Peaceful resistance in the form of drawings and writings from Gaza, Palestine


Shahd Abusalama, 20, is a Palestinian artist, a blogger and an English literature student living in Gaza City, Palestine. Some of her passions are writing, drawing, singing, traditional Palestinian embroidery, sports and Dabka, a form of traditional Palestinian dance. She is interested in conveying the images, experience and emotions of the Palestinian people as well as their strength, determination, struggle and suffering. Being a daughter of a former Palestinian prisoner has been the primary source of inspiration for her work fighting injustice through her drawings and writings. Her paintings were featured in a calendar called Gaza Calendar 2011 “All I Want Is Peace” that sold a thousand copies in Europe and on the front of Eid greetings cards sold in the UK. YouthSchool Organization, a Scottish Charity sponsored the work, helping to raise money for youth farming projects in Gaza, while the Eid cards helped to support Gaza orphans to develop creative arts and crafts. Moreover, she had several exhibitions in Gaza, the US, Japan, Italy, Scotland and also her drawings have appeared in various publications in over 10 countries. In 2005, she had represented the folk dancing of Palestine in a tour of Dabka performances around the United Kingdom at the invitation of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. In July, 2011, she went to the USA in a leadership program. She blogs at Electronic Intifada, and she can always be followed at @shahdabusalama.

17 responses

  1. Nihad

    This is such a wonderful blog and your pictures are amazing mashAllah :)
    My name is Nihad Jasser and live in Ottawa, Canada. We are organizing a Cultural Palestinian Gallery to educate about the history and culture of Palestine. This is gallery is mainly a Photographic gallery from the late 1800′s to today. We would like to use some of your pictures with your permission and maybe some of your blog entries :)
    Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
    Are you on facebook?? is there a better way to contact you ??
    take care

    April 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    • Hey Nihad. Sure you can. Any thing for Palestine, I’ll be ready to help :). I am on fb. You can find me here . Waiting for you to message me and send me more details about the event you’ll be doing in solidarity. With respect <3

      April 25, 2012 at 5:15 am

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    June 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  3. Great blog sister subhanaAllah!..

    Keep it up for our beloved city..

    Salam from Malaysia.. <3

    July 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

  4. Great blog Ma Sha Allah, May Allah give you success …

    August 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  5. Read your words about Mahmoud Darwish and your translation of his poem and thought you might like to see a piece I wrote recently in the Times of Israel; http://blogs.times of Shalom-Salam-Peace, Larry

    August 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  6. Monique

    you are a talented writer and artist. Thank you for sharing. Monique from Australia.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  7. Palestinian Refugee

    hey … my name is Omar and I am in charge of a Palestinian group in vancouver and I have a group of Palestinians here who are eager to help … please email me with anything I can do.. literally anything.

    in solidarity,

    November 20, 2012 at 2:54 am

    • Thanks Omar.. Keep following this blog.. Reblog.. Follow our tweets and retweet. If you can organize demonstrations where you are protesting the ongoing aggression on Gaza…. Any effort is appreciated

      November 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

  8. jfc

    Your intelligence, talent and courage are humbling and inspiring.

    Stay safe, stay strong.

    with love from miami,


    November 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

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  10. Karen DeVito

    Shahd, thank you for the list of names. We will slowly carry them with dignity through our city in Canada December 8, and we will read them one by one.

    December 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  11. Thank you so much for your extremely valuable work in chronicling the details of this cruel assault. We are referring people to your work and will be linking to it on our website. There is just one small typo you might want to correct: you say “After the truce was endorsed at 9:00 pm on late Wednesday, December 21, Israel has violated the truce continuously.” — obviously, you meant November. You can see an ad we created at . Again, thank you so much for your work. It is deeply sad and profoundly valuable.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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    هل بالامكان رسم صورة لشهيد

    April 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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  15. Interesting information and you’re very courageous. Please continue writing or drawing. To some who don’t pay much intention of what has happened around the world would likely to ignore or forget others’ suffering

    July 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

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