Gaza fishermen and gunboats, 1967-   [59 x 109 cm]

Source of image: Design by Adham Jaber [Hirbiya], Gaza, Palestine
Design: Adham Jaber [Hirbiya], Gaza, Palestine
Embroidery: Shireen Fouad Atallah [Gaza, Palestine] Germany

The Mediterranean Sea has, for centuries, yielded its fruits to Gaza fishermen, and fish has been a mainstay of the Gazan diet. Israeli gunships hinder Palestinians fishing off the Gaza coast. This has severely affected both the work of the fishermen and food security for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Tens of thousands of people are currently dependent on Gaza’s fishing industry. Israeli naval forces have harassed Palestinian fishing boats that have dared to venture too far from the Gaza coast.  Israeli gunboats have made hundreds of attacks on Palestinian fishing boats, forcing them back to shore, detaining those on board, and in some cases sinking the boats.

Era: Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

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