In Honor of Palestinian Resistance and more art by Azin Seraj

In Honor of Palestinian Resistance, 2018
27 x 20 inch (h x w)
Digital Photo

Front: (1) Palestinian protesters in Gaza fleeing as Israeli forces fire a barrage of tear gas on May 14th. Photograph by Mohammed Abed. (2) Palestinian banknotes.
Back: (1) Nabi Musa (Prophet Moses) burial site in West Bank near Jericho, the most important Muslim pilgrimage in Palestine. (2) Muslim celebration in Gaza, 1943. (3) The Old Town, Gaza, Photography by Francis Frith, 1862-1863. (4) Arabic calligraphy. (5) Palestinian banknotes.

Each year Palestinians observe Nakba “the day of catastrophe” to commemorate the forced removal of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages in 1948, during the establishment of Israel. During the Great March of Return, a tradition of Palestinian resistance since their removal, they raise black flags, pay respect to the ones who have been lost, and hold protests to raise awareness of ongoing injustice and the colonization of Palestinian lands.

This year, The Great March of Return began on March 30th and continued until May 15th to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba. The US unilaterally moved its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14th, a controversial action which violated established agreements and the spirit of the two-state solution. Despite widespread international condemnation, diplomats from 31 countries attended the opening ceremony. During protests near the Israel/Gaza border, Israeli forces killed over 124 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 people including children, members of the press, and crisis workers.
Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led global campaign for freedom, justice and equality established in 2005. The BDS movement invites global citizens to stand in solidarity with Palestinians by participating in various forms of economic resistance against Israel until it withdrawals from the occupied territories, complies with international law, and grants Palestinians equality and the right to return home.

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