A Palestinian woman has collected thousands of spent tear gas canisters, with the help of others in her village, in order to demarcate reclaimed Palestinian land. The act is one of both peaceful resistance and an answer to the controversial “security wall” erected by the State of Israel.
The strange garden is located in the village of Bilin, which is near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Ramallah has become the de facto capital of the proposed Palestinian state. The eclectic potted plants tie in to this conceptual statehood, by marking land that Palestine was able to reclaim two years ago through a protracted court battle that re-routed Israel’s controversial dividing “security wall”.
While already huge, the West Bank dividing barrier is still technically under construction. If it continues as foreseen, it will eventually wrap around the entire 430 mile West Bank border.
Much of the territory carved out by the barrier, however, is disputed. The typically right-wing dominated Israeli government continues to expand illegal settlements in the West Bank.
The unusual flower pots, are a counter marker of land Palestinians, that directly answer the Israeli wall in an elegant, beautiful and peaceful manner.
(Article by Ari Simeon and Isa Abu Jamal; photos via the Associated Press)