Art and Resistance in the West Bank Part 3

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Critique of Security rhetoric; The graffiti and murals depict Israeli violence systemically. One of Banksy’s pieces critiques the ridiculous nature of Israeli’s security rhetoric. He painted an image of an Israeli soldier with a gun checking a donkey’s identification. This image while humorous also purposefully serves to show the absurdity of the security claims that checks all types of people, old, young, pregnant, sick and workers going to their own lands. The impact of such protocols on a daily life is negative economically, socially, and psychologically, as it creates abuse. Another images that shrewdly ridicules the nature of the security claim is that of a little girl tapping down a soldier, as this is what occurs to little children on a daily basis as they cross over to go to school in East Jerusalem. Through reversing roles, Banksy shows the absurdity of the security claim for tapping down on children. In two other murals are images of a soldier pointing a gun at a chicken on the ground and another image of a plane dropping a drone on one of the couples with a heart symbol between them. Such images display how the Israeli military preys on haplessness even when there obviously is no threat evident. The coalitional group, the Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) depicts the violent nature of Israeli military and the negative impacts of home demolitions. ICAHD’s image contains a military tank, with a wrecking ball hitting down a heart. Sentiments on the wall sometimes give the reader an understanding of how Palestinians and the allies view their turmoil. Non-violent Resistance: The concept of love tramping evil and brutality seems to be common line of thought that has a huge mark on the wall. Most of... ... middle of paper ... ...raffiti of the intifada." Cultural Anthropology, 84, 11(2): 139-159, 1996. Masters, H. G. "No Artists in Palestine Occupation without Representation.” Artasiapacific no. 74: 92-99, July 2011. Pallister-Wilkins, Polly. "The Separation Wall: a symbol of power and a site of resistance?." Antipode 43, no. 5 (November 2011): 1851-1882. Shiomo, Oren, and Tovi Fenster. "In the Shadow of the Wall and Separation: Everyday Life in East Jerusalem." Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 17, no. 1/2 (March 2011): 54-63. News Sources: Wiles, Rich. Palestinian Graffiti: ‘Tagging resistance. Palestinian graffiti is still a key means of communication and an integral voice against Israeli Occupation, Aljazeera, Nov 26, 2013.

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