they made my name into a song. Mohammed, who painted with the Maia Mural Brigade in Palestine last summer arrived from Gaza late last night… as soon as he sat down he broke down in tears and so did the rest of us. It took him 6 days to arrive and he was harassed every step of the way. This is his first time out of Gaza… he is 26 years old. I spent the day documenting his work and talked with the residents of the camp about life in Gaza and life in Shatila. So much more I have to say… to share… to feel… no worries… I am making a video.” -Hilary Hacker
  35. It has been amazing to watch the walls come to life as the children and artists paint.  Many of the artists in our group are Palestinian living in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and other camps in Lebanon.  There are many restrictions against Palestinians that make it extremely difficult to move across borders, through walls and from camp to camp.  This makes this an incredible project to witness and be a part of.  The residents of Shatila Camp are overwhelmingly excited to have them painting murals at the center of their camp.

  36. We are working on 5 different walls in the center of the camp.  One of them is on the mosque that is also a memorial and grave site of those who have been murdered inside the camp.  We were honored to recieve funding from LeftTilt and the Hoping Foundation, which allowed to hire a few local painters to clean and buff the walls for us.  When we arrived on Wednesday the walls were prepared for us to grid and sketch our designs.  It all happend so fast!

  37. We arrived at Shatila Camp very early on Wednesday morning ready to paint!  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&#8220;This was my first time visiting the camp&#8230; as I stepped out of the van this is what I saw&#8230;&#8221; -Hilary Hacker

    We arrived at Shatila Camp very early on Wednesday morning ready to paint!

    “This was my first time visiting the camp… as I stepped out of the van this is what I saw…” -Hilary Hacker

  38. The Encounter is coming to a close here in Brumanah.  Here are some photos of the partipants lettin loose and expressing their creativity.

  39. After designing the walls the artists colored in their designs to prepare for a full day of painting with youth at Shatila Camp in Beirut.

  40. So far we have designed composites for 5 walls in the center of Shatila Camp.  These are the designs that the workshop participants have created.

  41. Artists were up late putting together the designs for the murals at Shatila Camp and today all designs were approved!  We will begin to paint early in the morning!

  42. Scale Drawing

  43. Discussing Discussions

    Discussing Discussions

  44. Breaking Between Breaths - Balcony Shot Shatila Ahlam Lajea &#8220;Refugee Dreams&#8221; Center

    Breaking Between Breaths – Balcony Shot Shatila Ahlam Lajea “Refugee Dreams” Center

  45. Children’s Art Workshops at Ahlam Lajea “Refugee Dreams” Center

  46. Word Up!

    Word Up!

  47. Ammar Abobakr, Tania Nabulsi, Ala Albaba, Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing art works. 

    Ammar Abobakr, Tania Nabulsi, Ala Albaba, Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing art works.

  48. Pre-Game Warm Up- Just before the drawing workshop

    Pre-Game Warm Up- Just before the drawing workshop

  49. In mid sentence, we serious bout this! Artist discussion at Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

    In mid sentence, we serious bout this! Artist discussion at Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

  50. Ala Albaba conducting the workshop, youth and adults collaborations!

    Ala Albaba conducting the workshop, youth and adults collaborations!

  51. Never underestimate the ideas of young people. 

    Never underestimate the ideas of young people.

  52. Detail Drawing Workshop

    Detail Drawing Workshop

  53. Outside the Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

    Outside the Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

  54. Almost the whole group has now arrived!  Tania Nabulsi from

    Beddawi Refugee Camp, in the north of Lebanon, arrived yesterday.  The situation in the north has made travel very difficult.  But she made it!

     

    We are still waiting for Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza.  We are hearing rumors that he may be in Jordan.. but no one know for sure.

     

    We spend the day looking at each other’s work and continue discussing ideas for how to represent the idea of resilience or ‘samoud’ in Arabic.

  55. We will start on the wall in a couple of days!!!!!!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

    We will start on the wall in a couple of days!!!!!!

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  56. Captions from top to bottom…

     

    Our studio at Brumana High School.  On the wall are photographs of the mural site.  If it all works out we will paint every wall in the central square in Shatila where three main streets intersect.

     

    Artists Hamza Aby Avyash and Ala Albaba working on drawings and ideas for the mural.

     

    Hamza Abu Ayyash and Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing mural composite.

