The Graffiti on the Walls of Jaffa Paint the Story of Arab-Jewish Tension and Coexistence

Jaffa's tangle of identities and underlying developments are spelled out on its walls

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Graffiti in Jaffa. The accelerated real estate development brought to the surface gentrification’s disastrous implications.
Graffiti in Jaffa. The accelerated real estate development brought to the surface gentrification’s disastrous implications.Credit: Avshalom Halutz
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The absence of political graffiti in Arabic is a manifestation of the divide between Christians and Muslims

The graffiti read: "Private parking" and “We have no other land,” both in Hebrew and Arabic.
The graffiti read: "Private parking" and “We have no other land,” both in Hebrew and Arabic.Credit: Daniel Monterescu
A quote from a song by Alma Zohar: “An urban journey amid a landscape of buildings. Far from myself but right in the heart of things.”
A quote from a song by Alma Zohar: “An urban journey amid a landscape of buildings. Far from myself but right in the heart of things.” Credit: Daniel Monterescu
In Arabic: "Jaffa is crying." In Hebrew: "Housing for Jaffa's Arabs."
In Arabic: "Jaffa is crying." In Hebrew: "Housing for Jaffa's Arabs."Credit: Daniel Monterescu
This graffiti reads: "Free love."
This graffiti reads: "Free love."Credit: zeevveez

Gentrification art is a sign of the major status change happening in the city, turning it from a shunned ghetto into a public creative space

Graffiti in Yefet Street, Jaffa.
Graffiti in Yefet Street, Jaffa.Credit: Daniel Monterescu
"Here, a stolen land," in Hebrew.
"Here, a stolen land," in Hebrew.Credit: Daniel Monterescu

In the cracks between the walls, Jaffa is revealed as a city of many poetic and political layers that are not joined together into a whole

A graffiti in Jaffa. When the gentrification kicked into high gear, artistic examples of street poetry also multiplied.
A graffiti in Jaffa. When the gentrification kicked into high gear, artistic examples of street poetry also multiplied. Credit: Edmund Gall
A graffiti in Jaffa: "Not for sale!".
A graffiti in Jaffa: "Not for sale!". Credit: Daniel Monterescu
Jaffa graffiti.
Jaffa graffiti. Credit: Daniel Monterescu

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