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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 26 August between Israel and Hamas, United Nations figures state that 2,131 Palestinians, mainly civilians, including 501 children, had been killed in the conflict. Approximately 108,000 people had been left homeless.


Outraged at the scale of destruction and needless loss of life, Linda has responded through this arpillera. 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: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. 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

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