Monday, June 07, 2010

Anti-American Art: Beware Strangers Bearing Gifts

"He who plunders others always lives in terror" reads the Palestinian proverb atop this complicated poster from Cuba's OSPAAAL. Modelled using toys, it refers to the cozy US-Israel relationship by depicting a Trojan horse bearing American colors having apparenty delivered a belly full of Israeli soldiers. It dates from the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and is a call to solidarity with the Lebanese people and the Palestinian refugees targeted by the American-backed Israeli forces. The Israelis were successful in forcing the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) out of Lebanon, though of course hundreds of thousands of Palestinians remain there.

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