The Art of Resistance, In the Selective Eye of the Beholder

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Abby Zimet

Happily, the press recently discovered the extraordinary garden created from empty tear gas canisters in the West Bank village of Bil’in, site of weekly protests against the occupation and the Apartheid Wall. Unhappily, but somewhat unsurprisingly, almost all the coverage and photos omitted a key fact: The garden was planted and is daily nurtured in memory of Bassem Abu Rahmah, a popular protest leader killed in 2009 by an Israeli tear gas grenade, and other victims of the Occupation. Today, Bassem's mother Sabiha Abu Rahmah, who also lost a daughter to tear gas, regularly waters the garden; its centerpiece is a photo of Bassem mounted on spent tear gas casings. And the protests continue. The latest victim, though not fatally: the brother of the filmmaker who made the terrific film Five Broken Cameras, which tells Bil’in's story. Fully.

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