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[31. July 2014] War in Gaza

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Title: 'Jaffa' Size: 118’ x 65,7’, Oil on Canvas

With my three-part picture ‚Jaffa’ I have created a painted document of destruction and murder of the indigenous population of Jaffa. A memorial if you want. Through the centuries, the method of shifting power relations with means of destruction and violence hasn’t changed much. At this point in my view, there is no real evolution of mankind, and therefore no modernization. Modernity would not use force to bring changes, but in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, a non-violent way of love and conviction pursue should have been taken. That this is possible, we should have learned from his example. But we haven’t!

As a synonym Jaffa stands for a cautionary example of historic rivalries in the Middle East - and in some ways, it stands for today's developments from former dictatorships to potential democracies in the area. Whether it is in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria or Yemen ... These changes are not only peaceful and were achieved mostly by force and destruction.

The story at a glance: In 1099 in the First Crusade Godfrey of Bouillon conquered the location on the Mediterranean coast. The native population was killed and largely reduced. For the Crusaders Jaffa had, as Jerusalem nearest Mediterranean port, a special strategic value.

1535 the Mamluks destroy and largely depopulated Jaffa. Later, the town regain its old economic importance, especially as pilgrims port on the way to Jerusalem.

On 14 May 1948 Jaffa was taken by Israeli militias. As a result of flight or expulsion the Arab population was reduction from around 65,000 to just under 5,000 inhabitants.

Søren Kierkegaard: "Life can only be understood backwards, but can be lived only in forward."


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