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Occupation, in the details (Part II)

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Part II of my travelog continues to show surveillance and the indignities of daily life. The first part can be viewed here.

No blood or high drama, so it’s nothing “newsworthy.” It’s just everyday life.

(Image: Katie Miranda)

A girl walks to school through a olive grove. Normally a beautiful and pastoral scene, but in Palestine it’s punctuated by razor wire, an ever present reminder of who is in charge.

(Image: Katie Miranda)

In Hebron a man is detained under an Israeli guard post, sometimes for 15 minutes, sometimes for 3 hours. No one knows how long it will take, and it’s a reminder that your life is not your own; the army exerts absolute control over the day to day life of Palestinians. Makes me wonder, at the end of an average Palestinian’s life, how many days or years have been stolen by the Israeli government?

(Image: Katie Miranda)

Another normal day in Tel Rumeida and a reminder that the streets in their neighborhood are not their own. Even when no one is in the street, you’re always being watched.

The original illustrations are for sale on my website.

I’m hosting an Open Studios + a Report Back from Palestine in Portland, Oregon where these and other illustrations and paintings will be on display. Details can be found here.

Katie Miranda

Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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9 Responses

  1. guyn on October 18, 2017, 3:33 pm

    I like your sensibility, Katie. Thank you.

  2. Citizen on October 18, 2017, 4:45 pm

    Go Katie!

  3. JosephA on October 18, 2017, 9:40 pm

    Katie, you have done a wonderful job capturing the putrid essence of occupation. Thank you.

  4. Katie Miranda on October 18, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Thank you to everyone for your kind words !

    • Cazador on October 19, 2017, 9:40 am


      Your illustrations’ simplicity is most eloquent. Please keep creating them. The world has to see them and understand that BDS can definitely work against that stealing zionist system that Einstein himself called fascist…

  5. Misterioso on October 19, 2017, 11:20 am


    “No New Settlement Units in Hebron
    Israel has approved 31 new settlement units to be built on Shuhada Street in Hebron. If construction goes through, they will be the first new units in Hebron in 15 years. They will increase the settler population by 20%.

    “The permit for the new units was granted under the Civil Administration’s Subcommittee for Licensing. It was approved under certain conditions, including the right of the public to object.”

  6. amigo on October 19, 2017, 3:38 pm

    Settler Violence in Numbers: 1 January – 1 April 2015

    Settler violence constitutes harm perpetrated against Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories by Israeli settlers. The Palestine Center has been diligently recording settler violence on a daily basis since 2004. From the start of January 2015 alone, we have found that there were:

    79 assaults on Palestinians, including:
    7 targeted hit-and-run attacks – including 5 children ages 5-16
    42 assaults that required hospitalization as they were “victims of beatings with sticks, iron pipes and knives” and occasionally, gunfire and Molotov cocktails
    11 instances of settlers opening fire indiscriminately into crowds
    5 attempted kidnappings of children
    59 intrusions and assaults on Al-Aqsa mosque during times of worship
    73 instances of destruction of property, including:
    7,475 olive trees uprooted and destroyed
    32 acres of private land leveled and destroyed
    poisoning, running over, or stealing of livestock
    48 instances of raids on homes and agricultural land

    Since January 1, 2015, there have been 228 instances of some type of settler violence against Palestinians. This averages out to around 2.5 forms of aggression every day. A daily account of settler violence as well as military violence, raids, and detentions can be found here.

    In response to these attacks, the Israeli military and police forces have done very little to curb settler violence against Palestinians. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that only around 8.5 percent of investigations are brought to indictment, whereas around 85 percent of investigations are closed due to some type of “internal police error.”

  7. philweiss on October 20, 2017, 8:38 am

    Beautiful drawings, they capture so much affliction in a few details. Like, who is blindfolded? And what kind of education is that schoolgirl getting? And how many Americans now know all this, and don’t act (the tarantino posture…)

    • oldgeezer on October 20, 2017, 1:10 pm


      At the risk of wasting my time only to have my post not make it through moderation due to being off topic.

      The tarantino posture might be a good as label as any to use for this situation but there is something that has been rather stark throughout this whole series of disclosures. Not for what has been present but what has been missing.

      Unless I’m just looking in the wrong place I haven’t seen a single (significant) individual protesting that weinstein is merely accused and entitled to a fair trial. Or attacked the women casting doubts on their integrity and dreaming up fanciful excuses as to why they are lying. Not a single one.

      To me this is both amazing and truly shocking on an awful level. His company has fired him, awards withdrawn or in the process of being withdrawn.

      Clearly it’s not merely tarantino. The industry knows/knew he was guilty. The industry was part of the effort to keep it quiet and under the rug. No one is wating for any truth as they know the truth. Look at this history of other abuses and consider the coverage, particularly in political cases. The only scenario which I consider worse is that they’re trying to bury him because they’re all at it too and want it out of the news cycle. Time will tell.

      Anyway it’s sad to see that the casting couch was still in full operation and not a myth. Hopefully it brings some changes for the better.

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