The Stone-throwing Dove
A tribute to Intifada / 61 years, still under occupation
Publisher The Academy of Arts/ Saba International Cultural and Artistic Center/Tehran
About the Poster's concept:
What is the meaning of “Intifada”?
A term used to describe the Palestinian uprising in late 1980s against Israeli rule, where Palestinians used to throw stones at tanks and Israeli soldiers. It is an Arabic word that literally translates to"shaking off", and in this context it means to set free from the Israeli oppression.
What is the story behind the poster?
Between the end of 1947 and early 1949, more than half of the Palestinian population living in Mandate Palestine were displaced by Zionist militia and the state of Israel, as of 2009 descendants of these original Palestinian Refugees number 4.6 million. During the 1967war Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip and have been committing war crimes, killing children, demolishing Palestinian homes and building illegal settlements and apartheid walls since.
Many attempts of establishing peace have been made to solve the Palestinian- Israeli conflict: Camp David 1979, Oslo 1993, Camp David 2000, Taba Summit 2001, Road Map, Arab Peace initiatives just to name a few… All of which proved to be a series of concessions of the basicrights of the Palestinians.
Six decades later, Palestinian refugees still lack access to voluntary durable solutions, based on international law, UN resolutions and best practice; Israel still occupies the West Bank and Gaza strip and is devastating every aspect of Palestinian life.
The Dove, an international symbol for Peace is “fed up” with such situation, and is tired from being abused as a symbol of Peace that is unreachable under these conditions: Israel denial of human right and violating International laws and resolutions. The Dove decided to carry the stone in tribute to the stone uprising that was once the “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Palestinians.