Destruction of Bedouin villagesتدمير القرى البدوية

Destruction of Bedouin villages

Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

Source: from a painting by Bashir Abu-Rabia'
Embroidery: Naama al Awawdah [Es Samu], Khalil District.
Size: 59 x 72 cm

This panel draws attention to the cycle of destruction and reconstruction of many Bedouin villages, including Al-Arakeeb, Aum Al-Heran, and threatened  Khan Al-Ahmar in the Jordan Valley.

These villages have been destroyed by the Israeli Army in a policy of further ethnic cleansing to establish Jewish-only settlements.  The panel is inspired by a painting by Bashir Abu-Rabia’, the first Bedouin artist in the Negev, who began featuring Palestinian embroidery in his paintings in 1969.

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