‘We won’t be leaving’: regional artists respond to Sheikh Jarrah events with new works


A number of artists and illustrators in the region have taken to social media to show solidarity with Palestinian families threatened with eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

As the violence escalates in the Old Town, several artists have created new pieces in response to the unfolding situation.

We take a look at some of the unique works of art that have been created as a result.

Haneen nazzal

Haneen Nazzal’s illustration, one of the first to be released in response to the ongoing unrest, is based on a live image of Nabil El Kurd, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah whose story garnered media attention .

El Kurd sprayed the words “We will not leave” on the wall of his house as a firm statement that he and his family refuse to leave their home. His image and his words have since gone viral.


This colorful illustration of East Jerusalem, featuring the hashtag #SaveSheikhJarrah, is by designer duo Mothanna Hussein and Hadi Alaeddin, who work together under the banner of Jordanian design studio Warsheh. The illustration was widely shared, including by celebrities such as Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid.

Shirien creates

The Palestinian-American illustrator gained attention with her illustration last year after George Floyd’s death. Shirien’s style is distinct, with his work primarily focused on issues of social justice. In her latest illustration, she also uses the words Save Sheikh Jarrah, which has been used as a hashtag on social media. Her work struck a chord with pop star The Weeknd, who shared it on her Instagram Stories.

Nourie Flayhan

One of the region’s most promising illustrators, Flayhan received great attention for her work during the Lebanese Revolution in 2019, depicting the faces of people who took to the streets. In her latest work of art, she pays homage to the Palestinian people, again referring to El Kurd’s words: “We will not leave”.

Rama duwaji

The illustrator and animator from Damascus, who lives in New York, is known for creating black and white drawings of women. In this particular job, three people stand together, firmly joining their elbows. The words “we will not go” are written all over the room in Arabic.

Azra Aydogan

The German designer created an illustration inspired by Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour Jerusalem, an oil painting from 1979. It shows a Palestinian woman sitting on the ground holding the Old City in her hands.


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