     

    Photos by Fred Alvarado

  57. On our first day we are getting down to business. We are having a design session and Moa’taz Dajani, the director of Al Jana stops by to check out what we are doing.  We just got the news that all groups in Shatila camp are supportive of the mural project.  The theme is to commemorate the Sabra-Shatila massacres and 30 years of resilience. We have located walls in Shatila.  The organizers of Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams), a grassroots community center, have been helping us.  We will meet with them twice this weekend, once with the community at large and those who live near the mural site.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Photo by Fred Alvarado

    On our first day we are getting down to business. We are having a design session and Moa’taz Dajani, the director of Al Jana stops by to check out what we are doing.  We just got the news that all groups in Shatila camp are supportive of the mural project.  The theme is to commemorate the Sabra-Shatila massacres and 30 years of resilience. We have located walls in Shatila.  The organizers of Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams), a grassroots community center, have been helping us.  We will meet with them twice this weekend, once with the community at large and those who live near the mural site.

     

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  58. Hamza Aby Avyash from the community mural group has something to say!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

    Hamza Aby Avyash from the community mural group has something to say!

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  59. The first general meeting of the Encounter begins with exuberant dancing.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

    The first general meeting of the Encounter begins with exuberant dancing.

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  60. Almost everyone has arrived.  We had a wonderful breakfast in the mountains of Lebanon at Brumana High School, a Quaker School.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

    Almost everyone has arrived.  We had a wonderful breakfast in the mountains of Lebanon at Brumana High School, a Quaker School.

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  61. Dr. Susan Greene, Ala Albaba, Nidal El Khairy, Mustafa Al Khateeb<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />People arrive at the Encounter over 12 hours from many countries.  Slowly everyone in the Community Mural Group arrives, but we are still waiting for 2 more people.  One participant lives in Tripoli but it is too dangerous for her to travel and she will not join us.  We just heard Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza will join us tomorrow!! It was not clear if he would be able to make it due to all the travel restrictions imposed on Gazans.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

    Dr. Susan Greene, Ala Albaba, Nidal El Khairy, Mustafa Al Khateeb

    People arrive at the Encounter over 12 hours from many countries.  Slowly everyone in the Community Mural Group arrives, but we are still waiting for 2 more people.  One participant lives in Tripoli but it is too dangerous for her to travel and she will not join us.  We just heard Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza will join us tomorrow!! It was not clear if he would be able to make it due to all the travel restrictions imposed on Gazans.

    Photo by Fred Alvarado

  62. We visited the first mural site at the center of Shatila, a Palestinian Refugee camp in Beirut that was created in 1949 for Palestinians who were expelled from their land by the Israeli occupation.

    Photos by Fred Alvarado

  63. Our first day in Beirut was a hectic one, the first of many more to come!  We met with the folks from ALJANA-The Center & Ahlam Laje- Refugee Dreams – Tarek Othman, Sobhi Afifi, Cerien Kattor, Jalal Abd-Alhide, and Moa-taz DaJani about our upcoming workshops and collaborative murals that will be painted throughout the coming weeks.

    Photos by Fred Alvarado

  64. After a long journey halfway across the globe, Dr. Susan Greene and Fred Alvarado of San Francisco, California arrived in Beirut Lebanon the night of August 22nd.

    Photos by Fred Alvarado

  65. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Break the Silence Media &amp; Art Project (BTS/MAP) uses collaborative public art and technology, including murals, websites, social and new media, to create spaces for critical thinking and action.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />BTS/MAP moves from the local to the global, from the streets of San Francisco to refugee camps of Palestine.  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />These projects make visible the histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten; making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />- http://breakthesilencearts.org/

    Break the Silence Media & Art Project (BTS/MAP) uses collaborative public art and technology, including murals, websites, social and new media, to create spaces for critical thinking and action.

    BTS/MAP moves from the local to the global, from the streets of San Francisco to refugee camps of Palestine.

    These projects make visible the histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten; making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.

    – http://breakthesilencearts.org/

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    • August 23, 201
      1. Ammar Abu Bakr, of Egypt reflects on painting murals in Shatila Refugee Camp on 30th anniversary of massacres.

      2. Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Report Back!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Public-Art, Mourning, &amp; Resilience: Commemorating 30 Year Anniversary of 1982 Massacres and 64 Years of Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />November 8th at the Women&#8217;s Building in San Francisco<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Check out our event photos on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/65003496@N06/sets/72157632087895563/

        Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Report Back!

        Public-Art, Mourning, & Resilience: Commemorating 30 Year Anniversary of 1982 Massacres and 64 Years of Resilience

        November 8th at the Women’s Building in San Francisco

        Check out our event photos on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/65003496@N06/sets/72157632087895563/

      3. Palestinian Artist Nidal El Khairy of Jordan w/ #Shatila youth #SabraShatila #Murals Thursday in #SF

        Palestinian Artist Nidal El Khairy of Jordan w/ #Shatila youth #SabraShatila #Murals Thursday in #SF

      4. KPFA Interview w/ Dr. Susan Greene & participants of The Sabra Shatila Mural Project in Shatila Refugee Camp Lebanon! Starts 35min in…

        We were invited into the KPFA studios for an interview with Malihe and Khalil of “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa” where we were asked about the Sabra-Shatila Mural Project and Palestinians living in Lebanon.

        Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.

        Join us on Thursday, November 8th

        Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room

        Doors open at 7, Refreshments; Multi-Media Program at 7:30

        Suggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away;
        Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.
        For Event Information: 415-271-0576 or on Facebook:
      5. &#8220;When the #martyrs go to sleep, I wake up, and I tell them, &#8216;May you wake up on a homeland, made of clouds and anxious of love.&#8217;&#8221; - Mahmoud Darwish. Painted on the side of the #Shatila Mosque where the bodies of the martyrs of the #SabraShatila Massacres lay. Follow @Btsmap for more info. #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #FreePalestine

        “When the #martyrs go to sleep, I wake up, and I tell them, ‘May you wake up on a homeland, made of clouds and anxious of love.’” – Mahmoud Darwish. Painted on the side of the #Shatila Mosque where the bodies of the martyrs of the #SabraShatila Massacres lay. Follow @Btsmap for more info. #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #FreePalestine

      6. #PublicArt, Mourning &amp; Resilience&#8230; Come to the Women&#8217;s Building in the #SF #Mission on Nov 8th! Watch videos, see photos, and hear stories from the #SabraShatila #Mural Project in #Shatila Camp #Lebanon! Find us on #Twitter or #Facebook for more information! #Art #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #SanFrancisco #SF #BayArea #Oakland #Palestine #Beirut

        #PublicArt, Mourning & Resilience… Come to the Women’s Building in the #SF #Mission on Nov 8th! Watch videos, see photos, and hear stories from the #SabraShatila #Mural Project in #Shatila Camp #Lebanon! Find us on #Twitter or #Facebook for more information! #Art #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #SanFrancisco #SF #BayArea #Oakland #Palestine #Beirut

      7. Artist Tania Nabulsi describes her journey from Beddawi Refugee camp near Tripoli to Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Project and Al Jana Summer Encounter.

      8. #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Shatila #Camp #Mural #Art #Artist #Children #Kids #Streets #StreetArt #Graffiti #Palestine #Refugee #Water

        #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Shatila #Camp #Mural #Art #Artist #Children #Kids #Streets #StreetArt #Graffiti #Palestine #Refugee #Water

      9. #Sunset over #Beirut and the #Mediterranean #Sea #Lebanon

        #Sunset over #Beirut and the #Mediterranean #Sea #Lebanon

      10. Peace and love from #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon!

        Peace and love from #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon!

      11. Amazing crew of folks we worked with &amp; got to know @ #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Community #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #Artists #Children #Child #Refugee #Camp #MiddleEast

        Amazing crew of folks we worked with & got to know @ #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Community #Art #StreetArt #Mural #Graffiti #Artists #Children #Child #Refugee #Camp #MiddleEast

      12. Artist Mohammed Eldairi of #Gaza City painted this portrait of #RachelCorrie in #Shatila #Refugee Camp. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that it&#8217;s military bears no responsibility in he killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003. As we work here commemorating the #SabraShatila #Massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. #Palestine #Beirut #Lebanon #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #AerosolArt #Mural #Art #Artist #Palestinian #Olympia #WA #BayArea #CA #SanFrancisco #Oakland #Berkeley  #MiddleEast #Martyr #Solidarity #Israel #USA #Occupation

        Artist Mohammed Eldairi of #Gaza City painted this portrait of #RachelCorrie in #Shatila #Refugee Camp. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that it’s military bears no responsibility in he killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003. As we work here commemorating the #SabraShatila #Massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. #Palestine #Beirut #Lebanon #Murals #StreetArt #Graffiti #AerosolArt #Mural #Art #Artist #Palestinian #Olympia #WA #BayArea #CA #SanFrancisco #Oakland #Berkeley #MiddleEast #Martyr #Solidarity #Israel #USA #Occupation

      13. Public-Art, Mourning &amp; Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Thursday, November 8th<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Women&#8217;s Building, 3543&#160;18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Doors open at 7, Refreshments<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Multi-Media Program at 7:30pmSuggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>For Event Information: 415-271-0576 or http://www.facebook.com/events/395517007187014/?fref=ts September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon. The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…” ~Judith Butler</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.

        Public-Art, Mourning & Resilience

        Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.

