Redux

Gaza Sphinx
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Because the premise is a lie … was always. Because family feuds are worse, civil wars not and because antisemitism is not exclusive when it comes to who the semites are … because Trump is, Netanyahu is … not …

And so people die. And live without hope … and now less … if that’s possible.

And not to aesthetisise anyone else’s pain, and not to ignore the ancient greek’s misogyny … why is this shit still going on … I’m not naive, just sad and angry.

Lamassu

winged bull
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The archetypal protective deity of the home for the Assyrians.

Crucified first by the allies of the “West” and now by both our proxies and IS

What is it about “orient­alism”? We’re, appar­ently, seduced by the cultural grandeur of these great civil­isa­tions, surely, largely because we see ourselves as their imperial successors … in brutality?

Nation­alism is an ugly tool but it can be one source of dignity and cultural nutrition … it can tell stories which mean we can all contribute threads to the rich tapestry of human culture.
I have a heritage that stretches back millennia, you are just scum … and so the deep and complex patrimony of Palestine is bombed and bulldozed by the Israelis while they are almost obsessed with archae­ology that strengthens their own tenuous roots, the Americans crush and oblit­erate the world’s heritage at Ur and Babylon and oversee the looting of Iraq’s antiquities … just one facet of that imperial hypocrisy I suppose — they are barbarians when they cut off a man’s head, we are fighting for peas and mocracy when we raze Fallujah, Netanyahu is defending the weak when he blows the heads of Palestinian children …

They are all playing to the gallery.

Ma petite boîte des Refusés

call to prayer
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Exper­i­ments …
(an Israeli Apache hunting over the Great Omari Mosque in Gaza)

camo robe
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and failures …
(trying to say something about our misun­der­standings about domestic violence and war)

fire below
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pretty pictures …
(or our fascin­ation with an outdated comic book imagery of war)

remote controlled gun tower
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and more exper­i­ments …
(That veer too far from the nightmare of trying to farm in Gaza under the trigger-happy electronic eyes of remote-controlled gun towers)

predator boy toy
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that don’t quite pull it off …
(because the irony of soldiers playing with toys and Killing people is just too grim to laugh at)

hawk drone
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Or are too quiet …
(and almost seem to accept the purposeful beauty of the archi­tecture of death)

sniper in Ferguson
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or just too literal to make it …

into my portfolio (at the moment at least) … and yet … they’re pretty good.

Der Golem

bibi golem
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Der Golem spielt mit seinem Modell der Germania … oh no, that was someone else, in another time … Netanyahu plays with his model of a rebuilt Solomon’s Temple … in a Jewish only Jerusalem.

The British and Americans created a Golem to defend the Jewish people (or their interests in the region — enlightened self-interest of course) and as the story dictates, in hubris and absent mindedness, they’ve lost control and now it is the exist­ential threat to the “promised” land.

OK, so why is this not in your portfolio?

Need time to absorb, evaluate.
Carl Boese and Paul Wegener’s movie, “Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam” of 1920, is pretty obscure to start with and likening Netanyahu to Hitler, even slightly, and in jest, is a bit heavy.
But an Israel that relegates even its own one and a half million non-jewish citizens to second class status before the law is an abomin­ation.

He may be made of the same mud as the temple mount but so are about nine and half million Palestinians, a diaspora who can’t go home.