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Photos of the crowd at the opening of MECA’s ‘A Child’s view from Gaza’ Exhibit

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I didn’t hear about this exhibit until it was canceled, most likely many of the people that attended the opening didn’t either.  I suspect that the Middle East Children’s Alliance and many Palestinian activists are secretly happy about the publicity generated by MOCHA’s decision to cancel the event. All  photos taken by Youth Against Normalization.  This exhibit will be at 917 Washington Street, Oakland for the next two months. 


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  1. seafoid
    September 30, 2011, 9:10 am

    Wow. I hope these photos are seen by as many people as possible in Gaza. So many people care about them.

    • Seham
      September 30, 2011, 10:35 am

      Seafoid, I’ve been waiting for pictures of the crowds for that reason, but mostly people are taking pictures of the art–which is also good. But, it’s amazing that people are out in these numbers to see the art. Awesome exposure for these little Palestinian artists and also bad publicity for Mocha and local Zionists.

      • seafoid
        September 30, 2011, 10:39 am


        Great to see so many non Muslim “goy” faces there. Gaza is no longer a Muslim issue. It’s a global issue. If the Palestinians can leverage the support of the massive US progressive community Israel won’t be able to do anything. Already the hasbara is failing.

      • annie
        September 30, 2011, 12:29 pm

        seham, one of the links in henry’s post leads to a page with lots of photos. here scroll down, and here.

      • Seham
        September 30, 2011, 1:48 pm

        thanks Annie, will check them out.

      • Seham
        September 30, 2011, 1:50 pm

        Ugh, the Pro Zionist people at the bottom the first link… I’ll refrain from commenting.

  2. Kathleen
    September 30, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Thanks…up for two months. Hopefully Mocha takes more heat for backing down

  3. Mndwss
    September 30, 2011, 12:25 pm

    When Obama can kill US-Citizens in other countries without any due process…

    What can he do to beautiful people who knows how to dress properly in his own country? (Photo number 4).

    This is a scary world.

  4. pabelmont
    September 30, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Maybe MECA can arrange to have this exhibit mounted in UN Headquarters in NYC. Be nice for the diplomats to see them as they consider statehood and related questions.

  5. pianoteacher
    September 30, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Not only did the JCRC’s pressure on MOCHA to cancel the event generate international publicity, but also many other organisations are now requesting MECA to send the pictures on a worldwide tour. Wonderful marketing!

  6. LanceThruster
    September 30, 2011, 5:11 pm

    What is being done to Palestinians is nothing to be happy about, and yet so many of those photos make me smile. The lady in the Palestinian flag dress with her warm friendly grin makes me smile.

    And feeling conflicted about smiling over something as tragic as the children’s images from Gaza also makes me tear up.

    It is a confusing and uncomfortable state to be in (and that’s acknowledging that no one is trying to kill me or restrict my freedom to the extent that theirs are…for the time being, as far as I can tell).

  7. dbroncos
    September 30, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Thanks to annie and Seham for efforts to bring this to Mondoweiss. I bet the Zionists responsible for having the show cancelled are wishing they had kept quiet.

  8. September 30, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Well, MECA never responded to my email query about purchasing T-Shirts. You’d think they’d WANT as much exposure as they can get. My clientele is super high end, and they would be bound to ask “Whats that shirt you’re wearing???”

    • annie
      September 30, 2011, 10:55 pm

      i forgot to call them today and it’s too late now. henry listed their phone number. did you try calling?

    • pianoteacher
      September 30, 2011, 11:13 pm

      POA, MECA has been ***inundated*** with emails and offers of help over all this. Not replying straight away is nothing personal, and I am sure they are most grateful to you for your interest and will respond in time.

      • Henry Norr
        Henry Norr
        October 3, 2011, 3:28 pm

        I volunteered yesterday at the new storefront “gallery” where the Gaza kids’ art is now on display. MECA is selling very nice t-shirts with the image of the little girl crying behind bars. They’re available in red or black, in various sizes, at $15 each. They don’t have an online store, but if you e-mail again or call – [email protected] or 510 548-0542 – and offer a little extra donation to cover shipping and their trouble, you might be able to work something out. If that doesn’t work, get a friend in the East Bay to stop in at the MECA office or the storefront and buy what you want. If that’s not possible, and you really, really want one (or more), e-mail me at [email protected].

  9. Real Jew
    Real Jew
    October 1, 2011, 12:34 am

    This incredible and massive response should and needs to be done every time censorship occurs. Thats exactly what the zios do any time someone attempts to expose Israel’s true colors. They rally the troops and bombard the source with calls, emails, and protests until they get the desired results. We need to do the same, although in a much more classy and genuine manner.

    Kudos to everybody involved in this effort. And thank you Annie (and Phil) for your first hand accounts. It is truly inspiring to see this magnitude of support and compassion towards out fellow man (and children)

    • annie
      October 1, 2011, 12:53 am

      And thank you Annie (and Phil) for your first hand accounts.

      actually it is henry norr who is to credit for bring the ‘first hand account’ to this site. and massive kudos to seham for covering this story from the get go with precision. i just made a few comments here and there. phil broke it but lately has been in the territories and not on the front lines of this particular event although he and adam always deserves (huge) kudos for their massive support for hosting and encouragement.

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