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17 Jun, 2014

‘Presbyterians please divest!’ Palestinian artists urge in paintings on apartheid wall

Rae Abileah on June 16, 2014 – This week the 221st Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly will vote on divestment from key US corporations complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. What do Palestinians, the “living stones” in the biblical land of our forefathers and foremothers, have to say about this overture?

“Freedom is a Human Right! Presbyterian Church Please DIVEST!”

“Palestinians are Human Beings! Presbyterians Divest”

“Believe in freedom? Presbyterians Please Divest”

The art messages in these pictures were created by youth organizers from Aida Refugee Camp in north Bethlehem, and in collaboration with Alrowwad Cultural and Theater Society. Since 2005, Aida refugee camp has been surrounded by solid separation walls. Of the 5,000 members of this refugee camp, 66% are children. Alrowwad was founded to foster beautiful resistance in this community, where hope is hard to find. Alrowwad leaders say they don’t want kids to end up in Israeli prisons or as martyrs or being stereotyped in the media.

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