The plan is for different Palestinian artists to fill in the silhouettes and international artists or those not able to participate on the ground, will contribute designs for the notes on the musical staffs which will be the musical notation for Biladi ("My Country") the National Anthem of Palestine and Mawtini ("My Homeland"), another unofficial national ballad of Palestine.
27 May 2008
We arrived Sunday evening to the town of Bir Zeit, just north of Ramallah. Our kind and generous hosts at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music have done an amazing job at preparing for our mural work on the 100 ft. by 35 ft. facade of the building which once housed the women's dormitories of Bir Zeit University. The building has more than 50 rooms with 2-4 beds in each one and serves as a retreat for the music institute as well as other cultural educational and organizational use.
The wall itself will be perfect once the diligent workers (Zeiad and Abbas) finish plastering and we get the primer laid down in the coming days. Today we are off to find paint and supplies and get our bearings.
More to come soon! Check out our pictures on the side in the "Edward Said National Conservatory of Music" folder!
60 Years is enough!
Take Handala to the Streets!!
born to survive… I will continue within him even after I die.”- Naji Al-Ali
On May 15, the international community will take to the streets to mark Al-Nakba or the the defining moment in 1948, when two thirds of the indigenous population of Palestine was ethnically Catastrophe, cleansed for the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. This day will be an important opportunity to demand that the legally recognized Right to Return for Palestinian refugees is upheld and that all Palestinians are allowed to return to their homes, land and families from which they have been exiled for 60 years.
Art has always accompanied political struggle and revolution. In the face of oppression, and seemingly insurmountable odds, art and culture holds communities together, often at great sacrifice. Handala, Naji Al-Ali's iconic little cartoon boy, a Palestinian refugee, stands as a testament to the incredible ability of the Palestinian people to resist the daily assaults by Israel on their ability to live a viable life and stand firm in their steadfast demand for self determination. Handala beautifully and powerfully reminds the world that the Palestinian people will never give up their right to return
Throughout 2008, we envision a sea of Handalas taking to the streets and taking over global television screens as the international community stands with the Palestinian people. To enable this to happen we have created easy to use downloadable images of Handala in a variety formats including:
The website www.handala.org will also have background information on Naji Al
Ali’s and his Handala image, 100 cartoons, a fact sheet on the Right
of Return and links to international and national solidarity efforts that
are aligned with the calls of the Palestinian Popular Conference and the
Palestine call for Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions.
Key Follow up: All we ask in return is that anyone using the image at the protests on May 15 or throughout the year, drop us an email afterward, commenting (250 words max) on your experience using the images along with two or three images of your action with Handala to put up on the website!!
To send photos, comments, for more information about this project, or if you have any problems with downloads, get in touch with us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Endorsed by: the US Palestinian Popular Conference, the International Jewish Solidarity Network and the Local Nakba Committee