Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gaza graphic-arts industry sees a post-war boom

"Martyrdom" is a lucrative business in Gaza:

Some were killed when tank shells hit their homes. Others died when bombs erased their offices. Still others met their end battling Israeli troops.

Now their faces are rolling off the presses at the Nibras print shop, which produces full-color posters and banners of the dead. In the wake of Israel's 22-day Gaza offensive — which killed nearly 1,300 Palestinians — it's one of the few businesses experiencing a postwar boom.

Islamic Jihad fighter Mohammed Bedawi was among the so-called "martyrs" whose demise was commemorated with a custom-made poster — a tradition for anyone killed by Israel.

Images from AP:

"Welcome to SuperHappyFunJihad Screenprinting!"

They look like college dorm posters.

"Collect them all! (pack includes hardened bubble gum)"

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