Final Project Idea – Nik Ayres

The Israeli-Palistinian Conflict is a complicated political-religious-economic mess that has created one  of the worst humanitarian crises presently existing in the world.  This has been confirmed by eyewitness accounts from hundreds of visiting activists, journalists and even a few of our Congressmen, including John Kerry.

Since 1948, Palestinian land has been taken over and surrounded by the UN recognized state of Israel.  Most of the Jewish people moving there at the time were refugees, Holocaust survivors.  It seems ironic that immediately after the Holocaust, a Jewish state began surrounding and attempting to completely eradicate another people from their homes.

Loss-of-Palestinian-Land-mapcard

Israel recieves the highest amount of foreign aid from the US than any other country in the world:

2.4 Billion Dollars in 2008.  An expected 2.77 Billion in 2010.

Virtually all of this money is used to buy weapons (up to 75% made in the U.S.). Beginning in 2009, the U.S. plans to give $30 billion over 10 years.

The second highest foreign aid goes to Egypt, which also spends most of this money on U.S. manufactured weapons.

(Retrieved from:   http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/archive/who-gets-us-foreign-aid.html  on November 9th, 2009.)

According to the parents of Rachel Corey–an activist who was killed by a man who intentionally ran her over with a bull-dozer when she was standing in front of a palestinians house, attempting to save it from demolition–the Palestinian people have not recieved a penny of the millions in foreign aid pledged to help them rebuild their land after the 3-week military strike Israel launched on Gaza on December 27th, 2008.  Over a thousand Palestinian non-combatants were killed in the war, almost half of which were women and children(Palestinian Center for Human Rights).  Three Israeli non-combatants were killed, one was a woman(Israeli Defense Forces).

Project:

In hopes of bringing awareness to the situation, I propose we recreate the Israel-Palestinian wall in various locations around the city of Portland by wheatpasting the words–“Maximum height of the Israeli-Palestinian Wall” (25 feet) with a line underneath.  These words could be accompanied by additional facts about the wall, the conflict, or quotes from people involved in the conflict.  Or even another wheatpasting of the maximum height of the Berlin Wall (11.6 feet).

banksy-israel-wall

We could also draw with chalk on the ground, the progression of the the israeli-palestine territory since 1946.

It would be cool to do this in places where people who are in congress will see them.  Also, in places where people have no idea about the conflict…?  Or where it is brushed under the rug and forgotten as yesterdays news.

With a March for Peace scheduled in Gaza on the anniversary of the start of the war last year, this seems like an appropriate time to highlight the situation.

PS:  Sorry not in class, got a bad itching cough in my upper throatal area.

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