Palestinian Art As Resistance

In this episode we interview two guests; both promote Palestinian art and cultural production as necessary for the survival of the Palestinian people. Susan Greene has been enabling communities in Palestine to create public murals since 1989. In 2000 she founded Art Forces.  From the streets of San Francisco Bay Area to Olympia Washington, to refugee camps of Palestine and Lebanon, the projects sponsored by Art Forces enable each community to create public art that makes visible histories and relationships that have been obliterated and forgotten, making connections to national and global issues of social justice, borders, precarity, migrations and decolonization.
For our second interview we heard from Mohammed Nabulsi, vice general of the Palestinian Youth Movement, an international organization which began in response to the 1993 Oslo Accords.  Under the Oslo agreement the PLO officially acknowledged the state of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority was created as an interim body to administer limited self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza and to pave the way for a Palestinian state. Although the Palestinian Authority views the right of refugees to return as a non-negotiable right, since Oslo the millions of Palestinians living outside of the OPT have been conspicuously left out of any negotiations for achieving either peace or justice.  The Palestinian Youth Movement asserts the rights of these refugees. The PYM supports artists to help sustain Palestinian resistance of the occupation.

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