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'Gaza', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Tony Boyle)
'Gaza', by Linda Adams. (Photo: Tony Boyle)


Title of Textile:Gaza
Maker: Linda Adams
Country of Origin: England
Year Produced: 2014
Size (cm): 42cm x 31cm
Materials: Scraps of material sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

On 8 July 2014 the Israeli government commenced Operation Protective Edge, their latest military operation in the Gaza Strip. Fifty days later, when the ceasefire was declared on 26th August between Israel and Hamas, United Nations figures stated that 2,251 Palestinians, mainly civilians, including 551 children, had been killed in the conflict. Over 3,400 children were injured resulting in a permanent disability for almost one-third. https://www.ochaopt.org/content/key-figures-2014-hostilities#_ftn1

The already overstretched Education sector was severely affected; 258 schools and kindergartens were damaged, including 26 schools beyond repair. https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/oPt_74620.html

Linda was outraged at the scale of destruction and needless loss of life and responded via needle, thread and fabric. Through a letter tucked in a pocket at the back of her arpillera, she questions:

“…why a nation that has suffered …feels it can justify killing … and destroying hospitals, schools and mosques.” Further linking recent events to the destruction of the Holocaust she reflects: “… I felt that the spirits of those who died at the Holocaust would be desperately wishing they could say ‘why do this when you know how much it hurts’. ”

Owner: Conflict Textiles collection
Location: Breege Doherty, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Tony Boyle

Textile exhibited at: Arpillera Journeys, 6/03/2015 - 12/06/2015
War-Torn Children, 1/03/2017 - 15/04/2017
War-Torn Children , 17/07/2017 - 28/07/2017
War-Torn Children, 8/02/2018 - 24/03/2018
Arpilerak: Memoriaren Haritik Etorkizuna Josten / Arpilleras: Al Hilo De La Memoria, 12/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
ARIPILLERAS: AL HILO DE LA MEMORIA, TEJIENDO FUTURO / Arpilleras: Knitting the Future, 25/04/2018 - 30/05/2018
War-Torn Children, 5/09/2018 - 29/11/2018

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