Homeless family, Gaza assault, 2008—9   [59 x 92 cm]

Source of image: Peter Rhoades, Artist
Design: Peter Rhoades, Oxford-UK
Embroidery: Iman Shehaby [Tabariyeh], Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon

On 27 December 2008, Israel launched a 22-day military assault on Gaza, killing more than 1400 Palestinians and rendering homeless thousands who had left their homes before these were destroyed. This new pattern of Palestinian suffering continues decades after the trauma of the Nakba in 1948. The embroidery is based on a drawing by Peter Rhoades, an Oxford-based artist, and illustrates a family looking for their belongings in the rubble of Shejayiya, a neighbourhood of Gaza city at the eastern border of Gaza with Israel.

Era: Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

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