A Child’s View from Gaza: Palestinian Children’s Art and the Fight Against Censorship is a collection of drawings by children from the Gaza Strip, art that was censored by the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, California (in 2011, A Child’s view from Gaza, which is also a traveling exhibition, was to be shown in Oakland, but cancelled at the last moment. Barbara Lubin, the Executive Director of MECA, said then: “We understand all too well the enormous pressure that the museum came under. But who wins? The museum doesn’t win. MECA doesn’t win. The people of the Bay Area don’t win. Our basic constitutional freedom of speech loses. The children in Gaza lose.“)
The art was submitted by Gazan children depicting their lives and experience during the 22-day Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008-2009, during which over 1,100 Palestinians died including hundreds of children.
The drawings featured in A Child’s View from Gaza serve as part of the historical record of the horror inflicted on the Palestinian people during Operation Cast Lead as experienced by Gaza’s children. Photos of the aftermath and the recent efforts by pro-Israel groups to censor the children’s art are also highlighted in the book (the exhibition continues to be postponed or cancelled in some places – like it was postponed in Fredericton, Canada in 2013. “This would appear to have been done by adults certainly not by six year olds, and/or done by children under the direction of adults,” said Israel Unger, a protestor of the exhibit).
Well, I am making sure you get atleast a part of the exhibition virtually – here are some of the drawings.
For more on this book and exhibitions, go to MECA (Middle East Children’s Alliance).