Creator: Jumana Emil Abboud | 2012
"In the video, we see Abboud (a Jerusalemite Palestinian) repeatedly travelling between the Old City of Jerusalem and Ramallah, via Qalandia checkpoint, carrying lemons like those from her performance. The lemons proceed out through the crowded souqs (open markets) of Jerusalem, via Damascus Gate to the Palestinian bus station on Nablus Road and onwards to Ramallah. Abboud carries two in her hands through the grinding tedium of Qalandia, where lines of Palestinians wait in metal pens to pass the checkpoint. At some points Abboud carries them in pouches hanging on her belt, deliberately reminiscent of a suicide bomber’s gear; at others she cradles them protectively, like precious objects or beloved children. Some moments are almost comic — the two lemons wobbling on the belt of an x-ray machine, or being held up to the window of the bus like characters from a children’s TV show. But behind it all is the knowledge that these lemons can end up seeing more of Palestine than most of the people of the land; in the hands of the artist, they are able to pass checkpoints and Israeli military barriers closed to many ordinary West Bankers."