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:: Sabine Yacoub: Olive Tree ::

© Sabine Yacoub 2009, www.sabine-yacoub.de
:: Feb. 15, 2009 ::
On this page: Sabine Yacoub's linocut: Olive Tree, Artists Against Apartheid, Adrian Jurado: Mural Painting, Michael Heart and his song "We will not Go Down" which was on the Art Festival front page before, followed by Delt4's Free Gaza poster and The Gaza Human Rights blog, then three Free Gaza pictures by Anis, Davud's Song "Letter from Gaza".


:: Artists Against Apartheid ::
Here is one more Palestine art initiative: Artists Against Apartheid seeks to create awareness of the corrosive situation in Palestine-Israel, appealing to human dignity through music, poetry, art, and informed discussion.
www.artistsagainstapartheid.org



:: Michael Heart: We will not go down (Song for Gaza) ::



A blinding flash of white light / Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight / People running for cover / Not knowing whether they're dead or alive // They came with their tanks and their planes / With ravaging fiery flames / And nothing remains / Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze // We will not go down / In the night, without a fight / You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools / But our spirit will never die / We will not go down / In Gaza tonight // Women and children alike / Murdered and massacred night after night / While the so-called leaders of countries afar / Debated on who's wrong or right // But their powerless words were in vain / And the bombs fell down like acid rain / But through the tears and the blood and the pain / You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze // We will not go down / In the night, without a fight / You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools / But our spirit will never die / We will not go down / In Gaza tonight // We will not go down / In the night, without a fight / You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools / But our spirit will never die // We will not go down / In the night, without a fight // We will not go down / In Gaza tonight
© ~Delt4 2008

:: ~Delt4 ::
A new Free Gaza poster was created by ~Delt4, a graphic designer from Australia. The solidarity poster reads: "Free Gaza, the world's largest open-air prison" and shows two wrinkled hands and arms rising up in front of a wall. On the bottom is an excerpt of the Free Gaza mission statement and the website. You can download it in high resolution and print it for events, for example. ~Delt4 writes: "I was inspired by the Amnesty International 'Free Speech' posters. Guerilla adverting in general is cool. If you're feeling bored/ambitious/have a lot of duct tape lying around, here's what you can do: print off the poster, find some duct tape and a camera, find a telephone pole, duct tape the poster to the telephone pole - make sure that the duct tape goes around the wrists so that it actually makes sense. Take a photo." He gives an example of how this can look like: http://Delt4.deviantart.com/art/Free-Gaza-Guerilla-Advertising-108698084 . NB: Wikipedia says: Guerrilla marketing is an unconventional system of promotions, running on a very low budget, by relying on time, energy and imagination instead of big marketing budgets.

© Adrian Jurado 2009
:: Adrian Jurado: Mural Painting ::
Left: A mural painting against the war in Gaza by the Mexican artist Adrian Jurado is exhibited now in Brussels. It is 10 meters long and 1,60 meters high. You can see more details of the painting and an interview with English and French subtitles here:
http://www.livevideo.com/adrianjurado.

:: http://gazahumanrights.blogspot.com ::
The Gaza Human Rights blog collects in one place from an extensive search of the internet many articles, news items, sites, etc. The purpose is to promote human rights & justice for the people of Gaza. It is hosted by someone who loves the arts so you will probably find interesting things there:
http://gazahumanrights.blogspot.com.
:: Anis : Free Gaza 2 ::

© Anis 2008
:: Anis : Free Gaza 3 ::

© Anis 2009
:: Anis : Free Gaza 4 ::

© Anis 2009
:: Davud's Song "Letter from Gaza" ::
Davud (David ben Jesse) from Germany wrote and performed this song according to a real letter from a refugee camp in Gaza that he saw in a mailinglist. Below are the lyrics, the link to the music expired (2014).

Letter from Gaza
by David ben Jesse
The sky is still blue, I remember.
I haven't seen it since three days.
How beautiful it looks on a sunny day in winter.
I'd like to walk on the beach and enjoy some peace.
We left our house to find a more secure place.
Because the kids were scared by the bombs.
Nobody can tell them soon it will be better.
The children have lost their hope.

We stopped hoping for an end.
From a meaningless life to a meaningless death.
Thank Allah when we wake up in the morning.
We will live another day.

We stopped hoping for an end.
From a meaningless life to a meaningless death.
Thank Allah when we wake up in the morning.
We will live another day.
We only wait for our turn to join the list,
as an additional number, just a number.
Our only wish is to die together as one family,
because it is too sad to loose one another.

We stopped hoping for an end.
From a meaningless life to a meaningless death.
Thank Allah when we wake up in the morning.
We will live another day.

We stopped hoping for an end.
From a meaningless life to a meaningless death.
Thank Allah when we wake up in the morning.
We will live another day.

The sky is still blue, I remember.
I haven't seen it since three days.
How beautiful it looks on a sunny day in winter.
I'd like to walk on the beach and enjoy some peace.
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