Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

Source: http://www.handala.org/about/
Embroidery: Jan Chalmers, UK
Size: 59 x 41 cm

Despite the suffering endured by Palestinians since the occupation of their homeland, steadfastness and hope for justice survive.

These qualities are symbolised in the determined stance of ‘Handala’, a creation of the Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali.

In Arabic, ‘handala’ means ‘medicinal bitter desert fruit’.

According to Naji, “Handala was born aged ten – the age Naji was when he was expelled from his village, Al-Shajara, in 1948. Handala will remain that age and will become normal again only when the Palestinian homeland is restored. Naji was assassinated in 1987 in London.

Further viewing

Palestinian History Tapestry exhibition in Stroud from Feb 18—23rd Lansdown Hall & Gallery, Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB.

A unique opportunity to view selected pieces from the Palestinian History Tapestry in one of Stroud's premier galleries.

The exhibition will run from the evening of Monday 17th February to Sunday 23rd, opening from 11am—6pm.

Come and see this beautiful work, experience the Palestinian History Tapestry as never before.