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Palestinian protesters use Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ as symbol of solidarity to condemn Israel

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February 9, 2024

Supporters of Palestine gathered at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain and demonstrated in front of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” painting to condemn Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip

Palestinian supporters unfurled flags and called for an end to violence in front of “Guernica”, one of the most influential anti-war paintings in history, on display at Madrid’s famous Reina Sofia Museum.

The demonstration, organized by the group “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel,” marked the fourth month of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Visitors to the museum were invited to observe a moment of silence in front of the haunting masterpiece to honor those killed in the conflict.

The story of the painting chosen for the protest is significant because Guernica, a small town in the Basque region, became a symbol of the horrors of war during the Spanish Civil War when it was bombed on April 26, 1937, by Nationalist Forces under the command of General Francisco Franco.

For many civil society organizations, the painting is a powerful symbol of the struggles faced by oppressed peoples around the world, including Palestinians living under occupation and siege.

Source: Newsroom & Anadolu Agency

 

Last Updated:  May 29, 2024 11:05 AM