International Solidarity w/ Palestine – Celebration of 3 Murals and Our Communities

On Sunday, October 14th our communities celebrated three new murals by Art Forces, AROC (Arab Resource Organizing Center), and CAMP’s international exchange/residency with Yogyakarta Indonesia Bangkit/Arise on Clarion Alley:

1. The Will to Live – Arab Liberation Mural

The Will To Live celebrates tenacious Bay Area organizing against oppression. The mural features the portraits of five courageous Arab leaders who spent their lives speaking truth to power: Rasmea Odeh, Mehdi Ben Barka, Naji Daifullah, Leila Khaled, Basel Al Araj and Yasser Murtaja. Organized by Art Forces, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Arab Youth Organizing (AYO!) with Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP), Priya Handa, Chris Ghazala, Nidal El Khairy, Margaret Marie, Fred Alvarado.

“The Will To Live” a collaboration between Art Forces and AROC

2. Bangkit Palestina! (Arise Palestine!)

As part of Bangkit/Arise, an international arts exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The participating Indonesian artists and two of the SF/Bay Area artists completed a memorial mural in honor of the 166 (to date) Palestinians killed by the State of Israel since The Great March of Return protests began on March 30, 2018 in the Gaza Strip. Bangkit/Arise stands in solidarity with Palestinians for peace, justice, and the right of return and claim to their land.

“Bangkit Palestina!” by Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Wedhar Riyadi, Vina Puspita, and Harind Arvati as part of the international exchange/residency “Bangkit/Arise” and in collaboration with AROC

3. End Apartheid B.D.S.

Bangkit/Arise artist and CAMP co-director Megan Wilson replaced her recent mural on Clarion Alley with one also in solidarity with this effort as part of Bangkit/Arise – entitled: End Apartheid B.D.S.

End Apartheid B.D.S. by Megan Wilson

The event was a beautiful expression of our communities coming together to celebrate and share our creativity, victories, and words of power in support of our work for justice and peace throughout the world.

The event was emceed by Sharif Zakout of AROC (Arab Resource Organizing Center) and Nadya Tannous from PYM (Palestinian Youth Movement). Spoken word performances were given by: Genny Lim, and Sharif Zakout. Speakers included: Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of AROC; Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, professor of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas/Race and Resistance Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University; Chris Gazaleh, artist, and Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, Executive Director Middle East Children’s Alliance. In addition, Al Juthoor of the Arab Shatat performed the traditional dance, dabke, representing the indigenous of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and portions of Jordan and Iraq.

Al Juthoor of the Arab Shatat performing the traditional dance, dabke, representing the indigenous of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and portions of Jordan and Iraq.

 










BANGKIT/ARISE PALESTINE! POSTERS

In addition Bangkit/Arise artists Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton and Nano Warsono made silkscreen posters to give away at the event.

“Bangkit/Arise Palestine! End Apartheid Boycott Divest Sanction” by Megan Wilson

 

“Bangkit Palestina! Palestine Arise!” by Nano Warsono and Christopher Statton

 

Clarion Alley – INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE -San Francisco – Bay Area
by KEYVAN SHOVIR

 

It was unfortunate that leading up to the event CAMP had four Zionist hate crime vandalism attacks on all of the murals in support of Palestine, including the night before the event, and one MAGA (Make America Great Again) attack two nights before the event. Thankfully, our communities rallied together and ensured that all of the murals were repaired before the event on the 14th – THANK YOU!!!

You can read more about the Zionist Attacks HERE.

The event was covered by Jonathan Curiel in the SF Weekly.

“Bangkit/Arise” organizer and artist with the Indonesian flag in front of the mural “Bangkit Palestina!” (Rise Palestine!)