The Right of Return

The Right of Return

British Mandate (1920—1948)

Design: Fatma Abu Owda [Hamama], Gaza
Embroidery: Hanan Al-Behery [Karatiyya], Gaza

In the hope of returning to their homes, Palestinian refugees retain the keys to the houses from which they were forcefully displaced during the Nakba in 1948. The key symbolizes the inheritance of successive Palestinian generations of the right of return to their homes and their rejection of the policy of resettlement. This embroidery illustrates the right of return by featuring images of keys of different shapes which they have retained over the generations.

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