The Art of Resistance in the Palestinian Struggle Against Israel

Author
Eray Alim
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Turkish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Volume
7
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
2020
Institution
Sakarya University (SAU)
Abstract
This manuscript aims to assess Palestinian street art’s effectiveness as a resistance tool and political instrument in the struggle waged against Israel. It concludes by employing Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic power that Palestinian street art is an effective instrument on account of its ability to instill in Palestinian collective consciousness as a sense of resistance. By utilizing Mouffe’s definition of politics as being a constant struggle between hegemonic and counter hegemonic forces, this work also holds that street art serves Palestinians as a means to reaffirm their political existence and develop an alternative political imagination against the Israeli-imposed reality. This manuscript also broaches the oft-discussed issue of visual diversity in Palestinian street art scene and concludes that eclectic content may serve as a contributive force, if the counter hegemonic character of Palestinian street art is adhered to.
Topic
Arts, Culture, Hegemony, Resistance
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine