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Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

September 2010

By William Parry

In the hands of artists, Israel’s oppressive wall around the West Bank is also turning into a powerful symbol of resistance. The barrier imposes an apartheid-style regime on the Palestinian people and institutionalizes a land-grab in contravention of international law. But in the words of street artist Banksy, the wall has also become ‘the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers’ and a stunning visual representation of international solidarity.

William Parry has constructed a beautiful photographic document of this transformation. His crisp, pithy text puts the wall in context and describes how it impacts on the daily lives of Palestinians. Against the Wall is a fine example of the political potential of art that may just help tip the balance of opinion.

This column was published in the September 2010 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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  1. #1 teresa de ory 21 Nov 10

    how to buy a book from you

    Dear ’All of you’,
    I am really interested in purchasing the book: Against the wall. The art of resistance, for a friend who works in that field. Can I buy it and you send it to her who lives in Mexico?,
    waiting for your answer,

    Teresa de Ory
    seville, Spain.

  2. #2 Jo Lateu 23 Nov 10

    I'm afraid New Internationalist doesn't stock this book. Please visit the publisher's website ( to contact them for stockist/ordering details.
    Jo Lateu
    New Internationalist

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