        Thursday, November 8th
        Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room
        Doors open at 7, Refreshments
        Multi-Media Program at 7:30pmSuggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away.
        Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.
        For Event Information: 415-271-0576 or http://www.facebook.com/events/395517007187014/?fref=ts September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon.The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.
        “… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…” ~Judith Butler
        Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.
      14. #SabraShatila #Murals #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Oakland #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Art #Mural #StreetArt #Graffiti

        #SabraShatila #Murals #Shatila #Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #Oakland #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Art #Mural #StreetArt #Graffiti

      15. #Shatila Refugee Camp September 2012 @btsmap #Lebanon #Palestine #Handala

        #Shatila Refugee Camp September 2012 @btsmap #Lebanon #Palestine #Handala

      16. Follow @btsmap #SF to #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #SabraShatila #Murals #Art #StreetArt #Graffiti #BayArea #CA #Oakland

        Follow @btsmap #SF to #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #FreePalestine #SabraShatila #Murals #Art #StreetArt #Graffiti #BayArea #CA #Oakland

      17. #SabraShatila #Murals #ShatilaCamp #Beirut #Lebanon #FreePalestine #Palestine #Art #Mural #FollowMe #StreetArt #Graffiti #Colors #SunShine #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Oakland

        #SabraShatila #Murals #ShatilaCamp #Beirut #Lebanon #FreePalestine #Palestine #Art #Mural #FollowMe #StreetArt #Graffiti #Colors #SunShine #SF #SanFrancisco #BayArea #CA #Oakland

      18. Check us out in #SF on Nov 8th!!! #SanFrancisco #Oakland #BayArea

        Check us out in #SF on Nov 8th!!! #SanFrancisco #Oakland #BayArea

      19. A truck transporting wood and furniture maneuvers the tight corners and electric cables #SabraShatila #beirut  #lebanon #palestine #streetart #shatila

        A truck transporting wood and furniture maneuvers the tight corners and electric cables #SabraShatila #beirut #lebanon #palestine #streetart #shatila

      20. Ammar Abo Bakr of #Egypt paints these lines connecting the murals. The lines represent the exposed electric system that hangs dangerously throughout the camp #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Shatila #Art #Graffiti #StreetArt #Mural #Murals

        Ammar Abo Bakr of #Egypt paints these lines connecting the murals. The lines represent the exposed electric system that hangs dangerously throughout the camp #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #Shatila #Art #Graffiti #StreetArt #Mural #Murals

      21. Sabra-Shatila Murals in Pictures

        Public-Art, Mourning & Resilience – Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.

      22. Public-Art, Mourning &amp; Resilience<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.Thursday, November 8th<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Women’s Building, 3543&#160;18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Doors open at 7, Refreshments<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Multi-Media Program at 7:30Suggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away. For Event Information: 415-271-0576September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon. The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&#8220;… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…&#8221; ~Judith Butler</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.

        Public-Art, Mourning & Resilience

        Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and the 64th year of occupation.

        Proceeds will benefit art programming in Shatila Refugee Camp.

        Thursday, November 8th

        Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, SF CA 94110, Audre Lourde Room

        Doors open at 7, Refreshments

        Multi-Media Program at 7:30Suggested donation $5-$25 No one turned away.
        For Event Information: 415-271-0576September 2012: US based Break the Silence Mural and Art Project collaborated with Lebanese organizations: Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al Jana and Ahlam Laje’a Center and artists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt, to paint 2000 square feet in Mosque Square, Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon.The murals honor the victims of the Sabra and Shatila massacres and explore the themes of resilience and creativity. The murals also include a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza in 2003 and whose wrongful death case was recently dismissed by Israel.Through this process of social practice, stories and experiences were documented to illuminate and raise questions including: the mutuality of international solidarity; global contexts; the lives of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and beyond; how public art transforms spaces and relationships.
        “… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…” ~Judith Butler
        Endorsed by: Middle East Children’s Alliance; Global Exchange; American Friends Service Committee; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; and The Estria Foundation.
      23. &#8220;Young people from the community varnishing the black line drawing. The images on this portion of the mural were inspired by drawings based on Palestinian Children Stories. References for the images and the stories were published in a book by Al Jana Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts titles, &#8216;We Exist.&#8217;&#8221; -Federicko Alvarado #SabraShatila #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #AlJana #Art #StreetArt #Children (Taken with Instagram)

        “Young people from the community varnishing the black line drawing. The images on this portion of the mural were inspired by drawings based on Palestinian Children Stories. References for the images and the stories were published in a book by Al Jana Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts titles, ‘We Exist.’” -Federicko Alvarado #SabraShatila #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon #Palestine #AlJana #Art #StreetArt #Children (Taken with Instagram)

      24. Mustafa from the #WestBank sketches out his design #SabraShatila #Murals #Palestinian #Artist #StreertArt #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

        Mustafa from the #WestBank sketches out his design #SabraShatila #Murals #Palestinian #Artist #StreertArt #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken withInstagram)

      25. But first we grid! Director Dr. Susan Greene gets us goin! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

        But first we grid! Director Dr. Susan Greene gets us goin! #SabraShatila #Murals #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

