Title

The First Exhibition of Contemporary Palestinian Art in the United States Arrives in San Francisco

Department

Art

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

4-8-2005

Abstract

San Francisco, California

In the summer of 2003, I traveled to Palestine to write some articles for a few lefty publications and websites. Dividing my time between East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, and a handful of small villages, I shared countless cigarettes and pots of tea or coffee, along with an occasional meal, with Palestinians who told me about life under Israeli occupation. The checkpoints, home demolitions, curfews, early morning or late night military incursions, which together were the expressions of Israel’s cruel presence in the areas west of the Jordan River, were a consistent topic of conversation.

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