The Palestinian art installation “The Wall” has a message: Don’t mess with us.
The Israeli flag hangs from the wall of a store next to the West Bank’s Ein Kerem crossing, in an emblem of Israeli security forces.
The “Wall” was made by Palestinian artists who are members of the Committee to Protect the Wall (CPW), a political group that campaigns for the return of Palestinian property seized by Israel.
The group claims that in recent years the Israeli government has used its control over the Palestinians to harass and silence artists, who have refused to paint or work on the wall.
“It is a question of life and death for us, because it is our lives that are under threat, and we must act against them,” said Salim al-Hannouly, a member of the CPW.
“We will continue to fight for our rights.
We will continue with our art.””
The Wall,” which includes art, sculpture and drawings, was installed on September 9 at the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, located near the Westbank city of Hebron.
The installation is on display for a week until the end of October.
The wall is part of a long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Israel seized the West, Gaza and East Jerusalem in 1967, annexed the territory and expelled its residents in a move that led to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Palestinians say the move was illegal and launched an intifada that has killed more than 2,200 Israelis and more than 1,300 Palestinians since 2000.
The Israeli government denies that the Palestinians are terrorists and says they are citizens of Israel.
The conflict has killed at least 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
The CPW’s efforts to bring about the return and restoration of Palestinian land has gained international attention, including from the European Parliament and the United Nations.
The group says it hopes to raise $300,000 for the wall in order to purchase and install it.
The installation is part-funded by the Palestinian Center for Documentation and Art and the Israel-based NGO Center for Cultural Affairs.
The Wall is part one of three installations by Palestinian artist Jamal Abu Khudaira, who has worked on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for years.
The first, “Al-Bait,” was installed in the West bank in November 2012.
The second, “Kissing the Wall,” was made in the occupied Gaza Strip in July 2017.
Abu Khadaira said the wall is a response to the Israeli assault on Gaza, which he said is part and parcel of the war.
“The Israelis are not the only ones who are trying to destroy the wall, but they are the ones who try to destroy us, and they are trying [to] erase our history,” Abu Khadairas statement reads.
“The wall serves as a warning to those who try and stop the wall.”