Murals Draw Eyes to Palestinian Evictions in Occupied East Jerusalem

A group of artists has filled a Palestinian area of occupied East Jerusalem with paintings of large, wide-open eyes. The murals are a reminder that all eyes are on the neighborhood of Silwan, a flash point where occupation forces and settlers are working to drive Palestinian residents out of their homes.

Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara eyes at the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem (Photo: Kobi Wolf / Art Forces)

The “I Witness Silwan” is an international public art project in support of Silwan’s longstanding fight against dispossession. Murals depicting the eyes of local and international leaders, activists, workers, and more, are scattered across the hills of Silwan, East Jerusalem and can be seen from miles away.

The eye murals are so giant that they make you feel they are watching you wherever you walk in the neighborhood. Many are painted on the walls of decaying Palestinian homes alongside national symbols.