Yes, in the morning, I hurriedly looked at Mondoweiss, skimmed your bio as I am too busy with my own projects—-and I spotted that some donations went to ISM. BTW, I am not an art critic, my credentials are of a different sort, although I have an artistic background in fashion and writing, and my niece is an accomplished musician, classically trained, and globally known as an experimental & pop musician. All of my life, due to my heritage and also having in the family a mediator, Lebanese national working with “Israeli” negotiators during the Madrid Talks, I over the years along with my advanced degrees, Phd. focusing on the Middle East/North Africa and its diaspora in the US/Europe, have some qualms with the Arab tropes in your painting, as expressed above.
You might have lived among the Palestinians like I did, edit out that I am of Lebanese descent here, I am American-born, do not choose for them that the key to the future is Washington not Ramallah, Jerusalem or Europe”. You are wrong any self respecting Palestinian, Arab, and most importantly Anti-Zionist knows it is not through Washington, Washington has proven for at least 50 years–the real occupation has been 70 + years– since Truman who accepted the Zionist entity, to be more than a fickle friend but treacherous one to Palestine along with US’ client state, Saudi Arabia. Like India, like Ireland, like the U.S., the real struggle and victory comes through the Palestinians themselves, they have equipped themselves in resistance since at least the 1930s…they do not need the Empire to teach them how to do it…they know well the lessons like Southeast Asia, of the Empire. Not an art critic and never purported to be, but what moves me is anti-imperialist art. I have been to Iran, Cuba, Gaza, the real images in the Middle East, are of Che Guevara, Malcolm X. I am no House Arab.