      26. The next morning the walls buffed and ready&#8230; Everyone was excited to sketch the designs! (Taken with Instagram)

        The next morning the walls buffed and ready… Everyone was excited to sketch the designs! (Taken with Instagram)

      27. Buffin the walls at #Shatila Camp #SabraShatila #Murals (Taken with Instagram)

        Buffin the walls at #Shatila Camp #SabraShatila #Murals (Taken with Instagram)

      28. A note from Nidal. Soon we&#8217;ll be publishing a #Flickr album incorporating the voices of the #Artists and participants of The #SabraShatila #Murals!  For now follow us on #Instagram @BTSMAP and watch as the walls come alive and the story unfolds! (Taken with Instagram)

        A note from Nidal. Soon we’ll be publishing a #Flickr album incorporating the voices of the #Artists and participants of The #SabraShatila #Murals! For now follow us on #Instagram @BTSMAP and watch as the walls come alive and the story unfolds! (Taken with Instagram)

      29. Drawing workshops with the youth of &#8220;The Refugee Dreams Center&#8221; at #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

        Drawing workshops with the youth of “The Refugee Dreams Center” at #Shatila Camp! #SabraShatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

      30. Ammar Abo Bakr discussing the #politics of #graffiti in #Egypt. &#8220;The day that Ammar arrived he told us about the situation with the revolution in Egypt. He talked about what graffiti #artists face everyday. He says they are chased by the army and shot at regularly. He has friends that have been killed. Their work is constantly painted over the artists go right back and paint more.&#8221; -Tania Nabousli @tnt_koufeyi #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

        Ammar Abo Bakr discussing the #politics of #graffiti in #Egypt. “The day that Ammar arrived he told us about the situation with the revolution in Egypt. He talked about what graffiti #artists face everyday. He says they are chased by the army and shot at regularly. He has friends that have been killed. Their work is constantly painted over the artists go right back and paint more.” -Tania Nabousli @tnt_koufeyi #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

      31. #MotorScooterCity&#8230; Where the magic happened #SabraShatila #Murals! #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon More to come&#8230; Follow @BTSMAP! (Taken with Instagram)

        #MotorScooterCity… Where the magic happened #SabraShatila #Murals! #Shatila Camp #Beirut #Lebanon More to come… Follow @BTSMAP! (Taken withInstagram)

      32. Before #SabraShatila Commemorative #Murals at the #Shatila Camp! #Beirut #Lebanon  (Taken with Instagram)

        Before #SabraShatila Commemorative #Murals at the #Shatila Camp! #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

      33. The center of #Shatila Camp&#8230; Within 10 days of work by community members, #Palestinian #Artists from #Gaza, the #WestBank &amp; #Jordan, an #Egyptian #Artist &amp; 3 #US Artists from the #BayArea these walls were filled with bright colors and messages commemorating 64 years of resilience and 30 years since the #SabraShatila Massacres. Follow @BTSMAP on #Twitter, #Instagram, #Facebook, and #Tumblr to watch as the story unfolds&#8230; (Taken with Instagram)

        The center of #Shatila Camp… Within 10 days of work by community members, #Palestinian #Artists from #Gaza, the #WestBank & #Jordan, an #Egyptian #Artist & 3 #US Artists from the #BayArea these walls were filled with bright colors and messages commemorating 64 years of resilience and 30 years since the #SabraShatila Massacres. Follow @BTSMAP on #Twitter, #Instagram, #Facebook, and #Tumblr to watch as the story unfolds… (Taken with Instagram)

      34. Site of #SabraShatila Murals #Shatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

        Site of #SabraShatila Murals #Shatila #Beirut #Lebanon (Taken with Instagram)

      35. Around #Hamra&#8230; Our first day in the streets of #Beirut #Lebanon. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

        Around #Hamra… Our first day in the streets of #Beirut #Lebanon. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

      36. August 21st 2012 we traveled to #Beirut #Lebanon to facilitate a #Community #Murals Workshop w/ #Palestinian #Artists from throughout the #MiddleEast&#8230; This photo was taken in #Hamra. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

        August 21st 2012 we traveled to #Beirut #Lebanon to facilitate a #Community #Murals Workshop w/ #Palestinian #Artists from throughout the #MiddleEast… This photo was taken in #Hamra. #SabraShatila (Taken with Instagram)

      37. Sabra Shatila Massacres September 16th - 18th 1982.

        Sabra Shatila Massacres September 16th – 18th 1982.

