Jane Frere in the Scotsman:

SIXTY years ago, the people without a land required a land without people – and Palestinians are still living with the fallout. JANE FRERE explains the background to her provocative new exhibition
Jane Frere

Jane Frere: The Nakba Project

BETHLEHEM, THE CRADLE OF Christanity, is caught in an unending nightmare. “What can we do?” Amal, a Palestinian woman, asked me when I met her in the town. “A 17-year-old boy was shot dead in Bethlehem Square in the snow. “A (Israeli] tank came in looking for a couple of kids and he threw a single stone as it passed by. They put two bullets in him, one in the chest and the other in the leg. His friends started to carry him to try and get him to hospital, but he was dead.”

“What time of day?” I asked, incredulous. I had just returned from my Christmas break in the UK, and such scenes still belonged in my mind to TV news. “Two o’clock in the afternoon,” said Amal. “We were shopping, then my son came dashing up to me – ‘Don’t go into the square, Mum, they just shot a boy.'”

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The following by Jane Frere featured in This Week in Palestine:

Many people ask me why a Scottish artist should be interested in creating a work of art that addresses a Palestinian historical issue. The question puzzles me, as though some are even confused as to Palestine’s existence – a place that, as time passes, is becoming increasingly associated only with the dusty-coloured plates of our Sunday school bibles. As an artist, my interests have always tended to veer towards humanity, and as a citizen of a shrinking globalized world increasingly wired with 24-hour communication technology, it is difficult to ignore the daily deluge of painful images that come out of this beleaguered region.

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