This essay examines the graffiti that covers the portion of the West Bank’s segregation wall that traverses Bethlehem. That the majority of the representations covering the wall are intended for international rather than local consumption complicates the prevalent tendency in the literature on this wall to align these representations homogenously with resistance. More than resisting a specific regime, many of these images enter into global conversations about the circulation of power. Images of resistance scripted and consumed by those who observe suffering from afar are juxtaposed to Palestinian engagements with the wall, which is frequently represented allegorically or not represented at all.
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Rebecca Gould; The Materiality of Resistance: Israel’s Apartheid Wall in an Age of Globalization. Social Text 1 March 2014; 32 (1 (118)): 1–21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-2391315
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