12 April 2009

2,600 Meter Long Message to Israel

Bethlehem - Ma’an - Sendamessage.nl will spray a nearly 2,000 word “Open letter to Israel” on an expected 2,625 meters of concrete separation wall near Ramallah in the coming weeks, organizers say.

The letter, from South African scholar and human rights activist Farid Esack, will be spray-painted by local members of the Send a Message campaign, and the cost of equipment, paint and documentation, estimated at 12,000 euros, will be covered by donations of 20 euros by hundreds of supporters of the campaign.

Organizers said any surplus in donations would go to small social projects in Palestine.

According to Send a Message founder Justus van Oel, Esack’s letter testifies “that the situation for Palestinians is far worse than what was experienced in South Africa under apartheid.”

A documentary on the project will be filmed by Federico Campanale and Iona Hoogendoorn on the writing and painting of the letter. The letter is expected to be completed on 10 May on the Palestinian side of the wall south of Ramallah. The first 500 words will be sprayed some time hear 19 April. source