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The graffiti battle of Sheikh Jarrah

28 September 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

While Palestinian families continue to defend their right to reside in their homes in East Jerusalem, and while illegal Israeli settlers attempt to overtake whatever home or land to feed their colonial appetite, a different struggle is taking place on the walls of Sheikh Jarrah. As international activists and Palestinians use graffiti to express Palestinian resistance, Zionists scribble over the artful proclamations in reactionary stick images and symbolism of the Zionist agenda. As more walls are built or demolished by Israel, the artwork in Sheikh Jarrah  reflects the struggle of Palestinian identity and resistance, despite the overbearing  nature of Zionists who try to manipulate the meaning of  Palestinian resistance, Palestinians and international activists are taking back the identity of Palestinians through street art.