A box of stone
where the living and dead move in the dry clay
like bees captive in a honeycomb in a hive
and each time the siege tightens
they go on a flower hunger strike
and ask the sea to indicate the emergency exit.
-Mahmoud Darwish, “Mural” (1999, and excerpt)
In January the government of Israel launched an offensive in Gaza which resulted in 1,450 Palestinians deaths, 5,000 injured and a massive destruction of infrastructure. The attacks were condemned by the international community including the United Nations Rights Consul. Emergency protests and rallies sprung up all over the world, hundreds of thousands gathered in major world cities, including but not limited to; Paris, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Athens. These photographs were shot in two such similar protests in New York City.