Palestine E. I. 

 

Palestine (Eretz Israel) strives to hear and acknowledge the different stories of each one of the people portrayed, when asked about the meaning of the Palestinian document in their hands, thereby telling their point of view of their sense of belonging to this land. 

The series of diptychs combine portraits of Jews and Arabs born in British Mandate Palestine, and an original document - birth certificate, ID, or passport - from British Mandate Palestine.

The document serves as a catalyst to open up to people’s stories, for the viewer to be confronted with the different and at times opposing realities that exist simultaneously on the same disputed land. 

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© 2020 by Hadas Parush

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Is'hak Said Abu Khadir, b. 1943

"This passport is for the whole world to see that there was a Palestinian nation on this land, and they have the documents to prove it. What is a state? How do you build a state? - a flag, currency, documents, and land too. We are proud that we have a Palestinian passport from this period. It means that there was a Palestinian State here and the Israelis came and occupied it. This land belongs to the Palestinian people. Jews came and took the land, took away our freedom, and put us in a prison."