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More excerpts from the extremely beautiful “Subjective Atlas of Palestine" project. View the full publication via link.

About: The Dutch designer Annelys de Vet invited Palestinian artists, photographers and designers to map their country as they see it. Given their closeness to the subject, this has resulted in unconventional, very human impressions of the landscape and the architecture, the cuisine, the music and the poetry of thought and expression. The drawings, photographs, maps and narratives made for this atlas reveal individual life experiences, from preparing chickpeas to a manual on water pipe smoking, from historic dress to modern music. Pages containing humorous and caustic newspaper cartoons and invented Palestinian currency followed by colourful cultural diaries and moving letters from prisoners.

All in all, the contributions give an entirely different angle on a nation in occupied territory. In this subjective atlas it is the Palestinians themselves who show the disarming reverse side of the black-and-white image generally resorted to by the media.

The only child survivor of the Abu Jazar family (Khan Younis) receives her sister’s graduation certificate in Gaza

Rubble and tents are what 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza have to call home after Israel’s latest attack. Al Mughraga Village, Gaza, September 8th, 2014. (Photos: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)

Palestinians carry the coffin of 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot in front of the Dome of the Rock during his funeral in Jerusalem’s Old City, September 8th, 2014. Scores of Palestinians rioted in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz for a second day after hearing that the youth from their neighbourhood had died of a head wound sustained during an attack by Israeli police last week. (Photo: Ammar Awad / Reuters)

Israeli police order a Palestinian youth to remove his clothes as he attempts to enter Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem for prayer on the third Friday of Ramadan, 18 July 2014. (Photo: Saeed Qaq / APA images)

Israeli police order a Palestinian youth to remove his clothes as he attempts to enter Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem for prayer on the third Friday of Ramadan, 18 July 2014. (Photo: Saeed Qaq / APA images)

On July 2, three Israeli settlers kidnapped and murdered 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Yosef Chaim Ben David, 29, a shopkeeper from the settlement of Adam masterminded the plot. According to a published indictment, Ben David, along with two minors whose identities are protected by a gag order, forced Mohammed Abu Khdeir into a car and beat him with a wrench before forcing him to swallow gasoline. Autopsies found soot in Abu Khdeir’s lungs, indicating that he was burned alive.

Early last month, I met with the Abu Khdeir family in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Three months after the murder of the soft-spoken teenager, the Abu Khdeir family awaits justice that will likely never come. Sitting in their mourning tent in front of their home, Hussein Abu Khdeir, Muhammad’s father, told me, “I’m 100% certain we won’t receive justice in this racist court.”

Since the horrific murder of their son, Israel has waged a campaign of intimidation and harassment as punishment for the damage to Israel’s image abroad resulting from international coverage of their son’s brutal murder.

On an almost nightly basis, Israeli police in full riot gear station themselves in vans outside the Abu Khdeir home. They frequently conducts raids, ransacking and kidnapping dozens of young men and boys from their homes, at least 25 of which remain in various jails throughout Israel, according to the family.

Tareq Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s 15-year-old Palestinian-American cousin, was handcuffed and beaten within inches of his life by Israeli police, rendering his swollen face unrecognizable to his mother. After the beating, Tareq Abu Khdeir was put in Israeli jail and denied proper medical attention. A video of the attack surfaced, pressuring the US State Department to issue a statement on the brutal beating. Upon his release, he was banned from visiting his family’s home in Shuafat. Hours after Tareq Abu Khdeir departed Israel for the United States, Israeli police ransacked the Abu Khdeir home in Shuafat, leaving the family terrified.

The arrest and jailing of American citizen and cousin of the murdered teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 19, went almost unnoticed by media. US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf eventually issued a statement on Israel’s targeting of the Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the family: “We are concerned that the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem was not notified of his arrest by the government of Israel,” she said. “We are also concerned about the fact that members of the Khdeir family appeared to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities.”

On August 9, I attended a memorial at the Abu Khdeir home that marked the end of the traditional forty day mourning period. As night fell and those who came to pay respect to the family departed, dozens of Israeli police in riot gear attacked the gathering, wantonly throwing stun grenades into crowds of men, women and children. Police shoved mourners and shined laser pointers into the eyes and camera lenses of anyone who filmed the attack, myself included.

Wednesday, I attended the Abu Khdeir trial in Jerusalem and met with Hussein Abu Khdeir in his partially erected mourning tent afterwards. In what he described as a ploy, Hussein told me that the trial had been scheduled to begin at 3pm but the family’s lawyer received a call the previous evening at 5pm, informing that the trial would be moved ahead to 1pm. The last minute schedule change drastically reduced the number of protestors that showed up prior to the trial. “They are playing with us,” Abu Khdeir told me. “They keep messing with us to make us go crazy.

Palestinians attend Friday prayers at what remains of a mosque which was targeted by Israeli airstrikes during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in Gaza City, September 5th, 2014. Photos: Ahmed Zakot / Reuters

August 8th 2014 / September 4th 2014

In the last 48 hours Israel has:

1. Annexed another 1,000 acres of West Bank land

2. Seized $55,000,000 dollars of PA tax revenue

3. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen

4. Broken the ceasefire by not opening the border crossing for goods

5. Destroyed a dairy factory in Hebron

6. Destroyed five houses and a farm belonging to Bedouin near Jerusalem

7. Destroyed a family home in Silwan, making 11 children homeless

8. Shot and critically injured a man in Qalqilya

9. Kidnapped 17 people from Jenin

10. Kidnapped 7 people from Nablus

And that’s just the stuff that I know about. (via Omar Robert Hamilton)

arabic for princess: Just because your media isn’t flooded with news of rocket attacks does not mean nothing is going on.