The funeral of Saji Darwish, 20 (see video) . He was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, east of Ramallah on Monday evening.
Palestinian sources said that Israeli soldiers opened fire at Saji while he was between the villages of Beiten and Deir Debwan east of Ramallah, which killed him on the spot after being shot in the head.
Another 4 were killed at the same day : Hundreds attend funeral of judge killed by Israeli forces, Israeli airstrike kills 3 Palestinians in southern Gaza.
Every other day we say goodbye to new martyr , with flowers and sounds of joy that the person had given his/her life for a higher cause- for a land and its people, for freedom . With each goodbye , we have more hope that occupation which uses extra violence will be over one day no matter what .
Palestinian embroidery… yet another stolen folk art
Many Arab ladies expressed their discontent via social media when the J.crew embroidered pumpscame out a couple of months ago flourished with Palestinian embroidery but without any reference to that particular cultural heritage. The shopping website mentioned in the description of the item that it’s made in Italy.
Now that would make a lot of us who are familiar with Palestinian embroidery upset that our heritage is used and produced by commercial fashion brands without any credit unlike the case with the Aztec patterns that were all over the internet last year.
A couple of weeks ago I was checking what’s on sale on Anthropologie and I was furious that such a fashion and lifestyle brand that emphasizes on authenticity and craftsmanship as their moto sells this pair of sneakers made by some Israeli designers using Palestinian embroidery patterns. The item is described on the website as follows:
Israel-based designers Kim Ben Shimon and Zoar “Zozi” Asher quickly bonded and, then, made each other friendship bracelets. That simple project grew into more complicated designs, and a short time later, their jewelry collection. Now, Kim & Zozi have added effortlessly chic woven and patterned sneakers to their roster. We love this stitched canvas pair with everything from distressed denim to laidback dresses.
Now on the two designers’ website it says that ‘KIM & ZOZI is a Los Angeles, California based fashion collaboration between designers, Kim Ben Shimon and Zoar “Zozi” Asher’ without any reference to Israel. The exact same item is also sold on UrbanOutfitters. And if you check where their items are available all over the world you’ll be shocked to see Philosophi in Jordan, Bloomingdale Dubai in UAE, Muriel A in Lebanon, and Remza in Bahrain are on the list.
To my curiosity, I decided to search for what else is embroidered on Anthropologie.com and found a couple of items as part of a collection called Tiny by designer Karyn Craven who founded a fashion brand named Burning Torch which is a privately held company based in Los Angeles. Looking at these couple of items, without any expert’s feedback, you can easily see that the embroidery used is similar to the Palestinian embroidery patterns we’re all familiar with. And it made me wonder what if it was yet another case of an Israeli designer/artist who produces designs made in Israel using “stolen folk art” but based somewhere else in the world like LA in this case. As a customer it’s my right to know where every item is made and not just mention to me in the details of the product that it’s ‘imported‘ .
I just don’t understand how big brands like Anthropologie and Urbanoutfitters are in a way supporting products with stolen designs, stolen heritage and stolen identity. I am aware that embroidery is part of many cultures and folklore and that the colors and patterns from one culture might be echoed in another one. But if you simply google ‘Palestinian embroidery’ you can easily spot the similarity between the products I mentioned above and the image results you’ll get. The cross-stitch motifs (whether natural like palm leaves, ears of corn and cypress trees or religious like the Holy Star and Cross of Jerusalem), the use of black or white fabric, or the deep red colored thread used, all are but some of the characteristics of the Palestinian embroidery.
This crime has been going on since Palestine was occupied and it’s the sickest game that Zionists are playing. Stealing traditions, culture, food, folklore, art, and even music. This article raises a very important issue here..
Palestine gained membership of UNESCO in 2011 but its representatives have not yet made best use of this new status due in part to pressure by Israel and the United States…
The main provisions of the 2012 draft law on tangible cultural heritage include the principle of public ownership of cultural heritage, a ban on the sale or transfer of such properties, and a mechanism enabling the local authorities to reclaim cultural properties illegally removed from occupied territory. The draft law itself obliges the state to seek ratification of international conventions aimed at protecting cultural heritage. However, the capacity and resources for the management and preservation of sites in Palestine remain limited, resulting in a backlog in documentation and preservation. The draft law seeks to address this state of affairs by establishing an independent Authority to preserve, protect and develop cultural heritage in Palestine.
The 2012 draft law concerning intangible cultural heritage, which includes Palestinian folk dance, embroidery, and hikaye (a narrative expression practiced by women), among others, addresses the measures for safeguarding such heritage and defines the criminal offenses that can be perpetrated against it.
As much as we make efforts to boycott Israeli products and brands, it’s our duty to fight this crime, raise awareness about it, and find solutions to protect our heritage from being stolen even more.
One of the innovative examples that I found recently through The Electronic Intifada is Ibra wa Khayt, a fashion brand based in Ramallah by a group of creative Palestinian ladies who revive old traditional dresses that tell the story of occupation, dispossession, and the Palestinian Diaspora, in a modern, fashionable and totally wearable piece.
I really hope this post opens the eyes of many young Arab ladies to do some research before buying any item online, check where the item is made if you’re buying in-store, buy fair-trade, support impoverished communities (Nisolo and Oliberté are very good examples) and prevent our folk art and heritage from being stolen in any possible way.
Israeli teens tell Netanyahu: We will not take part in occupation
Nearly 50 Israeli teenagers of draft age send letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, stating clearly that they will refuse to join the IDF due to the occupation of the West Bank, and the violent effect it has on Israeli society.
Dozens of Israel teenagers signed a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Saturday, in which they announced that they would refuse to serve in the Israeli army come draft time.
According to the letter, the teenagers are refusing to enlist in the army due to their “opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories,” where “human rights are violated, and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” Aside from the ultra-Orthodox and Palestinian citizens of Israel, army service is mandatory for all Israelis (three years for males, two for females).
The letter goes on to decry the effect of the occupation on Israeli society itself, especially the way it “shapes the educational system, our workforce opportunities, while fostering racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender-based discrimination,” and promotes and perpetuates “male dominance” and oppressive gender structures within the army itself.
|—||Old Arab parents proverb, used to mean “you didn’t do shit what the hell are you proud of” in reference to something you are proud of.|
18 year old Palestinian student, Saji Darwish shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces after a stone throwing incident occurred earlier today.
In a post made February 5th Saji says “Forgive me mother, A martyr is what I want to be”
It’s heartbreaking to notice that most of these Palestinian youth who have been murdered in the past while had posted similar comments. To them life has no value under occupation, and they are not to blame.
I just want to point out that Israelis claim he was throwing stones, his family refused this version of the events and stated that he was on his way to feed the barn animals like he does routinely.
Would not be the first time Israelis shoot Palestinians under false pretenses, and you can be sure it won’t be the last.