ArtUp was able to get the Israeli artists into Palestine but unable to get the Palestinians into Israel. The delegation spent time in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they spoke with arts leaders and visited museums & studios. They traveled from Jerusalem through the Qalandia check point to Jenin (Freedom Theatre) and on to Bil’in. From Bil’in the delegation traveled to Ramallah to Bethlehem, to Hebron and back in Israel—to Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa and back home. Quotes from the artists’ journey are below.
Fear before entering Palestine so palpable heightened by signs proclaiming that it is illegal for Israelis to enter and that to do so puts their lives at risk. Only 8% of military has direct contact. Maintain the myth. Perpetuate the fear. Create all monsters.