- High-resolution print of a Watan adaptation of a Zionist poster. :P
- This poster was initially created by Franz Krausz in 1936 as part of a commission by Tourist Development Association of Palestine as a strategy to encourage Jewish immigration into Palestine. After a series of re-prints, however, the print took on a life of its own amongst Palestinians when it became popular in the 90s in the wake of Oslo. Today, you're likely to see this original print in the homes of Palestinians all over. You'll likely even find an adapted version including the Apartheid Wall blocking off Jerusalem as an ironic twist to the travel poster.
- These particular points of reclamation fascinate me. Why do Palestinians choose to take this poster into their homes? Many, I'm sure, are unaware of its history; at the time, the name "Palestine" wasn't political so much as it was simply the (EMPHASIS HERE) *historical* name of the place. Others are, of course, aware and yet include it anyway. Is it a statement of "we are here, we were always here", a statement of "you won't be allowed to rewrite history because you've already owned up to the fact that you aren't timeless"? Whatever the reason, I decided to replace the "Visit Palestine" portion with the utterly and deliciously socialist line "Shou Hal Iyam Illiwsilnala" ("What are these days that we've come to?") in Arabic calligraphy from the famed Ziad Rahbani, a Lebanese musician and son of singer Fairuz, song of the same name. When I figure out why this particular association was so irresistible to me, I'll let you know...
- Dimensions of this piece are about 27.6 inches x 19.5 inches.
- Perfect for your college dorm, home, or office.