SANTA FE MURALS ARE ABOUT JUSTICE
by IRIS KELTZ
The now-defaced murals pasted on an adobe wall in Santa Fe have created a firestorm within and without the Jewish community.
Collected from various news sources, the poignant images are familiar. I’ve seen them before – a group of armed Israeli soldiers surrounding a blindfolded teenage boy, so terrified he wet his pants; a 14-year old boy throwing a rock at a tank. A cameraman working for French television caught the image of a father shielding his 12-year-old son from oncoming bullets from Israeli soldiers. Moments later, the boy lay dead on his father’s lap.
In 2014, when images about Palestinian human rights first appeared on that adobe wall, they were to protest the Israeli siege in Gaza. To argue, as some have, that the iconic images may have been altered, avoids the issue – the systematic and ongoing abuse of Palestinian children and civilians. These murals are not anti-Israel, or pro-Palestinian, or anti-Semitic. They are a reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.