The lithographs analyze the ethnic cleansing taking place in Palestine by examining the orange industry. Until 1948, Jaffa was the cultural and economic epicenter of Palestine. The people of Jaffa, including my family, cultivated orange groves and exported millions of crates of oranges worldwide. In 1948, the Zionist military force seized the land and belongings of Palestinians and expelled the majority of Palestinian citizens into neighboring countries. Today, Israel continues to bulldoze and occupy Palestinian land and claim aspects of Palestinian culture, identity, and economy as its own. Jaffa oranges are now sold to benefit Israeli people and economy and Palestinian farmers who owned orange groves in Jaffa cultivate their own stolen lands as low wage migrant workers. The lithographs depict a carton of orange juice with a missing advertisement most commonly seen on milk cartons. The missing advertisement describes the nature of Palestinian culture and the moment of abduction, just as a milk carton advertisement would:
“Have You Seen This Culture?
Date of Cultural Abduction: 1948-Present
Appearance: 1.4 Million people embroidering, picking olives, tending orange groves, swimming in the sea, attending weddings and funerals, eating za’atar, dancing debke, smoking cigarettes in a local cafe.
Witnesses describe cultural abduction as violent, ongoing, major cities, villages, homes, possessions, traditions, destroyed or stolen, onlookers reported to have done nothing. Possibly complicit in abduction.
Last reported appearance of culture: Displaced, scattered, malnourished, defiant, resisting zionist occupation.
Cultural abductor goes by the name ‘Israel.’ Was last seen bulldozing, appropriating, stealing, killing, and denying existence of Palestine.”
Persons having any information requested to contact local narrative terrorists”
Contrastingly, the front of the milk carton features an idealistic scene of workers picking oranges and a brightly colored logo for “Jaffa Orange Juice.” Looking closer, one can see the humorous remarks I included to criticize the socioeconomic deprivation and colonialism embedded in Jaffa Orange Juice’s idyllic orange groves: “100% juice - Not from concentrated acts of genocide,” “Colonial narrative perishable - Keep refrigerated,” and “Less Pulp - Less Culture.”