      38. LAST WEEK SAW THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. TODAY MARKS ANOTHER SAD ANNIVERSARY, THAT WILL NOT EVEN BE MENTIONED ON MOST OF THE MASS MEDIA OUTLETS THAT GAVE US SUCH EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE 9/11 COMMEMORATIONS. EXACTLY 30 YEARS AGO, AT 5:00PM ON THE EVENING OF 16 SEPTEMBER 1982, LEBANESE CHRISTIANS OF THE PHALANGIST MILITIA WITH THE COOPERATION OF ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES ENTERED THE UNDEFENDED PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMPS OF SABRA AND SHATILA IN WEST BEIRUT. IN THE COURSE OF A 40-HOUR RAMPAGE, THEY SHOT, HACKED, STOMPED, DRAGGED, BULLDOZED AND BURNED TO DEATH POSSIBLY AS MANY AS 3,500 CIVILIANS, AND DEMOLISHED HUNDREDS OF THEIR HOMES. THE PHALANGISTS’ INTENTION WAS TO SO TERRORIZE THE 500,000 PALESTINIANS IN LEBANON – ALREADY REFUGEES FROM GALILEE IN 1948 – THAT THEY WOULD FLEE THE COUNTRY.

      39. fuckyeahmarxismleninism:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>The never-ending horror story – Sabra and Shatila 30 years later<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982.  A massacre so awful that  people who know about it cannot forget it.  The photos are gruesome  reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of  rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were  recoiling from it all those years ago. For the victims and the handful of  survivors, it was a 36-hour holocaust without mercy.  It was deliberate, it  was planned and it was overseen.  But to this day, the killers have gone  unpunished.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Sabra and Shatila – two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon – were the  theatres for this staged slaughter.  The former is no longer there and the  other is a ghostly and ghastly reminder of man’s inhumanity to men, women  and children – more specifically, Israel’s inhumanity, the inhumanity of the  people who did Israel’s bidding and the world’s inhumanity for pretending it  was of no consequence. There were international witnesses – doctors, nurses,  journalists – who saw the macabre scenes and have tried to tell the world in  vain ever since.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Each act was barbarous enough on its own to warrant fear and loathing.  It  was human savagery at its worst and Dr Ang Swee Chai was an eye witness as  she worked with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on the dying and the  wounded amongst the dead.  What she saw was so unimaginable that the  atrocities committed need to be separated from each other to even begin  comprehending the viciousness of the crimes.

        fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

        THE NEVER-ENDING HORROR STORY – SABRA AND SHATILA 30 YEARS LATER

        It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982.  A massacre so awful that  people who know about it cannot forget it.  The photos are gruesome  reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of  rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were  recoiling from it all those years ago. For the victims and the handful of  survivors, it was a 36-hour holocaust without mercy.  It was deliberate, it  was planned and it was overseen.  But to this day, the killers have gone  unpunished.

        Sabra and Shatila – two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon – were the  theatres for this staged slaughter.  The former is no longer there and the  other is a ghostly and ghastly reminder of man’s inhumanity to men, women  and children – more specifically, Israel’s inhumanity, the inhumanity of the  people who did Israel’s bidding and the world’s inhumanity for pretending it  was of no consequence. There were international witnesses – doctors, nurses,  journalists – who saw the macabre scenes and have tried to tell the world in  vain ever since.

        Each act was barbarous enough on its own to warrant fear and loathing.  It  was human savagery at its worst and Dr Ang Swee Chai was an eye witness as  she worked with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society on the dying and the  wounded amongst the dead.  What she saw was so unimaginable that the  atrocities committed need to be separated from each other to even begin  comprehending the viciousness of the crimes.

      40. elkoufeyi7:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>في مخيّم شاتيلا…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />In Shatila Camp in Beirut.. 

        elkoufeyi7:

        في مخيّم شاتيلا…

        In Shatila Camp in Beirut..

      41. On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that its military bears no responsibility in the killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003.   As we work here in Shatila Refugee Camp to complete the murals commemorating the massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie. rachelfcorriefoundation.org<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The artist who painted this portrait is Mohammed El-Dirri who is from Gaza where Rachel was run over by an Israeli driven bulldozer.  Rachel was trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition.  Two families including children were inside the home at the time. 

        On August 28th 2012, Israel determined that its military bears no responsibility in the killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza Strip in 2003.   As we work here in Shatila Refugee Camp to complete the murals commemorating the massacres of 1982, we want to make a connection to and honor the life of Rachel Corrie.rachelfcorriefoundation.org

        The artist who painted this portrait is Mohammed El-Dirri who is from Gaza where Rachel was run over by an Israeli driven bulldozer.  Rachel was trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition.  Two families including children were inside the home at the time.

