عسقلان

Once upon a time in the land of Palestine, a city was invaded by an armed Zionist organization. Families were expelled from their homes, a mother was pregnant and had a miscarriage as she joined the rest of the families running away. Her child's soul was spilled on land and it became the land's reincarnation.

'Asqalan (read with the Arabic 'Ain) lived on as a spirit, away from its family and under another's conditions. It is the lost existence, the occupied soul waiting for freedom, whose birthday is yet to come with the rebirth of Palestine.

Named after the city (one of the oldest cities, built by the Canaanite people and is now a part of Israel), and standing for Palestinians right of return, ‘Asqalan wears a Hatta (Palestinian scarf), has two pencils as feet and writes while walking.



As 'Asqalan walks between religion, war, and their crossroads, it settles by the graves of the martyrs; giving them a flower.


Often passing by a Palestinian man dealing with sacrifice of land and belonging at the same time.

                                                                           
Tied to the chains of weapon, it draws a heartbeat and holds on to an olive leaf, when no way of resistance has yet brought peace upon his land.



'Asqalan's religion is unknown, but it prays in front of a restaurant that was previously a mosque for the city.


Ever since its creation, 'Asqalan was never seen by humans, but by Palestinian fictional characters and their historical souls. It often goes to Beirut to visit Jafra, whom it considers an other mother.


'Asqalan met Sheikh Imam in 1988, and they sang together.


While traveling, it writes on immigrant's bodies reminding them that they, too, are Palestine. 

'Asqalan now speaks two languages: Arabic and Hebrew.  Living by the Mediterranean Sea, it visits people and fictional characters, then returns to the sea

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