Contrary to what’s been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency. The Israeli government controls everything in the country. This total control which is most magnified in the West Bank, concerns everything from where Palestinians are permitted to travel, to how much water they consume per month. Currently, there is no ‘conflict,’ only the omnipresent power of the Israeli government and those who resist it. This is important to understand.
Ferrari Shepard, a member of a recent Black American delegation to Palestine, reflects on his visit after returning to the U.S.
Rianne Ten Haken, Sara Emilia Bernat, Estravaganza by Sophie Delaporte, Vogue Portugal, March 2008
Painting by Kim Byungkwan. Acrylic on canvas. 2012.
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