Home schooling 1987—1992

Home schooling 1987—1992

Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

Design: Fatma Abu Owda [Hamama], Gaza
Sketch: Shaymaa Abu-Hasanain [Gaza], Gaza
Embroidery: Khawala Dahrouj [Bir Seb’a] Gaza
Size: 59 x 86 cm

This panel shows school children being taught at home in Gaza after the Israeli occupation forces had cut electricity supplies and closed schools in response to the first Palestinian Intifada [uprising].

The Intifada, which began in 1987, was a protest against Israeli “beatings, shootings, killings, house demolitions, uprooting of trees, deportations, extended imprisonments, and detentions without trial”.

It involved civil disobedience consisting of general strikes, boycotts of Israeli institutions, an economic boycott and widespread throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at the Israeli army.