The prints on exhibition are based on drawings made by Samia Halaby documenting the Kafr Qasem Massacre, which occurred on October 29, 1956. In creating the series the artist relied on the narrative pattern previously used by Emile Habiby in his book, On the 20th Anniversary of the Kafr Qasem Massacre, Kafr Qasem, the Political Massacre, now rare and difficult to find. In his narrative each consecutive event of the approximately three-hour-long massacre was named. The event inside the village and the one in the northern section were designated according to their location. On the western road entering the village there were nine events of killing, which Habiby designated the First to the Ninth Waves of killing. Although the application of numbered waves of killing is an artifact, the usefulness and accuracy of these divisions is confirmed by other narrators and allows for comprehension of the sequence of events. This sequence exposes the macabre intentions of the Israeli government through the actions of its Border Police, committing cold-blooded murder of Palestinian civilians with willful forethought.
The artist wishes to express special thanks to Kafr Qasem and to all those who helped her in her research. Their wonderful contributions are detailed in the book recently published Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre. The paragraphs describing the prints were written by the artist and are reproduced in the book.
Location of the exhibition: Birzeit University Museum. Main Gallery