Superfluous Young Men
Superfluous Young Men
Superfluous Young Men

Superfluous Young Men

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Balata Refugee camp towards the end of an army invasion. The army tossed out a tear gas grenade as they left. What a dramatic subject for a painting, I thought !



The title is a satire of Martin Kramer's speech at the Feburary 2010 Herzliya Conference in Israel where he described young Palestinians as "superfluous young men". See this link for an explanation: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11091.shtml 


Does the viewer of this painting consider the young men depicted here to be superfluous ? Do the young men consider themselves to be superfluous ? Having spent time with several people from Balata refugee camp depicted here, I would argue that they don't want to be throwing rocks at invading jeeps. They'd rather have job opportunities and education. They'd rather not have jeeps invading their camp. They'd rather not be refugees or considered superfluous.