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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Raymond Daher, b. 1944

"Whoever was born before 1948 has this certificate, Arabs, Jews, everyone. When we were young, who knew what was Palestine and what was Israel? 'Palestine Eretz Israel' it says here. I'm not Palestinian, why? I was born here. I have a Palestinian Birth Certificate. So what, should I argue with Netanyahu? Living proof: Israel exists. The West Bank exists. Occupation. We Wait. I am in Israel. Israelis won't be banished. I'm happy here. There will never be a Palestinian State."