      42. &#8220;We&#8217;ve been painting at the camp for the last two days&#8230; it feels like I&#8217;ve been here for weeks&#8230; I have so much to tell you&#8230; I wish I spoke Arabic. I fell in love with a 6 year old girl&#8230; she showed me how to eat raw pistachios and no<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />matter what I&#8217;m doing it&#8217;s never too long before she taps me on the leg and says &#8220;marhaba.&#8221; All of the artists we are working with are amazing&#8230; they made my name into a song. Mohammed, who painted with the Maia Mural Brigade in Palestine last summer arrived from Gaza late last night&#8230; as soon as he sat down he broke down in tears and so did the rest of us. It took him 6 days to arrive and he was harassed every step of the way. This is his first time out of Gaza&#8230; he is 26 years old. I spent the day documenting his work and talked with the residents of the camp about life in Gaza and life in Shatila. So much more I have to say&#8230; to share&#8230; to feel&#8230; no worries&#8230; I am making a video.&#8221; -Hilary Hacker

        “We’ve been painting at the camp for the last two days… it feels like I’ve been here for weeks… I have so much to tell you… I wish I spoke Arabic. I fell in love with a 6 year old girl… she showed me how to eat raw pistachios and no

        matter what I’m doing it’s never too long before she taps me on the leg and says “marhaba.” All of the artists we are working with are amazing… they made my name into a song. Mohammed, who painted with the Maia Mural Brigade in Palestine last summer arrived from Gaza late last night… as soon as he sat down he broke down in tears and so did the rest of us. It took him 6 days to arrive and he was harassed every step of the way. This is his first time out of Gaza… he is 26 years old. I spent the day documenting his work and talked with the residents of the camp about life in Gaza and life in Shatila. So much more I have to say… to share… to feel… no worries… I am making a video.” -Hilary Hacker
      43. It has been amazing to watch the walls come to life as the children and artists paint.  Many of the artists in our group are Palestinian living in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and other camps in Lebanon.  There are many restrictions against Palestinians that make it extremely difficult to move across borders, through walls and from camp to camp.  This makes this an incredible project to witness and be a part of.  The residents of Shatila Camp are overwhelmingly excited to have them painting murals at the center of their camp.

      44. We are working on 5 different walls in the center of the camp.  One of them is on the mosque that is also a memorial and grave site of those who have been murdered inside the camp.  We were honored to recieve funding from LeftTilt and the Hoping Foundation, which allowed to hire a few local painters to clean and buff the walls for us.  When we arrived on Wednesday the walls were prepared for us to grid and sketch our designs.  It all happend so fast!

      45. We arrived at Shatila Camp very early on Wednesday morning ready to paint!  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&#8220;This was my first time visiting the camp&#8230; as I stepped out of the van this is what I saw&#8230;&#8221; -Hilary Hacker

        We arrived at Shatila Camp very early on Wednesday morning ready to paint!

        “This was my first time visiting the camp… as I stepped out of the van this is what I saw…” -Hilary Hacker

      46. The Encounter is coming to a close here in Brumanah.  Here are some photos of the partipants lettin loose and expressing their creativity.

      47. After designing the walls the artists colored in their designs to prepare for a full day of painting with youth at Shatila Camp in Beirut.

      48. So far we have designed composites for 5 walls in the center of Shatila Camp.  These are the designs that the workshop participants have created.

      49. Artists were up late putting together the designs for the murals at Shatila Camp and today all designs were approved!  We will begin to paint early in the morning!

      50. Scale Drawing

      51. Discussing Discussions

        Discussing Discussions

      52. Breaking Between Breaths - Balcony Shot Shatila Ahlam Lajea &#8220;Refugee Dreams&#8221; Center

        Breaking Between Breaths – Balcony Shot Shatila Ahlam Lajea “Refugee Dreams” Center

      53. Children’s Art Workshops at Ahlam Lajea “Refugee Dreams” Center

      54. Word Up!

        Word Up!

      55. Ammar Abobakr, Tania Nabulsi, Ala Albaba, Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing art works. 

        Ammar Abobakr, Tania Nabulsi, Ala Albaba, Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing art works.

      56. Pre-Game Warm Up- Just before the drawing workshop

        Pre-Game Warm Up- Just before the drawing workshop

      57. In mid sentence, we serious bout this! Artist discussion at Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

        In mid sentence, we serious bout this! Artist discussion at Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

      58. Ala Albaba conducting the workshop, youth and adults collaborations!

        Ala Albaba conducting the workshop, youth and adults collaborations!

      59. Never underestimate the ideas of young people. 

        Never underestimate the ideas of young people.

      60. Detail Drawing Workshop

        Detail Drawing Workshop

      61. Outside the Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

        Outside the Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams) Center

      62. Almost the whole group has now arrived!  Tania Nabulsi from

        Beddawi Refugee Camp, in the north of Lebanon, arrived yesterday.  The situation in the north has made travel very difficult.  But she made it!

         

        We are still waiting for Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza.  We are hearing rumors that he may be in Jordan.. but no one know for sure.

