Helen Morgan

Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

by , 10/21/13


west bank, garden of tear gas grenades, majdi mohammed, palestine, eco design, green design, sustainable gardens, recycled materials, protests

Bilin has become a central focus of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank, and was the subject of last year’s Oscar nominated documentary “Five Broken Cameras”. The daily conflicts are ongoing as Palestinians say they struggle to regain land that is cut-off by the barrier; Israel says the wall is needed to keep potential Palestinian attackers out.

The images were published by Associated Press with the following text: “The Bilin garden commemorates Bassem Abu Rahmah, a protest leader who was killed in 2009 when a tear gas grenade struck him in the chest during a demonstration.” The garden certainly has a politically motivated message, but the green space has also become a symbol of the ongoing battles. The living shrine is watered by Abu Rahmah’s mother, Sabiha Abu Rahmah.

Images courtesy of AP photographer Majdi Muhammed

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  1. CardiffJeff October 22, 2013 at 4:22 am

    How painfully poignant. Anything that awakens the wider world to the plight of the Palestinians is to be applauded.

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