‘Return’   [59 x 37 cm]

Embroidery: Hejar Abu Saleem [Ajjur, district of Hebron], Amman Jordan

When 700,000 Palestinians fled from or were thrown out of their homes during the Nakba in 1948, they took their house keys with them, convinced that they would come back after a week or two and re-open their front doors. The keys have been passed on from generation to generation as a reminder of their lost homes and as lasting symbols of their ‘right of return’. The Palestinian right of return or compensation was internationally recognised by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, adopted on 11 December 1948.


One lovely word, and two lovely words, my homeland
One lovely song, and two lovely songs, my homeland
I always hoped, my homeland,
To return to you, my homeland
And stay with you always


Era: Sumud - Steadfastness (1948 onwards)

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