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By Khaled Hourani
The officer raised his voice and said, “Even if you do a watermelon, it will be confiscated!” An Israeli soldier confronting a group of Palestinian artists in the 1970s
In the 1970s, the Israeli government made public displays of the Palestinian flag a criminal offence in Gaza and the West Bank. Palestinian artists began to circumvent the ban by using the watermelon because, when cut open, the fruit bears the national colours of the Palestinian flag — red, black, white and green.
So, the humble watermelon became a representation of Palestinian resistance that remains so to this day.
Khaled Hourani’s original Watermelon design is now available on a T-shirt directly from Amos Trust
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This design is by acclaimed Palestinian artist Khaled Hourani and used with his kind permission. The T-shirts, printed on white, organic cotton, are available in women’s and men’s fits/sizes — you can choose the best option for you at checkout. All profits will go to our emergency Gaza appeal.
We’re currently re-stocking some sizes and will dispatch new orders as soon as possible.