Palestinian artist Khadeeja Bisharat channels her fears into conflict-inspired artwork - GulfToday

Palestinian artist Khadeeja Bisharat channels her fears into conflict-inspired artwork


Khadeeja Bisharat, a Palestinian artist, displays a conflict-inspired artwork she painted, in Jordan Valley.

Amid the barren hills of the Jordan Valley, Palestinian artist Khadeeja Bisharat paints scenes of bulldozers and demolitions, a reflection of fears of what may happen to her isolated Bedouin community in the occupied West Bank.


Some 15,000 Palestinians live in tiny pastoral encampments scattered across the Jordan Valley.


 Israel has pledged to extend its sovereignty over the territory - some 30% of the West Bank - with cabinet-level discussion on the move set to begin July 1.


palest3 Khadeeja Bisharat draws in Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.


"This affects our psychological wellbeing, and the children's wellbeing ... Will they allow residents to stay? Will they demolish their houses?" Bisharat, 37, said from her Bedouin encampment in the northern Jordan Valley.


She says she has tried to express her fear and uncertainty through paintings, among them a water colour depicting women gathered around a demolished home and a scene of a yellow bulldozer approaching a tin Bedouin shack.


"I try to convey a message of how the occupation impacts us, the violations we are subjected to," the mother-of-three said.


palest2 Khadeeja Bisharat, a Palestinian artist, adds finishing touches to her creation.


She said she felt surrounded, far from areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority and exposed to demolitions of farm shacks erected by her community.




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Bisharat's husband, Mahmoud, said their community would be defiant in the face of the annexation.


"Even if it is imposed on us, we will resist with all the means we have."

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