Israeli artist and activist Gil Mualem-Doron exhibits his artwork on attacks of Palestinian families to change the face of far-right Israeli terrorism in Occupied Palestine.
About the Artist
Growing up in Tel Aviv, Mualem-Doron said in an interview that his aim is to shed light on racism towards Palestiniains living in the Occupied Territories. His latest exhibit at P21 Gallery in London titled “Cry, the beloved country” showcases a range of photographs, digital art and installations on the themes of forced displacement and racism.
One of the most striking installations in the gallery is that of a burnt child’s crib. This reminds the viewer of a case in 2015 when a Palestinian family home was targeted by 21 year old right-wing extremist settler Amiram Ben Uliel, killing 18-month old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham. 5-year old Ahmed, the eldest son, emerged with terrible burns and was the only survivor of the attack. This installation forces the viewer to “smell the burning flesh,” as he argues.
About the Attacks
The artist wishes to bring attention to the so-called “price tag” attacks. These are acts of terrorism aimed at exacting a price from Palestinians who threaten the Israeli settlement scheme. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented 143 price-tag attacks that led to the injuries of 63 Palestinians, including 13 children, in the first five months of 2020 alone.
Mr. Mualem-Doron believes these acts of terrorism have increased in the OPTs because there is no demand for accountability.
Unfortunately, you have hundreds of children being slaughtered in Gaza, but it’s almost invisibleGil Mualem Doron
Attacks to Palestinian homes are personal acts of hatred that also go invisible because, he argues, media tends not to amplify such terrorist activities.
Gil Mualem-Dorion therefore wishes to challenge and change the face of terrorism in Occupied Palestine. His hope is for these individuals to be held accountable for racist and hate-motivated crimes of arson and murder.