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Love Wins
Palestinian Perseverance Behind Walls
photography by Afzal Huda; foreword by Phyllis Bennis; conceived by Waleed Abu-Ghazeleh

published 2013 • 8.25" x 11.5" • 224 pages • full-color photos throughout
ISBN 9781566569545 • paperback • $22.00

“Here, in pictures brimming with humanity, we get a sense of how Palestinians endure, laugh, and struggle despite living in the shadow of the brutish and ugly Wall that bisects their lives and land.”
—Joe Sacco, author of Footnotes in Gaza and Journalism

“Only those settling in a conquered territory erect walls. The contrast between the ugliness of what Israel has built and the resilience of the Palestinians living in the shadow of the wall is graphically illustrated by the outstanding photographs in this superbly designed book.”
—Raja Shehadeh, author of the award-winning Palestinian Walks and Occupation Diaries

“We rarely see the reality of the horrific effects of Israel's separation Wall on the lives of Palestinians. And we rarely see the humanity of Palestinians who endure behind it every day. This brilliant, visually striking book does both. It is the antidote to media silence and sanitized views of a people. Yet, it also conveys a genuine expression of hope for a peaceful future that can be seen on the faces of the young and old alike.”
— Jack G. Shaheen, Ph.D., author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

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During the summer of 2011, armed with a camera and a map, award-winning Canadian filmmaker and photographer Afzal Huda set out to chronicle the Separation Wall in Palestine. His aim was to magnify the ugly face of the Wall and depict the contradictions and hardships endured by human beings living under a military occupation. He was intent on showing the world what it was like to live in an open air prison and how Palestinians have developed ways to cope with the Wall's existence.

Afzal spent three weeks doing just that: visiting all the Palestinian areas along the Wall and interviewing people young and old from all walks of life. But instead of the overwhelming reality of misery and suffering he had witnessed with his own eyes, his camera caught images of a contrasting nature: photos of people and faces of compassion, perseverance and hope rarely seen in mainstream media’s usual portrayal of Palestinians.

The resulting book—conceived and beautifully designed by Waleed Abu-Ghazaleh—is a powerful photo journal that depicts the humanity of a resilient people. It is divided into four parts, each starting with a short introduction in English, Spanish, German, French, and Chinese followed by brief statistics taken from United Nation sources. It includes:

• Images of the Wall as a physical barrier: how it dissects towns and farmland
• Images of Palestinians living under its shadow: checkpoints, gates and the resultant poverty
• Images of solidarity: support from international artists and visitors as well as local inhabitants
• Images of perseverance and hope

Afzal Huda is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker known for his raw and provocative images of cultures around the world. Canadian born and raised in the hustle and bustle of Karachi, Afzal grew up with a dream to inspire change. He realized the power of media when his first story got published at the age of 14, which made him a local celebrity. Upon his return to Canada, he completed his graduate studies at Canada’s preeminent broadcast school, Ryerson University, and went on to direct an award-winning short film,Call Me a Paki that dazzled international audiences and was screened at over 20 festivals.

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and director of its New Internationalism Program. She is the author of many books relating to the Middle East, US foreign policy and Israel/Palestine, including Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (5th edition). Bennis appears frequently as a commentator/analyst on U.S. and international television and radio programs and her work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Christian Science MonitorThe Philadelphia EnquirerThe New York TimesThe Washington PostMiddle East Report (MERIP), The NationMother Jones, and many other publications.

Waleed Abu-Ghazaleh is a Kuwaiti-Palestinian designer. He is Managing Partner at Khayal Consultants, a leading visual design and interactive development firm.

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Love Wins is a great tribute to the resilience of the Palestinians, and a source of much-needed encouragement at a time when mainstream media paint only dismal or distorted pictures.”
—Jordan Times

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