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Irreconcilable truce

"The Keffieh is full of poetic and political symbolism. The fishnet pattern is a symbol of collectivism and is often interpreted as the joining of hands and the olive leaf on the border, for me, symbolises peace. Also, since the 60s, the Keffieh becamea potent symbol of the Palestinian cause and was also adopted by students,anti-war and anti-imperialist movements so it became a symbol of solidarity amongst all these movements." - Mona Hatoum

We are approaching the final hours of a six-day truce during which hostages and detainees are being released and humanitarian convoys are being allowed into Gaza. It took 47 days to reach this agreement and all I can think about is what is going to happen when this truce comes to an end.

Since October 7, the latest death toll stands at 15,093 Palestinians, with at least 1,200 Israelis killed. Every hour in Gaza 42 bombs are dropped killing 15 people, 6 of them children. So, no, a truce may be a welcome breakthrough, but it cannot be enough.

Keffieh (detail), 1993–99

Human hair on cotton fabric

© Mona Hatoum

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