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Just Peace for Palestine

The underground voice in politics -- poems, and news about Palestine, the Middle East and more.

Location: Middle East
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Feb 12

I Speak of Palestine

I speak of your insistence
on believing what you’re told
to be so blind:
you must have learned
what not to know
to be so cold that you can say
“These people do belong
inside this tomb.”
They cannot move
or live
or eat
And, yes,
I speak of Palestine.

You cannot hold
its fate is just
and not be part
of grinding up
their bones and blood
to mix with desert earth
and olive oil
to build your state, your jail;
a wall surrounds
their place, like this:
a torture room
a starving field
a stolen home
a human shield
a bullet for a child
and poison gas on village streets
their food, their food!
Their food is gone
you cleanse
and push
and punish
taking what you want
to have for you alone.

We know it’s rape,
and though the world records
your names and deeds,
the future courts and trials
will not revive
the dead, displaced and missing.

And yes, I speak of Palestine.


- By Robert L. Green, VTJP, 2006

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Comment by Eva Libre on February 12, 2022 at 5:48pm
Comment by Eva Libre on January 19, 2022 at 5:06pm

A woman figure (إمرأة), mud on wood, 1990.

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During the first Intifada (1987 – 1993), Palestinians boycotted Israeli goods as a form of resistance. Artists in their turn boycotted Israeli art supplies. Four Palestinian artists Vera Tamari, Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and myself formed a group and called it the “New Visions” group. Artists turned towards their environment and used materials such as wood, leather, mud, henna, natural dies and found objects. This new approach helped to develop Palestinian art and formed a link between Palestinian art produced for several decades after Alnakbah and the contemporary art produced by young Palestinian artists.

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خلال الانتفاضة الأولى (1987-1993) قاطع الفلسطينيون البضائع الإسرائيلية كشكل من أشكال المقاومة. وقاطع الفنانون بدورهم المواد الفنية الإسرائيلية. شكلت أنا وثلاثة فنانين فلسطينيين هم فيرا تماري ونبيل عناني وتيسير بركات مجموعة أطلقنا عليها اسم "رؤية جديدة". اتجه الفنانون نحو بيئتهم واستخدموا المواد مثل الخشب والجلد والطين والحناء والألوان الطبيعية. ساعد هذا النهج الجديد في تطوير الفن الفلسطيني وشكل حلقة وصل بين الفن الفلسطيني الذي أنتج لعدة عقود بعد النكبة والفن المعاصر الذي ينتجه فنانين فلسطينيين شباب.

- Sliman Mansour

Comment by Eva Libre on December 19, 2021 at 5:17pm

The way to Bethlehem (الطريق الى بيت لحم), acrylic on canvas, circa 1990’s

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#slimanmansour #suleimanmansour #art #artist #palestine🇵🇸 #gaza #savepalestine #bethlehem

Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on December 8, 2021 at 8:59pm

Thank You for sharing these great pictures, Eva!

Comment by Eva Libre on December 8, 2021 at 5:34pm
Comment by Eva Libre on December 7, 2021 at 11:16pm
Comment by Eva Libre on December 1, 2021 at 5:38pm
Comment by Eva Libre on November 27, 2021 at 10:58pm

Beit Sira (بيت سيرا), watercolors on paper, ١٩٨٤.

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Beit Sira is a Palestinian village, located west of Ramallah and is a part of the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate. The village is situated along the Green Line. During the Nakba in 1948, around 4,000 dunams of its land became a part of the "No-Man's Land" strip between the north-central West Bank and Israel. Israel has confiscated around 1,500 dunams of land from Beit Sira for the construction of the Israeli settlement of Maccabim, presently part of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut.

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بيت سيرا هي قرية فلسطينية تقع غربي مدينة رام الله وهي جزء من محافظة رام الله والبيرة. تقع القرية على طول الخط الأخضر. خلال النكبة عام 1948 ، أصبح حوالي 4000 دونم من أراضيها جزءًا من "الأرض المحرمة" بين شمال وسط الضفة الغربية وإسرائيل. صادرت إسرائيل حوالي 1500 دونم من الأراضي من بيت سيرا لبناء مستوطنة مكابيم الإسرائيلية ، وهي حالياً جزء من موديعين - مكابيم - راعوث.

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#slimanmansour #suleimanmansour #art

Comment by Rosmarie Heusser on November 16, 2021 at 10:00pm

Yes, indeed...He is a great artist ∼ 'Sad tunes' is beautiful too! 

Comment by Eva Libre on November 15, 2021 at 7:37pm

I think, the paintings from Sliman Mansour don't need words ....

 

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