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View of an Israeli base from the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, Palestine. With the shape of the crescent on the minaret, the first thing I thought of is that this scene looks like an Eye of Sauron in reverse. The crescent looks like the eye, but it’s the Israeli army base and the watchtower on top of the hill that holds the same position as Sauron did in Middle Earth.
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.