"An artistic interpretation of text, free from the confines of specific political argument or exact historical flow"
By Ramzy Baroud



Cafe Palestine

I was invited to take part in a international conference on PALESTINE - ISRAEL - GERMANY -- BOUNDARIES OF OPEN DISCUSSION" at Cafe Palestine in Freiburg. I decided to produce a series of copperplate etchings that illustrated the theories of some of the invited speaker. This work as a collaboration however, unfortunately the speakers were ever changing due to threats by Zionist underground movements from backrooms and made up companies which do not exist. Even I got one and here it is

"Mr David Borrington
SO 'CUI BONO' IN FRIEBURG GERMANY CAFE-PALESTINE-PERHAPS YOU NEED TO SERIOUSLY REFLECT ON WHO BENEFITS FROM WHAT IS CLEARLY A CONFERENCE AND PLATFORM FOR RACISM. THEREFORE WE ASK YOU TO RECONSIDER YOUR ENDORSEMENT OF NAZI PROPAGANDA AND RACISM AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE BOUNDARIES OF SPEECH WITH DR WEBER- A DISCIPLE OF THE NAZI MURDERER EICHMANN. SO AT RISK OF REPEATING YOUR QUOTE FROM GOEBBALS IN YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT-
BEWARE THE LIES OF NAZIS AND RACISTS FROM PALESTINE OR ELSEWHERE LEST YOUR ARTWORK BECOMES A VOICE FOR RACE HATE.

UK ANTI RACIST GROUP"


There is no name, the organisation does not exist in any form and they have used a Hotmail e-mail address. I do like their use of capital letters, everyone was invited to take part in this conference including pro-Israeli Zionist writers and commentators but they all declined.

I felt it was important to share this with you and none the less the conference went ahead. You can view the lectures online from the link below. I was lucky enough to work with a great artist jazz musician and author Gilad Atzmon (his link is also below) who writes about Jewish philosophy. I created a piece on his paper he was presenting at the conference, explaining how modern history is very much game to support the idea of the Jewish population being horrifically persecuted over any other race or peoples specially in the 20th century. There is no doubt that there were some horrific things done to the Jewish people but at the same time we must recognise that many nations have faced persecution such as the Armenian genocide in 1914, British and the American involvement in Afghanistan today, unfortunately the list could go on.

I also worked with Ramzy Baroud who is a Palestinian journalist based in Seattle USA. I based my artwork for him on his book " My Father was a Freedom Fighter." This book is an incredibly epic story of his family history shown for all to see the terrible occupation of Palestine under the Israelis/Zionist.

The final print I produced for Dr Sabine Schiffer, she wanted to show how all people are trying and even in the most difficult positions you can see humanity at work. Unfortunately she was unable to take part due to she felt unsafe about the whole environment.

A quote by Dr Sabine Schiffer
"I wouldn't like to underline and support the polarizing view - my experience in israel-palestine often was, that the people deal with each other in a very cooperative and pragmatic way - its politics that tries to separate them: so I would prefer showing the will and reality of interchanges, while political decisions are focussion segregation, and our media only following their point of view, not showing the possibilities and chances which reveals daily life (even at the check-points there are signs of humanity, see mahsom watch etc...
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David Borrington MA RCA
"All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent."  Edmund Burke