         

        We spend the day looking at each other’s work and continue discussing ideas for how to represent the idea of resilience or ‘samoud’ in Arabic.

      63. We will start on the wall in a couple of days!!!!!!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

        We will start on the wall in a couple of days!!!!!!

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      64. Captions from top to bottom…

         

        Our studio at Brumana High School.  On the wall are photographs of the mural site.  If it all works out we will paint every wall in the central square in Shatila where three main streets intersect.

         

        Artists Hamza Aby Avyash and Ala Albaba working on drawings and ideas for the mural.

         

        Hamza Abu Ayyash and Mustafa Al Khateeb discussing mural composite.

         

        Photos by Fred Alvarado

      65. On our first day we are getting down to business. We are having a design session and Moa’taz Dajani, the director of Al Jana stops by to check out what we are doing.  We just got the news that all groups in Shatila camp are supportive of the mural project.  The theme is to commemorate the Sabra-Shatila massacres and 30 years of resilience. We have located walls in Shatila.  The organizers of Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams), a grassroots community center, have been helping us.  We will meet with them twice this weekend, once with the community at large and those who live near the mural site.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>Photo by Fred Alvarado

        On our first day we are getting down to business. We are having a design session and Moa’taz Dajani, the director of Al Jana stops by to check out what we are doing.  We just got the news that all groups in Shatila camp are supportive of the mural project.  The theme is to commemorate the Sabra-Shatila massacres and 30 years of resilience. We have located walls in Shatila.  The organizers of Ahlam Lajea (Refugee Dreams), a grassroots community center, have been helping us.  We will meet with them twice this weekend, once with the community at large and those who live near the mural site.

         

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      66. Hamza Aby Avyash from the community mural group has something to say!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

        Hamza Aby Avyash from the community mural group has something to say!

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      67. The first general meeting of the Encounter begins with exuberant dancing.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

        The first general meeting of the Encounter begins with exuberant dancing.

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      68. Almost everyone has arrived.  We had a wonderful breakfast in the mountains of Lebanon at Brumana High School, a Quaker School.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

        Almost everyone has arrived.  We had a wonderful breakfast in the mountains of Lebanon at Brumana High School, a Quaker School.

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      69. Dr. Susan Greene, Ala Albaba, Nidal El Khairy, Mustafa Al Khateeb<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />People arrive at the Encounter over 12 hours from many countries.  Slowly everyone in the Community Mural Group arrives, but we are still waiting for 2 more people.  One participant lives in Tripoli but it is too dangerous for her to travel and she will not join us.  We just heard Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza will join us tomorrow!! It was not clear if he would be able to make it due to all the travel restrictions imposed on Gazans.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Photo by Fred Alvarado

        Dr. Susan Greene, Ala Albaba, Nidal El Khairy, Mustafa Al Khateeb

        People arrive at the Encounter over 12 hours from many countries.  Slowly everyone in the Community Mural Group arrives, but we are still waiting for 2 more people.  One participant lives in Tripoli but it is too dangerous for her to travel and she will not join us.  We just heard Mohummad Al Dirri from Gaza will join us tomorrow!! It was not clear if he would be able to make it due to all the travel restrictions imposed on Gazans.

        Photo by Fred Alvarado

      70. We visited the first mural site at the center of Shatila, a Palestinian Refugee camp in Beirut that was created in 1949 for Palestinians who were expelled from their land by the Israeli occupation.

        Photos by Fred Alvarado

      71. Our first day in Beirut was a hectic one, the first of many more to come!  We met with the folks from ALJANA-The Center & Ahlam Laje- Refugee Dreams – Tarek Othman, Sobhi Afifi, Cerien Kattor, Jalal Abd-Alhide, and Moa-taz DaJani about our upcoming workshops and collaborative murals that will be painted throughout the coming weeks.

        Photos by Fred Alvarado

      72. After a long journey halfway across the globe, Dr. Susan Greene and Fred Alvarado of San Francisco, California arrived in Beirut Lebanon the night of August 22nd.

        Photos by Fred Alvarado

      73. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Break the Silence Media &amp; Art Project (BTS/MAP) uses collaborative public art and technology, including murals, websites, social and new media, to create spaces for critical thinking and action.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />BTS/MAP moves from the local to the global, from the streets of San Francisco to refugee camps of Palestine.  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />These projects make visible the histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten; making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />- http://breakthesilencearts.org/

        Break the Silence Media & Art Project (BTS/MAP) uses collaborative public art and technology, including murals, websites, social and new media, to create spaces for critical thinking and action.

        BTS/MAP moves from the local to the global, from the streets of San Francisco to refugee camps of Palestine.

        These projects make visible the histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten; making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.

        – http://breakthesilencearts.org/

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