A fighter for freedom and justice from Palestine, Gaza.


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.

24 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 http://www.facebook.com/shahd.abusalama . 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

  2. Aa harisma

    Indonesia is your brather


    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 israel.com/tzedek-tzedek-tirdof/ 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 http://alisonweir.org/journal/2012/12/16/advertisements-in-new-york-times-and-beyond.html . Again, thank you so much for your work. It is deeply sad and profoundly valuable.


    December 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  12. بصراحة رسوماتك رائعة
    ومشكوره على جهودك من اجل اسرانا

    هل بالامكان رسم صورة لشهيد



    April 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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    May 26, 2013 at 1:46 am

  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

  16. Jean-Marie

    Very few people,on the World and in particular among the vectors of opinions and /or decisions, know enough the ” important details ” of what passed in New York, in Washington and in Tel Aviv, and also in Paris, between if only on May 15th, 1947 and May 15th, 1948.

    And you, brave and courageous woman ?

    Bring some comfort to the present, it is very well, but, if that preserve it , that does not prepare the future if we down know the injustice and the incoherence of past.

    Best friendly regards


    March 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

  17. robi

    ciao Shahd I am Robi italian,i m in love of the your beautiful country,not it cares that it speaks of Gaza or of Tel Aviv, I am in love of it.
    We don’t simply give the guilt to one or to the other part,it needs to understand that it needs to find the peace.. and pain is stronger when it speaks of children that have put in mean.
    I would like sentirti,dalle your words to understand the situation.
    I know that there are today also continuous attacks… from everybody and two the parts….
    I hope really that I/you/he/she resolve him all before or later… meanwhile I tie your words… of strong woman and with the head on the shoulders of woman that it loves her people and her country

    hi I hope talk to you soon


    July 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    • 1947 NAKBA

      **La seul justice, la seule solution éthique : un état palestinien souverain de la Méditerranée au Jourdain pour le moins, non confessionnel et donnant généreusement réellement les mêmes droits aux vrais ou supposés « Juifs » repentis qu’à tout autre citoyen soucieux de fraternité ; ce qui nécessite que cet état soit économiquement et environnementalement durablement viable grâce à des réparations totalement justifiées. **

      **Lisez, SVP, pour comprendre le passé, Henry Cattan, l’avocat palestinien chrétien et porte parole des états arabes à l’ONU le 29 novembre 1947 : **

      **http://leuwen.perso.neuf.fr/Palestine-Illegitimite.htm **

      **Woudiwan **




      July 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

  18. I’m not Palestine but come from oppression, but my book is about cultural diversity and peace with all people. I’m looking for a cover artist for my book, you capture the essence of childhood pain. This about childhood sexual and physical abuse as well. Please let me know if you would be interested in learning about this project. Thank you and please keep up the Amazing work. Thank you


    November 30, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  19. Miss Abusalama;

    We are loyal followers of your work at Fallujah Magazine (an online publication that deals with Poetry/Art + Protest), and we wanted to invite you to contribute to our project. It goes without saying that we would be profoundly honoured. You can check our publication at http://www.alfallujah.org and contact us at art.fallujah@yandex.com or the director directly (haha) at aragon@alfallujah.com . We have an entire section dedicated to Palestine and are searching for voices to make it a relevant peaceful protest project. We are barely in the process of being born and so we need all the help and material we can get. Anyway, would not dare take more of your valuable time.

    Whatever the road may be from now, please make our sincerest admiration yours.

    Fallujah Editorial Team


    May 8, 2016 at 7:25 am

  20. Ed

    Dear Miss Abusalama,

    Here at ‘Welcome to Palestine’ we are developing the largest online encyclopedia of Palestine http://www.welcometopalestine.com/about/ .

    We are looking for passionate writers to write diverse and interesting pieces on all aspects of Palestine and Palestinian life.

    We would very much like to discuss further what our project is about and whether this is an interesting prospect for yourself.

    Kind regards,

    Ed and the WTP team


    November 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm

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