Photos: Palestinian graffiti artists penetrate heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem ~ via @intifada

Palestinian artists penetrated the heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem overnight and painted graffiti bearing political messages on walls, doors, construction sites and other surfaces.

The artists struck in two areas, the West Jerusalem city center (near Jaffa Road and King George Street) and the German Colony/Talbiyye area.

The city center is today full of bars and restaurants frequented by Israeli Jews and tourists. Talbiyye was a once prosperous Arab neighborhood. These areas and large swathes of West Jerusalem were ethnically cleansed of their Palestinian populations in 1948 and are now almost exclusively Jewish.

As the photos show, the art includes the map of Palestine with the Arabic prounoun أنا (“I” or “me”) and an image of a woman wearing a kaffiyeh with the word “revolt.” This image is a reminder of the central role women have played in Palestinian popular struggle. The artists plan to undertake similar actions in coming days and weeks.

Source and more at the The Electronic Intifada.


Palestinian artists strike Jerusalem’s streets again with message for “occupiers and our people”

Electronic Intifada | Ali Abunimah | Tue, 01/17/2012 – 05:55

Tonight, Palestinian street artists struck again – as they had promised to do – this time in southern Jerusalem, or more specifically “in Talpiot, an Israeli commercial area, built on Palestinian land of Baqaa and Beit Safafa.”

Last week, this anonymous group of Palestinian artists left their mark in the center of western Jerusalem, symbolically reclaiming spaces from which Palestinians had been ethnically cleansed.

They have now issued a statement – in English and in Arabic – explaining their actions. Below the statements you can find photographs of their latest work.

The maps are centered on the area where the photos under each map were taken.

This is Palestine

The act of marking the streets is one that has been used in struggles all over the world as well as here in Palestine especially during the First Intifada. Street art is simply one tool that we are using in our struggle for freedom. This is our message to both our occupiers and our people here in Palestine and around the world, we are still here and our voice is still loud, we will continue to resist. It is the voice of the youth of Palestine who are struggling to change their reality every day. Until there are masses marching, the streets can send a message in another way, and we’re using a stencil and spray paint to do it. One image at a time we are aiming to break the fear and lack of motivation of our Palestinian people and call them to rise.

This is our second street art action and it is the continuation of a longer popular resistance struggle that we are all committed to. While the doors of Jerusalem remain closed to the majority of our people, our actions here are aimed at breaking the locks of this sieged city. Our first action marked the streets of the west side of Jerusalem that has been under intensive Judiaization aimed to erase Palestinian history. Our second action is in Talpiot, an Israeli commercial area, built on Palestinian land of Baqaa and Beit Safafa. This is our message to those shoppers who ignore the history of this land, ignore the call for justice, and ignore the Palestinian right of return.

هنا فلسطين

فن الشارع أحد وسائل النضال التي اعتمدتها ثورات العالم أجمع كما اعتمدها الفلسطينيون لاسيما أثناء الانتفاضة الأولى .هذه إحدى السبل التي اخترنا استخدامها في نضالنا من أجل التحرر. هذه رسالتنا لمحتلينا ولأبناء شعبنا في فلسطين كاملة وفي الشتات لنقول إننا هنا وإن صوتنا ما زال هدّارا وبأننا سنستمر في المقاومة. هذا هو صوت شباب فلسطين الذين يناضلون من أجل تغيير واقعهم يوميا. إلى أن تنطلق الحشود في شوارعنا سنتمكن من نقل رسالتنا بطرق عديدة أخرى والآن علبة دهان وقالب مقصوص يخدمان غايتنا. بصورة تلو الأخرى نحاول كسر انعدام دوافع أبناء شعبنا للتحرك وندعوهم للنهوض.

هذه فعاليتنا الثانية وهي استمرارية لمقاومة شعبية نلتزم بها جميعا خاصة حين أمست القدس موصدة الأبواب بوجه غالبية أبناء شعبنا، ونشاطنا هذا يهدف لكسر أقفال حصار هذه المدينة. استهدفت فعاليتنا الأولى شوارع الجانب الغربي للقدس الذي تعرض لعملية تهويد مكثفة تنزع لمحو تاريخها الفلسطيني. نشاطنا هذه المرة في (تلبيوت) منطقة صناعية وتجارية إسرائيلية بُنيت على أراضي حيي البقعة وبيت صفافا الفلسطينيين وهي رسالة لأولئك المتسوقين الذي يتجاهلون تاريخ هذه البلاد والمطالبة بالعدالة وحق أهلها بالعودة.

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