Black Panthers Get Their Way in Jerusalem

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Black Panthers Way/Photo: Yuval Yairi

Forty Years after the Black Panthers (HaPanterim Hashorim) transformed Israeli political and cultural consciousness; a group of activists/artists have commemorated the protest movement in Musrara, their home neighborhood, with the inauguration of Black Panther’s Way. On Tuesday, July 5, 2011 the veil was lifted from signs marking a path through several alleys in the neighborhood, beginning at the municipality plaza and ending in the heart of the neighborhood: Black Panthers Way.

Charlie Biton, one of the founders of the Black Panthers, and former Knesset member, with a Tshirt made on-site, in honor of the event/Photo: Yuval Yairi

The path is accompanied by public art works that will remain on exhibit during the coming months. Another alley has been named “They’re Not So Nice Alley” – the comment made by Prime Minister Golda Meir, after meeting with the Black Panthers.

"They're Not So Nice" Alley/Photo: Yuval Yairi
People viewing Chen Shapira's Tower and Stockade - The Black Panthers' Version/Photo: Yuval Yairi

The festive event was accompanied by speeches, poetry and a music performance by Nino Biton and the Dialna band. A local and community undertaking, the event was initiated by the Muslala group in cooperation with the local community board, the Musrara Community Center, and the municipal “Melodies and Gardens” festival. Artist Yuval Yairi commemorated the event with his photos. Enjoy and take a stroll through the Musrara neighborhood this summer! For additional information: www.muslala.org.

Inaugurating Black Panthers Way/Photo: Yuval Yairi
Poet Roni Somekh/Photo: Yuval Yairi
Muslala group member Matan Israeli/Photo: Yuval Yairi
Viewing Shula Keshet's installation at Mus/space gallery/Photo: Yuval Yairi
Nino Biton/Photo: Yuval Yairi