Flowers in Grenade: Initiative in Palestine Village
War is a terrible grief of mankind. Famous Roman poet Virgil called to “turn swords into pruning hooks,” and today his words are more relevant than ever. Pleas for peace are sound now from different parts of our planet, in particular, from the Palestinian village of Bil’in. Sabiha Abu Rahmeh, one of the local residents, planted blooming flower bed, using blanks from tear gas grenades instead of pots.
Flowers in Grenade: Initiative of Mother Who Lost Her Son in War
Sabiha Abu Rahmeh’s tear gas canister garden
The village of Bil’in is located near the city of Ramallah, temporary capital of Palestine. Armed clashes between Israeli soldiers and locals occur from time to time in this village. Unfortunately, there are too many such improvised flower “pots” on the ground. Sabiha Abu Rahmeh selflessly plants flowers in them to show a new life, where there was only death and destruction.
Sabiha Abu Rahmeh’s Garden is a kind of memorial to all Palestinians, who died fighting for their land. This woman lost her own son Bassem in the war, an opposition leader, who was killed by a grenade tear gas fired by Israeli forces in 2009.
The land, where the garden is planted, was conquered from the Palestinians by the Israeli government two years ago. During lengthy litigation locals managed to change the trajectory on which a defensive wall was built. Bil’in villagers were outraged that 60% of their territory fell beyond the boundaries of the separation wall, they held weekly meetings, and, in the end, the government heard them. However, the meetings were often accompanied by the use of tear gas by the police, so that almost every flower pot in this sacred garden has its own tragic history.