Ash Shaab 1948 // 2019
Screen print on newsprint
During preliminary investigations into my family’s properties in Jaffa, I came across interviews with relatives Ibrahim and Kanaan Abukhadra as well as their Jewish tenant David in the book Pity the Nation, by Robert Fisk. The book alleges that after Ibrahim’s departure from his central Jaffa home in 1948, David began storing ammunitions for the Irgun (an Israeli militia) in the basement and regularly invited the Irgun’s leader, Menachem Begin, to tea. Begin went on to become the prime minister of Israel and is responsible for several atrocities perpetuated against Palestinian people, including Sabra and Shatila, and Deir Yassin. Based on the newspaper Kanaan owned in Palestine pre-1948, Al Shaab, this newspaper uses poetics, diagrams, drawings and a combination of real and fabricated interviews to investigate and respond to the events and betrayals that occurred in Jaffa. Texts and research materials referenced in the paper include The Revolt by Menachem Begin, Pity The Nation by Robert Fisk, At the Station of a Train Which Fell Off the Map by Mahmoud Darwish, and archival photographs of citrus and the city of Jaffa from The Library of Congress.