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In Hebron a man is detained under an Israeli guard post, sometimes for 15 minutes, sometimes for 3 hours. No one knows how long it will take, and it’s a reminder that your life is not your own; the army exerts absolute control over the day to day life of Palestinians. Makes me wonder, at the end of an average Palestinian’s life, how many days or years have been stolen by the Israeli government?
I visited the West Bank in September 2017 and created these illustrations as part of a travelog for Mondoweiss.
The last time I had been there was 2008. Now, everything seemed heavier, particularly in Hebron where I spent most of my time. The air was heavy, the mood was heavy, and the gravity of occupation seemed responsible for the drooping faces. Merely existing there is exhausting.
Much of the media coverage misses the details because it’s not interesting enough or attention grabbing enough to rope people in. In these illustrations I focused on the details of military occupation that get overlooked.