Eid Hathaleen, as one of the elders of the community of Um al-Khair, is one of the founders of the Good Shepherd Collective, bringing with him a wealth of international experience. Eid has traveled extensively across Europe and the United States promoting the movement for human rights and the Palestinian nonviolent struggle to challenge the mechanisms of oppression. He has presented in Washington DC, at the Hague and other places that oftentimes are cut off from Palestinian voices. He was one of the leaders that literally put Um al-Khair on the Google Maps system – a raggedy app that seldom shows Palestinian communities or roads and doesn’t offer navigation between them.
While Eid is known regionally as one of the volunteers on the frontlines documenting home demolitions, land confiscations, and settler abuse – he is equally known for being an internationally recognized artist. He has hosted thousands of internationals at his art workshop and has held international art exhibits in Germany with Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei.
Here are links to several of Eid’s art projects which he has constructed out of recycled materials leftover after home demolitions. His art has inspired a new way to carry the message of the trauma associated with living under perpetual fear of displacement. Eid’s “Dream House” gives an insight into the dreams he would pursue if housing and land laws were applied equally to Jews and non-Jews alike. Eid’s work of the “Excavator & Bulldozer” shows his nuance of understanding of how machines, in and of themselves, or neither good nor evil, but the ways in which their powers are used is ultimately what we have to think about.
As a collective, we are continually trying to find a way to encourage economic development in the community, and Eid’s art classes serve as just one example of those initiatives. Eid’s classes represent a way for artists to think about nonviolent resistance, not only in terms of how to express systems of violence in various ways but how to link their art to meaningful campaigns of change.
If you want to reach out to Eid for a fuller conversation on his artwork, life under and resistance to settler colonialism, you can email him at Eid@goodshepherdcollective.org
- Pictured is Eid walking in front of homes demolished in his village.