Photo of the Week: Graffiti in the village of Husan

Photo credit: Unknown
Date taken: April 10, 2004
Location: Husan, West Bank, Palestine

Two children eat snacks while walking through the village of Husan just west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank not long after a rainstorm. The graffiti mural in the background shows Islamic phrases and a leaning and off-colored palm tree framing the Ka’bah and Masjid An-Nabawi.

What really gives this photograph life is the mural’s bold blend of art and religion. Graffiti in Palestine is quite common and serves many functions, mainly as loud, politicized, or religion-oriented forms of expression. Husan’s graffiti scene is no different.

On a related note, the shrinking village of Husan is one of the most evident examples of illegal Israeli land annexation. Just a few weeks before this photograph was taken, the Israeli army decreed order #T/31/04 to seize large tracts of Husan’s land “for military purposes”. The apartheid wall, which was built soon after the military order, uprooted dozens of families and their tree groves.

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