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Altered Signs in Occupied Palestine

July 11, 2005

Stolen Land
This happened some time ago, but is totally worth mentioning.
On June 4th, 2005,Signs of Truth, a group of Israeli and international activists acting in solidarity with local Palestinians, altered signs in the West Bank. The day was the 38th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Activists changed a sign to the largest settlement in the northern West Bank, Ariel, to say “stolen land” in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Al Jazeera reports:

“Another sign that indicates the distance to Ariel from an Israeli checkpoint 12km away reminds drivers of the ongoing occupation and of the separation wall being built around Palestinian towns. “1967: Occupation; 2005: Apartheid Wall in Salfit” read the signs.”

Apartheid Wall
Its really inspiring and impressive to see these tactics being used in such a clever way. Some of the signs were pulled off so well, which must have invoked such an emotional reaction with the people who saw them. Its moments like these that have some potential to jolt people out of an ordinary routine and experience, which can (hopefully) change how the occupation of Palestine is spoken about.

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